Olympus Introduces BCL-15 f/8 Body Cap Lens

Discussion in 'Micro 4/3 News and Rumors' started by Amin Sabet, Sep 17, 2012.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    From the press release:

    Is It a Body Cap or a Lens? It’s Both.

    Olympus also introduces an intriguing new lens for its Micro Four Thirds line. The BCL-15 f8.0 Body Cap Lens serves as a body cap when carrying the camera around without its interchangeable lens, and transforms to become a pan-focus snapshot lens to capture images. The lens is so thin – just 9mm thick – that it can easily be mistaken for a camera-mount body cap. With three glass lens elements in three groups, it can be used as a wide-angle lens equivalent with a single focal length of 30mm (35mm camera equivalent). In addition to daily use as a “pan-focus” lens featuring a wide angle, fixed f8 aperture and shallow depth of field, it is compatible with manual focusing using a lever and capable of close-up shooting as close as 30 cm. A lens-protection barrier is provided so the lens can be mounted permanently on the camera and even put in a pocket together with the camera.
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  2. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Note of clarification:

    The BCL-15 is not included with any of the new Pen cameras.

    I didn't see the price in any of the press materials but was told that it will be "very affordable" and available in October.

    Update: UK pricing has been indicated as £70.


    Product images:


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  3. timallenphoto

    timallenphoto Mu-43 Veteran

    May 20, 2011
    Kent, England
    Are Olympus on drugs or something?
  4. Blastop

    Blastop Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 20, 2011
    That's wonderful. Fast lenses are great, but as long as this is sharp and clear this will be an amazing daytime, outdoors lens. I only hope it's successful enough that they do a few, maybe a 30mm and 50mm or thereabouts.
  5. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    LOL. This is the only new release I want! I like my OMD and am set on lenses. I'd just like this to play with :)

    Maybe get an EPL5 later to go with it.
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  6. sLorenzi

    sLorenzi Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 15, 2010
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    It will be very nice to have a digital triplet and at f8 it will probably be very sharp.
  7. sokar

    sokar Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 30, 2011
    I look forward to seeing some images taken with this lens. This lens could be either great or the complete opposite.
  8. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Except for diffraction kicking in about there ...
  9. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    I don't think it stops down anyway, right(?) so it's likely tuned at just before the diffraction point, I would think at least (and with no other aperture, I guess you can't test it, lol).
  10. Liamness

    Liamness Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 20, 2011
    I was really hoping they were going to include this in kits. Even if it's not a great performer, it's a unique option to have. Leave it on the camera and you're always ready to shoot.
  11. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    I agree. If they included this with an EPM2 sans the 14-42, I bet they'd move a lot of units.
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  12. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
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    I've been thinking about this and it would be great to stick on my E-P1 to have a nice portable camera to keep with me in a coat pocket or belt pouch. I used to carry a small Panasonic P&S all the time - this would be a solid replacement. :biggrin:
  13. zorki1

    zorki1 Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 26, 2010
    Does it come with a lens hood or is it sold seperately?
  14. Grinch

    Grinch Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 9, 2011
    Doesn't look like the lens has any filter threads, so probably means no way to attach a hood or a filter.
  15. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    I'm buying this lens...refurb'ed! :wink:
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  16. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
    a lightly focusable 100mm equiv stuck at f8 wouldnt be as useful as a wider lens stuck at f8 that you can barely adjust focus on... am i right?
    wider = more in focus, tele = less in focus
    so a 50/f8 lens would have some random weird spot in focus... i think that would be awkward

    id go for a 12 and 18 version tho
  17. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
    isnt f8 the very teeeeeeency bit of diffraction, and its just beyond that that youd actually notice it?
  18. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
    $120 lens hood available at launch

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  19. crsnydertx

    crsnydertx Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 31, 2010
    Houston, TX
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    Is it going to be issued in an array of designer colors??
  20. mister_roboto

    mister_roboto Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 14, 2011
    Seattle, WA, USA
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    This would be a nice complement to my "fun" lenses- the Wanderlust Pin Wide, Holga, and the 25mm + 35mm CCTV lenses. It would be the TSHG lens of that bunch though (toy super high grade :wink:)
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