December 08, 2013
The VF-3 serves its purpose, to take pictures in daylight when its hard to see through the E-PM1 screen, and to discretely take pictures of my kids's events in a darken auditorium looking down at the stage. I am a casual photographer who use the auto settings all the time and need the VF-3 only to frame the subjects. Based on other people's reviews, the VF-2 is much better than the VF-3. However I was able to get this VF-3 on sale at the price I am willing to pay. For the serious photographer, the VF-2 or 4 might be the way to go. Another thing the VF-3 looks nicer on my camera than the VF-2 :)
July 20, 2013
I use two of these, one on a PEN E-PL1 and one on an XZ-1. On the PEN, it helps greatly to focus Nikkor legacy lens. Works on the XZ-1 in daylight, allowing me to frame photos very well.
I did have to upgrade the firmware on the PENs to allow them to work with the viewfinder, but Olympus has made that very easy to do.
When Olympus has another sale on the viewfinders, I will buy a third for my other PEN E-PL1. I highly recommend this viewfinder.
June 14, 2013
Bought this a year or so ago and it works great on my PL1. Plugged it in and no issues. It really address's using the Pen out in the sun where I found I could just not use the screen on the back. With this it allows me to use it for wildlife but take a much lighter package. Great addition to my camera collection.
January 02, 2012
This view finder is an excellent value and provides a 100% field of view in those situations when the LCD isn't optimal(bright light, fast moving action etc...)
My E-PL1 needed a firmware upgrade for this work but after that, it has been great.
Isn't as high a resolution as the VF-2 but I don't use it to show of my pics! :-) Plent of resolution to frame hyour shot and verify the focus is correct. Highly recommend.
September 16, 2011
All the tests of the VF-3 I've read have been done on the E-PL3 and maybe therein lies the problem. I haven't seen any done on the E-PL1, which is the camera that I've got. That may account for the awful performance. I used the menu setting for brightness and color that activates when the viewfinder is attached and bumped up both setting as far as they would go, Despite that, it was impossible to see anything clearly enough to tell what color it really was OR whether or not I was in focus. Which made the viewfinder useless.
There are two possible explanations: (1) the unit I had was defective (always possible); (2) VF-3 doesn't work properly with PL1.
I have no way to know whether either or both of these are true. I know that I tried using it in light ranging from bright outdoors, to flash indoors and it was useless no matter what I did. I really wanted it to work. Now that I've returned it, I bought the VF-2 which I know was made for the PL1.
I hope to hear from Olympus about this. It's possible that Olympus did only minimal testing on VF-3 in conjunction with PL1. Perhaps not enough to notice that there's an incompatibility issue. Ironic that I'm making excuses for Olympus, but I love my Olympus camera and have been loving Olympus cameras since the 1960s. I want to give them the benefit of a doubt. I hope they will check to see if this viewfinder can be made to work correctly on the older model PENs. If not, tell us and save everyone unnecessary angst.
No one is sorrier than I am that this worked out so badly.