VF-2 or VF-3

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by kj6grx, Nov 2, 2013.

  1. kj6grx

    kj6grx New to Mu-43

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    Oct 21, 2013
    Greetings:

    I have a new E-PL5 and need a view finder.

    Can you please advise on which on would work better with this camera?

    Your insights are appreciated.

    Best Regards,

    John
     
  2. phigmov

    phigmov Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 4, 2010
    Useful forum thread on the pro's & con's over here -

    Vf-2 or Vf-3

    I haven't used either one but I'm always on the lookout for a good price on the Vf-2 or Vf-4.
     
  3. HarryS

    HarryS Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 23, 2012
    Midwest, USA
    I own both VF2 and VF3. The VF2 has a bigger picture and better resolution, but I'm able to compose and do manual focus with old lenses with the less capable VF3. Buy the better one if you have the money, but the lower end EVF is fine for me.

    In the US, one can get a reconditioned VF2 from Olympus for $135 USD. Occasionally, they have reconditioned VF3's for $79, but are out of stock at the moment. Standard prices for new ones are silly.
     
  4. kj6grx

    kj6grx New to Mu-43

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    Oct 21, 2013
    Thanks !
     
  5. bigal1000

    bigal1000 Mu-43 Veteran

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  6. hodad66

    hodad66 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    just ordered a reconditioned VF-2 for my E-M5
     
  7. swampduck

    swampduck Mu-43 Veteran

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    Taneytown , MD
    Dan
    Doesn't the E-M5 have a built in EVF?
     
  8. hodad66

    hodad66 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Indialantic, Florida
    yes it does but I got this for viewing "looking down" as I focus a
    500mm Canon that is mounted almost on the ground. I could
    use the screen but would have issues with glare & the fact that
    I don't wear my glasses but rely upon the diopter.
     
  9. gochugogi

    gochugogi Mu-43 Veteran

    True dat! However macro and low level shooter love that 90 degree tilt on the VF-2 so not completely redundant.
     
  10. swampduck

    swampduck Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dan
    Aha...never even thought of that use...thanks
     
  11. usayit

    usayit Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Def go with the vf2 but be careful. It falls off easily.



    Sent from mobile.... excuse my typos
     
  12. eltictac

    eltictac Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 12, 2012
    My Vf2 never fell off in the year and half I used it.
     
  13. Aldredge

    Aldredge Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 12, 2012
    Toronto, ON
    Aldredge
    Mine's fallen off a few times too, I wouldn't test it. A little bit of masking tape though and it doesn't bother me any more.
     
  14. HarryS

    HarryS Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 23, 2012
    Midwest, USA
    My first VF2 fell off a few times. One time I had to use the light from my camera phone to look for it on the floor of a dark bar. Lucky for me, it was only a foot away. Should have paid more attention to the issue. It fell off a few months later and I didn't notice until it had been missing for a few weeks.
     
  15. Photophil

    Photophil Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 24, 2012
    Atlanta Georgia area
    I have the E-PL5 and the VF-3. But I have not tried the VF-2 or VF-4. The VF-3 resolution is fine for me, but the colors lack the saturation of the LCD. I use the highlight/shadow warning to judge exposure so the brightness of the VF-3 isn't an issue. I was able to get the VF-3 last year on sale for $99, so it was a no-brainer for me. With any EVF, being able to view the Super Control Panel, zoom in for manual focusing, and adjust exposure without ever taking my eye away from the VF-3 is wonderful. I would not have been happy with the E-PL5 without the VF-3.