Fujifilm has just announced the launch of the WCL-X100, a wide conversion lens designed specifically for Fujifilm X100 camera. Attached directly on to the camera, the lens is claimed to increase picture taking versatility by multiplying the fixed focal length by 0.8x, converting it from 23mm (35mm in 35mm equivalent) fixed focal length to a 19mm wide angle (28mm in 35mm equivalent).
The optical construction uses four premium glass elements in three groups to keep aberrations to a minimum, and also employs Fujinon’s unique Super EBC coating for outstanding results. The lens uses the same materials, textures and colours as the existing X100, plus the optional LH-X100 lens hood and PRF-49S protective filter can be used on the conversion lens.
It is said that to achieve the best results from the WCL-X100 is simple. You just need to select the “Wide Conversion Lens” option in the Fujifilm X100’s shooting menu.
“To enable this extra functionality, the camera must be updated to Firmware version 1.3.0 or later, which also allows the option to be selected via the Function (Fn) or RAW buttons. The Fujifilm X100 has the option to apply image processing to shots taken using the WCL-X100 to reduce image distortion, ensure balanced illumination across the frame and reduce chromatic aberration, commonly found in wide conversion lenses,” Fujifilm says in its press release.