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Settling the issue: VF-2 vs VF-3 (I just got both today!)

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by svtquattro, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. svtquattro

    svtquattro Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 24, 2012
    Vancouver, Canada
    Hi guys,

    My VF-3 arrived from Oly today, and I just picked up a VF-2 from a local craigslist deal so I have both side by side for comparison on my E-PM2.

    Took some pics, will post later.

    Quick initial impressions: similar in size but somehow the VF-2 seems much bulkier. It is larger but not noticeably so. For me, an eyeglass wearer, the VF-2 is a bit easier to use, I don't feel like I have to press my eyes as hard to the eyepiece.

    Colour seems a bit more realistic on the VF-2, however, the fonts seem to be scaled in a way that makes them look more jaggie than on the VF-3.

    The resolution difference, is not noticeable.

    The VF-3 in silver looks hot on the white E-PM2. The VF-2: less hot. Might even say UGLY.

    I'm not sure which one to keep...

    I took some photos thru the viewfinder with my trusty E-620. You will see the image magnification difference as well. Ask away!
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  2. Biro

    Biro Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 8, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Can't wait to see your viewfinder shots.
  3. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    Crucially how are they for manual focus without magnification?
  4. svtquattro

    svtquattro Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 24, 2012
    Vancouver, Canada
    Tried it tonight with my Zuiko 24/2.8 and its possible but not all that easy. Turning on magnification and yes, waay easier than the back LCD.

    Miss those old split prism focus screens!
  5. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer


    I bet that some brand will come up with a manual focus digital overlay that looks like an old focus screen!

    I love my VF-2. One advantage it has over the VF-3 is that you can get a larger eye-cup which works even better for those of us with glasses.
  6. svtquattro

    svtquattro Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 24, 2012
    Vancouver, Canada
    Here are the comparisons. I first focused the PEN, then I shot thru the viewfinder in each case with a trusty E-620 with 14-42 kit lens, ISO1600 JPG. The front element of the lens was pressed right up to the eyecup of the VF-2 and VF-3, which I think simulates the view an eyeglass wearer would see thru each viewfinder.

    I was surprised I could focus still and in spot metering, get a decent exposure.

    Shots were handheld (one camera in each hand), so not the best. But you can see the larger view of the VF-2, but more importantly, the better color fidelity. It's more pronounced here than with my own eyes, but I guess the camera doesn't lie...


    VF-2 image
    E-620    ---    21mm    f/5.6    1/320s    ISO 1600

    VF-3 image
    E-620    ---    21mm    f/5.6    1/500s    ISO 1600

    And now some pics of the viewfinders themselves

    E-PM2    ---    14mm    f/3.5    1/200s    ISO 200
    E-PM2    ---    14mm    f/3.5    1/125s    ISO 200
    E-620    ---    21mm    f/5.6    1/200s    ISO 1600
    E-620    ---    21mm    f/5.6    1/160s    ISO 1600
    E-620    ---    21mm    f/5.6    1/250s    ISO 1600
    E-620    ---    21mm    f/5.6    1/200s    ISO 1600
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  7. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    The VF3 almost looks monochromatic! Very low saturation of color.

    I just ordered a second VF2 for my second body. Cameta has some refurbished ones for the price of the VF3. The one thing that the VF3 does have that I wish the VF2 did is a lock. The VF2 is easy to pivot up on you.
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