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olympus vf1 review

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by irelach1, Jun 1, 2012.

  1. irelach1

    irelach1 Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 4, 2011
    hi i have recently purchased a vf1 for my epl-1 i got it for a good price on ebay hence why i got it over a vf2 or vf3 . i know its not the same as the 2 or 3 but i have to say useing it with my panasonic 20 its near perfect match for field of view . i also use it with the kit zoom lens what i do is look what i can see on the lcd screen then i look down the vf1 to give me amore stable hold . i would recomend the vf1 for the epl-1 if you can live with only really using it withe the 17 or 20

    has anyone else had any experiance with the vf1 ?
     
  2. Gilgar

    Gilgar Mu-43 Rookie

    11
    Nov 8, 2011
    Gloucestershire, UK
    Yes - it really is a great match for the 20mm, better than for the 17mm. I like using the VF1 for its simplicity - sometimes it's good to turn off the screen as well as just concentrate on composition through the VF1.

    Reading reviews of it, it seems to be a bit of a love it or hate it item - the vaguely toy-like build seems to particularly annoy some reviewers!
     
  3. irelach1

    irelach1 Mu-43 Regular

    32
    Dec 4, 2011
    to be honest i like it aswell for the simplicity but i can see thats its a love it or hate it thing . i could not justifiy the extra for a vf2 or 3 for the amount of time that i will use it
     
  4. hinata76

    hinata76 Mu-43 Regular

    130
    Jun 21, 2012
    Singapore
    This cannot be used on ep2 rite? I would prefer this design over the vf2 I have...loved things squarish...LOL..

    Sent from my GT-N7000 using Tapatalk
     
  5. twokatmew

    twokatmew Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 1, 2012
    Lansing, MI, US
    Margaret
    According to Olympus, the VF-1 was designed specifically for the 17/2.8 lens. So why do you feel it's a better match with the 20/1.7? Just curious.
     
  6. VinVin

    VinVin Mu-43 Veteran

    255
    Jun 7, 2010
    GTA, Canada
    Kevin
    It's an optical viewfinder... It can work on anything with a hot shoe so long as your lenses focal length matches...
     
  7. KS11

    KS11 Mu-43 Veteran

    411
    Jan 31, 2011
    Busan/Hong Kong
    It would work with all (afaik) m43's Olympus cameras. However it didn't work with my gf1 the frame lines were all wrong.
     
  8. Markb

    Markb Mu-43 Top Veteran

    532
    Jun 9, 2011
    Kent, UK
    Mark
    The framing is a bit "tight" for the 17mm, the lens captures quite a bit more than the finder would suggest. The FOV of the 20mm is a better match for the framelines. Brightline finders are never that accurate though.

    Like all accessory finders it'll fit any camera with a hot shoe. Or a cold one for that matter.
     
  9. bunguar

    bunguar Mu-43 Regular

    26
    Jun 18, 2012
    Iceland
    Kari
    It would look really silly on my omd XD
     
  10. hinata76

    hinata76 Mu-43 Regular

    130
    Jun 21, 2012
    Singapore
    Ic...thanks! One guy from my local forum selling a vf1 for $30 bucks (sgd$) will hunt him down!

    Sent from my GT-N7000 using Tapatalk
     
  11. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston
    Because it is, lol.

    The bright lines fit the 20mm. You need the whole viewfinder for the 17mm. I've no idea what Oly was thinking, but it certainly fit my 20 better than my 17, when I had the 17 and an EP1 aways back.

    It can be used for either, but it's nice to use the bright lines, because then you can see what's outside the frame as well.
     
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  12. KS11

    KS11 Mu-43 Veteran

    411
    Jan 31, 2011
    Busan/Hong Kong
    oops, i forgot a camera called the OMD existed :p
     
  13. bunguar

    bunguar Mu-43 Regular

    26
    Jun 18, 2012
    Iceland
    Kari
    And dont you forget it :p after all i spent every penny i have on it, it costs more than all my other properties and bank money combined.
     
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  14. LegacyLens

    LegacyLens Mu-43 Regular

    99
    Apr 25, 2012
    Well then it is like a rangefinder focus with the internal vf and frame with an external vf at wide angles lol
     
  15. SRHEdD

    SRHEdD Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 24, 2011
    Viera, Florida USA
    Steve
    That's odd. When mine arrived, I put it on my old E-P1 with a 17mm, put an object in the upper right corner of the VF and clicked one off. What I saw on the screen in review was what I shot. Pretty close all in all. Not noticeably off at all.
     
  16. hinata76

    hinata76 Mu-43 Regular

    130
    Jun 21, 2012
    Singapore
    Just got a VF-1 today...

    putting up on Ebay today also...:(

    Guess im too used to my VF-2...
     
  17. jroring

    jroring New to Mu-43

    1
    Sep 14, 2012
    Is this viewfinder bright?
     
  18. hinata76

    hinata76 Mu-43 Regular

    130
    Jun 21, 2012
    Singapore
    Not really.just for framing ur shots.just looking through a glass that's all.get the vf2 evf better if ur snapping in daytime.

    on Nokia 8800