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Leica Likes Olympus EVF

Leica opts for Olympus' VF-2 for its new X2 compact camera

Leica decided Olympus' VF-2 electronic viewfinder was the best available for their new X2 compact

Olympus has renewed its ties with Leica for the first time since Leica sold its one and only Four Thirds DSLR, the re-badged Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 which Leica called the Digilux 3. The new tie-up comes in the form of the Olympus VF-2 electronic viewfinder for Pen Micro Four Thirds cameras that have the Olympus accessory port - which means all Pens after the original E-P1. Last week Leica unveiled a revamped version of its X1 compact digital camera, not to be confused with D-Lux models that are re-badged Panasonic Lumix models.

The X2 is entirely designed and manufactured in-house by Leica, as was the original X1 model. Leica decided that the X2 needed an electronic viewfinder and I'm told several different options were evaluated. So it's a little surprising that Leica didn't opt for the EVF Panasonic have produced for the Lumix GX1. Instead, Leica chose the Olympus VF-2, which - as the Leica EVF 2 - is almost identical apart from the Leica brand and shaping of the front of the device.

Leica's EVF 2 is, in theory, usable with Olympus Pens and some Accessory Port accessories should work on the Leica X2

Apart from cosmetic changes the Leica EVF 2 is, apparently, identical to an Olympus VF-2. This means that the Leica X2 has a functioning accessory port and the logical deduction is that some other Olympus Accessory Port devices will also work on the X2, like the MAL-1 macro lights, for example. More complicated devices like the Bluetooth Pen Pal might be asking too much of Leica, but we will try to find out. The Olympus SEMA-1 stereo microphone adapter won't work because the X2 has not audio (or video) functionality.

The official Leica price list shows the Leica EVF2 at 360. An Olympus VF-2 is available discounted to as little as 169.

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Leica Likes Olympus EVF

Four Thirds User editorial team Leica Likes Olympus EVF
Leica has chosen the Olympus VF-2 electronic viewfinder as the basis for the official EVF for its ne... (more)

Knight Palm Re: Leica Likes Olympus EVF
Will the Olympus VF-3 work as well on the Leica X2 body?... (more)

Ian Re: Leica Likes Olympus EVF
In theory, yes. Ian... (more)

Gwyver Re: Leica Likes Olympus EVF
So, only 190 approx. to replace the Olympus logos with Leica branding! Another expensive ego-massa... (more)

T-Lama Re: Leica Likes Olympus EVF
Question is - will Leica participate in m4/3? Panasonic already uses their design to make lenses, n... (more)

cacau Re: Leica Likes Olympus EVF
In the near future I think that we'll see a PEN with the sensor of EM-5, so if Leica Likes it...... (more)

mhobart Re: Leica Likes Olympus EVF
Well, Leica has been a member of the Four Thirds consortium since at least 2006 and are listed as... (more)

T-Lama Re: Leica Likes Olympus EVF
Wasn't Digilux 3 only re-branded Panny L1 with some minor firmware tweaks?... (more)

hschnee Re: Leica Likes Olympus EVF
. . . and a red dot on the front. ;) It is a huge and unfounded leap to think that Leica's pur... (more)

T-Lama Re: Leica Likes Olympus EVF
Leica [I]can[/I] build it's own m4/3 camera to improve their income .. I wonder how many people will... (more)

Ian Re: Leica Likes Olympus EVF
Panasonic design and manufacture all their Leica-branded lenses in-house. They are not designed b... (more)

Bob Ross Re: Leica Likes Olympus EVF
Hi Ian, As I recall this EVF is the one designed and produced by Epson in an Oly housing with Oly's... (more)

bedtime warrior Re: Leica Likes Olympus EVF
I tried it and it didn't work... (more)

bedtime warrior Re: Leica Likes Olympus EVF
I actually tried it at the shop and it doesn't work It'd be odd if they came up with an update for... (more)

whatapicture Re: Leica Likes Olympus EVF
Ian Is this the same for the Zeiss branded lenses for Sony SLT/DSLR cameras? I remember Samsung ... (more)

Ian Re: Leica Likes Olympus EVF
Yes - in fact Carl-Zeiss branded lenses have been made and designed in Japan for a long time, bot... (more)

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