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About Olympus VF-3

The VF-3 is a compact viewfinder that slides and locks onto the accessory port of Olympus PEN and XZ-1 models to provide 100% field of view and 1.00x magnification. The VF-3, which is compatible with all PENs that have an accessory port, is quite useful for outdoor shooting, low-angle shooting or telephoto shooting. Bright with high contrast from the center to the edges. Additionally with the tilting mechanism (up to 90 degrees) low angle shoots become an enjoyable shooting experience.

The Olympus VF-3 is commonly used for Everyday, Landscape photography, Macro photography, Portraits, Travel and more.The Olympus VF-3 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Enthusiast among others.The Olympus VF-3 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Olympus VF-3: Easy to use, Lightweight and Reliable

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easy to use (9),Lightweight (8),Reliable (5)
Best Uses:
Everyday (8),Travel (7),Landscape photography (6),Macro photography (6),Portraits (4),Home (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (10)

Olympus VF-3 Specifications

Resolution
Approx. 920,000 dots
Field of view
100%
Eye-point
Approx. 17.4mm (-1m?)
Diopter adjustment
(-3.0 to +1.0m?)
Magnification
Approx. 1.00x (-1m?, 50mm Macro, at infinity)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
1.00" x 1.70" x 1.75" (25.4mm x 43.5mm x 44.7mm)
Weight
Approx. 1.0 oz (28g) without cover
Mfr #
V329110SU000
SKU
IOMVF3S

Olympus VF-3 Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4

(based on 12 reviews)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Improves Camera Technique

Rather than hold the camera at arms length, this item lets you use the camera in the traditional way.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Will not even mount on my EP3

It won't even mount on my EP3. I mean it wont even begin to slide into the hole bellow the hoteshoe. Of course I didn't want to force it. But I mean really come on right out of the box brand new and I can't mount it on my camera. I am alongtime user of the VF2 which is amazing and preforms flawlessly.

Reviewed by 12 customers

 
4.0

A worthwhile addition

By

from powell, wy  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

A purchased this because, shooting from eye level, holding the camera against my face helps keep the camera from shaking or otherwise moving. It works very well for that purpose. I am not comfortable as yet with the electronic image the viewfinder delivers, but I expect to adjust to it as I use the camera more. My only real complaint is that it is a little awkward engage the device when it I want to shift from the LCD to the viewfinder when working quickly. If the button were located on the side or the top of the device, it be easier to make the switch.

 
5.0

SUPER UPGRADE FOR OLYMPUS PEN CAMERAS

By

from ARLINGTON, VA  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I use the viewfinder for close up and outdoor bright sunshine photography (especially without a tripod)- which greatly improves several Pen cameras' flexibility and utility. The lock-in-place shoe keeps it secure. The normal horizontal position adds stabilty when taking pictures necause the camera rests against your head. The 90 degree vertical position provides flexibility when shooting low level perspective pictures (and provides for some clandestine shots). Updating the firmware to accomodate the electronic viewfinder was easy and effective. Eye relief with glasses could be better and the viewfinder adds bulk to the camera.

 
4.0

Point-and-shoot into mirrorless SLR

By

from Tucson, AZ  -  Semi-Professional

The VF-3 is now a permanent mount on my XZ-1. I now have the the same stability in holding the camera and sunlight viewability as my DSLR. Checking manual focus which is rarely used in the XZ-1 is not as good as an optical finder, but meets the other needs admirably. Hinged mounting makes up for fixed view screen on camera.

 
4.0

Useful During Transition

By

from Jacksonville, FL  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

OLYMPUS VF-3 Electronic Viewfinder – This is one of those items that I found very useful during the transition from DSLRs to MILCs (Olympus PEN E-PL5) and in conditions where there is a high level of intense ambient light. It took a little time to get the adjustments for brightness and contrast just the way I wanted them, but it was well worth the effort.

 
4.0

A great addition to any PEN system

By

from Guatemala, Guatemala  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

This is a great addition to any PEN system. I've been able to take photos better when the sunlight washes out the screen of my PEN mini. It's also great for macro photography and manual focus as it allows more precise adjustments. I'm a novice and now that I use the EVF I'm finally holding my camera properly. The resolution of the screen in the EVF is good but if you don't align in the right way, the image can be difficult to see as it's supposed to be specially if you wear glasses but with practice this really is not an issue. I've realized now that this tool will help you frame better shots in almost any situation even though the color rendition could be better.

 
5.0

A must have for outdoor shooting

By

from Fullerton, CA  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Makes it easy to frame your subject in bright sunlight but just as important makes it easy to see your settings. Image view is too contrasty and unsaturated to thrill you like an SLR view, but it does the job to help get great final image quality from those little Olympi.

 
5.0

A MUST HAVE for the Pen series Cameras

By

from Jenkintown PA  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Small Pen camera needs focus aid for non-auto focus lenses. Using the rear screen for this is a waste of time and energy. The VF3 is the almost perfect answer but it sits to high and is easily damaged. Still, I could not do without it. It would be far better designed if it sat close to the top of the camera and was flat or near flat. The camera and VF3 however are outstanding for size and IQ. And yes, I also have a full frame dslr (Canon 5dmk2) to compare it to.

 
4.0

Nice addition to PEN

By

from Rhode Island  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I love the compactness of my PEN, but there are times when a viewfinder hits the spot. This slips on easily, locks on and works a treat -- then can go back in the bag.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Will not even mount on my EP3

By

from Lancaster Pa  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

It won't even mount on my EP3. I mean it wont even begin to slide into the hole bellow the hoteshoe. Of course I didn't want to force it. But I mean really come on right out of the box brand new and I can't mount it on my camera. I am alongtime user of the VF2 which is amazing and preforms flawlessly.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Improves Camera Technique

By

from Bayonne, NJ  -  Semi-Professional

Rather than hold the camera at arms length, this item lets you use the camera in the traditional way.

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
GARRY D  Decent resolution, locking feature was important, less expensive than VF-2
Paul G  Will the VF-3 viewfinder will work on my still-to-be-purchased Olympus Tough TG-3? Will the RM-1 remote control will work with it? Thanks!
JOHN A  The VF-3 will not attach to the TG-3. I don't have a remote, so can't comment on that. JA
Charles W  Will the Olympus VF-3 Electronic Viewfinder work with my Olympus pen mini E-PM2?
THOMAS D  I have an E-PM1 and the VF-3. A friend just got an E-PM2 and I let him try my VF-3 on it and it worked fine.
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