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    Default Having fun with the Olympus 15mm f/8 lens-in-a-cap

    I got my 15mm f/8 last week (A friend bought it in US when he was there). Having used it out for a few days now; I felt I should write a few words and show some photos.

    It is basically a lens-cap with a small lens in the middle (three elements in the construction). The aperture is fixed at f/8 and focus is manual. This is done by using a small lever at the bottom of the lens (much like the good old Olympus XA). There is three click-stops, one at the hyper-focal distance (everything from 4ft/1.6m to infinity in focus), one at infinity and one where there is a cover in front of the lens.

    It vignettes quite a lot, and both the Panasonic G3 and Olympus E-P1 tends to underexpose quite a bit; but that could be caused by the sun and snow. But the sharpness in the center is not too bad.

    Here are a few photos:







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    Went to the coast today and found that this lens fitted the grey weather.





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    Thanks, Daniel. It looks like the lens is better suited to moody situations than the crystal clear sunny days I too enjoy popping on a simple lens and go.
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    Default Re: Having fun with the Olympus 15mm f/8 lens-in-a-cap

    As I said in the previous post, the lens suits the moody and gloomy better than the sunny. But that didn't stop me in taking these sunny photos





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    Default Re: Having fun with the Olympus 15mm f/8 lens-in-a-cap

    Nice photos!

    I got one of these a few weeks ago and it's now the standard lens I keep on the E-PL1 (bought used and very cheap). I often fit a 28mm OVF to the camera too. Makes a nice, small, light snap-about.
    It's a fine performer for what it is, a simple triplet. Can't knock it.



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    Nice photo - I usually use mine on the E-PM1. Sometimes the result is nearly "too good"


    Nice viewfinder - what make is it? I often use the Olympus one (for 17mm); using the whole frame instead of the framing lines.
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    Default Re: Having fun with the Olympus 15mm f/8 lens-in-a-cap

    Quote Originally Posted by tomsi42 View Post
    Nice photo - I usually use mine on the E-PM1. Sometimes the result is nearly "too good"


    Nice viewfinder - what make is it? I often use the Olympus one (for 17mm); using the whole frame instead of the framing lines.
    That's the Ricoh GV-2 (I think that's the right model). It has markings for 2:3 and 3:4 format, nice optics. :-)

    Nice shot!

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    Default Re: Having fun with the Olympus 15mm f/8 lens-in-a-cap

    Works great with the E-M1 (only m4/3 lens I own).
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    E-510 IR 665nm, 14-42mm II, 40-150mm II

    OM-D E-M1 +
    14-54mm II

    Body Cap Lens 15mm f/8 & 9mm f/8 "fisheye"


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    Default Re: Having fun with the Olympus 15mm f/8 lens-in-a-cap

    Quote Originally Posted by beameup View Post
    Works great with the E-M1 (only m4/3 lens I own).
    Hmm. I need to try mine with the E-M1 I am currently borrowing.
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    Default Re: Having fun with the Olympus 15mm f/8 lens-in-a-cap

    I use it for candid street photography, using the touch-screen for exposure.
    E-510 IR 665nm, 14-42mm II, 40-150mm II

    OM-D E-M1 +
    14-54mm II

    Body Cap Lens 15mm f/8 & 9mm f/8 "fisheye"


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