|Olympus E3 and 35mm f3.5 macro lens at f20 ISO 400 3.2 second exposure|
My wife purchased me the Olympus VF-2 viewfinder for my EPL1 for Christmas. It was one of those purchases that was on my wish list for a while, but I never thought it was urgent, more of a 'it would be nice to own' thing which made it the perfect gift. I had looked through one before in the camera store and thought it was really amazing, completely changing my opinion of electronic viewfinders. In using it for the past couple of weeks I can say that if you are an Olympus Micro Four Thirds user, it should really be on your must have accessory list. It has completely changed the way I use the camera and made me enjoy it so much more than before.
|Taken by Olympus E3 and 35mm 3.5 macro lens at f20 ISO 400 15 second exposure|
|Don't worry, you get a full field of view putting your eye up to the viewfinder. This is just as close as I could get my macro lens in to give you a peek! My tomatoes appear to be out of focus..!!|
So here is what I love about the Olympus VF-2 viewfinder:
- If you are a photographer that is used to viewfinders, it's a must own, no brainer. You'll thank me instantly.
- You get all the information you need right around the edges of the image, like ISO, shutter speed, aperture, shooting mode, flash mode, images remaining on card, Image Stabilization on/off indicator and if you want it, a histogram. You can change how it looks by hitting the Info button from lots of information, some of it, or none of it.
- You get an instant live preview of white balance, grain (higher ISO shows up as grainier on the viewfinder), brightness, etc.
- You get 100% field of view (wish all DSLR's had that)
- The viewfinder tilts 90 degrees so you can shoot with the camera low and looking down on it.
- It helps to steady the camera when you brace it with two hands and a third point of contact on your eye.
- The sun glare on the LCD is really no longer an issue. If you like you can play images back in the viewfinder, something you can't do on an optical viewfinder.
There are a couple of problems with the viewfinder. One is that it has to be in the hot shoe, which means you can't use it while using a flash on camera (not really an issue for me) or a Pocket Wizard (a big issue for me) or the optional audio jack input (again a big issue). It would be nice if Olympus just moved the audio jack off to the side of the camera and added a PC sync port. That would seem to be the logical fit if they insist on keeping the viewfinder as an external accessory. There is also a slight delay and flicker to the viewfinder, but I don't find it objectionable at all. It is much better than the Panasonic one I own and really no worse than the one I looked through on the Fuji X100. It is also much larger and brighter than the one on the X100.
So there you have it. To me at least, the Olympus VF-2 has made me respect and love my little E-PL1 a lot more. It takes it from the land of fancy point and shoot into a serious camera.
And speaking of Fuji, I'm sure you all noticed the announcement of the Fuji X-PRO1. I have to say, that this camera looks amazing to me. I love the styling, the integrated viewfinder, the three prime lenses introduced with it and just everything about it. I lusted after the X100, but this camera has me in love. Good thing I don't have firm brand loyalties as I may be adding Fuji to my Olympus, Canon, Pentax and Panasonic gear list.
Thanks for popping by the blog. I hope you are having as mild of a winter as we are here on Vancouver Island. It was forecast to be our coldest winter in 20 years, but so far it's been the mildest I can remember in the 17 years I've lived here. Maybe I've just jinxed it!
Oh I found another blog and have added it to my reading list. It's very well done and came to my attention after a review on it for the Panasonic DMC-L1 surfaced on it. I loved that camera and as much as you can miss a hunk of plastic, glass and metal, I miss my old one. Wish I had never sold it. The blog is called Photographic Central, give it a read if you are looking for something new.