Use of the EP5 with or without EVF?

Ricoh

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I have my VF-4 permanently attached to my EP5 as I think that it adds greatly to its usability. In fact I stow the camera with the viewfinder attached, however I'm concerned about the durability of a plastic viewfinder - it doesn't exactly exude 'military' engineering.
Lots of EP5 users here, what do you 'guys' think?
 
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I leave mine on all the time unless I need the hotshoe. It definitely is more delicate than a built in view finder so I try to be a little more careful with it. So far so good.
 

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I leave it off unless in bright sun. I may be the minority, but it doesn't effect the shots I want

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Mine is off 95% of the time. Only put it on when it's way too sunny.
 

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As you'll see from my current listing in Buy & Sell (shameless plug coming up :smile: - http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...m=321399636743, https://www.mu-43.com/showthread.php?t=63921), I've decided that as much as I love the E-P5 build, form factor and ergonomics I can't live without a permanent EVF. I find I want to use the camera at eye level if at all possible, only going to the rear LCD in specific circumstances such as tripod use, low-level shooting etc. Maybe I've been too influenced by the 'stinky nappy/diaper' analogy!

I could leave it on permanently of course, but an E-P5 with an EVF is bigger than the E-M5 or E-M1 and in any case is too big for any of my current bags.
 

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As you'll see from my current listing in Buy & Sell (shameless plug coming up :smile: - http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...m=321399636743, https://www.mu-43.com/showthread.php?t=63921), I've decided that as much as I love the E-P5 build, form factor and ergonomics I can't live without a permanent EVF. I find I want to use the camera at eye level if at all possible, only going to the rear LCD specific circumstances such as tripod use, low-level shooting etc. Maybe I've been too influenced by the 'stinky nappy' analogy!

I could leave it on permanently of course, but an E-P5 with an EVF is bigger than the E-M5 or E-M1 and in any case is too big for any of my current bags. I wish
It's probably cheaper to get a new bag then ;)

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The EP5/VF4 combo has certain advantages compared to the 'fixed' EVF camera. For instance the articulating VF-4 enables low level composing by flipping the viewer through 90 degrees, something the fixed EVF camera is not capable of doing - ok it can be done by unfolding the LCD panel, but that's not quite the same.
It's the longevity thing which concerns me, I mean the VF-4 does appear, and has the feel, to be a fairly flimsy item.
 

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It depends.. vf is good for sunny days, but flip screen is way better for low ground and super wide angle shots, I also rarely use vf while camera is on tripod.
 

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