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Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (Silver) for PEN E-P2 & E-PL1 Cameras

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Product Highlights
  • For Olympus E-P2 & E-PL1 Digital Cameras
  • Great for Shooting in Direct Sunlight
  • 1.15x Magnification
  • Edge-to-Edge Sharpness
  • Built-In Diopter Adjustment
  • Brightness & Contrast Control
  • Tilts up to 90 Degrees

The VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder is for use with Olympus PEN E-P2 and E-PL1 digital cameras. It is powered via the camera's accessory port and attaches to its hot shoe. The VF-2 can be used indoors or outdoors and is particularly beneficial when capturing images in direct sunlight which could make viewing the camera's LCD display very difficult. It has a quick refresh rate to minimize ghosting on fast-moving subjects.

The viewfinder has a 1.15x magnification factor and has built-in diopter adjustment for easy viewing without or with eyeglasses. This viewfinder's Low Voltage Differential Signaling (LVDS) technology enables high-speed transfer of high-resolution images and aspherical lenses ensure high resolution from center to edge.

Plus, the VF-2 can be positioned up to 90 degrees for composing shots at low or unusual angles. The brightness and contrast of the display can be adjusted up or down in seven increments via the VF-2's EVF ADJUST menu function.

Note: The VF-2 cannot be used at the same time as an external flash or microphone adapter. When the VF-2 is connected to the E-P2, do not carry the camera by holding the VF-2.

Low Voltage Differential Signaling (LVDS) technology enables high-speed transfer of high-resolution images. Aspherical lenses ensure high resolution from center to edge.
You can adjust the brightness and color temperature of the viewfinder using the E-P2's EVF ADJUST menu function.
Resolution Approx. 1,440,000 dots
Field of View 100%
Magnification 1.15x (-1m¹, 50mm Macro, at infinity)
Diopter Correction -3.0 to +1.0m¹
Eye-Point Length Approx. 18mm (-1m¹)
Frame Rate 60 fps
Dimensions (WxHxD) 1.15 x 1.9 x 1.82" (29.21 x 48.26 x 46.23 mm)
Weight Approx. 1.2 oz (32 g) without cover
Note: The m¹ notation is a standard optical terminology representing diopter strength; m¹ equals 1 meter.
Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (Silver) for PEN E-P2 & E-PL1 Cameras
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    4.5

    (based on 20 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (17)
    • Lightweight (10)
    • Reliable (9)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (3)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (11)
    • Landscape photography (10)
    • Portraits (10)
    • Everyday (9)
    • Macro photography (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (11), Casual user (3), Professional (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (18)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Just as great as I expected

    Reviews of this viewfinder are very positive, and people seem to like it a lot, so I was expecting great things for use on my E-PL2. The VF-2 didn't disappoint --...Read complete review

    Reviews of this viewfinder are very positive, and people seem to like it a lot, so I was expecting great things for use on my E-PL2. The VF-2 didn't disappoint -- much, much better for use in bright, outdoor conditions than the camera screen. I've had several Canon DLSRs, as well as a Panasonic G1, and find that this little viewfinder is the equal to the best I've used. For casual shooting, and where the lighting isn't too harsh, it's not mandatory, and leaving it off gives you a more compact package. However, the VF-2 is always attached whenever I shoot outdoors, in bright lights, or with a long lens.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Lil View Finder

    Cool little gadget for the Olympus Pen. Practical when taking pictures outside or under bright lights. A little expensive for such a minor accessory. Also the color of plastic casing does not match...Read complete review

    Cool little gadget for the Olympus Pen. Practical when taking pictures outside or under bright lights. A little expensive for such a minor accessory. Also the color of plastic casing does not match perfectly with the Pen's. Recommend you purchase the black view finder and not the silver one.

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    5.0

    What a Difference!

    By Jack

    from Santa Ynez, CA

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (Silver) for PEN E-P2 & E-PL1 Cameras:

        I recently bought a Leica x vario which did not have an EVF. Read that this EVF would work on the Leica, and, sure enough it didi. Makes a great addition for using the camera. The EVF itself is really clear and sharp. Terrific product.

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        5.0

        Love it.

        By PETER

        from SADDLEBROOKE AZ

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        Pros

        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use

          Comments about Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (Silver) for PEN E-P2 & E-PL1 Cameras:

          I use this on my leica x2. It stays on all the time. I shoot no Other way. A must have for the Leica x2.

