I recently picked up the latest version of the Fujifilm X100V. It’s the third edition I’ve owned and I am absolutely delighted to have one back in my hands. I love it, a lot.
There are 5 Fujifilm X100v accessories that I absolutely must have with it and a few more bits and pieces that you can grab to make yours work for you a bit better.
1. Lens Hood and UV Filter
You absolutely need the lens hood (Black / Silver). I actually don’t mind a bit of flare in my photographs. I picked up the Fujifilm X100V to give me a 35mm experience both in look and physical feel. However, the lens hood does more for the X100V than you might think.
Firstly it protects the static (non-replaceable!) 23mm lens from bumps and scratches whilst it’s on your shoulder. Secondly, when it’s paired with a UV filter, I grabbed this cheap but great Gobe one, it makes the Fujifilm X100V weather sealed. I’m not sure how great the weather sealing is on the X100V but the only moving part that could intake water looks to be the lens. The filter attaches to the hood, not directly to the X100V. If you attach it to the camera, it will physically stop it from focusing and you can risk damaging the focus drive.
2. Thumb Grip
The grip on the X100V feels slightly lesser than earlier models. I often walk with it in my hand and it felt like it may slip out so I joined the thumb grip crew to get a better handle on it.
At the time of purchase I couldn’t find an X100V specific thumb grip but luckily picked up this long one and it fits perfect. It does slightly inhibit the rear thumb dial. I don’t use that dial but if I did I could still control it, just. It’s SOLID, it’s made of some fancy metal and matches my black X100V. It’s super smart and there’s also a silver one here.
3. Screen Protector
I use a screen protector on every screen I own. Often I’ll resell my gear after I’m done with it and no-one wants to buy a broken/scratched screen. This one works great (even if I did apply it badly) with the touch screen (how cool is the touchscreen!?). Get one.
4. Extra Batteries
I have been a pro-photographer for 12 years and I’ve never bought an “official” battery. They’re way overpriced, like waaaaaaaay overpriced. In recent years I have bought the double battery packs with their own USB charger. The cost of two batteries AND a charger is under half the price of a single official battery. I picked this one because I like the LED display, it’s a cool blue colour (yes I’m that picky) and shows the level of charge clearly.
The USB chargers are great because I can travel with a large power bank and charge from them too. You can also charge the Fujifilm X100V from a power bank too! I use this power bank, I rate Anker gear highly.
5. The Add-on / Conversion Lenses
Honestly, I don’t own these but I’ve had them in the past and when funds allow I will definitely re-buy them. They’re not like DSLR lenses, these literally screw onto the front of the camera over the existing lens.
I would highly recommend picking up the two conversion lenses for the Fujifilm X100V, especially if it’s your one and only camera.
The Fujifilm TCL-X100 II is the tele conversion lens. It multiplies the focal length by 1.4x basically making it a 50mm lens. This makes it ideal for shooting portraits or just getting that little bit closer.
The Fujifilm WCL-X100 II Wide Angle Conversion Lens is, you guessed it, the wide angle alternative. It multiplies the focal length by 0.8x making it equivalent to a 28mm lens. This is ideal if you’re taking it out and shooting those sweeping landscapes or urban cityscapes.
Personally, the tele conversion is the one that I’d probably get the most use out of. I think I could in a pinch, stitch a bunch of stock lens shots together to create a nice wide shot. I can’t get closer without getting closer (or using this lens converter).
There’s a but…
There is the argument (mainly within myself) that you buy a fixed lens camera to NOT have to carry extra lenses. I understand and agree however I just love a buttery 50mm portrait from time to time. The other minor niggle is that none of your lens hoods or filters fit on the lens converters.
5 Bonus Accessories!
The Half Case
It’ll stop the bumps and it’s still easy to get at and use. (Even if you do look a little like your grandad using his old Leica.) It’s got a quick access to the battery compartment too.
My Favourite Camera Strap
It’s super soft. It’s the right length. It looks cool. It also comes as a wrist strap.
Sandisk Extreme Pro Memory Cards, they save your pictures yea?
It’s red, it’s a button, it’s decorative. It looks nice.
Variable ND 49mm Filter
The Fujifilm X100V shoots pretty nice video actually. I’m going to pick one of these up as the built in ND isn’t controllable.