Olympus 9mm f/8 BCL-0980 Fisheye Body Cap Lens

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9mm $87
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(From Olympus lens literature) As creative as a body cap can get; It appears to be a protective body cap for your micro four-thirds camera, but this body cap also doubles as a fisheye lens.

The 9mm (35mm equivalent: 18mm) fixed-aperture F8.0 Fish Eye Body Cap lens is an ultra-slim accessory for creative wide-angle shooting through its 5-element, 4-group lens construction. The multi-use lens barrier MF lever switches from pan focus shooting to close up 8-inch shooting with a single press of the lever.

Olympus 9mm f/8 BCL-0980 Fisheye Body Cap Lens User Reviews

6.5/10 average of 2 reviews Build Quality 5.0/10 Image Quality 6.0/10
  • 6 out of 10 points and recommended by (5 reviews)
    Somehow unique in its kind
    Limited application

    I have only one useful application for this lens today, but I admit that it triggered my admiration for fish eyes. Many say that a fish eye distorts, which is true, but it is just as true for wide angle lenses. Why? Our surrounding is a sphere that is projected to a plane to be captured by a flat sensor. Rectilinear and equidistant projections are two approximations that bare truths and errors by design, so both are neither right nor wrong. What I want to say is that our field of view and perception is closer to a fish eye than a wide angle. And with the not too extreme 9mm fisheye e.g. persons at the edge of the picture look more natural than with a wide angle.
    I stick the lens cap on a good old GF3, set it to hyperfocal distance focus (2nd click) and go wild with shooting or filming action from unusual angles, without even looking at the display. The camera captures pretty much what your looking at if you point it there. Even with the limitation of the optical quality, you get stunning pictures or clips this way. And there is no other device available (to my knowledge) that can shoot raw equally well at this price point. And the kit slips even in a small pocket. I think the fun and results are worth the bucks.

    reviewed October 22nd, 2016 (purchased for $90)
  • 7 out of 10 points and recommended by (33 reviews)
    For this price it is .. exceptionally FUN!
    Close focus little restricted. No electronic lens-info. No serious IQ off course.

    For the price it is unbeatable. With the EM10 it produces nice pictures. The focus settings need practising, even for a super wide you have to be carefull to focus correct. If not you lose a lot of contrast and detail. Compared to my 9-18 mft this bodycap does remarkably well and makes a lot of fun. Bewaren you do not get real IQ like with the normal m43 lenses.

    reviewed March 20th, 2014 (purchased for $90)