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What's the point of this lens vs. a Panasonic 14 (assuming you already have the Panny). It's smaller/lighter for sure, but the 14 is small anyway. The FL is nearly the same. What's the point?

Is it just the hyperfocal vs. infinity setting is easier than the 14? I like the idea, but I wish it was a bit more on the toy lens side of things. I could just get one to try it, but would love to hear anyone's comments who have both the 14 and the lens cap lens.
You can actually shoot the lens in complete darkness with flash and as long as you gauge distance properly...the subject is totally sharp. I don't think you can do that with the 14mm.
 

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Can someone post comparison pic of p14 vs o15?

Why is this o15 "more fun" than p14??
the fun comparison:


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have fun - with both of them :biggrin:
 

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...Why is this o15 "more fun" than p14??
Good question, tough to answer.

After three attempts to quantify an answer, I'll have to fall back on musician Louis Armstrong's answer when asked to define jazz:

"If you have to ask, you'll never know" :biggrin:.

Not to be flippant, but I really cannot readily describe in words the difference in shooting with the o15 and shooting with the p14.

It basically turns a modern digital camera into a Kodak Instamatic :eek:. Once one chooses the "film" ISO one has few options as to focus or depth of field. (Actually fewer; some 126 film cameras had two apertures, f16 for 'sunny' and f8 for 'cloudy'). One can, of course, on full manual manipulate the shutter speed on the modern camera, something not available on the Instamatic.

As to why it's more fun to use the o15 than it is to set the p14 at f8 and leaving it there...I dunno. It simply is (at least to me). Part of it may come from the diminutive size of the o15, part of it may come from the simplicity and lack of options, part of it may come from being freed from any considerations other than subject and framing.

Probably the o15 would appeal to Holga fans, although the o15 retains more image quality than a traditional Holga.

While I can't adequately define a reason, I'm having quite a bit of fun with my o15. Sometimes what is...just is. :biggrin:

Sorry I can't come up with a better answer.

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Jim
 

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Great comparisons! If I was to conclude - the 14 is sharper for distance objects, but anything reasonably close, and they are nearly the same. Add in the no-fuss hyperfocal focus, and the size for the price. I just put it on my Christmas list, to give it a whirl. I'm using my EPL3 mostly for 1:1 b&w photos, so this might be an easy lens to use for that purpose.
 

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Good question, tough to answer.

After three attempts to quantify an answer, I'll have to fall back on musician Louis Armstrong's answer when asked to define jazz:

"If you have to ask, you'll never know" :biggrin:.

Not to be flippant, but I really cannot readily describe in words the difference in shooting with the o15 and shooting with the p14.

It basically turns a modern digital camera into a Kodak Instamatic :eek:. Once one chooses the "film" ISO one has few options as to focus or depth of field. (Actually fewer; some 126 film cameras had two apertures, f16 for 'sunny' and f8 for 'cloudy'). One can, of course, on full manual manipulate the shutter speed on the modern camera, something not available on the Instamatic.

As to why it's more fun to use the o15 than it is to set the p14 at f8 and leaving it there...I dunno. It simply is (at least to me). Part of it may come from the diminutive size of the o15, part of it may come from the simplicity and lack of options, part of it may come from being freed from any considerations other than subject and framing.

Probably the o15 would appeal to Holga fans, although the o15 retains more image quality than a traditional Holga.

While I can't adequately define a reason, I'm having quite a bit of fun with my o15. Sometimes what is...just is. :biggrin:

Sorry I can't come up with a better answer.

Regards,

Jim
Well said!
 

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After reading/looking through this thread, I am convinced the O15 would be best suited to B&W, to replicate the 30s-40s brownie look. My first pictures were with the Brownie 620 "box", with the hair-pin shutter trip, in the 50s. We still have a few of those old prints, done by Fox Photo. They are priceless. Just because it's family history.
 

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After reading/looking through this thread, I am convinced the O15 would be best suited to B&W, to replicate the 30s-40s brownie look. My first pictures were with the Brownie 620 "box", with the hair-pin shutter trip, in the 50s. We still have a few of those old prints, done by Fox Photo. They are priceless. Just because it's family history.
Steve, the Brownie Hawkeye was my first camera and I still have some of the B&W prints I made as a kid. I don't recall the lack of interchangeable lenses as a drawback :wink:.

Flip the OMD screen up, set B&W and voila! - we're back into the '50's.

:biggrin:

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Why is this o15 "more fun" than p14??
Its not necessarily MORE fun, but its DIFFERENT fun - and that's FUN. In my first post in this thread, I equated it to stashing your high powered, ultra tech, geared bicycle in the garage and taking your single speed / fixed gear bike out for a ride. If you're not a cyclist you won't get this. But if you are, you probably will. Riding "the best" bike you can is a LOT of fun and is the way to be the fastest, the most efficient, the smoothest, etc, over the longest distance. But there's something that's just a stone BLAST about getting on a fixie and doing everything with your legs - you wanna go faster, PEDAL faster - you wanna slow down, slow your LEGS down. There's just a more intimate connection with the bike, its a simpler, purer experience. Which doesn't make it better - in some ways its clearly worse. But it actually makes you a better cyclist and is a lot of fun, so there's plenty of value in it.

I'd say the same is true of sticking this lens on your camera. I guess to really push the analogy, you'd want to just go find a pinhole camera or an instamatic, but this is the next best thing, is easier, etc. But by limiting the variables you have at your command, it can free your mind to just focus on the light, the composition, the IMAGE instead of getting hung up on more technical variables like choosing the perfect amount of DOF and focus. And if you're shooting people, its sort of a forced exercise in zone focus - there's no need or point in worrying about nailing auto-focus - the focus is SET, so just go concentrate on nailing the MOMENT and don't worry about the technical stuff.

So, THAT'S what's fun about it. The 14 is a fun and more capable lens, but sometimes simplicity is the best medicine...

-Ray
 

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Christmas shopping with the GF2 & Olympus 15mm all at hyper-focal setting.

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Its not necessarily MORE fun, but its DIFFERENT fun - and that's FUN.-Ray
Agreed. And there is another kind of fun:
I had to sell most part of my equipment, and change the E-M5 with a cheap used GX1. Kept the 14-45 and the 20.
Well, the magic cap came for 45 euros and it delivers, as you can see in my posted images. No, I don't do landscape...
Of course, the 14mm at f8 would do, you can leave it in MF, focused at hyperfocal distance. (I don't remember if the 14mm is slow as the 20 when shooting at small apertures, the magic cap gives me an instant shot where the delay of the 20 is annoying; apart from slow focusing, it does have lag at any aperture which is not 1.7).
 

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The 15 is proving to be quite enjoyable. My next goal is to use it for more flash photography. :smile:

E-M5 & 15 f/8:
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Okay, the 15mm lens cap lens is getting addicting. This lens is a lot of fun to shoot with. It isn't noticeable and it makes your camera incredibly discrete. This lens makes a great street shooter lens. Here's a couple from today:

E-M5 & 15 f/8:
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Beautiful Jonathan! #5 above of the leaves and the fence reflection approaches art. And the last one of car and building is a great study in shapes. Excellent!
 

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Some Hollywood Farmer's Market action -

E-M5 & 15mm f/8:
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