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          5.0

          excellent EVF

          By Shen

          from UK

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Resolution

          Cons

          • Uses hot shoe

          Best Uses

          • Bright light

          Comments about Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (Silver) for PEN E-P2 & E-PL1 Cameras:

          Much better than the VF3 and at little extra cost. Not much bigger but much better resolution. I only use it in bright sun light but would be good for the over 45's who cannot easily see the rear lcd screen. Seems secure enough without a locking mechanism.Buy it!

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          5.0

          This is a handy little gadget.

          By JimmyD

          from michigan

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape Photography
            • Macro Photography
            • Traveling

            Comments about Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (Silver) for PEN E-P2 & E-PL1 Cameras:

            Great for people who require reading glasses and can't see the monitor very well. Also great for low light situations.

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            2.0

            Fell off and was lost day after purchase

            By fotodog shooter

            from Annapolis Maryland

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Bright light viewing
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Loose fit- no lock
            • Not Durable
            • Poor Design

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Home
            • Landscape Photography
            • Macro Photography
            • Portraits
            • Studio
            • Traveling

            Comments about Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (Silver) for PEN E-P2 & E-PL1 Cameras:

            The viewfinder is useful and needed in bright light. It also make manual focus easy when using manual focus lenses attached with adapters.BIG PROBLEM: IT FALLS OFF EASILY- loose fit pin that is small and has soft spring that clips into hot shoe is a joke. My viewfinder fell off and was lost on a photo shoot the day after it arrived. The device must be taped to camera. Also, the VF-2 is plastic and should be better built as the EP-2 is made of metal.I contacted Olympus on this problem twice- on their web site- no response. I am sure they know about the problem. Perhaps they could be liable if they admit something.The lack of a secure lock may be a cost saving ( and profitable) feature.

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            5.0

            Does the job!

            By Nalo50

            from Waimanalo, Hawaii

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast
            • Flexible
            • Functional
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Portraits
              • Studio
              • Traveling

              Comments about Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (Silver) for PEN E-P2 & E-PL1 Cameras:

              I bought this to add some stability when I shoot by being able to press the camera to my face like I do with my DSLR. Mission accomplished! Since my Oly has only slow lenses, I gain not only the added stability and better view of the entire scene, I can also shoot while looking down at a 90 degree angle which gives me the low angles and less intrusive shoting style I'm looking for. The only concern I have is that I wish it had a way to lock onto the body since it can be detached by accident, thou this has yet to happen. This is a must have item if you are doing this for a living or using this camera on a daily basis.

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              5.0

              Great porduct!

              By jgsdantas

              from São Paulo, Brazil

              About Me Casual user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape Photography
                • Traveling

                Comments about Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (Silver) for PEN E-P2 & E-PL1 Cameras:

                Great tool for composing.
                Makes MF lenses easier to focus.

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                5.0

                a must have

                By Assaf

                from Israel

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Great colors
                • Great for viewing picture
                • Great image quality
                • Helps focusing
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable
                • Sharp

                Cons

                • Could have cost less

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Everything
                • Home
                • Portraits
                • Traveling

                Comments about Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (Silver) for PEN E-P2 & E-PL1 Cameras:

                Absolutely a must have. This VF is just a magic and would turn your Olympus Pen from a point and shoot camera to a DSLR with a wonderful tool for focusing and viewing pictures.
                The picture in the VF is extremely sharp and can help you focus fast manual focus lenses very accurately.

                In addition, playing back pictures in the VF is just magic. The pictures are sharp, have great colors and a strong 3D illusion.
                Reminds me of viewing slides in small eyepiece slide viewers.

                A must

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                4.0

                better than i expected

                By AndresHerren

                from Zurich, Switzerland

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Very usefull

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape Photography
                  • Portraits
                  • Traveling

                  Comments about Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (Silver) for PEN E-P2 & E-PL1 Cameras:

                  This is a very usefull viewfinder. I like to use it when the sun is very bright and the lcd comes to its limits.

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                  5.0

                  Just as great as I expected

                  By pmosher441

                  from Oakville, Ontario, Canada

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Blocks out extra light
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fantastic image

                  Cons

                  • Can't think of any

                  Best Uses

                  • Bright lighting condition
                  • Landscape Photography
                  • Telephoto lenses

                  Comments about Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (Silver) for PEN E-P2 & E-PL1 Cameras:

                  Reviews of this viewfinder are very positive, and people seem to like it a lot, so I was expecting great things for use on my E-PL2. The VF-2 didn't disappoint -- much, much better for use in bright, outdoor conditions than the camera screen. I've had several Canon DLSRs, as well as a Panasonic G1, and find that this little viewfinder is the equal to the best I've used. For casual shooting, and where the lighting isn't too harsh, it's not mandatory, and leaving it off gives you a more compact package. However, the VF-2 is always attached whenever I shoot outdoors, in bright lights, or with a long lens.

