Fujifilm X100T – Tele Conversion Lens Review & Sample Images

50mm, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/60sec

FujiX100T 50mm, ISO 200, f5.6, 1/60sec

 

For the last few weeks I’ve been shooting with the TCL-X100 Tele Conversion Lens on my Fuji X100T. I wanted to get a feel for what it’s like to use this lens in the real world and to really learn some of its strengths and weaknesses for this review.

In a quick overview, the tele conversion lens will add a 1.4x crop giving it a 50mm field of view in the equivalent 35mm format. It screws onto the front filter threads of any of the Fuji X100 series lenses. That includes the X100s and X100T.

It’s a great lens with some Pros and Cons which are covered in this review. 

 

Ordering Info

Fuji TCL-X100 Tele Conversion Lens (Silver) – (Amazon)

Fuji TCL-X100 Tele Conversion Lens (Black) – (Amazon)

 

Fuji Tele Conversion Lens Review

 

Fuji X100T Tele Lens Vs Stock

We’ll start by looking at the Tele Conversion Lens.

ISO 200, f/8. These are the best, sharpest shots I could get after several attempts.

Photos have a 100% crop and were taken on a tripod at f8.

 

Fuji X100T Tele Conversion Lens

Center Sharpness

Fuji X100T Tele Converter Center Detail

 

Top Right Corner Sharpness

Fuji X100T Tele Adapter Corner Detail

 

Right Edge Detail

Fuji X100T Tele Extender Edge Detail

 

Fuji X100T Stock Lens

 

Center Detail

Fuji X100T Center Detail

 

Bottom Left Corner Detail

Fuji X100T Corner Detail

 

Left Edge Detail

Fuji X100T Edge Detail

 

Fuji X100T Tele Converter Detail Overview

It seems we don’t really get a huge loss in detail. It’s difficult to tell because the tele converter makes the image larger, making it appear to be sharper. I didn’t want to move the camera closer to compensate because minimum focus distance would start to have a play in the results.

However, if you look at the fine lines, you’ll notice there is a small loss in detail with the tele converter when comparing the two. It’s pretty minor though. Edges and corners actually look pretty close. 

Ultimately the difference in detail is pretty insignificant and in real world application you’re not really going to degrade the quality of your image by using the converter.

 

Diffraction Limit

Fuji X100T Tele Lens Converter Diffraction Limit

Pretty standard with a sensor of this size and resolution. Between F4 and F8 is your sweet spot.

 

Chromatic Aberrations

Not picking up any noticeable chromatic aberrations. The beauty of prime lenses.

 

Distortion

The in camera distortion compensator pretty much eliminate any distortion.

 

 

Build Quality / Size & Weight

 

The lens is made of metal and the front element is huge. This results in much added weight when attached to the camera. 

For me it’s just a little bit too big and too heavy for this camera and sort of takes away from that small light classic feel you get when shooting with an X100.

That being said, you don’t need it all the time and it’s really nice in those situations where you do want more reach. 

 

The front section of the lens accepts a 67mm filter. 

 

Fuji TLX-X100 Tele Converter Lens Review Conclusions

It’s a great addition to any Fuji X100 with no real big flaws. If you’re looking for a little more reach, or you find yourself shooting more portraits, then this lens will suit you well.

 

Pros

-50mm focal length in 35mm equivalent format.

-Maintains sharpness in the center, corners and edges

-All metal and very solid

-No chromatic aberrations

-No distortion

 

Cons

-It’s big and heavy for the X100 making it somewhat awkward on the camera

-Price, It’s a little expensive for just being a converter, especially if you keep in mind that there is no aperture or focus mechanism, just glass and metal

 

Ordering Info

Fuji TCL-X100 Tele Conversion Lens (Silver) – (Amazon)

Fuji TCL-X100 Tele Conversion Lens (Black) – (Amazon)

 

UV Filters

You can also order additional UV filters to protect the lens and keep it clean. 

B+W 67mm UV Filter F-Pro Multi Resistant Coating – (Amazon)

B+W 67mm UV Filter XS-Pro Multi Resistant Nano Coating – (Amazon)

 

Fuji TCL – X100 Tele Lens Sample Images

50mm, ISO 400, f/2.5, 1/750

FujiX100T 50mm, ISO 400, f2.5, 1/750sec

50mm, ISO 400, f/2, 1/105sec

FujiX100T 50mm, ISO 400, f2, 1/10sec

50mm, ISO 3200, f/3.2, 1/60sec

FujiX100T 50mm, ISO 3200, f3.2, 1/60sec

50mm, ISO 3200, f/4, 1/20sec

FujiX100T 50mm, ISO 3200, f4, 1/20sec

50mm, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/60sec

FujiX100T 50mm, ISO 400, f5.6, 1/60sec

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