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OlympusVF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (Black)
 
4.6

(based on 129 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (109)
  • Lightweight (95)
  • Reliable (69)
  • Durable (34)
  • Great resolution (3)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (12)
  • Heavy / bulky (10)
  • Not durable (7)
  • Poor design (3)

Best Uses

  • Everyday (74)
  • Travel (73)
  • Landscape photography (68)
  • Macro photography (57)
  • Portraits (56)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (80), Semi-professional (22), Casual user (9), Professional (9), Photo enthusiast (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (111), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Not sure it wins me over

I purchased a VF-1 optical and thought it was Ok, but an Olympus salesman convinced me to go with the VF-2 once it becomes available, as he said "it is...Read complete review

I purchased a VF-1 optical and thought it was Ok, but an Olympus salesman convinced me to go with the VF-2 once it becomes available, as he said "it is so much better & really cool". Well, after receiving the VF-2 I was a bit disappointed in a couple areas. 1) the picture quality is not as sharp as I would have liked and 2) it lags a bit during movement. (not fun if you are using video) and lastly, 3) It has a much more prominent profile (ie: bulkier) than the optical viewfinder. On the positives, it will work with all your lenses and if you use the auto focus to zoom into an area, it responds to that nicely. You can make adjustments to suit your vision (as you would a pair of binoculars) for use with or without glasses. I am told it is a comfortable fit for eyeglass wearers. You can toggle instantly between the LCD and the Electronic Viewfinder. (you must be updated to the most recent Olympus firmware) I have the 17mm pancake lens, the kit lens of 14-42 and a zoom of 150mm for my Olympus e-PL1 camera and frankly, I am going back to the low-tech optical, as I use the 17mm pancake a lot. I suppose it really comes down to personal preference. (you either like it or don't) I strongly suggest trying it out in a retail (photo) store prior to investing big $$$.
I might consider one in the future, after the next generation of digital/electric viewfinders come on board. I LOVE my e-PL1, 50/50 on the VF-2 viewfinder.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Useful but expensive and bulky

This accessory is unquestionably useful in bright ambient light situations.

However, it adds significant bulk to the camera. Sans the VF-2, my E-PL1 slips into my shoulder bag or coat...Read complete review

This accessory is unquestionably useful in bright ambient light situations.

However, it adds significant bulk to the camera. Sans the VF-2, my E-PL1 slips into my shoulder bag or coat pocket easily. Adding the adapter severely compromises the camera's form factor and makes these maneuvers awkward.

Also, it press-fits onto the camera without any strong lock-down mechanism, making it susceptible to working its way loose and disappearing when you are carrying the camera around. This requires extra care and attention, which is a PITA.

Also, its cheap plastic construction doesn't inspire confidence.

Also, i suspect that price vs. actual production cost are way out of line.

Nevertheless, it comes in very useful when taking pictures in bright light, or when it's advantageous to hold the camera up to the eye (e.g. for adding stability). Occasionally the swiveling feature is useful.

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3.0

Good but no cigar

By Fruchstuck

from New York, NY

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

  • Low Resolution

Best Uses

  • Portraits

Comments about Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (Black):

Very good and functional, but low resolution compared to best in class, even Olympus now have the VF-4 that is higher resolution.
Only way to get an EVF for a Leica M avoiding the outrageous Leica price...recommended for this reason only.

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5.0

Great viewfinder. A bit expensive

By Dodox

from Termoli,italy

Comments about Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (Black):

Absolutely necessary complement of my camera, this viewfinder has a fantastic definition and a sturdy building quality. Recommended

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5.0

Compatible with Leica M240

By Albert

from Vancouver, Canada

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (Black):

      The Olympus VF-2 electronic viewfinder fit perfect with my Leica M240 rang finder camera, it also comes with a carrying case fit on my camera strip.

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      4.0

      Indispensable Accesory

      By BillG

      from Seattle, WA

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Landscape Photography
        • Portraits
        • Traveling

        Comments about Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (Black):

        After much searching, I was able to determine that the VF-2 is compatible with the Olympus XZ-1 (not obvious from the specs, even on the Olympus website). Excellent functionality, well made, convenient to operate (one touch switches from viewfinder to on-camera display screen). When in use, the picture just taken appears right in the viewfinder--you don't have to look away to the screen and can just keep shooting. I wish the resolution was even higher, but it is more than adequate as is. The VF-2 is an excellent choice for those seeking an "old school" optical viewfinder experience on a compact camera.

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        5.0

        Good to my Leica X2

        By Eric

        from San Jose,CA

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use

          Comments about Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (Black):

          Save some money from Leica x2 viewfinder. This one also works!

