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Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder - Black

by Olympus

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  • Item Weight: 32 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 181 g
  • Item model number: VF-2 Black
  • ASIN: B0037BRRXC
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 22 Mar. 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

Product Description

Specially Designed For The Olympus Pen E-P2, The Vf-2 Includes A 90-Degree Tilting Mechanism For Low-Angle Shooting, And A Host Ofuser-Friendly Picture-Adjustment Features Such As Exposure Compensation And White Balance.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Peter Piper TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Mar. 2011
A small and well-crafted piece of kit, whose external simplicity belies its functionality and sharp, bright image. It plugs into the hot shoe and accessory slots at the top of the camera and is powered from the camera. Pressing a single button toggles between viewfinder and camera back screen (monitor). It does not interfere with using the built in flash. I am using the VF-2 on an Olympus XZ-1 Digital Camera - Black (10MP, 4x i.Zuiko Wide Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD but it can be used on other Olympus cameras, so if you own more than one camera, a single viewfinder could be used on each compatible unit. The only reason for dropping a star here is the price - in my opinion the quality is 5*.

The VF-2 is perfect for use in bright sunlight, where the monitor on the camera itself is difficult to use for setting up and reviewing shots without dodging into a shady spot to do so.

The viewfinder is a very useful addition for anyone, like me, who is longsighted and for those used to an SLR type viewfinder. The great thing about a digital camera with a display screen is being able to review (playback) pictures as you go. If you are longsighted, you end up holding the camera at arms length to be able to focus your eyes on the screen on the back of the camera, or resort to your reading glasses. The electronic viewfinder shows all the information you would otherwise see on the screen on the back of the camera. You can adjust the focus to your individual eyesight by simply rotating the rubber 'dioptre' ring.

Since having the viewfinder, I am using it as the preferred method for operating the camera.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By P. D. HOLMES on 18 Oct. 2010
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I purchased one of these for my E-PL1,and I'm pleased I did!. What a difference this electronic viewfinder makes. It really is essential to have this,when you need to focus sharply on subjects. It has very high contrast,and is great to look through. I wouldn't be without it now. Excellent product.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Cannon Fodder on 2 July 2011
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This viewfinder persuaded me to buy an Olympus PEN rather than a Panasonic Micro Four Thirds camera. I compared electronic viewfinders on the Panasonics and the Sony A55/A33: the VF-2 was the best by far. At the time of writing, I don't think that there is a better electronic viewinder than this; eventually even this will be improved upon. The field of view is big, bright and clear. In low light and at night it is less clear and slightly stuttery but still better than an SLR direct viewfinder in the dark. It is usable whilst wearing specs and has an effective diopter adjustment; also, it hinges upward to become what was once called a 'waist-level' finder. When attached to a PEN, it's a bit bulky but when dismounted it fits closely into the supplied fabric puch that attaches conveniently to the camera neckstrap. The advantage of this arrangement is that you have the choice of using the petite PEN like a compact camera when it's convenient to do so, with the reassurance that the eye-level viewfinder is at the ready for action shots or very bright sunlight (when monitor screens can be hard to use). Although the VF-2 is a bit expensive, it fits any PEN and also the superb Olympus XZ-1 compact camera - handy if you and the missus want to share it. Moreover, if you want to upgrade/change PEN cameras or add an XZ-1 to your collection, the VF-2 should be compatible for years to come (fingers crossed that Olympus keep it this way). Finally, my PEN E-PL2 produces superb images with the standard kit lens, I'm delighted with the PEN experience so far.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SteveK on 14 May 2011
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Being used to conventional cameras with eyepiece I found only viewing on back screen awkward, especially in bright light. Expensive bit of kit, but makes camera so much easier to use in my opinion. Glad I bought it.

Essentially another electronic screen within an eyepiece viewer, and can be angled from horizontal to vertical on top of camera. Easy to switch between eyepiece and back screen by the touch of a button. Makes camera more bulky and more difficult to put in a case. In my experience viewfinder sometimes "glares-out" on very bright scenes, but pictures taken are fine.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By GeoffNotJeff on 23 Aug. 2011
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Having recently bought the Olympus E-P3 to take away on a big trip, I found myself missing the optical viewfinder I have on all my other cameras.

The touchscreen on the E-P3 is truly excellent (much better than some early reviews made it out to be as they were obviously based on an early version of the firmware), but no matter how bright and clear it is, it can never compete in bright sunlight. Nor can it be tilted and manipulated (like the one on the E-PL3 can).

Olympus have just produced a brand new external EVF, the VF-3 and these are now starting to appear with UK retailers. I naturally assumed this was an upgrade to the VF-2. In some ways it is. One of the complaints of this unit is that it does not lock onto the body when connected: the VF-3 includes this. Olympus have moved the diopter adjustment from around the eyepiece on the VF-2, to the side of the unit on the new one. Apparently it also has a colour adjustment feature - although i've not seen that.

HOWEVER, the VF-3 is cheaper. If it's newer, upgraded and better, why would this be? The main reason is that the VF-2 has a higher resolution screen (1.4 million dots as opposed to 920,000 ish). On a screen so physically small, the difference isn't THAT noticeable in terms of resolution, but when I tried both in Park Cameras recently, I personally found the VF-3 a little more harsh looking, very contrasty and a tad overly saturated. Don't get me wrong, had I not tried both together, I would have thought the VF-3 was very good. For me though, the quality of the picture on the VF-2 was superior.

Ergonomically, the VF-2 also feels a bit more retro: entirely in keeping with the PEN series of cameras it is designed for.
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