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E-PL1 viewfinder

A family member has an E-PL1 and asked me for advice on viewfinders. I have read the VF2 versus VF3 arguments but I now see there is a VF4. So can anyone please advise me if the VF4 is compatible with this camera and pros and cons over the VF2? Which are the pixel dimensions of the VF4?

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Re: E-PL1 viewfinder

To make the most of the VF-4 you need a body with the accexssory port 2, the E-PL1 has the original type. I have just tried the VF-4 on my old E-PL1 and it works fine. If memory serves, the image is similar in resolution to the VF-2 but quite a bit bigger. The eye sensor doesn't work either. It does latch in to the shoe with a locking mechanism, unlike the first version.

http://cs.olympus-imaging.jp/en/supp...en_optical.cfm says you need the latest firmware (mine is on 1.3)

I had quite forgotten how fond I am of the E-PL1 and shall take it for a spin tomorrow!
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Re: E-PL1 viewfinder

George - you beat me to it; I was trying to find that table.
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Re: E-PL1 viewfinder

For general use the VF-2 is excellent on the e-pL1, and good for some eyes for manual focus.
I assumed the VF-4 only worked on an e-pL1 body after a firmware update, but George here says it works fine.
The VF-4 has a larger, more detailed, and more colourful image and is better for most people for manual focus.
The VF-3 is poor but useable for framing.

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Re: E-PL1 viewfinder

I think my E-PL1 is on the latest firmware.

It is a while since I used a VF-2 to compare but I'm fairly sure that the VF-4 is working below its maximum resolution on the E-PL1.
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Re: E-PL1 viewfinder

Thanks for all the replies guys, answered my questions.


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