Fujifilm WCL-X100 Wide Conversion Lens

I bought this lens while I still had the X100, but didn’t get round to doing much with it. It’s an interesting enough thing – rather like those moderately cheap and often fairly nasty little adaptors that can be used to give standard lenses on DSLRs something approaching macro capability, this simply screws on to the front of the lens of a Fujifilm X100 or X100S, once that little ring that you need to remove to fit filters or a lens hood has been removed. The difference is that this has been very precisely designed to work with the X100/X100S lens, so there is no loss of image quality. The end result is that the 23mm lens becomes a 19mm lens (the equivalent of 35m going to 28mm on a full-frame camera). That doesn’t sound like a big difference, but it does allow for some nicely wide views without having to walk further away. For instance, here’s the lovely Emerson Chambers:

Emerson Chambers

Emerson Chambers

Aperture ƒ/11
Shutter speed 1/240s
Focal length 19mm
ISO 200
Taken 13:14, 17 May, 2013
Location 54° 58.4368′ 0″ N 1° 36.8034′ 0″ W

And the slightly older Blackfriars:

Blackfriars

Blackfriars

Aperture ƒ/8
Shutter speed 1/850s
Focal length 19mm
ISO 400
Taken 13:29, 17 May, 2013
Location 54° 58.2961′ 0″ N 1° 37.1992′ 0″ W

As the connection to the camera is purely mechanical, you need to set a menu option to let the X100/X100S know it’s been fitted. It then does some internal Clever Stuff to make sure your images aren’t distorted. (So remember to turn that option off when you remove the converter!)

I walked around with it yesterday, and didn’t really notice the extra bulk, but then I am more used to carrying the Canon 5D Mark III, where most of the lenses are bigger and heavier than the X100S. This is a nice bit of kit, and well worth having in your bag.

People have wondered if Fuji are going to make any other adapters. Personally, I’d take their hands off if they offered a telephoto adapter that worked as well as this one[1]. I did see a forum post suggesting that this had been looked into, but apparently couldn’t be done without sacrificing image quality. Would be nice, though…

[1] That would be the point at which I’d seriously consider giving up the Canon altogether…  :dizzy: