Fujifilm TCL-X100 Review

4.0
April 28, 2014 | Mark Goldstein |

Introduction

The Fujifilm TCL-X100 is a new tele conversion lens for the popular X100/S cameras. It converts the X100/S' 35mm lens to a 50mm focal length with no effect on the camera's fast f/2 maximum aperture. Read our in-depth Fujifilm WCL-X100 review complete with full-size sample images to find out if it's a must-buy for X100/S owners...

The TCL-X100 is a 1.4 x tele conversion lens for the popular Fujifilm X100/S compact cameras. This conversion lens attaches directly onto the X100S and converts its 35mm lens to a standard 50mm focal length. Manufactured in Japan, the Fujifilm TCL-X100 features an all-glass optical construction using four elements in four groups, with Fujinon EBC coating. The Fujifilm TCL-X100 will be available in black or silver, pricing still to be announced.

Ease of Use

Fujifilm TCL-X100 The Fujifilm TCL-X100 lens fitted to the X100S camera

Fujifilm TCL-X100 The Fujifilm TCL-X100 lens fitted to the X100S camera

Fujifilm TCL-X100 The Fujifilm TCL-X100 lens fitted to the X100S camera

For a tele-convertor, the Fujifilm TCL-X100 is a rather big lens, adding an extra 46.5mm to the X100S's existing optic, although it's not too heavy at 180g (30g more than the WCL-X100 wide-angle conversion lens).

Fujifilm TCL-X100 The Fujifilm TCL-X100 lens alongside the X100S camera

As you would expect from a tele conversion lens that costs this much, build quality is excellent. The Fujifilm TCL-X100 feels very solid in your hand, with the all-metal construction inspiring confidence and black or silver versions matching the X100S camera. As the TCL-X100 simply screws into the front of the X100S's lens, the focus and aperture rings are the standard X100S ones.

Note that the TCL-X100 is big enough to block both the built-in flash and the auto-focus assist lamp.

Fujifilm TCL-X100 Front of the Fujifilm TCL-X100 lens

Fujifilm TCL-X100 Rear of the Fujifilm TCL-X100 lens

There are no markings of any kind on the TCL-X100. It accepts 67mm filters, so the LH-X100S lens hood and PRF-49S protective filter can't be used on the conversion lens as well as the X100S itself.

Fujifilm TCL-X100 Front of the Fujifilm TCL-X100 lens

Fujifilm TCL-X100 Rear of the Fujifilm TCL-X100 lens.

The TCL-X100's optical construction employs four glass elements in four groups to help keep aberrations to a minimum and uses Fujinon's Super EBC coating.

Fujifilm TCL-X100 Front of the Fujifilm TCL-X100 lens, in-hand

The lens ships with front and rear lens caps and a nice quality cloth bag to store it in.

Auto-focus

The auto-focusing speed and noise with the TCL-X100 are exactly the same as on the X100S - we couldn't discern any noticeable differences between the two. The main change from a usability point of view occurs when using the optical viewfinder - rectangular markers showing the edge of the frame are displayed to help you compose the shot correctly. Note that the TCL-X100S also obstructs roughly a quarter of the frame when using the optical viewfinder. Selecting the electronic viewfinder (EVF) provides a 100% field of view. Otherwise the X100S operates in exactly the same way as it does without the TCL-X100 fitted.

Chromatic Aberrations

Chromatic aberrations, typically seen as purple or blue fringes along contrasty edges, are impressively well controlled with the TCL-X100- the examples below show the worst-case scenario.

Fujifilm TCL-X100 Fujifilm TCL-X100

Light Fall-off

With the lens wide open at f/2, you can see some slight light fall-off in the corners. Stopping down helps, although to completely get rid of this phenomenon, you will need to use an f-stop of f/4 or smaller.

Fujifilm TCL-X100

Macro

The Fujifilm TCL-X100 commendably maintains a close-focus point of 10cm from the film/sensor plane, exactly the same as the X100S's native 35mm optic, and Fujifilm quotes a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:2.9 for the lens. The following example illustrates how close you can get to the subject, in this case a CompactFlash card.

Fujifilm TCL-X100 Close-up performance

Bokeh Examples

Bokeh is a word used for the out-of-focus areas of a photograph, and is usually described in qualitative terms, such as smooth / creamy / harsh etc. Below you'll find some examples, but you are also encouraged to check out our Sample Images.

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Fujifilm TCL-X100 Fujifilm TCL-X100

Sharpness

In order to show you how sharp this lens is, we are providing 100% crops on the following page.

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