Photographs Shot Using Olympus’ Quirky 15mm Body Cap Lens

One of the stranger announcements last month was Olympus’ new 15mm lens that doubles as a body cap for your camera. If you’ve been wondering, how the quirky $110 lens performs, check out these sample photos by UK photographer Peter Norman shot using an Olympus OM-D EM-5.

Here’s a reminder of what the lens looks like:

Olympus Launches a Quirky 15mm Lens that Doubles as a Body Cap 15mma

You can click any of the sample shots in this post to see the original high-res version:

It looks like the image quality is better than what “body cap lens” suggests, which is good, since paying more than $100 for a body cap that snaps abysmal pictures would be pretty ridiculous.

You can find more of Norman’s sample photos in this Flickr set.

(via 1001 Noisy Cameras)

Update: Commenters have pointed out that the lens only costs $60 in the US. Not bad.

Image credits: Photographs by Peter Norman and used with permission

  • steve-o

    on the fit in scale the pictures look quite good.

    on the 100% view it looks horrible, eventually how many people will always go for 100% printing size and view it so close by..

    i could say that body cap thingie is an absolute must have for every M4/3 shooter?

  • Monochrome Eye

    Hmmmmm. Actually the Monochrome images are pretty good.

  • Chris

    $110?! I only paid $60 for mine AFTER shipping and tax.

  • OSAM

    Agreed. Nothing is ever really all that sharp, even at 50%, and the fringing is horrible.

  • jdm8

    That makes it much more realistic. The $110 figure is a conversion of the UK prices. It’s a neat idea, but I already have Panasonic’s 14mm f/2.5, which is twice as thick but is a much better lens in sharpness and aperture.

  • Antonio Carrasco

    Yeah, I had thought it was over $100 but people seem to be getting them for around $50-60, which seems like a great price for this.

  • Steve

    I definitely wont be buying one of these. Looks far too soft at full size, I’ve got a pinhole body cap that I can use for soft photos that was a lot cheaper than this.