I posted some photos of Glenelg I’d made using an old Olympus half-frame camera in a previous blog entry. Today, I’m posting more photos of Glenelg I made using a cheap Olympus Body Cap Lens and my little digital Olympus E-PM1 Pen camera.

Olympus BCL15
Olympus Body Cap Lens – 15mm f8

It’s a mostly plastic affair, apart from the tiny piece of glass that forms the lens itself. At 15mm (35mm equivalent), it’s a wide-angle view even on the Micro Four-Thirds digital sensor format, and makes for a very cheap addition to one’s  collection (less than three figures). I’ve heard of people removing the cardboard baffle behind the lens to open up the aperture, but don’t see any reason to do it myself.

If you’re into quality and sharpness, you won’t get it with this bit of gear! The photos are very soft and mushy at the edges, the sharpness is nothing to write home about, and the chromatic aberrations are clearly evident. All that said, for the money you get a fun piece of kit that won’t break the bank.

With a fixed aperture of f8 and a wide-angle view, just about everything is going to be in focus if you set the knob to the hyperfocal mark just short of infinity. This means that you don’t even need to focus the lens. Just point it and press the shutter button! Makes it a quick camera for street photos and candids. And if you want to avoid some of the nastiest chromatic aberrations, just set your Olympus to make photos in Black & White. I often use a setting of +1 or +2 Contrast to deepen the visual impact of images.

Here are some photos I made using this lens around Glenelg, South Australia:

Shadows & Reflections - Glenelg, SA
Shadows & Reflections – Glenelg, SA
Refurbishment - Glenelg SA
Refurbishment – Glenelg SA
George - Olympus Body Cap Lens
George
Coloured in - Olympus Body Cap Lens
Coloured In – Glenelg SA
Woof! - Glenelg SA - Olympus Body Cap Lens
Woof! – Glenelg SA
Photos of Glenelg using the Olympus Body Cap Lens

4 thoughts on “Photos of Glenelg using the Olympus Body Cap Lens

  • March 23, 2015 at 3:30 am
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    love the first photo. The lighting is wonderful and I like the black and white treatment :good:

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    • March 23, 2015 at 1:55 pm
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      Thank you @loretta 🙂 That one was straight out of camera with a +1 or +2 to the contrast level just to add some depth to the light and shade areas. I really like it too. The symmetry appeals to me.

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  • March 21, 2015 at 3:28 am
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    Nice work Stephen

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    • March 23, 2015 at 1:56 pm
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      Thank you for saying so @yolanda-isabel-regueira-marin :yahoo:

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