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VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras
 
4.5

(based on 15 reviews)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (13)
  • Lightweight (10)
  • Reliable (9)
  • Durable (4)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (6)

Best Uses

  • Everyday (11)
  • Landscape photography (9)
  • Travel (7)
  • Home (6)
  • Macro photography (6)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Outstanding EVF!

This EVF absolutely transforms the diminutive EPM2 into something that acts like a much larger camera.
The viewing area is HUGE, colors are excellent, and responsiveness is very, very good. Read complete review

This EVF absolutely transforms the diminutive EPM2 into something that acts like a much larger camera.
The viewing area is HUGE, colors are excellent, and responsiveness is very, very good.
I have had the VF-2 and VF-3, as well as the native VFs on the GH2 and GH3, and this just leaves all of them in the dust.
Add in the nice locking mechanism that Olympus finally put on, and this now never leaves my camera.
It's a real must-have for the PENs.
(One thing...You MUST do the firmware update for it to work on any of the bodies other than the newly announced EP5, and the automatic viewfinder/LCD eye switch will not work on anything but the EP5.)

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not great with E-PL1

Used with Olympus E-PL1 after firmware upgrade the VF-4 produced thin, slightly blue viewfinder images. Colors, contrast, and brightness were not adequate for making any corrections on the fly and never came...Read complete review

Used with Olympus E-PL1 after firmware upgrade the VF-4 produced thin, slightly blue viewfinder images. Colors, contrast, and brightness were not adequate for making any corrections on the fly and never came close to the characteristics of the same image seen on the LCD screen. EV display controls within the Olympus menu were capable of dimming the viewfinder image or making it even more blue -- but never making it accurate.

My experience only refers to my E-PL1, not more recent cameras or the E-P5 and E-PL5 the unit was designed for.

Fortunately, B&H's excellent return policy fixed my problem with zero stress.

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5.0

The best.

By zensu

from Montgomery, AL

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday use
    • Home
    • In bright sun
    • Landscape Photography
    • Macro Photography
    • Portraits
    • Traveling

    Comments about VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras:

    This is the best EVF I've ever looked through. The image is large and sharp. A needed accessory for the E-P5 outdoors. Manual focusing is easy using this EVF.

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    4.0

    Useful tool

    By retired pro

    from Santa Fe, NM

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Macro Photography

      Comments about VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras:

      I am using the VF-4 on a PL-i with updated firmware; it turns my 'toy' camera into a useful tool. I have no complaints about the functionality, the viewed image is excellent. But users should be aware that unlike an optical finder, the image freezes on the photo taken until it is stored just as it does on the rear screen. The other issue is that with the VF mounted there is no sync to external flash.

      All one need do to realize the value of the VF is to try to take pictures in the bright sunlight using the rear screen only... and then attach the VF!

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      5.0

      Good viewfinder

      By Niklas

      from Bolivia

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras:

          If you have a Pen, this is an essential accessory. It is as simple as that.

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          4.0

          Great addition to PEN E-P5

          By Taylor Morgan

          from Oakland, CA

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          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

          • Bulky

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Landscape Photography
          • Macro Photography
          • Portraits

          Comments about VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras:

          Love having the option of adding a view finder (and a really good one at that) to the top of my Olympus PEN E-P5. The articulating EVF is great for low angle stuff.

          I would have given this item 5 stars if adding the EVF didn't take away the option to mount another hot shoes accessory. I shoot a lot with Pocket Wizards and external flashes, which can not be done simultaneously to using the EVF. Small thing though, I work through it.

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          5.0

          Super Veiwfinder

          By kitsap2

          from Seattle, Wa

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          Pros

          • Brilliant Display
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Pricey

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras:

          I recently upgraded from a camera with a built-in viewfinder, to one without, an Olympus E-PL5. This viewfinder, the Olympus VF4, is superior to my previous camera, and I thought that one was pretty good. It displays all the information I need, just like the back of the camera's lcd screen. It's perfect for when I need to have a viewfinder, and stows neatly away in my bag, or pants pocket, for when I don't. The switch/button, under the eyecup, turns the lcd off, viewfinder on. For the E-P5, it auto-detects when you raise the camera to your face, and turns the lcd off.
          So, when I'm using the VF4, I'm also saving battery strength by not running the lcd.

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          5.0

          Excellent Product

          By Frankie D

          from New York City

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape Photography
            • Traveling

            Comments about VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras:

            I bought this for my Olympus Pen e-pm2, which I love for its pocketable size and great picture quality. The Pen e-pm2 works very well as a point and shoot camera for situations such as parties or photographing the grandkids. However, when I need to be sure that I am getting the subject in focus for landscapes and travel photography, I use the VF-4. It doesn't add much bulk to the camera and works extremely well for me. It has a diopter adjustment and the image is sharp, contrasty and bright. It gives me the added confidence to know I nailed the focus and the composition. I am very happy with this product.

