Fujifilm has announced the TCL-X100 tele-conversion lens for the Fujifilm X100 and X100S compact cameras which has been designed to provide a 35mm equivalent of 50mm.
At the CP+ Camera & Photo Imaging Show 2014, Fujifilm has unveiled an accessory called TCL-X100. It consists of a tele-conversion lens that can be mounted on the lenses sitting in front of the Fujifilm X100 and X100S cameras.
The announcement has only been made in Japan, albeit the accessory is still not available regardless of your location. Well, the company has just announced the tele-conversion lens in the United States and has even revealed an approximate launch date.
Fujifilm introduces TCL-X100 tele-conversion lens for X100/X100S cameras
The Fujifilm TCL-X100 tele-conversion lens is compatible only with the X100 and X100S cameras. The pair features a 23mm lens and an APS-C image sensor. This 1.4x teleconverter will bring the focal length up to 33mm, thus providing a 35mm focal length equivalent of 50mm.
According to the company, the accessory will become available for purchase in May 2014. However, the price has not become official. At the CP+ 2014, Fuji has hinted that it might cost about $300, but it remains to be determined whether this is still valid or not.
Regardless of the price, the Fujifilm TCL-X100 1.4x teleconverter will be released in black and silver colors to match the flavors of your camera.
Fujifilm TCL-X100 1.4x teleconverter keeps the maximum aperture at f/2
Fujifilm says that the teleconverter provides “optimum quality” because it will be made in Japan. Either way, the accessory’s internal design consists of four glass elements divided into four groups.
Additionally, it comes with Super EBC coating that reduces aberrations, such as flare. One of the best things about attaching the TCL-X100 to your camera is that the maximum aperture remains wide open at f/2.
The external materials are identical to the ones used in the Fuji X100 and X100S, so it is not just the color that matches the compact cameras.
A wide-conversion lens is already available for X100/X100S users
The TCL-X100 is the second conversion lens for X100 and X100S. Fujifilm WCL-X100 is a wide-conversion lens with a 19mm focal length. Its 35mm equivalent stands at 28mm, thus users have more focal length options at their disposal.
Amazon is selling the WCL-X100 for a price around $315 in silver and black colors. As for the fans of tele focal lengths, they will have to remain patient until May when the TCL-X100 gets released.