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VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras
 
4.6

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (22)
  • Lightweight (18)
  • Reliable (14)
  • Durable (6)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (8)

Best Uses

  • Everyday (18)
  • Landscape photography (14)
  • Travel (12)
  • Macro photography (11)
  • Home (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (14), Semi-professional (4), Professional (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (24)

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.

Reviewed by 28 customers

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5.0

Excellent

By BEACHBUM 74

from FORT PIERCE, FL

Verified Buyer

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

Product is a necessary evil for this camera. It would be better if built in.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Not just for PEN Cameras

By Peter

from Long lake, New York

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

I actually use the VF-4 on my EM-1. I like to take photos from low angles and I find that having the ability to raise the viewfinder makes it much easier for me to do so. I know the LCD screen on the EM-1 can also be used for this purpose but I find that having a viewfinder works much better. It not only eliminates glare but also helps to isolate the image I want to take from the rest of the subject matter. My eyesight isn't what it use to be which also makes it more difficult for me to use the LCD screen. I wish Olympus would build this feature into their future OMD cameras, it would keep the system much more compact.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

VF-4 is a great companion of pen cameras

By Jorge

from Buenos Aires, Argentina

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy to Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Wildlife Photos

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

    The VF-4 allows avoiding problems with sun, and is a better focussiong tool.

    El visor VF-4 evita los refeljos en la pantalla LCD y permite enfocar como en una camara range finder

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Fantastic!

    By jayp

    from Florida

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

    These viewfinders are a great addition to the Pen. No problems with sunlight fading out the screen and it has the ability to flip up so you can look down for low level shots or to brace the camera against your chest for low light exposures. Also, it locks firmly onto the hot shoe. This is my second VF-4. Much better than the VF-2.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Awesome!, BUT PLASTIC!

    By Tony TwilightZone

    from San Mateo, CA

    About Me Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

    • Feels Like Cheap Plastic

    Best Uses

    • Everyday use

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

    I love most everything about the VF-4, fun to use, never realized how much of a difference using a good viewfinder makes. BUT, GIVEN THE PRICE THE PLASTIC BUILD FEELS A BIT CHEAP! Still, I bought this to complete my E-P5 camera which I like, the added bulk does not bother me. For the price they should have put the same metal quality as in the E-P5 it was designed for. I'm in a bit of quandry about recommending this product. It's a Yes & No. I can say, I'm happy to have it now that I have it. But it has changed my system building strategy. They should drop the price of the VF-4 because of the plastic.

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    • No
     
    5.0

    Outstanding! So much better than VF2!

    By isabel95

    from Western North Carolina

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Fine Tuning Focus
      • Home
      • Landscape Photography
      • Macro Photography
      • Outdoor shooting
      • Portraits
      • Studio
      • Traveling

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

      Having three Olympus micro 43 cameras without viewfinders, I was switching my Olympus VF-2 among them and it was mighty inconvenient.

      Although the VF-4 is mighty pricey and I wish it cost less, I feel I have spent my money wisely because no longer do I have to readjust the diopter on the VF-2 every time I take my camera out of my bag or switch it to another camera. It moves too easily. I also, by the way, bought the accessory rubber shoe for the VF-2, which I consider a necessity.

      I like the fact that the VF-4 locks into the accessory shoe and there's no danger of my losing it, as is the case with the VF-2, which has no lock. Once the diopter is adjusted it stays put!

      The view through the eyepiece is lovely, crisp and clear and I can see the entire image with my eyeglasses.

      I would recommend this to anyone who has an Olympus micro 43 camera without a viewfinder that accepts an accessory finder.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Great evf... but it is too bulky...

      By KekoJones

      from Illinois

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

      This is a very good quality product. It gives you a big full image. Now, it is really bulky. I bought this evf to pair it with my ep-5. But the compactness of the camera went off the window with this evf because it is too bulky to keep carrying my camera in my daily bag. So, I had to return the camera and the evf.

       
      5.0

      good

      By aiyoh79

      from Singapore

      About Me Casual user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Bulky

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use

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

      better than vf2 and the increase magnification really helps in manual focusing

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Fantastic Bargain

      By Camerajim

      from West Chester, PA

      About Me Semi-Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        This is a great and very useful accessory. Olympus usually has the price for this too high, but I bought this on an incredible deal from B&H.

        The VF-4 has the same internals as the viewfinder which comes on the Olympus E-M1. As such, it is a substantial upgrade for any camera in the Olympus Pen line which does not have a viewfinder. It's a top notch product.

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        • No
         
        5.0

        One of the best EVF's I've experienced

        By Ben

        from Fuquay Varina, NC

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Exceptional Iq
        • Lightweight
        • Locks Into Place
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          B&H had a sale on these prior to the Christmas Holidays that made me jump. I had to order two of them and wow...am I glad I did. This is the finest EVF (internal or external) that I've owned. The field of view and clarity are superb and what I enjoy (on top of the wonderful IQ) is the fact that it locks into place. It won't fall off like the previous Olympus VF2 (a wonderful EVF in its own rite). But this VF-4 sets the standard and if you own a Pen camera, you owe it to yourself to get one.

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          • No
           
          5.0

          VF4 Handy for Sunny days

          By ezed

          from Santa Fe, NM

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            I use the VF4 with an Olympus PM2 that I picked up used at a good price. The VF4 provides a very clear image and is an improvement over other Olympus viewfinders in clarity and because it locks onto the camera nicely. The VF4 gives the PM2 additional flexibility in bright sunlight and when I want to manually focus. I plan to look for a used PL7 at some point and the VF4 will serve for the upgrade, as well.Fitted with a Panasonic 20mm, the PM2 is my walk-around snapshot camera, my backup for my OMD-EM5, and when set up properly, a near-point-and-shoot for my wife.

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            • No
             
            4.0

            High quality viewfinder!

            By BG

            from Richland, WA

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                This thing is awesome! Certifiably the best viewfinder out there, but the price is a little steep if you're not 100% committed to getting this....If you're on the fence about viewfinders in general, maybe get the VF-3 and see how you like using it. For those who want/'need' a viewfinder, this is THE best.It's plastic so I can't really say anything about durability; it swivels 90 degrees (which I like and find to be useful), locks in place, and saves battery life.

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                • No
                 
                5.0

                Great. For EM5

                By HenRas

                from Eliot ME USA

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Bulky
                • Needs Bigger Eye Cup

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Landscape Photography
                • Macro Photography

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

                Had many soft focused images when using manual lenses.This is a great help. NO HD. But Better than what the camera comes with. Plug it on and go if u have the latest upgrade on youre EM5. It gets you a bigger image to work with. Very happy with it.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                The best.

                By zensu

                from Montgomery, AL

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                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.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  4.0

                  Useful tool

                  By retired pro

                  from Santa Fe, NM

                  About Me Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  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!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    Good viewfinder

                    By Niklas

                    from Bolivia

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    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.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Great addition to PEN E-P5

                        By Taylor Morgan

                        from Oakland, CA

                        About Me Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        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.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                         
                        5.0

                        Super Veiwfinder

                        By kitsap2

                        from Seattle, Wa

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        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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                        • No
                         
                        5.0

                        Excellent Product

                        By Frankie D

                        from New York City

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        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.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Much Improved EVF

                          By Mingus

                          from Illinois

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          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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                          • No

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