Fujifilm X100V with the 28 mm conversion lens
To all the 28 mm field-of-view lovers, this may be for you!
The Fujifilm is my day-to-day camera for many years now, the 35 mm field of view, the colours, the design & handling — I just love this piece of equipment. With my initial X100F I also bought the Fujifilm Conversion Lenses (Mark II) for the X100 line-up, which have a 28 mm & a 50 mm field-of-view. (in this short article I will focus only on the 28 mm). But how do they work?
The concept is pretty easy, you just screw off the small metal ring on the fixed lens and put on the conversion lens. Due to the new magnet in the Mark II versions, the camera automatically detects the lens and adjusts your viewfinder. It’s just as easy as that. It has the advantage that you can’t get any dust on your sensor, and cleaning the lens is way easier and faster than cleaning a sensor.
The 28 mm lens is small and lightweight and fits nicely to the X100V Body, but it makes the whole camera slightly bigger, and it probably won’t fit into your jacket any more. But if you like to carry the camera on a strap around your neck like me, it really doesn’t bother at all. The 28 mm lens is coming with a lens hood and a plastic cover for the back.
The great thing about these converters is, the aperture stays the same of f2 on both lenses. As for Fujifilm standards, this lens is great and hard to tell that you use a conversion lens. I’m still surprised by how well they perform. With the X100F you had the problem, that when you shoot close-ups wide open, the image tended to get softer & a bit more foggy — this problem also extended to the conversion lenses. Now with the upgraded lens from X100V this issue seems to be gone. Most people would be able to spot the “converted” images in their image library simply by the different angle of view, or if you examine the EXIF Data.
I bought this lens for trips where I don’t want to bring my whole photo equipment. I still remember my first big trip to Japan, with the X100F and the two conversion lenses. Lightweight and small setup with amazing image quality. Now I spent a few days in Budapest, Hungary, and again I’m very pleased with this experience. I kept the 28 mm attached basically all the time and shot the entire trip with it, somehow I liked the wider field of view for this trip.
Thoughts and Conclusion
If you already invested in a Fujifilm X100 it’s definitely worth considering getting a 28 mm conversion lens, especially if you like this field of view. From 35 mm to 28 mm doesn’t sound like much, but it makes a difference composing shots for landscape or architectural photography. The unique thing about the little X100 series cameras is, that they do seem to have some soul to them, they just make you smile when you use them, and they invite creativity and experimentation — and the 28 mm continues to thrive on this spirit.