Summary: For EPL2, the camera firmware needs to be updated to version 1.2 (the 1.1 does not recognize VF3). Once attached, press the black button to switch the view from LCD to the viewfinder and oh yes finally the camera is now just right! I love holding the camera to my eye to compose. My other camera is a Nikon D90, and really I cannot tell a difference in the quality of the view between the two. The VF3 has 100% field of view, delivering sharp, contrasty, instant view.
Summary: First of all, know that you will need a firmware update to use this with many of the PEN E-PL cameras. That's not a big deal, but you should know about it because it is otherwise a bit alarming when you gaze eagerly into your brand new viewfinder and it's black ... no view to find. Just call customer service (the number is on the insert that comes with the viewfinder) and they will patiently walk you through the process. They are very nice and very helpful.
J. Murdock "Web editor, wedding photographer", Amazon
27 August 2011
Summary: I got this for my E-PL2 after days of deciding between this and the older, higher-resolution VF-2. In the end, the cheaper price, expected quality and locking mechanism won in favor of the VF-3. It matches well with the body, fits securely and works without any problem. It's definitely the best quality electronic viewfinder I've ever used. (compared to several Canon models).
An essential PEN accessory for anything other than point and shoot use
2 September 2013
Summary: Whilst the VF-3's image quality does not approach that of the through the lens optics of a DSLR it does have several benefits that outweigh this. It makes the PEN range usable for varifocal wearers like me, I cannot use the rear screen of any compact for focusing or control without glasses.
Summary: Tesco price was competitive and the viewfinder arrived for in store collection a day ahead of collection date. This viewfinder allows you to use the camera like an slr rather than using the lcd screen. It is lightweight, plastic but seems robust enough. Importantly the camera still fits into the pen case with it on.
Summary: The viewfinder is a brilliant and improves the handling of the camera immeasurably; for example images are level and you can see what you're shooting in bright sunlight! The VF2 as a higher resolution but really save your money and get this one, it does exactly what it says on the tin. Even on a black camera the silver VF-3 looks good and I can't repeat how much it improves the handling of the camera for the good.
Summary: I bought this for my Pen epl3 whose LCD screen was useless in bright sunlight. It does exactly what I wanted and has moved what I can do with the camera onto a new level. It also enables shooting in the more normal photo format as opposed to the epl3's widescreen. It is pricey but it gives the camera all the features of a DSLR.
Summary: I use an Olympus EPL1 as my back up camera to my Canon Professional equipment. It is a great little camera but I just could not get on with composing and shooting using the rear viewing screen hence this purchase! A great accessory for the Olympus Pen range. It does exactly what is says on the tin! I will use my Pen a little bit more now especially in strong daylight now I can see what I am composing!!