Just like me, perhaps you have recently purchased an X100 and are now wondering how on earth you are going to protect the front lens element. Well, there are various options out there and some are fairly cheap to employ.
Before i go any further in talking about the different options to protect your lens, it somewhat baffles me that Fuji does not include the lens hood with the X100.
Yes, i do realize that they can make extra money by selling it separately as an accessory, but they are selling a camera with a fixed lens – at a high price may i add. With the majority of their XF/XC lenses, they provide a lens hood with the lens. It would seem to make sense that they would do the same for the lens on the X100. But i digress…
Fuji does not provide a lens hood or even the adapter ring with the X100. Nope. They rather you spend another $100 to buy the hood and adapter ring.
No thanks Fuji. I did not buy the Fuji branded hood & adapter for my X10, i won’t be buying it for my X100T.
What other options are there?
Well, if you go out onto Amazon or eBay, you will find third party options, such as the one from JJC. It is apparently very well made and is about 70% cheaper then the Fuji branded hood & adapter.
Aside from the set that JJC makes, there are other options as well. But, i would advise that you select one that has actual reviews written about it.
With a quick search on Amazon, here is what i was able to find: (http://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=lens+hood+for+x100)
Why the need for the “adapter”?:
You may have noticed that i keep talking about an adapter, along with the lens hood for the X100.
If you are going to attach anything to the X100s lens, you are going to need the adapter or an adapter of equivalent specifications to do it. There is no other way that you can attach a filter or a hood to the front of the lens.
Are you scratching your head now? Right…. how would you attach an adapter to the lens anyhow?
I am glad you asked.
If you have not become intimate with your camera yet, it’s time to do so. If you look at the front of the lens, you will notice that there is a rounded ring on the outer edge of the lens.
That ring actually comes off to reveal the 49mm thread that you will use to attach the adapter. The ring is there to protect the threading.
Okay, so what other “kind” of adapter can i use?:
If you are not willing to pay $50 for the Fuji branded adapter, you can instead buy some cheap 49mm filters, break out the glass and install the filter backwards/in reverse onto the 49mm thread of the X100s lens.
Before you order just any 49mm filter, you need to make sure that the filter’s glass is held in by a retaining ring that you can take out. If you are not able to do this with the filter, it is not going to work.
I know for a fact that the filters from Polaroid (3 for $19) do have this retaining ring that you can screw out.
Once you have the retaining ring and glass out, you have yourself the start of an adapter.
Because the lens of the X100 does protrude from the housing when focusing, you may have to stack at least a couple of rings together to build up your adapter.
Once that is done, you can then attach a UV filter to top it off and then screw on the ring (the protective ring you took off the X100s lens) to the UV filter – the UV filter will be on backwards; therefore, you will have the thread showing in order to screw the ring on.
I have not tried this yet, but i have seen it be done by many people on camera forums. It looks good and is a cheaper alternative to buying the Fuji branded adapter and lens hood.
The case against a lens hood:
If you go ahead with the above “filter ring” project, you will essentially be protecting your lens with a UV filter instead of a hood.
(I have shot with a UV filter on my lenses before and i do not see any degradation in image IQ.)
But, is a hood really necessary on the X100?
The answer to that question, in my opinion, is no.
First of all, if you will be using fill flash for your photos, the hood will get in the way. You will end up with the shadow of your hood in the photo. Of course, you could take it off and store it in your bag. Personally, i would rather not be taking it on and off all the time.
Secondly, the lens on the X100 is so damn good, that you really don’t need a lens hood to prevent flare or ghosts.
On the other hand, the camera does look good with the hood attached and it does provide protection for the lens. It’s really up to you which way you want to go.
Whatever you do, don’t spend the $99 on the Fuji branded adapter & lens hood. The cheaper alternatives are just as good – read my review of the third party X10 adapter & lens hood that i bought here: (https://d7100shooter.wordpress.com/2013/09/23/3rd-party-lens-hood-adapter-for-x10/).
If lens hoods are not for you, buy some cheap 49mm filters, take out the retaining ring & glass and reverse mount them to make your own adapter. Top it off with a UV filter and the protective ring from the camera lens and your done.
Thanks for looking.
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