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EP1 and optical viewfinder

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by tobeeornot, Jun 9, 2010.

  1. tobeeornot

    tobeeornot Mu-43 Rookie

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    Feb 17, 2010
    Hi all,

    I love my EP1 but I find really miss shooting without a viewfinder. I mainly shoot with a Panny 20mm and was wondering if the optical viewfinder would work effectively with this lens. Any thoughts?
     
  2. mauve

    mauve Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Mar 9, 2010
    Paris, France
    You might find a 35mm rangefinder external viewfinder framing for 40 mm, or do this :

    Homemade viewfinder

    It works, I did something like that scavenging an old 35mm p&s.
     
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  3. tobeeornot

    tobeeornot Mu-43 Rookie

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    Feb 17, 2010
    Interesting concept, Mauve. Very Innovative.
     
  4. Mosca

    Mosca Mu-43 Regular

    103
    May 27, 2010
    I bought one before seeing this, along with those excellent instructions (and I have one of those insta-cameras right over there. The viewfinder is really nice, but now I wish there was a way to turn off the live view when using it, and just have the info.
     
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  5. mauve

    mauve Mu-43 Top Veteran

    892
    Mar 9, 2010
    Paris, France
    I didn't invented it, but when I thought about it and read this solution, I immediately tried : most people have the necessary parts in their junk box, and even if you had to buy a throw-away camera, you can't be wrong for $4 when comparing with the $100 a true olympus VF fetches.
     
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  6. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    The VF1 is set for 4/3 aspect. It works well with the 17 and sees about 94% like any other finder. For a 40mm I think it would see way too much.
     
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  7. tobeeornot

    tobeeornot Mu-43 Rookie

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    Feb 17, 2010
    Shooter, would you recommend for the Panny 20mm, though?
     
  8. LisaO

    LisaO Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Mar 18, 2010
    New York Metro Area
    Lisa
  9. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    The problem is the aspect ratio.
    If you shoot jpeg at 3/2 then a finder is easy to get.
    I wish my cameras shot raw on a chosen aspect. I'd be back to 3/2 in less that a heartbeat.
    I would not use the VF1 with the 20mm.
    You'll have cropping galore.
     
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  10. dyao

    dyao New to Mu-43

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    May 17, 2010
    I use the 20mm with the voigtlander 35mm. because of the 4/3 format, the very top/bottom of the brightlines match up well with the final picture, but the sides will get chopped off. voigtlander also makes a 40mm viewfinder but it's 3:2, not 4:3.

    my biggest problem with using the optical viewfinder is the slow focus of the 20mm, especially in lowish-light situations.
     
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