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          4.0

          VF-2 Viewfinder for my Olympus

          By No Nickname

          from Phoenic, AZ

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Easy To Use Light Weight
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape Photography
            • Traveling

            Comments about Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (Black):

            I bought this to take pictures in high ambient light situations, outside, where the display, on my E-PL5, is not easily seen. The device works well and I'm pretty happy, but the resolution is not as good as I would like. Maybe the VF-4, the latest one, would be better. It's just that these things are not cheap and should perform more in line with the quality of the cameras.

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            5.0

            A most excellent EVF

            By SnapHappy

            from Cleveland, OH

            About Me Casual user

            Pros

            • Accurate
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Pricey

            Best Uses

            • All Conditions

            Comments about Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (Black):

            I had the opportunity to use my E-PM1 camera over the weekend at a family reunion and, thus, the EVF I had just bought. The thing was, in a word, excellent. I also bought the eyecup that goes with it, but it was a bit of a struggle to fit it on (just keep at it, it'll go on eventually). I loved having the EVF because it really helped promote stability and accuracy as opposed to hold it out at arm's length and trying to keep everyone in the frame without shaking it around too much. Looks silly doing that too, if you ask me. Also, it was a sunny day, and you know what glare does when you're trying to look at the display with a shaded hand. The various shooting modes and adjustments do a nice job of showing up in the EVF, like macro showing the blurred background (bit disorienting, that).If you have money to burn, go for it, you won't regret it. The price is, alas, a drawback. I got lucky and snagged it while it was on sale. If you can bide your time, wait for the price to drop again. Another, albeit small, drawback is that it's a bit bulky, especially when trying to put the camera with it mounted in my bag. Had to unmount it to do that. Maybe the biggest drawback of all is that you have to sacrifice flash for the EVF, but not a big deal if most of the shots are in well-lit conditions anyway.I expect this thing to come in *very* handy when I go for my big overseas trip in a couple of weeks to the UK.

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            4.0

            Now I have a small DSLR

            By somi

            from Houston, TX

            About Me Casual user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Makes Shooting Easier

            Cons

            • Bulky

            Best Uses

            • Landscape Photography
            • Macro Photography
            • Portraits
            • Traveling

            Comments about Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (Black):

            Fantastic! I can see in bright daylight what I am shooting on. This little gadget shows everything what I can see on the monitor. So why I just gave 4 stars? Because this little gadget makes the little camera bulky. I cannot put it in the small bag I bought. If the viewfinder is on the camera then I have to carry it in my hand. Sometimes it is not comfortable. Of course I can removed the viewfinder and I can put both to somewhere. Then I have to assemble them together when I want to shoot.
            Otherwise I am satisfied with it and I would recommend it for my good friends.

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            5.0

            A Must-Have for PEN Street Shooting

            By Jim in Japan

            from Kobe, Japan

            About Me Semi-Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Traveling

              Comments about Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (Black):

              Shooting with a viewfinder, especially when outdoors in bright light, often makes the difference between getting the shot and not. The VF-2 makes composing shots much more accurate and much faster than just using the LCD. It is bright, clear and responsive, with barely any perceptible lag, if any at all. Just like a mini-version of the LCD screen on the back of the camera, it displays a comprehensive list of shooting settings, which you can easily confirm through the finder as you change them, without taking your eye away.

              In comparing this finder to the newer VF-3 model which was sold as part of a kit with the PEN E-P3 I bought last year, well...there is no comparison. The VF-2, though more expensive, does its job extremely well and is worth the money. It is sharp and displays colors with impressive accuracy. The VF-3, though less expensive, doesn't even come close in terms of color rendition or clarity.

              A very useful feature (of both models) is the ability to pivot the finder 90 degrees so that you can look straight down, holding the camera at a lower angle for even more creative composition.

              The one thing I wish it had, but does not, is a a locking mechanism to secure it to the hot shoe. Although it fits snugly in place and has never slipped off, I expect that some shooters who handle their gear a little more enthusiastically might actually manage to slide the finder off their camera.

              However, all in all this is one of the most satisfying accessories I've ever purchased for any camera, DSLR or mirrorless. Olympus got it right with this one.

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              4.0

              Worth the investment

              By Keith

              from Atlanta, Georgia

              About Me Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (Black):

                Great investment if you do a lot of outdoor shooting in bright sunlight when it is very difficult to see the LCD screen. Also makes it easier to see if everything is sharp edge to edge in your shot versus the LCD. Wished I'd bought it sooner than I did. I have'nt had the problem that other reveiwers have had with it falling off easily due to a lack of a lock of some type, but that could be a problem in the future as the hot shoe mount loosens up with time and use. We'll see.

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                4.0

                If you are a DSLR user buy an EVF

                By Bill

                from Lyndhurst

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Excellent For Daytime Use
                • Great For Framing
                • Great For Manual Focus
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Too Bright In The Daytime

                Best Uses

                • Daytime
                • Everyday use
                • Landscape Photography
                • Macro Photography
                • Manual focus
                • Portraits

                Comments about Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (Black):

                If you are a current or former DSLR user an EVF such as the VF-2 or VF-3 is a must! You will appreciate it and love it the first time you use your camera on a bright sunny day. It's great to vbe able to see what you are actually framing. That alone is worth the price of admission. It's not too bulky, it fits tight on my camera, and it's nice and bright.

