Monday, June 23, 2014

Video Review: Fujifilm TCL-X100 Teleconverter for the X-100 Series


Here is my quick video review of the TCL-X100 teleconverter for the Fujifilm X-100 and X-100S. My full written review will be up soon with sample images. For now, let`s just say that if you own an X-100 or X-100S and you`ve been wanting a little bit more pull-power, this is the perfect solution. It`s an easy, screw-on adaptor, and no optical compromises (except for funny lens flare). It`s a lot of glass, and it`s heavy, but it balances well on the X-100S. At $349 USD, it`s not cheap, but if the X-100 is your primary camera, this lens is a must have. Check out my preview here, and watch my video below. Happy shooting.



11 comments:

  1. I've been considering buying this, thanks for the video. Make sure you update the firmware to 2.10 for the Tele option (I had to).

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    1. Hi Steve,

      Thanks for viewing. I review cameras for Fujifilm Canada, so it's already shipped back. Thanks for the tip though!

      BHT

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  3. Got mine a few days back and looking forward to seeing more of your videos in the near future as well and thank you.

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    1. Hi Yusuf,

      Thanks for your comment and congrats on the converter. It looks and feels great doesn't it?

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  4. tcl x100/s a must have for all owner's & user's alike.

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    1. Hi Yusuf,

      You're right. A 50m equiv on the X-100 and X-100S is a great focal length, especially for street shooters! Thanks again for your comment.

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  5. Hello Take,

    Quick question:

    Do you use a filter with your lenses on the X100S?

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    1. Hi Miguel,

      Thanks for your question. The great debate of filter or no filter. I don't use any filters on any of my cameras now, except for some specialty lenses (my Minolta 80-200 f/2.8 G with OEM 72mm filter).

      The X-100S is a review camera that was sent to me by Fuji, so no I did not have a filter on it. Even if I owned the camera, I wouldn't put a filter on it. I don't believe in putting filters on lenses. I don't live in a harsh environment (perhaps if I had frequent sandstorms I would invest in a filter) and I'm pretty careful with my equipment.

      However, I have many colleagues who always put filters on their cameras, and they have their reasons. It's cheaper to replace a scratched filter than a scratched front lens element. True enough. For me, it's not really an optical quality thing. I just don't like having extra things added if its not needed. But that's me...

      I hope that answers your questions? Thanks again for visiting my site. I appreciate all my followers and my commentors.

      Happy shooting!

      Munetake

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  6. Great piece. I have ordered a X100T and have the WCL and TCL waiting already (I have a X100 as well) Very interested in your views on filters. Do you think in the case of the TCL that a filter might help reduce the flare you mentioned?
    Love the site by the way - keep up the good work!
    Best
    Neil Hennessy-Vass
    www.neilhennessyvass.com

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    1. Hi Neil,

      Thanks for your comment and congrats on the X100T. I'm really, really liking this latest iteration. I think the flare is an inherent issue with the design of the adaptor. A filter may reduce the flare, but not the look of it. The large front element and large aperture is probably the culprit. However, I just learned what angle to shoot at to avoid the flare. Overall an awesome adaptor for the X series. Let me know what you think of the X100T once it arrives. I'm taking my review copy to Hong Kong with me next week. It's going to be epic! Happy shooting.

      BHT

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