Advise on WCL x-100

Discussion in 'Fuji X100, X100S, and X100T' started by paulisonline, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. paulisonline

    paulisonline New to FujiXspot

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    Feb 20, 2013
    The Netherlands
    Hi all,
    I am going on a trip to Colombia and I am thinking of buying an WCl-X100 for my x100 for landscape photography. I was wondering if the investment is worth extra bit of wide angle? And does the camera get a lot more bulky?

    Cheers,
    Paul
     
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  2. afkenner

    afkenner FujiXspot Regular

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    Feb 3, 2013
    New York
    Adam
    Yes, it's worth it for the extra wide angle and yes, it makes the camera bulkier and less "pocketable" (if that was even true to start with). Not a slender device any more once the conversion lens is attached. You can see dozens of pictures of the camera with WCL attached, both black and silver, google "WCL-X100" and look at Images. There's controversy and debate over this next statement: there is some evidence that photos are SHARPER, especially at f/2, with the WCL added.
     
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  3. carlb

    carlb FujiXspot Veteran

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    Feb 6, 2013
    twin cities, minnesota
    Carl
    I'd say go for it. Wide angle for landscape is like chocolate and peanuts together - wouldn't *not* want to have that option available.

    Carry it in a hip-pack or such, along with your trail mix for hiking. Here's what it looks like on an X100:

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    Looks nicely made for $350, and I think I've read good things about it.

    My nickel's worth, anyway. :)
     
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  4. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs FujiXspot Veteran

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    Feb 1, 2013
    Near Philadephila
    This attachment does seem to be something of an optical marvel. I've also read that it may be sharper than the original lens alone. I've also read that there is less corner softness/distortion and CA than with the 18mm lens on the X-Pro/X-E1, possibly because this lens makes no attempt to be a small profile lens like the 18mm does for the ILC cams. In the past I've tended to stay away from such add-on lenses, but I'd consider this and the X100/X100s as a good alternative to one of the Fuji ILC models for those wanting a limited kit and who find 28 and 35mm to be about their perfect focal lengths. That was almost me except that I've come to really like the 14mm on the X-Pro so I don't see abandoning the X-Pro for a more spare X100s based kit as a realistic alternative, as I had been considering it. But if the WCL had been made available before the X-Pro,, I might never have bought the X-Pro and I don't think Fuji's timing on its release was accidental...

    -Ray
     
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  5. crsnydertx

    crsnydertx FujiXspot Regular Subscribing Member

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    Feb 4, 2013
    Houston, TX
    Chuck
    It's a very nice addition to a great camera. One word of caution: the process to mount it isn't quick, and you have to be really careful when mating the threads on the camera and lens. Definitely not like using interchangeable lenses on a DSLR or Micro Four Thirds camera. I usually make a decision as to whether I'm going to use it or not before leaving home, then avoid changing in the field.

    In my simple mind, if I have the conversion lens mounted, I'm getting the widest view possible and I can crop later if desired.
     
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