Through the Olympus E-P2 electronic viewfinder

This is, I believe, a first for the web. I have been looking for an age on the web to find comparison photos that show what you see through the Olympus E-P2’s electronic viewfinder, and what the camera sees. Having failed in my quest, here is a quick comparison pair I have shot for our enhanced understanding of this digital marvel.

What the camera saw:

and now, through the viewfinder:

First things first – the real view through the finder does not suffer from chromatic abberation – this is a a problem introduced by my trusty Canon A720 IS in its macro shooting mode. Second thing – the image you see through the finder is not washed out in the highlight areas – this is again an image issue introduced by the second camera as the dynamic range of the scene can’t be properly recorded. (Maybe a HDR would be better, but nevermind, it was beyoned me today)

The image through the finder is clear, colourful and provides an excellent perception of what you will see in the image you shoot. there is a big range of setting information available, this shows just one mode. In summary, no, its not the same as a Leica’s rangefinder viewfinder, it’s different and in many areas, it’s better. It gives a full screen image of the view that results from the focal length mounted or zoomed, unlike an optical finder. It stops one having to use this as a point and shoot arm’s length unit, with all of the attendant problems that method of shooting brings. I love it.

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4 comments

  1. You must have the viewfinder now for some years. As I’m thinking of buying one for my E-p2 I heard of people losing it because you can’t lock it on the E-p2. So how is it in daily use?

    1. It’s bloody great. I have stiuck a couple of layers of black electrical tape on the bottom of the hot-shoe mount on the finder, and it there are no worries about it falling off or working loose.
      Get one! I say. It will liberate you as you can use the mighty E-Px as an eye-level camera as Oscar Barnak decreed so many years ago.

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