Continuing my coverage of the Fujifilm X100F, I wanted to detail the accessories that I deemed best to go with this awesome little camera.
Vello LH-X100 Lens Hood (+Filter Adapter)
The X100F doesn’t come with a lens hood and you have the option of buying the official Fuji one, or the Vello one for one third of the price. I decided to check out the Vello one, and I’m really pleased that I did! It’s essentially identical to the Fuji one, apart from the Vello name stamped on it. I do wish they hadn’t branded it with such large lettering, but you can always position the hood so the name is on the underside. Importantly, the hood also comes with the filter ring adapter. You can’t mount screw-on filters onto the X100F without this filter ring adapter, so to get both the hood and the adapter for just $20 is a real steal! Every X100F owner should have this!
Canon (Yes!) RS-60E3 Remote
No, this isn’t a mistake, I purchased a Canon remote to use with my Fujifilm X100F! The remote port on the X00F is just a simple 2.5mm port like many canon Rebel cameras, so the RS-60E3 remote works great! I like the tiny form-factor of this remote, and the cheap price of just $20. Fuji’s own remotes for the camera are more expensive and all work through the USB port, but frankly, 2.5mm stereo plugs stay in ports much better so I prefer the Canon remote!
Breakthrough Photography 49mm Filters
I knew as soon as I got this camera that I wanted to get a 49mm circular polarizer for it. I usually use the Formatt Hitech Firecrest filters, but they were out of stock when I needed one, so I decided to take the opportunity to try some filters from a different company. I ended up with the Breakthrough Photography X4 CPL and the X4 6-stop ND filter. Their website confidently proclaims these to be the “world’s sharpest” and whilst I can’t say for sure whether this is true, what I can say is that they are great, and more than met my expectations. I didn’t want to carry around a ton of filters for this camera, but a CPL is a necessity, and I’ve always found a 6-stop ND to be a good general purpose ND for landscape photography.
Spare Fuji NP-W126S Battery
the X100f shares the same battery as the XT-2, and the capacity is vastly improved over previous generations. That said, you’re still going to want to have one spare in your bag! I personally opted for the official NP-W126S Fuji battery, but if you’re on a budget you might check the Wasabi 3rd party ones, although I make absolutely no guarantees about those ones as I haven’t tried them. In my $1700 camera, I’m going to spend the extra $40 and get the official battery!
Peak Design Leash Camera Strap
I’ve written about the Leash straps many times before as they are part of my photography EDC kit, and I still love them. They are cheap, lightweight and easily removable, which suits me as I often prefer to use a hand strap rather than a shoulder strap.
Lexar Pro SD Cards
After my excellent customer service experience with Lexar, I definitely knew which brand I was going to choose when it came to picking up a couple of mew SD cards. I grabbed a pair of the 1000x Pro Lexar cards and I think they hit the current sweet spot for price per gigabyte. 64GB is a heck of a lot of space for a camera such as the X100F, which doesn’t really invite the “spray and pray” style of photography.
Really Right Stuff L-Bracket
I put Really Right Stuff L-brackets on all my cameras so I ordered one for the X100F as soon as they came up for pre-order. At the time of writing this, it hasn’t actually arrived in the mail, but I’m confident in its quality since I have owned many of their l-brackets for other cameras in the past.
Expert Shield Screen Protector
This is actually the first time that I’ve ever put a screen protector on a camera before, but I wanted to try it out and I was left so impressed by these ones that I immediately purchased them for all my other cameras. The Expert Shield protectors go on easily and quickly, and I had no problems getting a bubble-free surface on mine at the first try. Honestly, you’d never even know the thing is on there!
Peak Design Cuff
As I mentioned further up the page, I rarely use shoulder straps on my cameras. Instead, I prefer some sort of hand strap and for the diminutive little X100F, the Peak Design Cuff ticks all the right boxes.
