Originally Posted by joachim
How does the Ricoh finder compare to the Olympus finder concerning image magnification?
If you are concerned about size, why are you not just using the screen for framing?
The magnification is a bit less with the GV-2, and you do have to get your nose in against the screen a bit more.
However the camera is more easily stowed with the smaller finder. The first few days with the VF-1, the number of times I banged it off my leg while walking along, I was totally convinced that it would end up ripped off the hot-shoe in pieces. With the smaller OVF I have no problems - so it lives on the camera at all times.
Coming from a GR-1s and Leica M6 etc, the OVF is basically a lot more natural to me. I find the OVF a lot quicker to frame with for grab shots and also to re-frame for stitched panoramas as delay between frames increases the number of ghosts ( and having a nodal point at arms length is not a good idea ).
I even found the OVF useful with a 90mm Summicron lens attached - try finding fast moving planes doing aerobatics in the sky with a e180mm on a LCD at arms length: though once found, I held them in shot using the LCD.