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                  5.0

                  I would buy this product again

                  By Oren

                  from Tel-Aviv, Israel

                  About Me Casual user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Bulky

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday use
                  • Home
                  • Landscape Photography
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Portraits
                  • Studio
                  • Traveling

                  Comments about Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (Silver) for PEN E-P2 & E-PL1 Cameras:

                  Very easy to install. just plug in.
                  Very sharp, great preview.
                  Easy to switch between the VF and the camera's screen.

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                  5.0

                  This vewefinder makes a great diffenence

                  By None

                  from Fentress, Texas

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (Silver) for PEN E-P2 & E-PL1 Cameras:

                      We have a lot of family bar b ques and activities
                      This is great for outside. I haven't found anything that I don't like about it.It is easy to use and switches back to the screen instantily.

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                      4.0

                      a must have for the Olympus PEN's

                      By moments caught

                      from Philadelphia, Pa

                      About Me Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • Home
                        • Landscape Photography
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Portraits
                        • Traveling

                        Comments about Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (Silver) for PEN E-P2 & E-PL1 Cameras:

                        For any serious shooter this is a must have. A wonderful addition to the PEN line of camera's.

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                        3.0

                        Lil View Finder

                        By Ben

                        from El Paso, TX

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday use
                          • Home
                          • Landscape Photography
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Portraits
                          • Studio
                          • Traveling

                          Comments about Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (Silver) for PEN E-P2 & E-PL1 Cameras:

                          Cool little gadget for the Olympus Pen. Practical when taking pictures outside or under bright lights. A little expensive for such a minor accessory. Also the color of plastic casing does not match perfectly with the Pen's. Recommend you purchase the black view finder and not the silver one.

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                          4.0

                          A must-have.

                          By Burkules

                          from Jersey City, NJ

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                          • Articulation a bit loose

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday use
                          • Home
                          • Landscape Photography
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Portraits
                          • Studio
                          • Traveling

                          Comments about Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (Silver) for PEN E-P2 & E-PL1 Cameras:

                          The VF-2 is essential IMO for using the Olympus EP-2 or Epl-1. It's not cheap but the cameras have dropped so much in price that this is a no-brainer. It fits very snugly on my EP-2 and I like how it gives me a bit of stealth when shooting candids. As always B&H was the best price [...]

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                          5.0

                          I prefer a viewfinder.

                          By mellibman

                          from Citrus Heights, CA

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday use
                            • Landscape Photography
                            • Macro Photography
                            • Portraits
                            • Traveling

                            Comments about Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (Silver) for PEN E-P2 & E-PL1 Cameras:

                            This is a great addition if you like using a view finder, which I do, since it gives me more control over the camera.

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                            3.0

                            A decent viewfinder

                            By Chen

                            from Newark, DE

                            About Me Casual user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use

                            Cons

                            • Bulky

                            Best Uses

                            • Macro Photography

                            Comments about Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (Silver) for PEN E-P2 & E-PL1 Cameras:

                            The VF-2 is clearer than the LCD screen. It would be better if it's not round.

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                            4.0

                            Great but not perfect

                            By Bert

                            from New York

                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                            • Bulky

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday use
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (Silver) for PEN E-P2 & E-PL1 Cameras:

                            As EVF's go, this is probably at the top. I also have the one for the Lumix GF1 and there's no comparison in terms of performance. The form factor could be better ( it's a little too large and round)and it's very expensive. Hence the 4 stars instead of 5.

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                            5.0

                            A great aid for challenging shots...

                            By Bicyclelifestyle

                            from Dayton OH

                            Verified Buyer

                            Comments about Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (Silver) for PEN E-P2 & E-PL1 Cameras:

                            There are times when only a viewfinder will work - shots that require exact composition and focus and when shooting in bright sunlight. This viewfinder is so much better that I had anticipated. Will not up to the standards of many DSLR type finders it is more that enough for most situations.

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                            5.0

                            great part of the great lil camera

                            By glenn davis

                            from dallas texas

                            Verified Buyer

                            Comments about Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (Silver) for PEN E-P2 & E-PL1 Cameras:

                            I purchased my camera in June 2010 and I love this camera. However outside in bright sunlight it's hard to see the led screen. I purchased this product from B&H and got it within the week. It really is awesome to use. It's fully electronic and helps so much.

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