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Old Aug 13, 2010, 12:40 PM   #1
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Default Good lord, what a beautiful finder...

I just received the VF-2 for my E-PL1. Goodness me... this is nice.

After having played with the E-PL1 for a couple of days now, the ergonomics and controls remind me very much of the Olympus SP550 superzoom digicam, which felt wonderful to hold and, controls-wise, was the best digicam I've ever held. But..... the autofocus and image quality from the SP550 was about as bad as it gets.

The E-PL1 is quite the cute little camera, the EVF add-on is quite spectacular and there's not much to say about the files I am seeing so far other than, now that I have an eyelevel finder I can't wait to give it a spin with the longer lenses I have....not that I'll probably tote the 50-200 SWD around with the E-PL1, but.... the kit lens and the two DSLR 9-18 and 40-150 Zuikos with the MMF-2 makes for quite the compact outfit, and the files I am seeing shot with the 40-150 f4-5.6 look better than anything I have shot with it mounted on my E620. The 70-300 Zuiko and E-PL1, used with the EVF, should be a lot of fun.
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Thanks, Greg-

I appreciate your mini review of the VF-2 EVF viewfinder. I have also been considering getting one for my EPL-1. Very helpful, thanks.

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Congrats Greg.

Sounds like you are enjoying your PEn as much as me!
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Thanks, Greg-

I appreciate your mini review of the VF-2 EVF viewfinder. I have also been considering getting one for my EPL-1. Very helpful, thanks.

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Just do it, Sarah! The clarity is remarkable. I saw someone at some point say viewing through the finder was like looking at a finished image, and it's true, with tons of relief so that even someone like me with glasses can see everything easily, and the soft rubber bumper around the eyepiece will be easy on my glasses.
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Congrats on getting the vf2, it is a fantastic evf. High res, and very clear.
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The VF-2 is the best electronic viewfinder I have ever had the pleasure to look through - even better than those in the Panasonic G1 and GH1.
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I have to add it is better then the g2 and the samsung nx10's evf
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I am so spoil by the performance of the VF2, that if oly comes out with a evil with a built in evf, and does not match the vf2's ability. I would be very disappointed.
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Default CrrrrRAP!!!!

I really didn't want to build my EPL kit any farther. Now I have to reconsider.
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I really didn't want to build my EPL kit any farther. Now I have to reconsider.
It is very, very nice. I went out today and the 102 degree heat to give the E-PL1 a run with the EVF and it was spectacular to use. It works very, very well with the 70-300 and EX25 for closeups.









The 40-150 f3-5.6 is a nice, compact lens. This first image I shot to see how it handled a scene with varying light levels, which it did very well.



Not quite out to the maximum zoom, but close.



One other with the 40-150 f4-5.6..





With this next image, I took advantage of being able to swing up the EVF and didn't have to look up composing and shooting with the 14-42 kit lens..



I used the EVF a lot today in reviewing outside in open daylight and it was really nice being able to review a file outside as I was shooting and get a good, clear image to look at vs. the always washed out back LCD because of the high contrast light I was shooting in. Reminds me of back in 2007 when I was using a Panasonic FZ50 for several months, with the exception this Olympus finder offers a really high resultion view.

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