Part two of my Fuji TCL-X100 Teleconverter Lens review:
In part one I put the new Fuji TCL through it’s paces to see how well it would perform in a studio portrait environment. In part two I take it outside to see how it does in more everyday situations. First off, I headed over to the seawall on a bright, blue sky day. Walking around shooting at the beach was a breeze, pun intended, and overall the TCL was a pleasure to shoot with outdoors. The following shots are all straight out of camera with Lightroom v5.5 Lens Correction applied, except for a couple of adjustments that I've noted in each image caption.
Next up I headed down to the market in Naha off of Kokusai Street. Light can shift here quickly depending on the weather since the roof is a frosted, covered skylight. Lighting is all over the place, both in quantity and color. I shot in auto ISO and auto white balance to see if I could trip it up. Over all it did well, pretty much the same as the x100s normally would do here.
Besides the slower focusing, the only negative for me is the way the camera feels in my hand now. The TCL does throw off the balance of the camera, so I'm not sure I would enjoy shooting with it for extended periods of time. This may just be me, however your mileage may vary. Is the Fuji TCL-X100 perfect? No. Focusing is sometimes slower depending on the environment. Does it deliver exceptional quality? Yes. I could not tell the difference in color or clarity compared to the built-in lens. In my opinion, managing expectations is important when purchasing this type of product. While it's a quality Fuji product, it's not a "real" lens. It's a magnifying glass on top of a "real" lens, so you shouldn't expect the same as you would with a regular Fuji lens. That being said, for what it is, it does an exceptional job. If the x100 or x100s is your only camera, then the TCL-X100 is a worthy addition to your bag.