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            4.0

            Much Improved EVF

            By Mingus

            from Illinois

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            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

            • Bulky

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Landscape Photography
            • Portraits
            • Traveling

            Comments about VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras:

            I replaced the Olympus VF-3 with this redesigned unit on my EP-3 and the improvement is significant. Everything about this unit is better and using it is a far more gratifying experience. For example, I find I can judge focus and depth of field fairly well and I can see exposure and other information clearly.

            At last, an EVF that comes close to a traditional optical viewfinder.

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            5.0

            Great Viewfinder

            By Frank

            from Cannon Beach, OR

            About Me Semi-Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

            • Bulky

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras:

            The VF 4 is exactly as advertised. Being able to look down viewing reminds me of my old Rollie TLR. Eye level is also fine. Speed and resolution are fine. With VF attached the camera is an awkward shape to fit in a camera bag, a small price to pay. It's my go-to mode of shooting.

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            5.0

            Great EVF bright 100% view

            By CLEVELANDJOHN

            from Cleveland

            About Me Semi-Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras:

              Must have for the new EP-5
              It's a EVF but one with 2,360,000 pix. very bright clear just wonderful to use on the EP-5

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              5.0

              great for manual focusing

              By Jono

              from OZ

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              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Landscape Photography
                • Macro Photography

                Comments about VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras:

                No experience of the two earlier models but this one does the job and as an added bonus manual focus is a breeze

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                2.0

                Not great with E-PL1

                By Michael Matthews

                from Athens, GA

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                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Difficult To Use

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras:

                    Used with Olympus E-PL1 after firmware upgrade the VF-4 produced thin, slightly blue viewfinder images. Colors, contrast, and brightness were not adequate for making any corrections on the fly and never came close to the characteristics of the same image seen on the LCD screen. EV display controls within the Olympus menu were capable of dimming the viewfinder image or making it even more blue -- but never making it accurate.

                    My experience only refers to my E-PL1, not more recent cameras or the E-P5 and E-PL5 the unit was designed for.

                    Fortunately, B&H's excellent return policy fixed my problem with zero stress.

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                    5.0

                    Good Image

                    By Family and vacation photographer

                    from Albuquerque NM

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                    • Bulky

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Home
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras:

                    Very good image quality on my XZ2 - about the same as the EVF on my Sony NEX7. Slightly better image quality than the VF2 which I also own. VF4 diopter adjustment is much easier because wheel is now on side. Shape of eyecup on VF4 is much better, rectangular instead of round so it blocks out sunlight better. VF4 locks into place securely which also is an improvement over the VF2. (Eye sensor is built in but it does not trigger automatic switching between LCD display and VF4 on my XZ2 and most other older cameras. Currently that feature only works on the EP5 according to the Olympus website. Not a problem, quick and easy to push the button on the VF4 to switch between LCD and VF4)

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                    5.0

                    Highly recommended

                    By barakbl

                    from Israel

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fun to Use
                    • Great image quality

                    Cons

                    • Bulky

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Home

                    Comments about VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras:

                    My epl1 is now more fun to use then ever

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                    4.0

                    Nice for EPL5

                    By dscott77

                    from Atlanta, GA

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                    • Bulky

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras:

                      In my opinion, the EPL5 is excellent as-is but for those of us used to viewfinders, the VF-4 gives us the high quality option. Of course, it makes the camera a little less diminutive but it's worth it when, for whatever reason, using the LCD is not practical (bright sunlight, for example). The VF-4 display is bright and sharp and gets the job done -- at a price.

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                      5.0

                      Outstanding EVF!

                      By jlw518

                      from Albany, NY

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Excellent color rendition
                      • Huge Field Of View
                      • Lightweight
                      • Locking Mechanism
                      • Reliable
                      • Speedy Response Time

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • Landscape Photography
                        • Macro Photography

                        Comments about VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras:

                        This EVF absolutely transforms the diminutive EPM2 into something that acts like a much larger camera.
                        The viewing area is HUGE, colors are excellent, and responsiveness is very, very good.
                        I have had the VF-2 and VF-3, as well as the native VFs on the GH2 and GH3, and this just leaves all of them in the dust.
                        Add in the nice locking mechanism that Olympus finally put on, and this now never leaves my camera.
                        It's a real must-have for the PENs.
                        (One thing...You MUST do the firmware update for it to work on any of the bodies other than the newly announced EP5, and the automatic viewfinder/LCD eye switch will not work on anything but the EP5.)

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