Olympus VF-1 Viewfinder ???

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by DeanD, Feb 8, 2010.

  1. DeanD

    DeanD Mu-43 Rookie Charter Member

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    Jan 19, 2010
    New York City
    Hello All -

    At times I've been frustrated framing using the LCD -- perhaps because of aging eyes, or old habits, or plain old impatience. I frequently have the 17mm on my EP-1 and was wondering about the matched VF-1 viewfinder. Is anybody using this? What are your impressions?

    Thanks in advance.

    - DeanD
     
  2. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus Subscribing Member Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Dean,
    I like the viewfinder. On the street it's a very fast way to work.
    What I also do is and it takes some practice.....I use the AF with the finder.
    I have not missed a single frame doing this.
    So, with or without glasses on, you get a nice bright clean view.

    You need to set the camera up for the best use of the finder but it's easy to do
    Shooter
     
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  3. DeanD

    DeanD Mu-43 Rookie Charter Member

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    Jan 19, 2010
    New York City
    Good to know. Thanks for the reply. What settings do you use with the VF?

    Generally I set the camera to Aperture priority, focus to the AEL/AFL button and exposure compensation to the dial. I frequently "pre-focus" to about 10 feet when on the street.

    - Dean
     
  4. hohoho

    hohoho Mu-43 Regular Charter Member

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    Jan 24, 2010
    Tokyo
    Have you thought of using a finder designed for a 35mm lens on a "35mm" (36x24mm) rangefinder camera? There are one or two Soviet models that are rather inelegant but good.
     
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  5. DeanD

    DeanD Mu-43 Rookie Charter Member

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    Jan 19, 2010
    New York City
    I would certainly consider it -- can you point me in their direction?
     
  6. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus Subscribing Member Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Ho...the issue is the aspect ratio is off. Those finders are 3/2 and these cameras are 4/3.
    Maybe it's ok but it would drive me crazy.....

    Dean,
    I set the camera to AF button for AF...
    FN button for LCD screen on/off
    Lens reset to ..no
    works good...the camera can go to sleep or off and then it's where ya left it focused at last use.
    The finder sees about 92%, it sees slightly more on the bottom than the top or sides, but is very easy to learn the finders vision..

    shooter
     
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  7. DeanD

    DeanD Mu-43 Rookie Charter Member

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    Jan 19, 2010
    New York City
    Thanks, you just saved me a couple of bucks. :smile:
     
  8. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus Subscribing Member Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    The 17 finder is actually very good.
    It's as accurate as any if the Leuca finders I have.
    And it bounces without breaking....
     
  9. Armanius

    Armanius Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2010
    Houston
    Real Name:
    Muttley
    My apologies for what may sound like a dumb question. But ...

    How does an add-on OVF like the VF1 work? Is it pretty much the same thing as looking through the OVF of a SLR camera? In other words, if the image is out of focus, the image will then be blurry, as seen through the add-on OVF? And as soon as you auto-focus or manually focus the lens, then the image will look clear through the add-on OVF? Or maybe the OVF is only used for framing purposes, and has no utility as far as focusing is concerned?

    Thanks for the help.
     
  10. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus Subscribing Member Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    With the finder all you see is focused image.
    There is no info or dof issues.
    It does nothing but give you a clear frame reference.
    Wonderful...
     
  11. Armanius

    Armanius Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2010
    Houston
    Real Name:
    Muttley
    So what you are saying is that if the image is out of focus, I will not be able to determine that from the OVF? If that's the case, and the sole use of the add-on OVF is for framing, is there any benefit to using an add-on OVF? Even if the most of the rear LCD is washed out by light, one can probably still use it for framing purposes.

    The VF1 add-on OVF does look really cool though! Looks cooler than the EVF on my EP2.

    Thanks for the help.
     
  12. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus Subscribing Member Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    There is no faster framing method than the finder.
    Even in low light you have a good clear view.
    With practice, you can use the AF with it.

    I usually set the AF target down 1 click...
    It hit almost always accurate....