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Olympus VF2, an essential accessory,
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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.