You all know I love photographing with the Fuji X100T. I never tried another camera for street photography, besides my old Canon 5D Mark II, and for me, the Fuji it is the best camera for street photography.
When it comes to Landscapes, we have a problem. The 35mm lens (equivalent) is not wide enough. There were times when I was traveling or just went out, i felt the need, either to have a secondary camera with a different composition or just doing a time lapse. Being limited to 35mm makes things a little harder. As you will see on the next video, i could not get the city and the Matterhorn all in frame for this timelapse.
For that reason, i been thinking about getting a Wide Lens COnverter for the camera. The main problem was that the Fuji Converter costs 300€ on Amazon which is quite a lot for what i want to use it for.
With that in mind, i started to look for alternatives. Even before i traveled to Thailand i thought about getting a converter, but since i wasn't going for a landscape photography trip, i let it go. Now having a small trip already booked and planning a bigger one where the main focus will be on Landscapes, i want to have that option at my disposal.
After some research, i came across with a wide lens converter for 50mm Lens from Nikon. Once i saw this i knew i was on the right track because what i realize was that these kinds on converters attach to the lens as a circular filter. As long as i don't mess up the converter diameter i should be good.
My next step was to find a cheap alternative. I used to have bad luck with cheap brands. The exception so far are the Neewer producst. I been buying a few accessories from this brand and so far they are working good.
Enough with the talk.
Here is the converter.
Time for some math. The Fuji X100T has a 23mm Focal Length which when converted to its full frame equivalent is around 35mm. With the 0,43 converter, i get a focal length on the fuji of around 15mm which is more or less what i wanted.
The diameter of the converter that ataches to the Fuji lens is 52mm and the lens is 49 so i also had to get a set of step up rings, also from Neewer.
These will come in handy not only for this setup but for other lenses i have.
There is no science on how to set everything up. First you get the 49 to 52mm on the lens ring, and then you attach the converter.
As for the image results, it is what you would expect. A lot more on the composition with a lot of distortion and chromatic aberrations on the corners.
To be honest the distortion doesn't bother me much. I can reduce it in Lightroom and if I really want to be perfect i will do it in Photoshop.
As you can see in the previous examples, even after the lens corrections I am able to have a much wider fram than without the converter.
The main thing that pisses me off is how blurred the corners of the image get once i have the converter. I can live with it but it bothers me a little.
The conclusion that I came, after half day of using it, was that this is an acceptable alternative for thevmore expensive Fuji Converter. If you consider that i will be using it mostly to create time-lapse, shot some video and if i feel the need to, have a second camera capturing something different.
I might try using it for other things if the opportunity presents it self.
You might be asking yourself: "But Dário. How much did it cost?"
Well, in total, 32€. A very good deal considering the 300€ that i would have to pay for the original. Again, is all about thinking what will i be using it for. I will be more than happy with the results from this converter.
Here are the links on Amazon.es
Converter - https://www.amazon.es/gp/product/B07486TS1J/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1