Olympus 15mm f/8 body cap lens review

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Olympus 15 mm F8 vs. Olympus 14-42 F/3.5-5.6

I have taken test shots both with 15mm and standard Olympus kit lens – M. Zuiko 14-42 F/3.5-5.6 set at F/8 to see how they compare. Left image is taken with 15mm body cap, right one is with 14-42:

Olympus 15 mm F8 alternatives

If you seek 15mm prime lens for micro 4/3 system cameras, there is only one alternative – Panasonic 14mm F/2.5. It’s a pancake, performs splendid and is not expensive (around $ 300). There is also Olympus 17mm F/2.8 pancake with a bit narrower angle of view, but still a good lens. Legacy lenses are not an option… 15mm is ultra-wide on full frame, and those are big and expensive even after all these years.

Conclusion

First of all, you need to make sure to understand for whom is this product for. This is not a lens, this is a body cap with focus switch; it looks like one, performs like one and is being advertised as one. If you want a proper lens to take sharp images, don’t bother with Olympus 15mm body cap. It’s not sharp enough and fixed aperture limits its usability. Better spend your money on a pint of beer with friends.

On the other side, if you have Instagram account, listen only to bands who sold 15 records or less and ride a fixie, 15mm lenscap is the thing to have. In combination with Art filters on Olympus micro 4/3 cameras it guarantees a lot of fun while being the most pocketable mirrorless camera-lens combo.  You like to experiment? …buy it. At $ 40 it’s a no-brainer.

Hipster- style samples:

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2 thoughts on “Olympus 15mm f/8 body cap lens review

  1. zamorec, as I just posted on the m43 forum of DPR:

    “The news is that I’ve now adapted it to a Sony NEX-3. It works much better than on my Olympus.

    I also tried it on my 5R but too much vignetting.

    I will be posting photos on the NEX forum.”

  2. Pingback: A new review of Olympus 15mm f/8 body cap lens - Blog for micro four third and competing cameras

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