Olympus expands its line of Electronic Viewfinders

Olympus is expanding its line of electronic viewfinders with the new model VF-3, a compact viewfinder that slides onto the accessory port and hot shoe of the Olympus PEN and XZ-1. The model VF-3 offers 100% field of view and .97x magnification, a resolution of approx. 920,000 dots, and provides -3.0 to +1.0m diopter adjustment. The optical model VF-1 is for use with the 17mm Micro Four Thirds pancake lens, the VF-2 offers 1,440,000 dots and tilts up to 90°, a real benefit when composing your shots at low angles for dramatic or practical purposes...

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Optical Viewfinder VF-1

Optical Viewfinder VF-1 for use with the 17mm Micro Four Thirds pancake lens. This externally attached optical viewfinder approximates the view of the pancake lens. It uses a bright 17mm frame to enable comfortable picture composition.

  • Bright-line optical viewfinder mounts on the hotshoe
  • Multi-coated glass lens element construction
  • Available in silver

Note: When in use with the E-PL1 or E-PL2 the image in the viewfinder will be off center due to the positioning of the hot shoe on the camera.

Electronic Viewfinder VF-2

The VF-2 Live Finder, for the PEN system or XZ-1 easily slides into the camera's accessory port and hot shoe when needed – for example, when shooting in direct sunlight. It also tilts up to 90°, a real benefit when composing shots at low angles for dramatic or practical purposes. The LCD is 2x brighter and has 3x more contrast than competing models.

Its high magnification and built-in diopter adjustment offer easy viewing with and without eyeglasses. You can also adjust the brightness and color temperature of the view finder using the E-P2's EVF ADJUST menu function. Brightness can be modified + or – seven steps. The VF-2 refreshes quickly to minimize image ghosting on fast-moving subjects. Low Voltage Differential Signaling (LVDS) technology enables high-speed transfer of high-resolution images. Aspherical lenses ensure high resolution from center to edge.

Note: The VF-2 cannot be used at the same time as an external flash or microphone adapter. When the VF-2 is connected to the E-P2, do not carry the camera by holding the VF-2.

Specifications:

  • Resolution: Approx. 1,440,000 dots
  • 1.15" (W) x 1.9" (H) x 1.82" (D) (29.21 mm x 48.26 mm x 46.23 mm)
  • Approx. 1.2 oz (32 g) without cover
  • 100% field of view
  • Approx. 1.15x magnification (-1m¹, 50 mm Macro, at infinity)
  • Eye-point: Approx. 18 mm (-1m¹)
  • Diopter adjustment (-3.0 to +1.0m¹)
  • Frame rate: 60 fps
  • EVF brightness and color temperature adjustment via camera menu (EVF ADJUST)

Electronic Viewfinder VF-3

The VF-3 is a compact viewfinder that easily slides onto the accessory port and hot shoe of the Olympus PEN and XZ-1 to provide 100% field of view and .97x 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.

Specifications:

  • Resolution: Approx. 920,000 dots
  • 1.00" (W) x 1.7" (H) x 1.75" (D) (25.6mm x 43.5mm x 44.7mm)
  • Approx. 1.0 oz (30g) without cover
  • 100% field of view
  • Approx. .97x magnification (-1m¹, 50 mm Macro, at infinity)
  • Eye-point: Approx. 17.4mm (-1m¹)
  • Diopter adjustment (-3.0 to +1.0m¹)
  • Shoe-lock mechanism

Vari-Magni Right Angle Finder VA-1

The VA-1 offers a twin solution for capturing unique shots, enabling focusing to be carried out from virtually any position by offering full size-view and 2x magnification. It is very useful when using telephoto, close-up and macro lenses.

The VA-1 fits over the camera's optical viewfinder. Its viewing tube rotates a full 360°, with click-stop positions every 90° for even the most difficult shooting angles.

A built-in diopter corrector ring allows adjustments between +3 to -5 diopters. The VA-1 can be attached to the Olympus E-1 or E-3 as well as to the Olympus Evolt series cameras with the supplied adapter rings.

Additional information:

Check out these products and accompanying accessories for the Olympus viewfinders

July 20, 2011

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