a new focal length for my X100

Discussion in 'Fuji X100 Forum' started by Luke, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    I know a lot of you X100 shooters like shooting wide and bought the Fuji WCL. I tend to go the other way and as much I like the 35mm FOV, I also am a fan of 50mm. So I picked up a couple 1.4 tele conversion lenses on the cheap. They are cartoonishly soft at the edges when shot wide open.....almost like the world's most expensive LOMO......LOL. Still, the center is plenty sharp and it was a cheap purchase. Definitely fun for experimental type photography or likely a nice portrait option. Stopped down to around f5.6 it's still a bit soft, but much more useable in a normal sort of way. You'd never use it for landscape shots where you demand corner to corner sharpnesss, but again, the cost of admission was around $30 for each of them.

    If there's any kind of geeky test shots you want to see, just ask. I shot a few quickies (with NO tripod unfortunately, so VERY unscientific.....and of course, some of the blur is my poor technique in a dark room).

    First a shot WITHOUT the conversion lens and the camera @f5.6
    DSCF1089 by Lukinosity, on Flickr

    And here is from the same spot with the conversion lens (also f5.6).....
    DSCF1091 by Lukinosity, on Flickr

    it's a big chunk of glass.....
    DSCF1093 by Lukinosity, on Flickr

    easy to hide behind.....
    DSCF1094 by Lukinosity, on Flickr

    a side view from the hunchback.....
    DSCF1095 by Lukinosity, on Flickr

    crazy soft @ f2
    DSCF1096 by Lukinosity, on Flickr

    marginally better @ f2.8
    DSCF1097 by Lukinosity, on Flickr

    f4 was too blurry from motion shake, but here we are at f5.6.....quite useable if sharpness isn't more main goal
    DSCF1099 by Lukinosity, on Flickr

    f8 was roughly the same. Let me know if you want any specific shots and I'll see what I can do for you. Also, after a bit more testing, I'll have one for sale if anyone wants one. It'll be around $30 + shipping if you are interested.
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  2. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
  3. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 15, 2010

    What I WANT is a 50mm X100, instead of 35mm. Still steamed no one's released such a beast yet :mad:
  4. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    It'll be out soon. It's called the X-E1 with Fuji 35mm (50mm equivalent). It retails for $1599
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  5. Booka

    Booka SC Regular

    Jul 5, 2011
    Interesting, I haven't seen anyone use this adapter on the x100 before. I'm about to trade in my nikon d90 for the fuji, so any add-ons to make it more versatile should be fun to play with.

    Has anyone here on SC tried the nikon .68 Wide-angle adapter to make the it a 24mm EQ lens. Results seem decent at f5.6-8

    a link to some tests with the adater- Finally a Fuji X100 wide angle solution that works - FM Forums
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  6. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 15, 2010
    Yes, but no silent shutter :(
  7. jhowell39

    jhowell39 SC Veteran

    Jun 23, 2011
    Cool experiment! Nice collection of jazz on vinyl also.
  8. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Thanks, but it's not really mine. I guess technically they're mine, but I just buy them to resell. I had to quit collecting records a long time ago. It's not good for business when you own a record store to keep all the best ones. It keeps my shelving units looking classy though :wink:

    I should keep track of what these particular albums sell for. Should be around equal to an X-E1 with a couple lenses. :eek:
  9. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Luke, does putting the converter reduce the amount of light getting to the sensor in any significant amount?
  10. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    I would assume so, but one shouldn't assume. I'll test that in some controlled lighting, but in my VERY unscientific shots above with my dog Lucy (where the natural light could have changed a bit from one shot to the next), the shutter speed without the adapter is 1/220 and adding the adapter resulted in 1/140. I'll get back to you on that.
  11. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer [email protected]@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Very interested in this and the wide as well. The more I shoot with the x100 the more I appreciate it. But there are times I want longer, and then, I cart the XZ or the K-5 along. Would be good just to have the X and a couple of adapters.
  12. Penfan2010

    Penfan2010 SC Top Veteran

    Jul 21, 2012
    NJ, USA
    Nice! I risk ignoring the X-Pro1 if I find one of these myself.....
  13. stanleyk

    stanleyk SC Top Veteran

    May 23, 2011
    Taylor, Texas
    Awesome collection old Impulse records. I have most of those on CD now. I used to have the vinyl years ago when I had a turntable. The Sonny Rollins Alfie is one of my all time favorite recordings. :smile:
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  14. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    One of my faves is Roy Haynes "Out of the Afternoon".....cool photo on the cover too of the quartet just "hanging out" in the woods.
  15. stanleyk

    stanleyk SC Top Veteran

    May 23, 2011
    Taylor, Texas
    That's a great one with Roland Kirk!!!!
  16. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    OK, I set the ISO at 3200 with auto ISO off, set the aperture to f5.6 and the shutter speed to 1/30 and shot in a room with blinds shut and just a dim overhead bulb on so the lighting should be the same. Here's the with and without converter. I'm not usually a tester guy and haven't thrown them into Lightroom, but just eyeballing it, it looks like light loss is pretty neglible.

    By the way if my methodology is bad on this kind of test, someone please tell me how I should do it. I'm not one for the labs.

    DSCF1104 by Lukinosity, on Flickr

    DSCF1105 by Lukinosity, on Flickr
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  17. northernsouluk

    northernsouluk SC Regular

    Nov 4, 2012
    I obtained a couple of olympus converter wide angle lens and must say one of them works well with the x100. got 2 of them for £10 each. IS/L converters
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