Fixed vs detachable EVFs

Discussion in 'Open Gear Talk' started by Andrewteee, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee SC All-Pro

    Jul 8, 2010
    I know people have their preferences for built-in or detachable EVFs, but I've come to really appreciate the detachable kind. Yes, they are bulbous and a bit clumsy to deal with, but being able to swivel it 90 degrees has been immensely useful. I have the new Olympus EP3 and 24mm lens and with that wide a lens I often have it lower down and try to keep it level in both directions. Being able to look straight down into the EVF perfectly facilitates this.

    To me, swiveling LCDs serve a similar purpose but they are not the same. I still prefer to frame through the VF. I find it to be a more intimate connection to the image (and it helps with stability).

    Downsides, I cannot use the EVF and external flash at the same time. But it is rare that I ever use flash. Still, an important consideration.

    The choice of EVF type comes down to personal preference. I'd be curious to hear why others prefer one type or the other.
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  2. dixeyk

    dixeyk Guest

    I have had both (and E-PL1 with VF2 and currently a G2 with built-in EVF and swivel screen). I find the combination of the built-in EVF and the swivel screen suits my needs best. I like to shoot at odd angles (sometimes very low or high) and the swivel makes that possible without contortions.
  3. Herman

    Herman The Image Stimulator

    Jul 11, 2010
    The Netherlands
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    I prefer. I prefer framing through EVF. G1 offers EVF and swivel screen, just perfect. Looking to next NEX 7 !
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  4. thearne3

    thearne3 SC Regular

    Aug 4, 2011
    Ridgefield, CT USA
    With the new touch screen and built-in flash, E-P3 presents far fewer compromises than the E-P2. For example, I like the fact that I can keep the VF on and still use either built-in flash (fill) or trigger an external flash.

    I have found that even with my bad close vision, the OLED is now good enough so that the VF is not always necessary anyway.
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  5. I have no problem with a detachable EVF (even though I don't have one). The convenience of not having the bulk when you don't need it and the ability to change the angle are winners for me.
  6. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
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    I loved my PEN detachable EVF and I now love my Fuji X100 (built in) EVF. I'm happy with whatever works with the whole package.
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  7. usayit

    usayit SC Regular

    Sep 4, 2010
    I have the G1 and E-PL1. I like the compact size of the E-PL1 and I bet its size has something to do with not having a built in EVF. As such, I prefer the detachable EVF. I really like the tilt feature which brings back waist level shooting back into mainstream.

    My only major complaint against the detachable EVFs is that they use the hot-shoe which prevents the use of EVF and my flashes simultaneously. IMO, I think Olympus was being lazy from a design point. They were being nostalgic and feeding off of the age old rangefinders that used the shoe to mount viewfinders. They could have been a lot more innovative when it comes to how the EVF attached to the camera.

    PS> If you have the EVF tilted up shooting waist level, watch that popup flash! Sucker can blind your left eye if you shoot with your right.
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  8. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
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    Bill Shinnick
    Another vote for built-in. I've owned and sold an E-P2, E-PL1 and E-P1 and two VF-2s.