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.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.
the fun comparison:Can someone post comparison pic of p14 vs o15?
Why is this o15 "more fun" than p14??
Good question, tough to answer....Why is this o15 "more fun" than p14??
Well said!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" .
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 . 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.
Sorry I can't come up with a better answer.
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 .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.
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.Why is this o15 "more fun" than p14??
Agreed. And there is another kind of fun:Its not necessarily MORE fun, but its DIFFERENT fun - and that's FUN.-Ray