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Olympus Viewfinders

Discussion in 'Olympus Forum' started by kyteflyer, Sep 10, 2012.

  1. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Ok, had to check them out on my camera before biting the bullet. I was able to look through the VF-3 on the XZ a couple of weeks back. Its an understatement to say that I was less than impressed. A small, barely usable screen which to my mind was not going to do the job. This Saturday past, I was in a different camera store, and they had the VF-2 in stock, and the guy let me try it on the XZ... I was really blown away. Big, bright, and beautiful. So, I thought I should also check the VF on the OM-D. It seemed to me that it was somewhere between the two in terms of quality...

    So.. end result... I'll be getting the VF-2, not the VF-3, and may well sell all my Pentax gear to fund a move to MFT. Damn but that VF-3 is gorgeous! Big, chunky, and gorgeous.
     
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  2. Crsnydertx

    Crsnydertx SC Top Veteran

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    Jan 21, 2011
    Houston, TX
    Chuck
    Sue, a good choice! I have the VF-2, as I purchased it before the VF-3 was issued. My only concern had been the reports of them becoming dislodged from the hot shoe because of the lack of a locking mechanism. I've used it now on four different Olys - including the XZ-1 - and have not even come close to losing it. No duct tape to keep it in place either.

    Enjoy - it really does improve the picture-taking experience, particularly in harsh outdoor light.
     
  3. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Thanks, Chuck. Its going to be a while, a number of large bills coming, and Christmas as well, I think its going to be next year before I get my new iPhone (whichever model) and new gear. Unless I can sell off Pentax before that. I'll advertise here and PF, when I sort out pricing etc and take some pix. I still need to cover Tom's medical expenses as well so its all going to be a bit tight for a while. But, I am patient, if nothing else :)
     
  4. Crsnydertx

    Crsnydertx SC Top Veteran

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    Jan 21, 2011
    Houston, TX
    Chuck
    Sue, maybe you'll be lucky and someone will advertise a lightly used VF-2 at an attractive price - and just at the right time for you. Hoping for that!
     
  5. Lili

    Lili SC Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    Lili
    The vf2 is superb, just wished it locked in place like the vf3
     
  6. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
  7. krugorg

    krugorg SC All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Kyle Krug
    I really like the VF-2. I find the E-M5's viewfinder to be equally good (no glasses here yet), but I do find myself missing the tilt feature occasionally.

    That's a nice looking VF-2 there, Luke! Any chance you would be willing to sell? There is a chance that the new Oly E-PL5 may sway me away from the E-M5 and I may need a viewfinder again. :biggrin:
     
  8. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I sold it back when I sold my E-P3....I wish I had kept it. Maybe I'll get another one, too.
     
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  9. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    Did I get mine from you originally, Kyle?
     
  10. krugorg

    krugorg SC All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Kyle Krug
    I sold you one (a very spiffy example, of course!), but didn't know if it was a re-get.
     
  11. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I definitely owned 2 different E-P3s and VF2s at 2 different times. I had a very indecisive camera year.
     
  12. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    I thought that the E-M5 viewfinder and the VF-2 were basically the same thing. I don't use either very much but they seem similar to me.
     
  13. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    I thiught so also, but looking through one and then the other right away.. The EM-5 didnt seem as bright.
     
  14. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    it is a bit of a big clumsy lump on top of a small camera, but it is also remarkably good. I couldn't use manual lenses on the E-P2 without it.

    The other thing I found was that flipping it up to 90° wasn't simply a novelty but something that I used almost all the time.

    Don't leave home without it ,,,

    oh just a thought. I suppose the E-M5 vf can be adjusted for brightness etc? Might be worth checking it wasn't simply not adjusted to suit your eye Sue.

    But you still wouldnt be able to flip it up 90° ...
     
  15. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    You can adjust the brightness and colour temperature of the E-M5's built-in viewfinder, as well as choose from different display modes. For a bit of entertainment you can still attach the VF-2 to it, but of course it does have the tilting OLED screen for that purpose.