Osprey Grab Bag
I stumbled upon this bag in an outdoor gear store and immediately saw it’s potential for a small camera. The clever design clips onto the shoulder straps of a backpack, positioning the “grab bag” in front of you while you’re hiking. It also has a full length strap that you can use as a shoulder strap if you want to use the bag on its own. Inside there’s a couple of small pockets that are perfect for a battery and my two filters. It’s rare that I mention a random bag on the blog that isn’t specifically designed with cameras in mind, but I’m just in love with this thing. If you plan on going hiking with your X100F, do yourself a favour and get one of these!
Peak Design Range Pouch
When I need a small bag that’s a bit more conventional, the medium-sized Peak Design Range pouch is a super durable little bag that works with the aforementioned Leash and Cuff straps.
Think Tank Photo SD/Battery Wallet
This little thing holds the spare battery and the spare SD card together in a nice, neat little package. Perfect!
Breakthrough Photography 49mm Lens Cap
If you use the filter thread adapter on an X100 then it also allows you to use a more conventional lens cap, rather than then one that comes with it which just slides on and off. I much prefer the spring clip style standard lens cap, so I got a 49mm cap from Breakthrough Photography. I think these guys make the best third-party lens caps, and they won’t break the bank at just $7!
Addition To the List – Fuji Lens Converters
I also had the opportunity to borrow and test the new Fuji Mark II lens converters that were launched with the X100F – the WCL-X100 II and the TCL-X100 II. I have written a full review of these two lens converters over on Shutter Muse, so if you are at all curious about those then you should head over there and read that too: Fuji X100 Wide and Tele Conversion Lens Review (28mm and 50mm)
Dan, I have a question about the filter. Do you have to put an adapter before you put on the CPL filter? I have a friend who put a CPL filter on his X100S and he said the lens will hit the filter when it tries to focus, thus he puts an extra filter (of which the glass he removed) in order to put a little more distance between his CPL and lens. I hope you can clarify this. Thank you!
You have to use the filter adapter which comes with the very first item on the list, and then after that, you have no problem. I really can’t imagine how your friend is having that problem. To me it makes no sense. By default there is no thread for a filter, so you have to add the thread adapter, but after that, the from extends with the lens, so there’s no way the lens could ever hit the filter. No way at all.
I have a more general question – if I have a lens hood, UV filter and one adapter, how to I set up my camera to use both?
First you take the thread cover off the X100, then you screw on the filter thread adapter. Then you add your UV filter, and then on top of that you add the hood. The hood doesn’t actually attach to your filter, it grips to the outside of the filter adapter.
Question: I am an advance amateur hobbyist who is likely going to swtich gradually from Nikon. I have just ordered an X100f and expect it in today. I was looking the polarizer you mentioned by Breakthrough Photography and all the reviews seem to say online it is the best around. I was about to buy one in 49 mm, but then I realized the long telephoto converte rfor X100f is 67mm. Would it be better to get the 67mm which also works on the 18-135 zoom for the x-system cameras in case I get an X2 in the future and use a step down ring for my X100f to get to 49mm.? Also, the lens filter sizes of the Fuji x system are all over the place from 39 to 77mm. It would be prohibitive to buy polarizers in all the various sizes. See link for list of filter sizes of x-system. Or just get 49mm polarizer for x100f for ease of use.
I think step-down rings are a nice idea in theory, but every time I use them I curse them because, sure as the sun sets in the evening, the ring gets stuck on the filter. I think you’d be best to get it in 49mm and just use it on the native x100 lens. I think it’s a focal length that invites polarization usage for landscape images anyway, far more so than the 50mm equivalent length with the extender. As for other x-series lenses… honestly, you’ll probably have to cross that bridge when you come to it. Don’t force yourself into a large filter now for lenses you don’t own. The step rings are really a monumental pain in the ass and you’ll impact the lovely shooting experience of the x100.
Here is the link i forgot to add from my recent post. Sorry for the misspells above.
I am equally as confused. The lens hood says VELLO LHF-X100B, but I cannot figure out how to configure it with the Fuji X100F.
The enclosed instructions look like the lens is an interchangeable lens, and not the fixed lens of the X100F. I could not figure out where the adapter ring is to take off on my lens, nor how to attach the hood or adapter. Any suggestions?
