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The Olympus 9mm f/8 BCL lens adapted to the Sony NEX-5T!

JonathanF2

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My daughter's favorite lens is the Olympus 9mm f/8 BCL. She usually records videos and takes photos with it. It's a simple and straight forward pancake lens. Since I don't shoot M43 anymore, I figure I should migrate her camera to Sony!

I recently picked up a cheap minty used Sony NEX-5T body (had only 60 clicks) for my daughter mainly to use with my Olympus 9mm f/8 Body Cap Lens BCL (with an M43 to E-mount adapter) and as an APS-C back-up to my A7III bodies. Also the other reason I went with the NEX-5T was due to picking up the OEM pink Sony case for like $3.50 USD on Amazon Prime! :p It gives it that extra cute factor!

Regarding the Olympus 9mm BCL, the image circle is a bit smaller than an APS-C sized sensor. If shooting JPEG, you can use the clear zoom and just shoot it at 1.2x crop which cuts away the corners, but still leaves a wider FOV than on an M43 sensor. Shooting raw, you can either just compose with vignetted corners or shoot in 16:9, either way the raw data will include the un-cropped image. Once using your raw editor of choice, I found a 117% image scale sufficient enough to crop out the corners. You loose some image data, but on the plus side I created a preset for de-fishing using the Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye de-fish lens profile correction. With the scale plus de-fish you have more leeway to straighten/compose the image than you would with an actual M43 4:3 raw file! You'd probably be better off with a 24mp APS-C body, but those cost a bit more!

Olympus makes some great lenses, if they had gone FF I'd rather be shooting with their cameras instead of Sony!

Here's how it looks on-camera:
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Sample images taken with the Sony NEX-5T + Olympus 9mm f/8 Body Cap Lens BCL + M43 to E-mount adapter
by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr

A few image samples:
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Sample images taken with the Sony NEX-5T + Olympus 9mm f/8 Body Cap Lens BCL + M43 to E-mount adapter
by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr

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Sample images taken with the Sony NEX-5T + Olympus 9mm f/8 Body Cap Lens BCL + M43 to E-mount adapter
by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr

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Sample images taken with the Sony NEX-5T + Olympus 9mm f/8 Body Cap Lens BCL + M43 to E-mount adapter
by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr


Sample images taken with the Sony NEX-5T + Olympus 9mm f/8 Body Cap Lens BCL + M43 to E-mount adapter
by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr

Image samples de-fished:
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Sample images taken with the Sony NEX-5T + Olympus 9mm f/8 Body Cap Lens BCL + M43 to E-mount adapter
by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr

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Sample images taken with the Sony NEX-5T + Olympus 9mm f/8 Body Cap Lens BCL + M43 to E-mount adapter
by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr

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Sample images taken with the Sony NEX-5T + Olympus 9mm f/8 Body Cap Lens BCL + M43 to E-mount adapter
by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr

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Sample images taken with the Sony NEX-5T + Olympus 9mm f/8 Body Cap Lens BCL + M43 to E-mount adapter
by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr
 

JonathanF2

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I first spotted these on flickr....very cool shots! Neat little lens!
What's crazy is how sharp the lens is despite being in a cheap plastic body. Olympus designed this BCL with the higher pixel density of M43 sensors in-mind. It easily out resolves the older Sony APS-C 16mp sensor. In fact it makes me wish M43 would just adopt APS-C sensors and allow multi-aspect ratio settings in-camera. That way they'd get access to better OSPDAF, and BSI sensor tech that Sony's sensor division doesn't seem interested in trickling into M43 sensors.
 
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