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Scenic, Architecture and Travel with the 15mm bodycap

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by OpenCS, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. OpenCS

    OpenCS Mu-43 Regular

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    Sep 16, 2012
    Northumberland
    Thread might work, it might not :) I guess it depends how many people use the bodycap lens...

    I just picked up an EPM1 body and the 15mm bodycap to use as something to stuff in my jacket pocket when I wouldn't normally take my bag of stuff. I know the lens divides opinion (understatement) but I've quite enjoyed my first day with this severely limited amount of kit.

    Anyway: the point is, I'm interested in seeing pictures that fit in this category with you took with the 15mm bodycap. The lens is best suited to street work, no doubt, but certainly has its applications with subject matter in this forum.. although it obviously comes with its own "challenges" using it in this capacity. Does anyone have images to share..? I'll start :)

    I was intending to have this kit for urban use only, but I took the dogs today on a walk up the hills that I've done a million times before and come back with exactly the same set of pictures each time in slighty different weather conditions, you know how it is. So this time I took only the bodycap and camera in my pocket, just to see.

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    Scald Hill Path
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    Dry Stone
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    Langleeford
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    The first three are presented fairly well straight out of camera, the landscapes have only my usual muting of greens and pushing of blacks. The dry stone wall is almost untouched (but was taken with the 'close' setting, so the blur is a combination of poor quality lens and bokeh). The last one obviously has been treated..

    These are the very first pictures the lens took, and are better than I expected for this sort of use - obviously soft at the corners, but perfectly usable all the same. For a tiny camera body and a tiny £50 bodycap lens, I think I'll be happy enough with this performance for those "can't take your full kit" times. And f/8 was nowhere near as restrictive as I expected..

    Anybody else have bodycap images to share..?
     
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  2. charcoalblack

    charcoalblack Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 26, 2012
    these are pretty nice. Makes me reconsider my negative opinions about this lens cap.
     
  3. OpenCS

    OpenCS Mu-43 Regular

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    Sep 16, 2012
    Northumberland
    It seems to be a fair way off the quality even of the 14-42, but these are full frames (the first three, anyway) which could be cropped for better IQ across the image..

    ..but it is tiny, and does make a small body fairly pocketable, and it's almost worth it for that alone to be honest. I hear so many people saying that their phone is better, and maybe it is, and the day I can use my phone with Lightroom is the day I'll think again about not worrying about having a camera with me. I just hope we get more images here, would love to see examples of what it can do in this sort of area :)
     
  4. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    David
    Wonderful set. Just goes to show you what it can do in the right hands.
     
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  5. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Bob
    It's really not a bad little lens and can be very handy. :cool:
     
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  6. aldus

    aldus Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 24, 2012
    Fairbanks, Alaska
    Dennis Moser
    I think you've successfully grasped what I consider to be the biggest attraction of the lens — you took your camera out and shot with it.

    Yes, the lens has technical shortcomings — but the same can be said for a lot of other more expensive lenses (and cameras, too, for that matter!). But anything that will facilitate us getting out and making photographs is a good thing. And we a little care and planning, there is no reason that the results of this lens should be considered as second to any others, as intent is an important factor in this equation, too.

    I'll try and post some landscapes up here — right now, I'm pretty limited to shooting at lunch or on the weekends when I'm scrambling to get everything else done.

    Thanks for diving in and creating this thread.
     
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  7. mrjr

    mrjr Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Sep 25, 2012
    This lens is not about "IQ". If you're using this lens, and cropping the central portion where it's sharp, you're utterly missing the point.

    Now, this lens does have (a) quality to it, but not the kind camera gear hounds chase.

    Even mentioning "IQ" in reference to this lens/accessory/whatever seems silly. This lens is about art and giggles. If someone wants quality-in-a-tiny-package (at this focal length), they'll use the Panasonic 14.

    Anyway, that was way off topic. Love the idea of this thread. Maybe I'll have this lens in a couple months and can contribute some images of my own. :)
     
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  8. David A

    David A Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 30, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    I've posted these previously in the body cap lens image thread but I think they meet your categories.

    Architecture, at least interiors:

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    Scenic— taken on walks around home and through a riverside park area near my city centre:

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    I really don't do street so I seem to be stuck with using it for scenes of various sorts. The interior was an experiment to see how it would work and is a 4 second exposure using a tripod.
     
