Hi, I recently purchased an Olympus E-PL5, though pleased with it I've a few queries maybe someone could help out with. I was out shooting in bright sunlight and the LCD is very difficult to see. I'm thinking of getting a VF-3 viewfinder, has anybody used this setup, what is the info displayed like when using it, would you recommend it. I put a screen protector on, it's just a cheap one would that make the LCD hard to see, is there a good screen protector available. Thanks All the best stevie
I have an E-PL5 that I use with an EVF-2. In short, the three available EVF's are listed in order of image quality (reverse order for price): EVF-4; EVF-2; and, EVF-3. Let your budget and needs decide if you want to purchase one. The EVF-4 is state of the art at present. I tried out an EVF-3 when I bought mine, but decided it was worth the extra money to move up to the EVF-2. Supposedly, the EVF-2 is more eyeglass-friendly than the EVF-4, but I cannot say from experience.
I do not have use any screen protectors on my m4/3rd's camera so I cannot make any recommendations.
I have seen others complain about the lack of a lock, but it has not been an issue for me. I guess it depends on how you handle your camera. I am careful when removing it from my bag, and usualyl keep it in hand with a wrist strap, so I heve either been lucky or have managed to avoid any handling where it could easily come loose.
If you are not as picky about the quality of the image, the 3 will probably be fine. And if you are picky, then the 4 is truly a step above the other two. The 2 is better than the 3, but not much cheaper than the 4. I am surprised that Olympus has not reduced its price a bit more. Perhaps that will be coming soon, just like the recent deals on the 3?
I have a VF-3 viewfinder on my E-PL-3 body. It works well I can see the info very clearly. Two things that bother me, the color looks straight, what you see is not what you get, and the diopter dial is in a position where you can move it with your finger as it doesn't lock. So this has caused me problems when trying to focus as I wasn't seeing a sharp picture to start with.
Suggestion to the OP. While I understand why you are on this forum (a Nikon owner like most of us) there must be an Olympus forum somewhere from which you might well get a better spread of informed answers. I bought a Fujifilm XE 1 and found a suitable helpful forum for that brand. Possibly not quite as good as this one, but the X series have really only been in production for a couple of years! Certainly there are knowledgeable people on that forum who are as willing to help as people are on here, so do a search and join in with other like minded photographers.