The Fuji X100, just a great camera which you can learn more about over on my review, now one thing that’s great about this camera is its fantastic lens, but being fixed at 35mm [equivalent] can be limiting at times.
I do of course believe having the one focal length can be freeing in a way, making you think about the shot and compose with your body more, therefore resulting in better more thought out photographs. But I have been looking for an adapter or two to carry around with me to boost the range of photographs I can take with the Fuji X100. I’m planning a trip to Paris later on in the year and would love to take just the X100, so to be sure I wouldn’t get any sense of regret by being so limited I’ve purchased some cheap teleconverters to adapt my focal length.
Now I’m fully aware of the Fuji WCL [Wide conversion Lens] but for me a 28mm isn’t different enough to justify the cost. So what have I got well they are two ‘Prisma’ Converters, originally designed for use with video cameras, one is a 0.5x and the other 2x giving me 17.5mm and 70mm fields of view respectively.
Now these are cheap converters, the glass is shockingly bad, but I got them for £25 for the pair, and the one attractive fact is that they are 49mm threaded, which is the thread of the X100 lens, this saves messing about with step up rings and the like, it does of course mean they vignette. A lot.
To start off here is a shot from the X100, No teleconverter, straight out of camera; the first 3 shots are all from the same position.
Right so let’s take a look at what these vignette making machines can do, we will start with the X0.5 wide angle converter, here’s a few details:
Focal length [on X100] – 17.5mm [full frame equivalent].
Physical size: 75mm across, 56mm deep.
All plastic goodness.
This lens comes with a plethora of optical imperfections, I mean this is fringing, blurring, vignetting all the way round the edges, the centre maintains a fairly sharp and accurate picture, and the whole frame becomes massively warped with barrel distortion. It does fit quite nicely though, once on the width of the lens is the same as the bottom on the camera, meaning it can sit perfectly flat, which is kind of nice. Here are some photos to illustrate this lens, and a little P & C’s -
-Really wide conversion
-49mm thread fits perfectly
Here is a sample shot from the X100 with the 0.5 converter attached:
Now onto the x2 teleconverters, model number TP2000, this lens also has a 49mm back thread meaning it fits the Fuji nicely, this also means a strong vignette on all your photos especially when stopped down, here’s the rundown:
-Focal length [on X100] – 70mm [Full frame Equivalent].
-Physical size: 57mm across, 39mm deep.
In a similar fashion to the 0.5x converter this lens is filled with aberrations and optical imperfections, the vignette is heavy and gets a lot worse when stopped down, it’s kind of sharp in the middle and very soft at the edges, this feature makes it kind of interesting for portraits, pretty useless for much else.
-Free soft focus effect
-Vignette is heavy
-probably better to just crop in with the Fuji X100 as it is.
Here is a shot of the X100 with the x2 converter:
So that's a little review of the kind of thing you can get to alter your X100’s focal length, most of these things are gonna suck, they are cheap for a reason and the glass in them reflects the price, I know of some that are a bit more expense but in all honesty if you want perfections just go for the XE1/XPRO1 and get proper lenses. Give something like this a go for fun and if you try a teleconverter on your X100 then let me know I’d love to see the results.
Overall verdict: Great for the price and to create some cool ‘Holga’-ish effects, but don’t expect to get anywhere near sharp or optically great results. I'm gonna keep hold of these, take them around a bit and see if I can get some cool shots with them, so for £25 they are not that bad, try some out, but don't expect greatness.
Here are a few edited photos using these converters; Thanks for reading, feel free to leave a comment at the bottom!