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!!