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A simple GF1 viewfinder question

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by benjie, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. benjie

    benjie Mu-43 Regular

    May 17, 2010
    I've just acquired a (red!) GF1 + LVF-1, and very nice the kit is too. I'll be using it with the 20mm 1.7 which I already had.

    My question is- do folk leave the viewfinder attached all the time? I was thinking of it as I'm a little old-fashioned and prefer squinting through a viewfinder!
  2. LisaO

    LisaO Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 18, 2010
    New York Metro Area
    If you like using it all the time leave it on, if you only use it for certain situations keep it in a case unless you need it. I keep the little plastic cover in the EVF case so if I need to switch it's right there.
  3. red

    red Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 21, 2010
  4. benjie

    benjie Mu-43 Regular

    May 17, 2010
    Thanks Lisa. Suppose it's obvious really!
  5. LisaO

    LisaO Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 18, 2010
    New York Metro Area
    I find the little case is sort of bulky though considering it would be carrying a tiny piece of plastic most of the time so I keep mine on pretty much all the time.
  6. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    I rarely us the evf on the gf1 - only when the light is too strong to see the lcd. So I leave it in the bag or if I'm just walking around without the bag, in a pocket or something. The evf is so small and the case so bulky though, that I just take my chances and carry it without its case. If it dies prematurely, it dies prematurely. The EVF is such a nice size (I guess that's the upside for the relatively poor resolution compared to the Oly version - its a lot smaller!) that I feel like it defeats the purpose to carry its much larger case around.

    But there is no right way except whatever works for you.

  7. JohnMetsn

    JohnMetsn Mu-43 Veteran

    For some reason I don't like to use that LVF for Panny 20mm or any "short" lens, but I do love it for 45-200mm. And I don't think it's case is that bulky, it's very nicely made and protect the LVF well. But that's just me, I like to keep everything dust&fingerprints free (I'm cleaning my glasses many times per day :wink: )
  8. KIT

    KIT New to Mu-43

    Feb 28, 2011
    west sussex....UK
    Mine is up top all the time,great bit of kit.........
  9. Fiddler

    Fiddler Mu-43 Veteran

    I managed to find one second hand after failing to find one new, and am enjoying the camera much more with it. I tend to keep it in it's case when not using it, but am probably a bit over - protective, as it seems to be pretty robust.
  10. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    I only use mine when I feel the need, which is less rather than more. And I do keep it in that fancy little (bulky) case. To me it just ruins the compact, sleek form factor of the camera, so I don't like it on unless I really need it and there are times when I do! (Very bright sunlight, long lenses, a need to help stabilize the camera against my head, etc.)
  11. Alanroseman

    Alanroseman Super Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 21, 2010
    New England
    Unlike, Ray, John & Don above.

    I leave the finder on my GF1 all the time.

    It's small and not troublesome, when I need it it's already there, just push the little button and away you go.

    Prior to switching my kit bag to the Crumpler 6 MD, I had trouble with quick egress and left the EVF detached, as Ray mentions it's small and no big deal to carry in its pouch.

    Just an opinion, as you can see there's no right way wrong way... just what works and is comfortable for you.
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