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Olympus VF-1 Optical Viewfinder for use with Olympus PEN and OM-D Micro Four Thirds Digital Cameras
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- Optical viewfinder for use with the 17mm pancake lens VF-1
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|Item Dimensions||1.4 x 1 x 1.2 inches|
|Item Weight||0.05 pounds|
|Maximum Focal Length||17 mm|
|Minimum Focal Length||0 mm|
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- Bright-line optical viewfinder mounts on the hotshoe
- Multi-coated glass lens element construction
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I recently had the opportunity to try a Voigtlander viewfinder on my camera (lent to me by another photographer couldn't believe that I was taking street photos using the LCD), and was amazed at how well I could see though it. So I dug out my unused Olympus viewfinder, and discovered that (on my E-P1 at least) it's even better than the Voigtlander viewfinder (which costs four times as much!).
First of all, the rectangular bright lines in the VF-1 viewfinder match the 4:3 aspect ratio of the E-P1 sensor. Other viewfinders (like the Voigtlander I borrowed) are intended for use on film cameras and digital cameras with a 3:2 aspect ratio, so the bright lines crop the top and bottom of the image that the E-P1 records, and extend beyond the right and left edges. If you care about accurately framing your image, other viewfinders won't do.
The VF-1 viewfinder has a high "eye point," which means that it works well for someone wearing glasses. I can see the area outside the bright lines without difficulty, which is something I can't say for most other viewfinders (including the ones built into Leica cameras, amazingly enough).
Even if I had an E-P2 camera instead of my E-P1, I would use the VF-1 viewfinder rather than an electronic viewfinder. The optical viewfinder displays an area larger than the image. I can see what is just outside the bright lines, and recompose as necessary.Read more ›
If something akin to a 35mm rangefinder, but with modern technology, is of interest to you, you should try it out in the camera store. The whole setup E-P1, 17mm, and this viewfinder are too expensive to buy on a whim, but it is a solid setup with retro appeal but all of the modern features.
No, this thing can't show your settings in-line, or provide for perfectly accurate framing, as one would expect from a SLR (or an EVF on the PENs). This is a very simple optical viewfinder, hearkening back to the range finder days (albeit without the range finder itself). If you want the bells and whistles of a full-fledged EVF on a PEN, then you should get the Olympus VF-2 Electronic ViewFinder instead.
On the other hand, this product does exactly what it's supposed to do: it lets you frame your photo without using a LCD display (when combined with the Olympus 17mm f/2.8 Lens).
It's constructed adequately, and attaches to the shoe well enough. Be aware that you lose the ability to use shoe-mount flashes with this attached. It has the expected brightlines to indicate framing, but be warned: due to parallax this won't be totally precise, especially for very close objects. Such are the laws of physics.
There's no focus indication on this thing, so you really have two viable ways to shoot: one, use AF (and hope that it hits); or two, set the 17mm to hyperfocal manually and just shoot away. Annoyingly, without a distance scale on the 17mm, you'll have to use the LCD panel to set up the initial focus if you end up going the hyperfocal route. If you're doing street photography this can be just the ticket; quickly raise it to your eye and pull the trigger. Fire and forget.
Although this device is designed for the 17mm f/2.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Now I can see my subjects! I bought the EP1 when it first came out, and since I was a traditional photographer only (darkroom and all), I did not realize how restrictive a digital... Read morePublished 1 month ago by A. Peake
Works well with Pentax Q7 and 8.5mm lens. Much cheaper than Pentax viewfinder.Published 8 months ago by SCC
Works well, however if you zoom into scene, this doesn't show you your new "frame".Published 11 months ago by Lori A
Unless you have a 17mm lens, this viewfinder is worthless and even you have a 17mm lens, its still really worthless. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Quaid
First of all, if I can put the 17mm f2.8 Olympus lens on my Panasonic GF-2, why can't I put this viewfinder? No excuse for that. No worries, a little sandpaper and it fits. Read morePublished 12 months ago by A. F. Butchart
doesn't give you a zommed in view...but it's better than no view of what ou are shootingPublished 13 months ago by Barbara A. Ross
The original price seemed absurd, but I got this one on a sale. Of course, if you look at the cost of optical viewfinders from other brands, it's a bargain, and at the sale price,... Read morePublished 15 months ago by D. M. Rogers
Let's get the bad parts out of the way first. It's all plastic and dust can get inside. Also, there's no way to take it part for cleaning. And it's a little expensive. Read morePublished 18 months ago by LJ
I didn't buy my VF-1 from amazon as I was able to find a used one at a small discount but I thought I'd add my thoughts to the reviews. Read morePublished 19 months ago by G. L. Scott