Originally Posted by Q-dog
A late thank you to all for your input. Of course I waivered too long and missed both of them. But then I stumbled upon another GRD III with GV-2 finder leather case and spare battery. Everything for less than half the price of a new GRD IV. Just got the package and it looks great.
I waivered too long about answering
The GRD4 is still edging out the OMD for me as the camera I don't need that I'm likely to buy this year. And contradictions abound. The reason I want to get it is that I've been so happy with the GRD3; the reason I don't need it is that the GRD3 has been so good.
I got the finder and the leather case in a package from Popflash when bought the GRD2, and I kept them both when I sold the GRD2 upon getting the GRD3. My answer to your question would have been that I use the screen most of the time for composition, but that I'm still glad I have the viewfinder. The belt case is a really good accessory, especially when the VF is attached, and most of the time when I use the Ricoh, I carry it on my belt that way. Occasionally i carry it in the case in my camera bag; less frequently I have taken the VF off, and carried the camera in my shirt pocket (at club concerts, when getting in with anything beyond a point and shoot might be problematical).
Congratulations on your purchase.