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dkayuk 15th January 2012 09:07 AM

vf2 vs vf3 viewfinder
 
Hi all
I usually do everything with my E-5 except on the odd occasion when I use the EPL1, mostly street photography. However, I hate using the LCD, so thinking about buying either the vf2 or vf3 to use with it.

The vf2 is supposedly better but does not lock where as the vf3 locks but has lower resoluton.

Does anybody have any experience with both viewfinders?
Does the vf2 actually come off the accessory port easily? is there a solution (tape?)
And is the vf3 resolution that bad?

thx

DK

Sprocketdog23 15th January 2012 11:54 AM

Re: vf2 vs vf3 viewfinder
 
I was going to post a similar question, as really do feel I need either a VF2 or VF3 for my E-PM1, but really unsure as to which one to get, especially as I've seen the price of the VF2 online cheaper than the VF3..... attracted by it's higher resolution, but worried that I'll lose it as it can't be locked.

StephenL 15th January 2012 12:28 PM

Re: vf2 vs vf3 viewfinder
 
I have a VF-2, which has never fallen off. But I have put 2 layers of masking tape on the underside, which has made it a nice tight fit without being irremovable. Experiment with the number of layers, as there are variances.

Andrew Riddell 15th January 2012 01:04 PM

Re: vf2 vs vf3 viewfinder
 
I'd just add that you can get a wide eye-cup (EP-9) for the VF-2, but I don't think there's one for the VF-3. It makes a real difference (unless you wear glasses).

Andrew

Ulfric M Douglas 15th January 2012 04:50 PM

Re: vf2 vs vf3 viewfinder
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by dkayuk (Post 146997)
Does the vf2 actually come off the accessory port easily?

Mine stays on, no tape. I guess their tightness varies.
I got a VF-2 after reading a good thread on DPReview where someone was using both, with sensible comments.
I bought a black VF-2 and I'm happy with it.

Greytop 15th January 2012 06:51 PM

Re: vf2 vs vf3 viewfinder
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Andrew Riddell (Post 147044)
I'd just add that you can get a wide eye-cup (EP-9) for the VF-2, but I don't think there's one for the VF-3. It makes a real difference (unless you wear glasses).

Andrew

I too use the EP-9 with mine, highly recommended.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ulfric M Douglas (Post 147064)
Mine stays on, no tape. I guess their tightness varies.
I got a VF-2 after reading a good thread on DPReview where someone was using both, with sensible comments.
I bought a black VF-2 and I'm happy with it.

Likewise :)

dkayuk 15th January 2012 08:16 PM

Re: vf2 vs vf3 viewfinder
 
thanks for all your replies, VF2 seems like the best option
DK

Stephen 26th January 2012 09:23 PM

Re: vf2 vs vf3 viewfinder
 
Does anyone know if you can use the Panasonic electronic view finders with the pen series as they are cheaper and more readly available as used.
Steve.

Andrew Riddell 26th January 2012 09:26 PM

Re: vf2 vs vf3 viewfinder
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Stephen (Post 148498)
Does anyone know if you can use the Panasonic electronic view finders with the pen series as they are cheaper and more readly available as used.
Steve.

I'm pretty sure the answer is no, because the electrical connections are different.

Andrew

StephenL 26th January 2012 09:29 PM

Re: vf2 vs vf3 viewfinder
 
No, totally different animals with different physical and electronic connections. But you wouldn't want the original Panny one anyway. Compared to olympus, it's rubbish. I found it almost unusable.

Stephen 26th January 2012 09:54 PM

Re: vf2 vs vf3 viewfinder
 
Thanks for the info, looks like I'll have to keep an eye out for a used VF 2/3
thanks again, Steve

Ian 27th January 2012 12:55 PM

Re: vf2 vs vf3 viewfinder
 
This might help:

http://fourthirds-user.com/2011/09/o...r_reviewed.php

Ian

Static 27th January 2012 01:04 PM

Re: vf2 vs vf3 viewfinder
 
I use a VF2 on my XZ1 and have had no problems with it coming loose.

Stephen 27th January 2012 04:36 PM

Re: vf2 vs vf3 viewfinder
 
Thanks Ian, very useful
Steve.

jiyunjiyun 19th March 2012 07:33 AM

Re: vf2 vs vf3 viewfinder
 
my opinion is the VF3 looks nicer but the VF2 works better.
E-PL3 + VF3 + 12mm, look like a professional camera to me before the launch of E-M5


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