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  9. The Minimalist

    The Minimalist Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 19, 2011
    I like this lens, it's fun to use and it produces nice pictures, it certainly is a bit different than the others and despite some negative coments I received for purchasing this lens, I received more views, comments and favourites by using this lens. Here are my scenic and architecture pictures.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/42234769@N08/8058991443/" title="GF3, Olympus 15mm F8 by Darren B1, on Flickr"> 8058991443_aa2943e6b7_c. "800" height="534" alt="GF3, Olympus 15mm F8"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/42234769@N08/8059932765/" title="Autumn Leaves by Darren B1, on Flickr"> 8059932765_24a4da7d7f_c. "800" height="534" alt="Autumn Leaves"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/42234769@N08/8059942670/" title="View at infinity by Darren B1, on Flickr"> 8059942670_8e0f50ce7a_c. "800" height="534" alt="View at infinity"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/42234769@N08/8059947050/" title="Swan by Darren B1, on Flickr"> 8059947050_922ff3f2ff_c. "800" height="534" alt="Swan"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/42234769@N08/8075434690/" title="christchurch priory by Darren B1, on Flickr"> 8075434690_8c0a27c13a_c. "800" height="534" alt="christchurch priory "></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/42234769@N08/8076088899/" title="Bridge by Darren B1, on Flickr"> 8076088899_f8bc5fd6aa_c. "800" height="534" alt="Bridge"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/42234769@N08/8081020643/" title="Boscombe Eastcliff view by Darren B1, on Flickr"> 8081020643_e78c801b3a_c. "800" height="534" alt="Boscombe Eastcliff view"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/42234769@N08/8081025213/" title="Boscombe Pier by Darren B1, on Flickr"> 8081025213_3819839526_c. "800" height="534" alt="Boscombe Pier "></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/42234769@N08/8276079303/" title="Christmas shopping in Bournemouth 2012 by Darren B1, on Flickr"> 8276079303_d9b63c35d2_c. "800" height="600" alt="Christmas shopping in Bournemouth 2012"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/42234769@N08/8315159315/" title="Branksome Chime 27th Dec Oly 15mm (1 of 1)-10 by Darren B1, on Flickr"> 8315159315_4ebab8615a_c. "800" height="800" alt="Branksome Chime 27th Dec Oly 15mm (1 of 1)-10"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/42234769@N08/8316211780/" title="Branksome Chime 27th Dec Oly 15mm (1 of 1)-11 by Darren B1, on Flickr"> 8316211780_2ceee71cd3_c. "800" height="800" alt="Branksome Chime 27th Dec Oly 15mm (1 of 1)-11"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/42234769@N08/8316212252/" title="Branksome Chime 27th Dec Oly 15mm (1 of 1)-13 by Darren B1, on Flickr"> 8316212252_eceb92f15f_c. "800" height="800" alt="Branksome Chime 27th Dec Oly 15mm (1 of 1)-13"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/42234769@N08/8315160383/" title="Branksome Chime 27th Dec Oly 15mm (1 of 1)-15 by Darren B1, on Flickr"> 8315160383_b39ae1d01f_c. "800" height="800" alt="Branksome Chime 27th Dec Oly 15mm (1 of 1)-15"></a>
     
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  10. OpenCS

    OpenCS Mu-43 Regular

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    Sep 16, 2012
    Northumberland
    I think the point I was trying to make was that it can produce usable images and shouldn't really be considered just a toy or a gimmick. As a tiny little piece of glass which will (theoretically) be with me everywhere, this will get opportunities to produce quality which the p14 would never get just by virtue of it not being with me. I hope you think about going to get one, contribute to the thread and let's see what it's capable of :)

    posting from a phone at the minute and I see other people have joined in.. thank you very much :) look forward to seeing what you captured when I get onto a proper computer..

    ##edit

    Just seen some of the images posted after mine. Some really great work there, and really makes me think that comments about IQ are perhaps not so wide of the mark after all..
     
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  11. The Minimalist

    The Minimalist Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 19, 2011
    The pictures I took are with a Panasonic GF3 & GF2. I prefer this combo than either my 8mp smartphone or a Samsung WB150 p&s camera. I like the colours it produces and the IQ is better than the other two I mentioned, plus it shoots in RAW.
    There is a hand held dark evening shot (5th from bottom) above. With the small M4/3 bodies and this lens, it is truly pocketable.
     
  12. penfan2010

    penfan2010 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 12, 2010
    NJ, USA
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  13. aldus

    aldus Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 24, 2012
    Fairbanks, Alaska
    Dennis Moser
    I think your shots here are perfect range of styles and subjects that just prove that this is "The Little Lens That Could." Keep up the great work!
     
  14. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    David
    I think it's also the perfect example of why pixel peeping does not always tell the story of good images.
     
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  15. penfan2010

    penfan2010 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 12, 2010
    NJ, USA
    Fully agree; I've always thought pixel peeping was more a technical thing, not a photography or image thing.
     
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  16. OpenCS

    OpenCS Mu-43 Regular

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    Sep 16, 2012
    Northumberland
    Some lovely shots in here. These are a lot more urban than my last lot, but there's definitely some architecture and travel in there. More in the "urban" thread..

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    Very impressed with what this little lens can do.
     
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  17. OpenCS

    OpenCS Mu-43 Regular

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    Sep 16, 2012
    Northumberland
    Nothing fancy, but the bodycap/EPM1 combo is still coming everywhere with me and gets me this sort of thing from the roadside when I would normally not be carrying any gear. It's surprisingly sharp close up if you can nail the distance, which isn't easy (shots like the second one, where you're almost guaranteed to get something in focus, are a bit of a cheat)

    Both taken around Winter's Gibbet, Elsdon, Northumberland

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