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Olympus VF-2 Electronic ViewFinder (Black)

by Olympus
97 customer reviews
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  • Offers easy viewing
  • 7 Step brightness adjustment
  • 1.15x magnification; 60 FPS
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VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder.

Product Details

Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 5 inches ; 3.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B003A4GZUC
  • Item model number: 260057
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at February 24, 2010

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By C. Rhoades on May 27, 2010
Color: Black Verified Purchase
I use this viewfinder on my Olympus E-PL1 Olympus PEN E-PL1 12.3MP Live MOS Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens (Black) mostly when in bright sunlight situations. It can be used in low light also, but the rear LCD usually suffices then. If there were a method of permanently attaching the VF-2 to the camera, I would have to give that serious consideration.

It attaches firmly in the camera's hot shoe, but there's nothing besides friction holding it on. I keep close watch on it so I don't lose it, but I've had no problems.

The VF-2 is simply excellent, with great color and very high resolution.
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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful By James E. Maynard on October 22, 2010
Color: Black Verified Purchase
I purchased this view finder for my new Olympus EPL1, which I had exchanged for my Panasonic GF1 with its accessory external view funder precisely because the Panasonic view finder produced such poor quality images. This is not the place to compare these two cameras. My swap should give you a clue about this. Anyway, you do get what you pay for. The VF2 viewfinder cost about $100 more than the Panasonic equivalent, but is well worth the difference in price. I am an older photographic enthusiast very much used to digital SLR's, which give me steady images when I hold the camera against my eye. I have more trouble achieving real steadiness when shooting with the camera held out in front of me. In bright light this is not a problem. But in low light, lower camera speeds make shake more of a problem, which the anti-shake technology on the Panasonic and Olympus do not really overcome. So this is the first advantage of the VF2. It provides for a steadier camera position. The second advantage is image quality. In outdoor bright light, the LCD images produced by both Panasonic and Olympus are hard to see. The VF2 on the Olympus solves this problem no matter what the light and gives one an excellent image that is useful for composing the scene.

The Olympus EPL1 is definitely much more than a simple point and shoot camera. If you are going to get the most out of this product, purchase of the VF2 is a must in my opinion and the combined price of the two items should be taken into consideration when making a decision to move to this new style of camera.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Harry M. Shin VINE VOICE on October 22, 2011
Color: Black Verified Purchase
1. I've owned /used many cameras over the past 30 years and thus I'm definitely no stranger to the use of optical viewfinders. On the otherhand, via the R1 I'm not a stranger to the electronic viewfinder (that one was fairly lame) and via the numerous point and shoots I've used, I'm fairly comfortable shooting via the LCD.

2. Getting the VF-2, whether or not you need one (and like it) will come down to various personal factors as well as shooting situations. Here are some of my random thoughts:
a. If you have one of the pen cameras that can utilize an electronic viewfinder, it's probably worthwhile getting one, just because you'll probably come across some shooting situations where it may come in handy (read below).
b. In terms of the VF-2 vs the newer VF-3, I would definitely recommend getting the VF-2 simply because it's better. I went to the camera store to actually check out both products. First of all, people note that the VF-3 is smaller; true, but significantly smaller? No. Remember, you're getting an optical device to view what you're shooting, that's the main purpose of getting this product. Hands down, the VF-2 is superior to the VF-3.
c. Engineering: many people have rightly noted one of the negatives of the VF-2 is the inability to lock the device into the hot shoe. What were the engineers thinking or not thinking when they made this thing? On the otherhand, unlike what others have seemed to imply, the VF-2 fits snugly into the hot shoe and thus it will not easily fall of the camera. The only way it'll fall off is if you're... perhaps taking it out of the camera bag in such a way that the VF-2 snags on something etc... Obviously don't hold the camera via the VF-2 etc...
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Dathon on August 21, 2010
Color: Black Verified Purchase
I bought this for my E-PL1 camera. Display is very bright, clear and high resolution(800x600). Refresh rate is very fast and there is no annoying flicker in good to bright light. Images look really smooth compared to Panasonic GF-1 low-resolution viewfinder. This is because of the tighter dot-pitch and higher resolution of the VF-2. You won't notice any individual pixels, although the camera menu will look a little blocky but still nice. The camera also can adjust the brightness and color temperature of the VF-2. There is a button to switch easily from viewfinder to LCD. The ability to tilt the VF-2 is an added bonus. It fits snug on the camera, and shouldn't fall off with normal use. I'm planning to leave it attached unless I need to use the hotshoe for something else. That is one of the negatives, it covers up the hot shoe. Another negative, is that in low light it can have an annoying flicker and get grainy, just like the E-PL1 LCD display. What you see on LCD is how it will also look on VF-2. But I can work around this annoyance, and it only shows itself in very low light. All in all, this is an excellent add-on to the E-P2 and E-PL1 cameras, and in bright sunlight, helps a lot in composing photos. A little expensive, but you get what you pay for compared to the GF-1 viewfinder.
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