When you buy the X100 it has a very slim, smooth ring on the front of the lens. To look at it, you’d probably not even realize that it’s removable. Hold the camera in one hand with the lens facing up, then with the tips of your fingers on the other hand, grab the very end of the lens on the X100 and you’ll be able to unscrew it. Once that is done, it will reveal a thread. You then take the filter adapter ring from the Vello hood kit, and screw it onto the X100 lens. Then the hood mates with that.
Great advice Dan, works perfectly, thanks
And I bought many of the accessories for the Fuji X100F that you recommended. Appreciate the wonderful suggestions. I look forward to reading more from you.
Great to hear, Alan! Thanks for the kind words too.
Love your blog and the information about the X100f is really helpful. I’ve been trolling this camera for awhile now and I’m tired of looking at the stock update emails filling up my inbox. I was curious about your thoughts on the thumb grip? Costs seems to be all across the board, with the most expensive one being not quite as long as people would like. I would hate to go with an inexpensive one and damage the hot shoe. Would love to hear your thoughts. I appreciate your time. Thank you.
I have to say that I don’t really think it’s necessary to have one. I already bulked my camera out with the l-bracket, and the thumb grip would just make the camera harder to squeeze into small bags and pouches. I don’t feel uncomfortable using the X100 without one.
Thanks for the exhaustive list Dan! I am looking for a case or small bag to carry the X100F when I travel. Do you think that the PD Range Pouch that you mention is good enough to hold the camera in securely? If so, what size did you pick? Is a small enough to fit the camera? Thanks!
The PD range is a decent case, but the small will be too small! I’d actually recommend the large one. A medium is workable, but a pretty tight fit. A large one would allow you to carry a spare battery.
If you want a very small lens hood (possibly the smallest solution) for your X100 series camera, I can recommend using the thinnest possible adapter ring in combination with a UNX-5285 dome lens hood and a 30.5mm UV filter inside that lens hood. Very compact and low profile. The UNX products are well made and from Japan.
Wow what a cool little solution! I have never heard of these before. Thanks for sharing, Peter!
Great stuff, thanks for sharing…do you have a link for a replacement lens cap for the x100f?
If you’re talking about the original press on lens cap, those are notoriously hard to find. I’ve never seen them for sale unfortunately. If you add a filter ring adapter though, you can then use any 49mm lens cap like this one: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1274372-REG/breakthrough_photography_lc_49mm_49mm_lens_cap.html/BI/5343/KBID/6139/DFF/d10-v21-t1-x755209/SID/EZ
I’m so glad I discovered you too own a fuji X100F! I used to watch your videos everytime I was planning to buy a new item! Now for our little gem I got mine 2 days ago and I am searching for some cool accessories to get before my trip to bali! My question is about the peak design pouch..In fact i got a fuji leather case but I did like the peak design pouch so why did you chose the medium and not the small one? And is it really weatherproof?
Thanks again for the effort and time you put in these reviews!
I believe my reason was that it did not fit in the small one! Yeah, they are made from really robust and thick material. I wouldn’t worry about a rain shower unless it was prolonged for hours.
Oh I thought the small one is big enough to carry the cam! Thank you again ?
Why can’t I activate the internal flash?
I have no idea. I think this is a question for the store you bought the camera from, or Fujifilm themselves.
You have to go into the “Q” menu and scroll to the Flash Function Settings and select the setting that displays the lighting bolt & TTL, then press “OK” Took me a while to figure this out myself
I have a X100s but I highly recommend the Gordy straps. I also have one on a X Pro — check them out
Don’t know that brand but I will take a look! Thanks Bob.
Hi Dan, This post is so helpful! I’ve had my x100f for about a year now and have yet to buy gear for it… but now I’m stuck at home and wanting. Can you clarify — does the medium size PD pouch carry the full x100f camera in it? And you can then just carry the pack and camera on your hip? I shoot a lot of music festivals and events where I’m running around a ton, so having my camera so easily accessible on my hip would be amazing! But without being able to see the size in person first, I’m feeling hesitant about purchasing. Thank you!!!
That is correct, it fits into the Medium pouch. Then you could wear it on a belt if you wanted to.
I love the Grody strap for the Fujifilm x100F