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Carrying EPL-1 with VF attached

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by Adresaba, Apr 24, 2012.

  1. Adresaba

    Adresaba Mu-43 Regular

    30
    Jan 24, 2012
    Hello!
    I have a nice Epl1 which is really lovely camera and most of the time I have VF3 attached on it because I am using almost exclusively manual lenses. VF seems fragile to me and I am not putting camera in my small bag with VF attached because I am afraid that it can be easily broken. Do you carry your camera with VF attached and are you putting it in bag with VF on it and if you do what kind of bag is it?
    Maybe its not so easily broken but since it is made of plastic (and expensive :biggrin: ) I am worried.
    Thanks and sorry for my bad English
     
  2. Minniesmum

    Minniesmum Mu-43 Veteran

    371
    Mar 2, 2012
    UK
    I also carry my E-PL1 around with VF-2 permanently attached. I've not considered it to be fragile- ot at least not more fragile than the camera. More concerned about it detaching itself from the camera. As long as your camera bag is roomy enough I can't see a problem ;)
     
  3. fin azvandi

    fin azvandi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 12, 2011
    South Bend, IN
    I usually take the VF off when I'm putting the camera in a bag.
     
  4. eltictac

    eltictac Mu-43 Regular

    53
    Feb 12, 2012
    I have the same fear. It feels like a sideways knock would really not be good for it!
     
  5. downy_ball

    downy_ball Mu-43 Regular

    I have a an E-PL1 and use a VF-2 with it. However, I only put it on when I need too, as I don't always need it. My VF-2 came with a little soft bag with a Velcro closure and a small loop to slide a strap through.

    I keep my camera in a soft Olympus Pen wrapping case:
    Olympus PEN Wrapping Camera Case - Best Price at Bristol Cameras
    which isn't sturdy enough to protect the VF-2 when attached to the camera, so I just slipped one end of the camera strap through the loop on the little case for the VF-2 and it's always handy.

    I'm not a camera bag kind of person. My PEN is just slung over my shoulder w/ the 17mm and away I go.

    :wink:
     
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  6. usayit

    usayit Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Lens Cap Keeper.. but for the VF-2. Once I place it on the camera, I generally leave it on for the day.
     
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  7. rparmar

    rparmar Mu-43 Top Veteran

    639
    Jun 14, 2011
    Limerick, Ireland
    I have similar concerns and have been searching for a day bag as small as possible that nonetheless lets me keep the EVF on the camera as I slide it in and out of safety. I figure the cubic dimensions I need are 4.5 x 4.5 x 5.5" (11 x 11 x 14cm) for the camera + lens + hood + EVF. Enogh room for two other lenses plus accessories would be good. I want a nice looking shoulder bag (that doesn't scream "camera") that is not overly-padded (got one of those) and water-resistant.

    Currently the best bets are Domke F-5XC, Domke F-5XB, and Think Tank Retrospective 5. Though these might be a tight squeeze and I have difficulty finding confirmation they will work with my configuration.

    A light colour and something that won't sweat in tropical climates are also nice things to have, but seemingly impossible.
     
  8. Adresaba

    Adresaba Mu-43 Regular

    30
    Jan 24, 2012
    I have found a bag with perfect dimensions for carrying my Epl1 with VF and adapted lens attached and extra lens or two and it is not so big. Here it is:
    Tamrac - Model 3345 Aero 45 Camera Bag
     
  9. I have been carrying my E-PL1 with a VF-2 attached for nearly 2 years. Usually it is slung over my shoulder, or in a Billingham bag. Never had it come off, or any issue with it being knocked.
    But, I do believe in cameras being used, and like to wear things out before replacing them, so I can't say any of the kit looks brand new!

    Cheers, Tom
     
  10. Adresaba

    Adresaba Mu-43 Regular

    30
    Jan 24, 2012
    Thanks Tom.Then it seems it is not so fragile!
     
  11. Fmrvette

    Fmrvette This Space For Rent

    May 26, 2012
    Detroit, Michigan
    Jim
    I carry the E-PL1 with the VH2 attached in a LowePro Adventura 140 bag, with either the 20mm Pan or the 14-42 lens attached. The unattached lens, along with the 40-150 Oly lens store next to the camera. The bag cannot store the three lenses if the 40-150 is mounted on the body.

