Fujifilm WCL-X100 Review

July 31, 2012 | Mark Goldstein | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star Half rating star


The Fujifilm WCL-X100 is a classy addition to your X100 kit, perfectly matching the camera body in both build and optical quality. It does only moderately widen the angle of view from 35mm to 28mm, though, and priced at £249.99 / $349.95 it's not exactly an impulse buy.

Available in two colours to match your particular X100 and made in Japan, the WCL-X100 is no ordinary tele-conversion lens. As soon as it's fitted you almost instantly forget that it's there, such is the close integration with the X100 - and we're glad to report that this extends to the image quality too. Results are a little underwhelming when the lens is used wide-open but great when it's stopped down to f/4, much like the X100's actual 35mm optic. Chromatic aberrations in particular are very well controlled, geometric distortion is impressively low for an ultrawide lens (unless you are focusing very close), and there's little vignetting to be concerned about.

If you really want a wider angle of view than the X100 natively offers then the new WCL-X100 tele-conversion lens is an easy choice - highly recommended.

4.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 3.5
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 4.5
Value for money 4