As i had mentioned in my last post about the lens hood for the X100T (https://d7100shooter.wordpress.com/2015/06/06/lens-hood-for-the-x100t/), you don’t necessarily need to use an actual lens hood to protect the lens on your X100.
If you merely want to protect the front element of the lens on your X100, you can simply use a couple of filters and here is how you do it.
First and foremost, don’t spend a lot of money on the filters because you are going to have to break/dissemble one. I bought a set of three 49mm Polaroid filters from Amazon: a UV filter, a CPL filter and a Fluorescent filter. I used the UV filter and Fluorescent filter for this little project.
The first thing you need to do, is take off the protective ring from the front of the lens to expose the 49mm thread.
In the above photo, you can see that the protective ring from the front of the lens has been removed, exposing the 49mm thread of the lens.
Once that is done, you will need to sacrifice one of your filters, preferably the fluorescent one. You are going to need the UV filter.
If you are able to unscrew the retaining ring in the filter and take out the glass that way, great. If not, you are going to have to break the glass and remove it. In regards to the Polaroid filters i bought, the retaining ring does not seem to come out, so i had to break the glass.
Above is a photo of the fluorescent filter without it’s glass.
Once you have cleaned out the glass from the filter ring, you have to reverse mount it onto the 49mm thread of the lens. This will be your “adapter”.
Next, you will have to mate together the UV filter and the protective ring from the lens. This will form the remainder of your “lens hood”.
Above is a photo of the protective lens ring and the UV filter mated together.
The next step would be to screw on the UV filter/protective ring onto your “adapter”. That’s it! You now have a “lens hood”.
Above photo shows the completed “lens hood” attached to the front of the lens on my X100T.
I have tested this setup and i have received no “error” message on my camera; meaning, there is enough room under the UV filter for the lens to travel back and forth.
Furthermore, there is no vignetting and i really don’t see any differnece in IQ with the UV filter off or on.
Thanks for looking.
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