ok it is know secret we here at WECC love FUJIFILM and in particular the X100 in all it's variations. So when yet another review pops up on the WWW we are here to enjoy and spread the word ...... WORD
I longed for Istanbul. Or Madrid, Cairo, Rio. I longed for the circus, for freight trains, for a rush of uncertainty in long and aimless circumambulations; for an assault on the senses and a total loss of balance, making my way through the unknown, sinking in strange quicksand crowds with my eye to a small window.
That was me, waxing poetic during the intro of the X100S review almost two years ago. It may have seemed strange to some that a camera, a simple capture device, could elicit such a high level of emotion; but I believe objects can become more than the sum of their parts. These tools can become an extension of ourselves and when they do, something else happens: they inspire us. To this day when I see an X100 I have an almost Pavlovian response, something I can only describe as photographic withdrawal syndrome: it makes me need to shoot. Anything. It also infects me with a serious case of wanderlust, which I imagine is a byproduct of these cameras being my constant travel companions since the very first version hit the scene; I still own that original model with all its beautiful infuriating faults.
As you all know by now, my relationship with Leica has been a life long love affair. I was a one camera man and I definitely had eyes for no other image capturing machine. Howeveer like so many flawed men before me I was destined to fail where others did not.
My Leica M9-P left for some well earned R&R (CLA & New Sensor), and that's when the Fujifilm X100s, in black, entered my life and the rest is history, kinda. We begun a rather celebrated affair and indeed It did seem like a match made in Heaven. However I often still yearned for a wider lens option or perhaps a longer focal length when shooting friends. The small form factor & auto focus was the draw card so neither the X-Pro 1 or other EM series interested me. So just when I thought all good things may come to an end in walks the 'TLC-X100' 50mm tele conversion lens.
The rest is history .... three words, GET THIS ADAPTER. What a dream now I have my very own FUJIFILM X100s 50mm. Whats not to like I will just leave it here and say that it is money well spent. If you are serious about your X100s it is a must. If your looking for an excuse to offload the Gear bloat now IS the time. Eject all that unwanted weight, grab this adapter along with 'FUJIFILM Wide Conversion Lens WCL-X100' and you have one hell of a kit for just about everything in one compact package.
Below are a few examples of Alex using the X100s with and without the adapter. Sharp all the way through. What a hefty chunk of glass, with fantastic results.
So quick, short and sweet as always. Have a look at the pics and do a bit more research if you wish. We at WECC give it a massive 4.9/5. The only gripe we have is the size, if we could wave are magic wand we would shrink it down. Unfortunately we cant transform the laws of physics so 4.9
Model 'Maddi' | Images Simon P M Johnson, Nick Bedford, James Chung
Over at 'anniehallphoto.blogspot.com.au/' they show the great results you can get from an eBay 1.5 conversion lens on your Fujifilm x100s. I was very impressed with the quality for around $30 its a great option for those of us on a budget. Until you can get your hands on the real deal 'TCL-X100' this is definitely worth a look.
Many of us here at WECC are humble owners of the wondrous little digital rangefinder from Fujifilm called the X100 / X100s and to go along with the compactness of the camera and others like it, you'll need a small but capable bag for it.
The Pleasure Dome is close to perfect for this purpose. It features a moderately sized main compartment with a removable velcro divider allowing different configurations based on the extras you carry with you, It would easily fit most point & shoots along with many 4/3 camera set ups. It's also very light and won't cause any undue strain on your back or shoulders. There are 2 size options from Crumpler, Small & Medium, depending on your needs both are a interesting option.
On the interior of the front cover is a pouch with enough space to carry a few spare batteries and your keys. The interior is lined with soft felt-like material which protects your camera from scratches.
Without any extra camera accessories such as the attachable WCL-X100, TCL-X100 focal length adapters or lens hood from Fujifilm, the camera sits in the 'small' bag horizontally facing forward quite comfortably yet won't move around. With the lens hood the 'medium' would need to be your choice as the hood finds the bag a bit to snug for my liking.
With the 'medium' bag another configuration would be to store the camera on its end and using the divider, allow for a space to store at least one extra rangefinder lens or lens adapter for the X100s. This would be a great street and portrait combination, especially when travelling where you don't want to carry too much with you.
In my use of the bag (small) when wandering around doing street photography, the only real issue I found was the ability to stow and remove the camera quickly (I use a lens hood) . This is where a holster bag with a vertically opening cover may be more suitable. I carry my X100s either in my bag or in my hand with a Gordy's wrist strap I have on the shutter-button side so this 'quick removal' important to the way I personally shoot. *edit the medium pleausre dome solves this problem
If you don't shoot that way, the 'small' Pleasure Dome has everything you need in a compact, comfortable and protective form factor that will hold the compact rangefinders we've grown to love shooting with. No more carrying around that huge, heavy and scoliosis inducing DSLR!
Both the 'Small' & 'Medium' options area vailable, however it is more important for you to work out which way you lioke to roll when making a choice. The 'small' is somewhat a smaller form factore and does an equally admirable job with a little less bulk. Once again if your styling the hood and or wish to pop a few extras in the bag the Large is the bag of choice.
Both sizes are a great bag with some fantastic features, I really feel it is worth a look when deciding on a home for your Fuji X100/100s or any other small form factor camera.