Fuji X100T + TCL-X100 = 53mm

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53mm Featured by Bill Brussard

For me, the Fujifilm X100T is the perfect camera for my style of photography. Small and unobtrusive, it packs a fantastic 16.3M APS-C "X-Trans" CMOS II image sensor. Yet beyond the camera's technical muscle lies it's true gift. I love how unassuming I seem as I wear it around my neck. It doesn't scream "professional photographer" like other cameras. I look more like a tourist waiting to board a cruise ship to Alaska!

The fixed 23mm f2 lens is an ideal focal length for most image needs. Yet there times when a little something extra would make the difference between a home run and a grand slam. Enter the Fujifilm TCLx-100 Telephoto Conversion Lens.

At 5.5" long and weighing in at 6.4 oz, this conversion lens has quality Fuji optics and Super EBC coating . It's a 4 element 4 group affair offering excellent image quality and snappy contrast. It's got a big front element and takes 67mm filters. I always use a lens hood with this setup and it does create more bulk.

The result is my x100T isn't so small, light, and pocketable anymore. What's slung around my neck is far more noticeable. What you gain is a longer reach and a more compressed view. You work a bit more on the fringe and observe and respond in a different way. Or you can work close and fill your frame. A much more intimate and rewarding shooting experience!

The TCLx-100 in the field (the good, bad, and the ugly).  

"Good" consistent auto focus results when using the TCLx-100 in high contrast lighting situations. The system needs some kind of "edge" of contrast to grab onto a focus point. Edge lit subjects benefit the most, and flat, frontal lighting a close second. I have gotten successful captures in the blink of an eye under these conditions!

The "bad" happens in dull, overcast, or low light situations with no contrast. The lens will hunt for focus and you will miss the shot. Using manual focus, or setting a zone focus, can help. However this procedure requires constant adjustment and diligence to be successful.

The "ugly" is the new reality. You must keep your x100 camera "primed" and ready at all times. What I mean is you can't afford to let your electronics fall asleep. You will never be able to wake it up fast enough and you will miss the shot. Always depress the shutter half way keeping the camera alert and ready. I suggest every 10-15 seconds for consistent results. I also recommend the high performance setting in your camera's menu with spare batteries. 

For me, less weight and bulk equal better seeing and better pictures. While not perfect, the Fujifilm TCLx-100 Telephoto Conversion Lens is an impressive tool. Utilizing it's strengths transforms my X100T shooting experience to a higher level. 

Iain Palmer

Abundant Magazine