Excellent product, if you know what it's for and how to use it
22 January 2014
Summary: I don’t like philosophical reviews about products, so I’ll say this is excellent stuff and well worth the bargain price. If you’re curious about these types of finders read on and I will offer some explanation. For the uninitiated, this item (and any other finder like it) gets a horrible, undeserved slam from some. If you would give this a single star rating, it’s probably not an item you should have purchased in the first place.
Not exactly what I wanted but a good product regardless.
Le Lowry, Amazon
11 October 2013
Summary: This Viewfinder is exactly as advertised and does have viewing issues if you use anything larger than a pancake lens, which of course I did not have on my trip to Vietnam recently. However I did know this when I purchased and otherwise served it's intended purpose for my trip. The seller shipped this item to me quickly and the rating will certainly be a five once I get my hands on a more appropriately sized lens.
Summary: A quality optical viewfinder makes all the difference when using your mirrorless digital camera. The LCD screen on most cameras works well inside, but outside in bright light becomes almost useless. If your camera has a hotshoe centered over the lens, this viewfinder will provide you a roughly 34mm(full frame equivalent) very bright and usable view of your subject.
Summary: I got this VF-1 with the E-P1 kit set, after selling the E-P1 with 17mm pancake it has been sitting around gathering dust, until the EOS-M fire sale which it find its use again. the 22mm (35mm) is pretty perfect for this Viewfinder except slightly taller frame with the 4:3 format. This optical viewfinder is pretty big and bright. -1 star for not available in black (damn Olympus and their prominent use of silver!
Summary: This is a very close copy of the Leica 35mm Brightline Finder. It functions accurately when used in connection with the proper lens. As such, it is a very good value. The proper lens, by the way, is the Zuiko 17mm f/2.8.
Summary: FOR 90 DOLLARS THIS VIEWFINDER IS A LAUGH... YOU MIGHT AS WELL TAKE A PIECE OF WIRE AND BEND IT INTO A SQUARE AND TAPE IT TO YOUR OLYMPUS CAMERA... IT WILL WORK JUST AS WELL.. SO OLYMPUS GETS ANOTHER ... SHAME ON YOU FOR THIS FINDER......
Makes my Olympus E-P3/17mm F/2.8 into a lean clean picture machine!
P.K. Frary "Gochugogi", Amazon
2 January 2013
Summary: My Olympus E-P3 LCD was difficult to compose with in bright light and, thus, the VF-1 landed on my doorstep. Fit and finish are excellent and it matches the retro vibe of my Pen E-P3. It mounts in the hotshoe so a shoe mount flash can't be used at the same time. The popup flash of my E-P3 still works fine albeit I'm amazed at how close it is to the VF-1 (maybe .5mm of clearance).
Summary: I bought this to mount on my IPad camera mount from makayama.com (which I love), so I could see more clearly when shooting video in bright sun. It's a good viewfinder and mounts easily and firmly, but of course it doesn't line up with the camera's eye, and that is the problem.