Earlier today Fujifilm announced the highly awaited TCL-X100.
The TCL-X100 is a tele-conversion lens designed specifically for the FUJIFILM X100 and X100S cameras.
The lens attaches directly onto the camera and increases picture taking versatility by multiplying the fixed focal length by approx. 1.4×, converting it from 23mm (35mm in 35mm equivalent) to a 33mm fixed focal length (50mm in 35mm equivalent).
I was lucky enough to use the TCL-X100 whilst in Japan earlier this year and I can say that it excited me greatly.
Although one of the initial attractions for me with regard to the original X100 was the fixed lens, the ability now to shoot with the WCL-X100 at 28mm and now the TCL-X100 at 50mm full frame equivalent is a great benefit to this system.
Partly because of the leaf shutter system, using the X100S is silent and extremeley quick. When I’m shooting weddings or street photography I can rely on the stealth factor of the camera to get me shots I simply couldn’t get with a DSLR.
I only had a brief play with the TCL-X100 when in Japan, but what I can say is that I remember be quite astounded by the images with no precieved deprication of image qualitiy or lens distortion apparant.
I’m very lucky enough to have to X100S which I use professionally for shooting weddings. I also have an X100 original and I can’t wait to purchase the new TCL-X100 to have a complete system of shooting at 28mm, 35mm and now 50mm equivalent on what is probably the most efficient camera system I’ve ever used.
Below is a shot (courtesy of Fujifilm) of the the WCL-X100 and the TCL-X100.