For this week’s post, I thought to share my favorite accessories for the Fuji X100F – now, as I consider the set-up complete and tested during several street shoots. While the X100F is visually (and technically) a beauty to shoot with, I decided to get other accessories to make it match my usage and visual taste even more. However, voices differ if what highly skilled engineers designed should be altered in any ways. So, please understand my additional accessories as a completely personal and subjective view.
This post is basically an update to my earlier What’s in my camera bag post.
Basics: Filter, Lens Hood, Screen Protector, and Spare Batteries
The first set of accessories for my Fuji X100F could be considered as basics as I on my turn found several photographers and X100F users who actually completed their X100F acquisition by those accessories.
The first is a basic UV filter to protect the lens from scratches, for example. In my case, I went for the Hoya HMC Slim Frame filter in size 49mm. This filter does the job quite well.
Second, and needed to fix the filter, is a lens hood including a filter mount thread. I remember that I looked through many brands, versions, and shapes and finally settled in on the JJC LH-JX100II in black. I really like the shape and that you can still put the X100F’s beautiful lens cap on top.
Remaining in the idea of camera protection, I purchased a screen protection film from Expert Shield called Glass. Quite easy to stick on the screen (after a thorough preparation) and solid.
Finally, as I usually try to spend one complete day out in the streets when my planning allows for that, I added two batteries by Patona (Premium Series for NP-W126) and a dual USB charger for the batteries by the same brand. Those batteries might probably last a bit less long than the original Fuji NP-W126S included for the X100F, but they really keep up well, and I never had to head home to charge.
Ergonomics: Improving the Grip
First, I added a soft release button by VKO (11mm, concave surface). There were three in the pack I purchased, which probably makes sense as I already almost lost the one in black I had on the release.
The soft release button was already one of the first add-ons to improve (in my very personal sense) the ergonomics of the X100F. As the grip on the body itself is only minimally provided, I added other accessories to my set-up, which alter the visual appearance of the camera quite a bit: the folding thumb grip by Lensmate and a wood camera grip by J.B. Camera Designs.
While those two accessories in addition to the lens hood make the Fuji X100F bulkier, the camera now lies perfectly in my hand and I am not worrying that it might slip off my hands. One-hand-held shots even with slower shutter speeds are also possible thanks to the extra stability when holding the camera. And, from my personal view, J.B.’s wood grip is visually just awesome.
Initially, I went for Peak Design’s Slide Light camera strap (in black) and their Cuff wrist strap (in ash) and was very happy with how easy and comfortable those are. Especially with the new anchors, you quickly fix and release the straps.
While highly satisfied, I changed the set-up when I saw a DIY camera strap tutorial on YouTube, which used paracord. After a first attempt, I really liked the fact to customize the camera straps and make them myself. A couple of months after watching the tutorial, I by now have five camera straps and four wrist straps in different colors and slightly altered designs. The idea is the same as for Peak Design’s solution: I used small buckles fixed with paracord to the camera body and the other part of the buckles at the ends of the camera straps. This allows for fixing, releasing and switching between designs and wrist versus neck straps easily. My other digital and analog cameras are equipped with the same – just as my initial set-ups with the Peak Design products.
I will come back to the camera straps in a separate blog post soon.
1-to-1 Copy With My Fuji XPro2 Set-Up
After several months with this set-up, I am that satisfied that I added the same accessories (except for a few parts) to my Fuji XPro2, which makes switching from one to another almost seamless.
Let me know what your accessories and experiences with those include. Happy shooting!