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Old Apr 16, 2012, 8:18 PM   #1
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Default ....using the VF-2 @ 90-degrees

As Greg mentioned in the earlier thread, the VF-2 really is handy to use when flipped 90-deg. I use mine a lot that way to get the upward perspective that fits so many things and more important to get the camera perpendicular to subject heights (i.e. children, small animals, low growing plants). Where I sit or get belly down to the ground with the E-3, the VF-2 is a flip and lower away to the height I want, the VF-2 makes it easier on the 74-yr old knees.

I recently stopped by the local, every Friday evening, car park'n-show...Greg this is at the Albertson's at Little Road @ 1-block north side of I-20.
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'47 Ford woody station wagon, see me in the bumper... VF-2 at 90-degrees






.....'34 Chevy, the license plate on the Shelby reads 'MY401K'


.......same Chevy, the B&W plugin saved this file, it was a real mess to begin with


....Cadillac Eldorado cockpit


The B & W convert


.......almost as old as me, this is a '39 Pontiac, looking up with the VF-2 flipped made this an easy comp








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Old Apr 16, 2012, 10:39 PM   #2
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Very cool event!

The 9-18 is a great lens for shooting those.

Speaking of your VF-2....have you noticed what one will be able to buy as a replacement for their E-M5?

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...le_Eyecup.html

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Old Apr 16, 2012, 11:43 PM   #3
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....why don't they just make it std or include it. I've lost and replaced my E-300, E-3 and VF-2 and I am still aggravated about not being able to buy the std part.
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I am going back to the cars a couple more times, they are there every Friday night. There are some more I want to get some shots of.
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Really nice car shots Bob. Well done. Nice angles and compositions.

(Speaking of eyecups, I have always bought the Olympus EP-5 eyecup from B&H which they carry, and only costs $6. It is listed as being for the E-300 and E-500. But I don't have either of those, but it fits my E-330, E-520, and E-3 just fine.)
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Old Apr 18, 2012, 4:32 PM   #5
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..thanks Steven for the remarks

I too use the EP-5 for my 300 & 3 but for the PEN accessories the replacement is $16 to $100 (REALLY, on eBay from Asia) and I had to use the replacement at $16 because Olympus via email refused to sell me a standard VF-2 cup. Instead I was told that the only way to get a standard cup replacement for the VF-2 would be to send the VF-2 to Olympus for repair @ $62.50 plus ship-one-way.

Oh well, it reminds me of racing parts, some are one-off and very expensive so that $20 ea. sparkplugs seem pretty reasonable, which reminded me it cost $300+ at the dealer to change the plugs (16 of-em) in my 5.7L HEMI..... so what's the bitching about camera parts all about, I don't know........ $300 EVF and,,,, uh, ummm, oh well.
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I use the e-vf at 90 degrees all the time, especially when I have the camera on a tripod I find having the camera a little above chest height and being able to look down into the e-vf is very natural and comfortable for me.

The one time I find the e-vf hard to use is when shooting vertical, portrait layout, i.e. holding the camera vertically.



so the EP-5 cup fits?

I still have the rubber thingy (not really a cup) that came with the ev-f but was thinking about trying an upgrade.

I was thinking the EP-9 would be good, for $15 it is not too much.

$6 is cheaper for the EP-5 but it looks like it would keep less stray light out. Am I missing something? is it preferable to use one that doesn't have so much cup?
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....the only known replacement for the VF-2 is the EP-9 @ $16.

None of the dSLR eye cups will fit the VF-2. I am becoming accustomed to the big EP-9, I wear glasses so don't feel the benefit of it, but it works.

The one thing I really don't like is that the EP-9 is so easily rotated that diopter setting is constantly changing where the std eye cup pretty much stayed put. In my case, I just move it ballpark to where it moved from.
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Great shots! I always like hot rods and classic cars with bright colors. I want to have a VF-2. This will be next on my shopping list. I think this view finder will help me a lot, a guy who has bad knees.
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Nice shots Bob, great color.
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