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Old Apr 19, 2012, 1:25 PM   #11
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actually cameta has it new for $214.95 with free shipping

http://www.cameta.com/Olympus-PEN-VF...lack-57903.cfm

or you can wait till they get more refurbished ones for $169
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Old Apr 19, 2012, 1:27 PM   #12
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It took a while before I decided I was going to buy the VF2 and the reason was its price (50% the price of the camera itself...today it is more expensive than the EPL1 body!). When you add it to the cost of the camera, all of a sudden newer models with better LCDs become more attractive.

As for price increase, it seems to be a trend across photographic equipment. Many manufacturers are announcing a price increase on their lenses and cameras so I guess the cost of the VF2 is just part of that trend.
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Old Apr 19, 2012, 1:30 PM   #13
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Is because the American dollar is sinking.
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It took a while before I decided I was going to buy the VF2 and the reason was its price (50% the price of the camera itself...today it is more expensive than the EPL1 body!). When you add it to the cost of the camera, all of a sudden newer models with better LCDs become more attractive....
yes but once you take any of camera with only a screen on it out into the bright sun you soon realize that you still need the VF-2. I love my e-pl2 but probably could have gotten by with the e-pl1 except that it is not compatible with RM-UC1 shutter release.
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Old Apr 19, 2012, 3:19 PM   #15
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It depends on the quality of the LCD to a certain extent. I have a Panasonic ZS6 and very seldom I feel I can't compose properly because of the glare. The image is so bright that it compensates for most of the reflection.

I was surprised by the huge size of the VF2 and having it on top of the EPL1, it turns a compact/small camera into a much bulkier one (of course some people may say..."well, you don't have to have it mounted all the time"), specially when it comes to storage. I have a small bag that the EPL1 w/ kit lens fit nicely. However, it won't go in if the VF2 is mounted on it.
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My purpose of having a VF-2 is mainly for outdoor use. I don't really need it for indoors since I may need the hot shoe for a flash.
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Is because the American dollar is sinking.
I dont know about that but what I do know is that, when I look at what you guys pay for things in $ s, it is always less than we in the UK are paying in s equivalent. You name it and we are paying more, mainly because we are one of the most heavily taxed countries in the world, not much to do with the value of the . At the moment we are paying an ave.of 6.75 for a gallon of unleaded..= $10.88.
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Yowsah, 10.88 for one gallon of gas. I couldn't afford a fill up. It would cost me 250 bucks. I guess 3.78 is a bargain here compared to the UK. In Kuwait gas goes for .78 cents per gallon.
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I dont know about that but what I do know is that, when I look at what you guys pay for things in $ s, it is always less than we in the UK are paying in s equivalent. You name it and we are paying more, mainly because we are one of the most heavily taxed countries in the world, not much to do with the value of the . At the moment we are paying an ave.of 6.75 for a gallon of unleaded..= $10.88.
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People in UK enjoys good health care which we don't have here in the States. I guess that is what you are paying high tax for.
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That is why all the EU countries have force reform of their social welfare. It killing their countries economy. I live on both side of the pond. There is a pro and con to the social health care issue vs the US system. And it is allot more then the US media is willing to show you on the downside of their system.
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