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Panasonic DMW-LVF1E External Live Viewfinder for Lumix GF2, GF1 and LX5

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  • Live View Finder for the Lumix GF1.
  • Provides 100% field of view irrespective of the lens attached.
  • Magnification: Approx. 1.04x / 0.52x (35mm film camera equivalent).
  • Ideal for use when the LCD screen is difficult to see (e.g. under bright sunlight).
  • The vertical tilt facility (0 to 90 degrees) makes the LVF handy for low-angle shots.

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Panasonic DMW-LVF1E External Live Viewfinder for Lumix GF2, GF1 and LX5 + Panasonic DMW-LA6E - Conversion Lens Adapter for Lumix LX5
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Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 82 g
  • Item model number: Panasonic GF1 External Live Viewfinder
  • ASIN: B002P3KLKE
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 20 Sep 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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Manufacturer's Description

The optional 202,000-dot equivalent Live View Finder (LVF) DMW-LVF1 featuring a magnification of approximately 1.04x (0.52x*) and 100% field of view is designed for use with the DMC-GF1. Because it displays the same information as the LCD, it is effectively used in situations where the LCD is difficult to see, such as under bright sunlight. The LVF is also handy for low-angle shots as it can be tilted vertically from 0 to 90 degrees.

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. Russell on 8 Dec 2009
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The DMW-LVF1E viewfinder for the Panasonic GF1 is expensive but extremely versatile. As expected, it allows photographers like me to hold the camera up to my eye. This may be a neccessary move in bright light when the screen would be almost unusable. However, it hinges through 90 degrees allowing you to hold the camera at low level without being a contortionist. This is extremely useful in close-ups of flowers etc. Finally, there is a switch on the viewfinder that allows easy switching between viewfinder and screen. If you have a GF1, then you should consider this as a potential accessory.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. James on 24 Jan 2010
This is a nice accessory for the GF1. It comes in a nice little leather case.
I bought it because I prefer to look down a viewfinder. Having said this using the GF1 is great with and without the EVF, and allot of the time I dont have the EVF on me I really dont miss it.
The resolution of the EVF is a little cause for concern as it isnt high enough to check the focus of an image accurately. So for important shots its best to stick to the LCD anyway.

Its a very well made device that compliments the GF1 very well, however its not for everyone as well as being VERY expensive.
I dont regret my purchase, but its not quite good enough for the money for real satisfaction..

its also sold cheaper elsewhere on the internet just to let you know ;)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. PT Farrell on 24 Nov 2011
I purchased the LVF for my Panasonic LX5 because I found the screen useless in bright sunlight... and I like holidaying in hot places where strong sunlight is endemic! What I had not realised was the absolute brilliance of having adjustable DIOPTRIC CORRECTION. I always have to pull on my reading specs to compose the photo, but with the LVF I can adjust the dioptric correction to suit my eyes.

So yes, this is an expensive extra and perhaps it could have greater resolution but the benefits are enormous.

PANASONIC: if you read this, please build ALL your cameras in two versions, one with a VIEWFINDER with adjustable dioptric correction. I'll happily give up the useless integrated flash to make room for something as useful as a live viewfinder!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By C. D. Giannopoulou on 26 Dec 2009
This electronic view finder is extremely usefyl with a small camera as Panasonic GF1. It adopts easily to my vision, it can be adjusted to be bright enough to cope with the mediterranian sun, it provides all screen info, saving battery, it also can tilt downwards, an extremely practical feature when shooting low and finally it can be easily removed.I am too happy to have bought it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By longwire on 8 Dec 2011
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Wish I had purchased this when I brought my Lx5.
I am now able to frame shots so much more easily.
I should have not paid attention to the negative comments because the LVF1 is one big plus.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 16 Dec 2010
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I'm using this LVF1E on a LX5 camera, and it is even more useful on this than the GF1. This is because LX5 users are less likely to want the eye level manual focus facility, and this is the only area where the LVF1E does not score maximum points, as the resolution is lower than the camera screen. Otherwise, this is a must have accessory as far as I am concerned. Expensive...yes, but it's beautifully made, (in Japan), gives a large, clear and bright eye level image, with full information, is easily switched from LVF to camera screen, and above all enables the world's best compact camera to be used at eye level, opting out of the 'arm's length' brigade. Wonderful!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Terry289 on 1 Sep 2012
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Purchased this recently and improves usage of the Lumix LX5 significantly. Bright and clear screen and multi-angle viewpoint is really useful. Would recommend this product without question
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. PICKUP on 10 July 2012
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I bought this for my Leica D-Lux 5, the screen of which is unusable in bright sunlight (yes, we have had a few short periods this summer!). It works beautifully. OK you wouldn't want to focus with it, but then you can't focus with a standard 'compact' camera viewfinder anyway. I can use it with my glasses off or on, the dioptric adjustment has a good range. Was a bit nervous when I opened the box as it says it is only for use with the Panasonic camera, but the other reviews are right. It looks and works fine on the Leica and is a lot cheaper: the info display at the bottom is also easy to read. I like the button which switches between screen and viewfinder, so it will remain permanently on my camera now.
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