Body Cap Lenses and Pinhole Lens Caps Comparison List

Body Cap Lenses. Pinhole Can-Camera Portraits, Photoville, New York City, 2016

Pinhole Can Camera Portraits, Photoville, New York City, 2016

Recently I bought the smallest digital Interchangeable Camera System from Craigslist. It´s called Q and it is made by Pentax (now Ricoh). It is so small that the inventive Q from James Bond might had actually co-invented it (if he would be a real person in the first place). Anyway, the Pentax Q System consists of several Interchangeable Lenses and one of them is particularity interesting because it is very very slim, just 6.9 mm. It is the Pentax Q 07 Body Cap Lens aka the “Mount Shield Lens”. What makes it so slim is that is has no movable parts inside. Body Cap Lenses have no focus mechanism and typically no aperture to choose from. Everything is preset and you have to work with what you have. What you gain from this minimalistic Lens-Zen-Design is the opportunity for real Point and Shoot Snapshot-Photography! This lens is by far not the only model around. Read on and view a comparable list of available Body Cap Lenses and Pinhole Lens Caps for interchangeable Camera mounts…

There are two different types of fixed distance (lens) designs:

  • Body Cap Lens has usually a plastic lens element integrated.
    • Advantages
      • Light and durable
      • Cheap
      • Fixed Focus
      • Quick and fun to use
    • Drawbacks
      • Less sharp compared to glass lenses
      • No aperture control (with exceptions)
      • Resulting images look often soft in the corners
  • Pinhole Lens Cap has no lens element at all, there is only a tiny hole in a cap.
    • Advantages
      • The lightest possible (lens)
      • Cheaper
      • Fixed Focus
      • Huge Depth of Field
    • Drawbacks
      • Very long exposure times! (Hand held shooting not recommended)
      • Almost no preview (live-view) possible because it´s too dark
      • Resulting images look overall soft, very soft!
Lens or Pinhole?ManufacturerModel NameField of View (Full Frame equiv.)Aperture f/stopInfos and ReviewsProduct Picture & LinkAvailable mounts
PinholeYouYou name it01mm f/0Do It Yourself
Tutorial on WikiHow
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LensOlympusFisheye Body Cap Lens18mm (Fisheye)f/8Hands on Review

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mFT (m4/3)
PinholeSLR MagicPin Hole Lens24mmf/128Hands on Review

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mFT (m4/3)
PinholeHolgaHPL 299120 Pinhole Lens 38mmf/125Hands on Video ReviewCanon
mFT (m4/3)
Nikon
LensOlympusBody Cap Lens30mmf/8Hands on Video Review

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mFT (m4/3)
LensLoreoLens in a CAP 9002MD 35mmf/5.6
f/8
f/16
f/32
f/64
Hands on Video Review

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Canon EOS / FD
Minolta MD
M42 (screw mount)
Nikon N (F)
Olympus OM
Pentax K
Sony/Minolta AF
LensPentaxQ 07 Mount Shield Lens53mmf/9

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Pentax K
PinholePinholeressourceDigital Pinhole No Dust Cap48mmf/166pinholeressource-nodustcap

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Canon
Nikon
PinholeDaystar Laser Inc.Pinhole Cap43mmf/180

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Canon EF / FD
Leica M / R
mFT (m4/3)
Minolta SR/MD
Nikon F
Olympus OM
Pentax K
Sony/Minolta A
PinholeSkink PinholePancake Pro and Classic45mmf/150skinkpinhole-lens-leica

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Canon
Fourthirds
Fujifilm
Hasselblad
Leica
mFT (m4/3)
M42 (screw mount)
Nikon
Olympus
Panasonic
Pentax
Sigma
Sony

If you notice that a information about a lens is missing, please let me know in a comment below!

Once I receive the Mount Shield Lens I will write a short review about it.

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