The Clever Olympus 15mm Body Cap Lens

If you like pancake lenses, you're going to love this. The just-announced Olympus BCL-15mm f8.0 Body Cap Lens is literally the size of a body cap, yet transforms to become a fixed focus snapshot lens that's a blast to shoot with. The lens is just 9mm thick, and when the cover is in place (to protect the glass), it looks like a body cap for your micro four thirds camera.

In the Olympus booth, they were calling it "the cookie."

Olympus 15mm Body Cap Lens

The 15mm will be perfect those who have a back-up body. In my case, I pack the PEN mini as a second camera. With the body cap lens, the PEN will occupy even less space in my camera bag.

It's fixed-focus. So you just shoot. Don't worry about the AF locking in on the correct element in the composition. I think this will be very appealing to street shooters.

In my informal tests on the OM-D in the Olympus booth, the 15mm rendered quite nicely. If has 3 glass elements and a fixed aperture of f/8.

olympus_booth_.jpg 15mm on OM-D, ISO 1600, f/8, existing light

We can expect to see this holiday stocking stuffer around mid-November. It should retail for approximately $50 US.

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Quick correction - actually the body cap is *not* fixed-focus. The little lever on the front allows manual focus...

You're absolutely right Charlie. However, I will say this, I liked my images with the body cap much better when I set it to "non-close-up" mode. That's what I used to the photo published with the article. What I do like, is how you can move that little lever to lens cover mode to protect the glass. Quite nifty!

on my EP-1, this will be just great fun and highly pocketable. I want it, and I want it today!

At some point my E-PL3 will be replaced by whatever comes after the OM-D. When that happens, this lens will probably live on the E-PL3 more than 50% of the time.