    I've not had a problem with the EVF2 coming off, although the fit is a snug one in the bag. Case Dimensions: 5.9 x 8.5 x 8.3 inches ; 11.2 ounces

    It has a single divider, which I've angled so that the unmounted lenses stack on each other for storage; the camera goes vertically (hand grip side up) into the remaining space. There are two side pockets for holding lens caps, body cap, etc., a flat rear pocket for holding cleaning cloth, etc, and a front zippered compartment that will hold spare cards, batteries, lens pen, etc.

    The EVF is never taken off of the E-PL1; I cannot use a screen for photography, I need the support that the EVF allows me to give the camera.

    I did at first have concerns that the thing would disengage by itself and become lost, or damaged, but after awhile with no issues I quit worrying about it. It slides into the case very snugly but doesn't seem to mind.

    HTH

    Jim
     
  12. mowog6000

    mowog6000 Mu-43 Regular

    126
    Mar 2, 2012
    Oregon City Oregon
    Pat bailey
    I have had my VF-2 for over a month and have had no issues with leaving it on the camera I keep the camera in a LowePro backpack and it fits fine. I have gone on 20 mile bike rides with the camera slung under my arm and the VF never even got loose As with any optical equipment you don't bang it around.
     
  13. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    I take mine off before I put it in the bag. The advantage of a modular EVF system is the ability to take it off and pack really small, as well as the ability to share the EVF with other bodies. If you don't take advantage of that, you may as well get a body with a built-in EVF. ;)

    I do suggest making a tether for your VF-2 though. Heavy thread or doubled-up thread will slip around the hinge of the vari-finder without hindering its ability to lock. That thread can then be tied to a tether which can be attached with a quick-release clip to your neckstrap lug or something.
     
  14. mowog6000

    mowog6000 Mu-43 Regular

    126
    Mar 2, 2012
    Oregon City Oregon
    Pat bailey
     
  15. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Yes indeed, and that is the price advantage of the accessory EVF... If you wanted a body upgrade you could upgrade your E-PL1 to a $400 E-PM1 for instance, and you'd have a brand new body and still be able to use the EVF. ;) It's part of an interchangeable system, just like your lenses. People with fixed lenses have to buy a new camera whenever theirs get outdated, but we system camera users just upgrade one piece.
     
  16. mowog6000

    mowog6000 Mu-43 Regular

    126
    Mar 2, 2012
    Oregon City Oregon
    Pat bailey
    I agree but having the VF makes using the camera so much better and not just because you can interchange it.
     
  17. Fmrvette

    Fmrvette This Space For Rent

    May 26, 2012
    Detroit, Michigan
    Jim
    Ned, I've tried but I can't. Olympus just won't build an OMD for me :wink:. It's gettin' to the point where I'm about to jump ship and move to Fuji.

    Never occurred to me!!! Thanks Ned, that's a great idea. Since I don't remove my EVF I think a bit of strong but flexible fishing line (not the monofiliment stuff) run between the EVF and the camera strap eye on the flash side of the body would work. Beats my idea of glueing the EVF to the camera :biggrin:.
     
  18. MajorMagee

    MajorMagee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2011
    Dayton, OH
    I never take mine off either. I used to make electrical connectors and I know (depending on the design) they can fail far faster than the rest of the device if they get too many insertion and removal cycles.
     
  19. hinata76

    hinata76 Mu-43 Regular

    130
    Jun 21, 2012
    Singapore
    i put the VF2 in its pouch..only when needed i take it and attached to the EP2. Reason because it takes up less space in the bag..
    unless im going only with the camera i leave it with the camera.
     
  20. Dave Jenkins

    Dave Jenkins Mu-43 Veteran

    I leave the VF-2 on my E-PL1 all the time and have been doing so for nearly two years with no problems. I think taking it on and off the camera is eventually going to loosen it and make it more likely to fall off.