                My only complaint is that it's a little too bright. So don't use it to judge exposure in the daytime, use your histogram or turn on your highlights and shadow warnings instead. In a dim environment the added brightness very welcome. But I just don't like it as much in the daytime. But it's still the price of admission. And since the VF-4 is coming out soon buy one before these babies are no longer available.

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                4.0

                Great performance, horrible mount

                By OuttaHere

                from Mexico

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Poor Design

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use

                Comments about Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (Black):

                For those of us who wear reading glasses and shoot in bright daylight, this VF makes ALL the difference on the PEN cameras. Performance is flawless, can't think of a way to improve it.

                It WILL come off of your camera very easily, I was so concerned with this that I made a "harness" of monofilament fishing line that passes under the lens mount to secure it to the camera.

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                2.0

                Great viewfinder...but keep an eye on it

                By Jim

                from Hixson, TN

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Poor Design

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (Black):

                Bought the VF-2 a couple weeks ago to use on my E-PL2. It works great! Has a bright clear view, diopter adjustment and is a must-have accessory when using longer zooms like my 40-150. So why do I give a 5-star performer a 2-star rating? One MAJOR design flaw...it does NOT lock onto the hot shoe. And no matter what other reviewers may say about it fitting snugly, it WILL come off. I know...it has twice on me in two weeks, but luckily I saw it happen and didn't lose it. So, in summary, it really is a 5-star performer, just keep your eye on it or it will slip off and be lost...a $[$] loss.

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                4.0

                Completes my E-PL2

                By PStu

                from Silver Spring, MD

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (Black):

                  This really brings my E-PL2 closer to a DSLR experience without the large cost of stepping up to an E-M5. It is a little fiddly to get the EVF out and on the camera, but once it's in place it really improves the shooting experience. I can keep my eye to the viewfinder and change all key settings by touch. It would be better if there was some sort of locking mechanism, like the VF-3, but I'll stick with the higher resolution of the VF-2. This does mean that you can't go tearing down a trail without constantly checking if the EVF is still on the camera.

                  I haven't gotten used to the flip-up setting for low shots, but that may come with further use.

                  Color and exposure seem accurate, and I really like the WYSIWYG experience. Add the highlight and shadow warning, and you can know exactly what a good exposure will look like.

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                  4.0

                  great addition

                  By Breezy

                  from SLC, UT

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (Black):

                      if you want to take pictures in bright light with a PEN camera, this is the way to go. In some ways this thing is better than an optical viewfinder, because it can display pretty much everything you can see on the LCD on the back of the camera. I even use it to review pictures when it's too bright out for the LCD. Also, the hinge is really helpful for any shots that require the camera to be held lower to the ground.
                      I do wish it would have some sort of mechanism to lock it to the camera.

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                      4.0

                      Use it for my Leica X2

                      By nycshooter

                      from New York

                      About Me Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                      • Plastic

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Landscape Photography
                      • Portraits
                      • Traveling

                      Comments about Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (Black):

                      I purchased this EVF for my Leica X2 and saved some $$$ not purchasing the Leica EVF. I'm happy to say it works perfectly with the X2. The display is clear and easy on the eye. The Leica operating system all work in this display. Diopter adjustment makes focus easy on the eye. Fits like a glove, nice and tight.

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                      4.0

                      Excellant Add-On!

                      By wattiezz

                      from Atlanta, GA

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Portraits
                        • Studio

                        Comments about Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (Black):

                        Much better (for me) and easier than trying to point and shoot using the view window on back of camera.
                        But, needs a locking device of some kind for the viewfinder as it pivots up and down - hard to remain in one position.

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                        4.0

                        Perfect item to a better view

                        By Facteur

                        from Trois-Rivieres, P.Q. Canada

                        About Me Semi-Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday use
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Studio

                          Comments about Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (Black):

                          Small, solid ,well done item. Easy to take photo all day with sun all over the photograph. I use it with all my manual C mount lenses and it is the perfect solution.
                          Easy to focus with the loupe function. Buy the eyecup also, better for the eye.

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                          5.0

                          Great product

                          By Brino

                          from ct

                          About Me Semi-Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (Black):

                              Works well with the XZ-1

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                              5.0

                              Perfect

                              By esenz

                              from Zurich, Switzerland

                              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                              • Bulky

                              Best Uses

                              • Bright light
                              • Darkness
                              • Everyday use

                              Comments about Olympus VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder (Black):

                              Very good device, helped a lot, especially in daylight and dark light situations where automatic focussing was difficult.

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