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OlympusVF-1 Viewfinder for 17mm f/2.8 Micro Four Thirds Lens
 
4.4

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92%

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  • Easy to use (12)
  • Clear image (5)
  • Lightweight (4)
  • Well built / quality (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel (5)
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      • Personal (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (9)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Like the 17 mm Prime - Love the VF-1

    I ordered the optical VF-1 because the EVF (VF-2) was on back-order[...] but I'm glad to have both. The VF-1 is the almost perfect partner to the 17...Read complete review

    I ordered the optical VF-1 because the EVF (VF-2) was on back-order[...] but I'm glad to have both. The VF-1 is the almost perfect partner to the 17 mm prime lens - it's light, bright, has excellent eye relief (not specified) and makes the E-P2 a perfect street camera.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Useful but....

    I am disappointed in the overall size of the VF-1. I also own the VF-2 which is a much better viewfinder. I thought that the VF-1 would be much smaller than...Read complete review

    I am disappointed in the overall size of the VF-1. I also own the VF-2 which is a much better viewfinder. I thought that the VF-1 would be much smaller than the VF-2 but it is only a wee bit smaller. Still has too much bulk and it doesn't lock in place and will work itself loose if bumped.

    However for fast lock on your target with the 17mm lense it works just grand.

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    5.0

    It doesn't have to go on an Olympus!

    By JB, Pentax nut

    from Australia

    About Me Value Oriented

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Clear Image
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Outdoors Bright Light

      Comments about Olympus VF-1 Viewfinder for 17mm f/2.8 Micro Four Thirds Lens:

      I use this on a K01, a wonderful camera, but Pentax doesn't offer a viewfinder for it. The VF-1 has a field of view that closely matches two of my lenses, a Pentax 21/3.2 Limited and a Sigma 24/1.8 EX DG, with the proviso that you set the camera's aspect ratio to 4:3 for the 21 lens and 3:2 for the 24 lens. I had to thin the foot of the VF-1 slightly with sandpaper to get it to fit into the K01's hotshoe, and with the (rather large) Sigma 24 lens a chunk of the lower part of your field of view is obstructed, but otherwise no problem. It is light and unobtrusive, the view is clear, and while not exactly cheap, it's a lot less expensive than various alternatives I looked at. So in bright light outdoors the K01 has become much more user friendly!

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Use on Olympus Pen and Fuji X-M1

      By cnagappa

      from Burnaby, BC, Canada

      About Me Value Oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Clear Image
      • Easy To Use
      • Quality Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Street Photography

        Comments about Olympus VF-1 Viewfinder for 17mm f/2.8 Micro Four Thirds Lens:

        Bought this for use with my M.Zuiko 17mm F2.8 lens on my Olympus Pen. The viewfinder fits securely in the hot shoe of the camera. It is very clear and there are guides showing the field of view (34mm full frame equivalent) for the lens.

        I also started using this Viewfinder with my Fuji X-M1 camera with the 27mm pancake lens (41mm full frame equivalent). The guides are slightly wider than the actual field of view, so I have to be a little careful in framing. (Besides this viewfinder is also 4:3 aspect, as opposed to 3:2 on the Fuji).

        But it works nicely now that I have got the hang of it. I had to shave off a bit of the plastic in order for the viewfinder to fit on the Fuji X-M1's hot shoe.

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        • No

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        3.0

        Useful but....

        By Soondae

        from Korea and Thailand

        About Me Quality Oriented

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Image
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Unattractive Design

        Best Uses

          Comments about Olympus VF-1 Viewfinder for 17mm f/2.8 Micro Four Thirds Lens:

          I am disappointed in the overall size of the VF-1. I also own the VF-2 which is a much better viewfinder. I thought that the VF-1 would be much smaller than the VF-2 but it is only a wee bit smaller. Still has too much bulk and it doesn't lock in place and will work itself loose if bumped.

          However for fast lock on your target with the 17mm lense it works just grand.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Great deal

          By LESZEFF

          from Montreal Canada

          About Me Quality Oriented

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Image
          • Easy To Use
          • Quality Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Olympus VF-1 Viewfinder for 17mm f/2.8 Micro Four Thirds Lens:

              The product works well for what it is intended for. Works better with Lumix 20mm f1.7 lens on Olympus E-P1. A must in bright light.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              It's so dope!

              By Gochugogi

              from Honolulu

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Always on
              • Bright Clear
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • Needs rubber eyecup
              • Too much eye relief

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel

              Comments about Olympus VF-1 Viewfinder for 17mm f/2.8 Micro Four Thirds Lens:

              I don't care for using my E-P3 at arm's length, so having a viewfinder is a must. I have the VF-2 EVF and, while it's okay, it pales next to a good optical viewfinder. So I gave the VF-1 a try, pairing it with my 17mm 2.8, and I'm glad I did. It's so much clearer and brighter than the EVF, and half the size to boot. My only gripe is it has too much eye relief, requiring me to hold it too far from my eye to brace the camera against forehead. I wish it could be fitted with a rubber eyecup like the VF-1, allowing bracing on forehead and cutting stray light. Like others have mentioned, the bright lines cover about 75% of the center of the frame, so you can see outside the picture area. If you don't mind the edge distortion, you could probably use it with a wider prime like the Panasonic 14 2.8.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great optical viewfinder

              By Jaime the Casual Photo Guy

              from Boston, MA

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Olympus VF-1 Viewfinder for 17mm f/2.8 Micro Four Thirds Lens:

                I've had this for a week so far and am very pleased. Works great with my Panny 20mm pancake lens, and adds to the retro look and feel of my EP-2. Useful for outdoor shots in bright light, though not really required. I considered getting the more expensive VF-2 but in the end am glad I went with the optical, it just feels nicer!

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                • No

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                5.0

                good choice for X1

                By Maria D.

                from Moscow, Russia

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Image
                • Easy To Use
                • Quality Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Olympus VF-1 Viewfinder for 17mm f/2.8 Micro Four Thirds Lens:

                    It perfectly substitutes a more expensive Leica X1 brightline finder if you can't afford to pay for the latter.

                    Good for shooting in the conditions of extremely bright sun light. In other conditions X1's display does the job.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Works as described

                    By Camera man

                    from Albuquerque nm

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Shooting Outdoors
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Olympus VF-1 Viewfinder for 17mm f/2.8 Micro Four Thirds Lens:

                      It works good on the 17mm lens it was designed for but doesn't help much on any other focal length lenses which makes it a bit pricy for it's range of use.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Battery saver and more

                      By Nikonman

                      from Lawrence, Kansas

                      About Me Serious amateur

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Quality Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Battery Saver
                        • Shooting Outdoors
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Olympus VF-1 Viewfinder for 17mm f/2.8 Micro Four Thirds Lens:

                        If you are in a consistent light setting and have made all the adjustments, you can shut down the LCD screen and use the Optical VF-1. Works great for quick shots. It also helps in bright sunlight when the LCD is washed out. And if you are like me and have been using an optical viewfinder for many years, it just feels more natural than holding up the camera to view the LCD.
                        One drawback would be manual focus, but this isn't meant for that.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Like the 17 mm Prime - Love the VF-1

                        By AustinTexan

                        from Austin & Houston

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Excellent eye relief
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Lacks a locking ring

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape Photography
                        • Street Photography
                        • Traveling

                        Comments about Olympus VF-1 Viewfinder for 17mm f/2.8 Micro Four Thirds Lens:

                        I ordered the optical VF-1 because the EVF (VF-2) was on back-order[...] but I'm glad to have both. The VF-1 is the almost perfect partner to the 17 mm prime lens - it's light, bright, has excellent eye relief (not specified) and makes the E-P2 a perfect street camera.

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                        4.0

                        Handy!!!

                        By Vito

                        from Merritt Island, FL

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                        • Expensive

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use

                        Comments about Olympus VF-1 Viewfinder for 17mm f/2.8 Micro Four Thirds Lens:

                        Used when sunlight prevents use of LCD on my Olympus EPL-1! This attachment is very handy. It's a bit expensive for what you get!

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                        4.0

                        Very useful and cool

                        By harrison4

                        from Connecticut

                        About Me Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday use
                          • Home
                          • Landscape Photography
                          • Traveling

                          Comments about Olympus VF-1 Viewfinder for 17mm f/2.8 Micro Four Thirds Lens:

                          This works perfectly with Panasonic's 20mm lens. It makes it easy to shoot quickly and is also helpful in bright sunlit conditions. Very retro and cool too. I wish it locked onto the flash attachment somehow, but it is still not easy to knock off accidentally. Recommended.

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