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.
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: