Cashing In on Forgotten Treasure
This story begins in typical vogue, with me being frugal. And it turned out, as these items typically do: DIY tasks work.
On the coronary heart of this story is the Fujifilm X100V digital digicam. I’ve had an ongoing affair with it because it confirmed up on my doorstep greater than a 12 months in the past. It sports activities a fixed-mount 35mm lens that’s a terrific selection for 90 p.c of what I shoot.
However no companion is ideal. And there have been conditions after I wished one thing a bit wider, not an excessive amount of, however 28mms could be wonderful. Fujifilm had the reply. The WCL-X100 II large conversion lens with a magnification of 0.8X was precisely what I wanted, and it’s extremely rated. Glowing opinions included phrases comparable to, “an essential accessory.”
Nice! The one draw back is the $350 price ticket plus tax. And if I wished to get the 50mm as nicely, that may put me over $700 for the pair. So I closed the online web page and went again to work.
Just a few days later, I used to be messing round in considered one of my photograph accent drawers. (On a regular basis of us would name this a junk drawer). However the whole lot in mine has worth that shall be decided on the correct time. Simply because I don’t want it proper now, doesn’t imply its standing gained’t change sooner or later.
Living proof: my Canon large converter WC-DC58 0.8X optic that has been cooling its glass since 2001. I purchased it 20 years in the past for a Canon G1, which featured a 34mm lens that would additionally use a little bit additional elbow room.
The WC-DC58 is a fantastic optic. It’s handsomely designed with a giant entrance lens and multicoated components. I haven’t used the Canon G1 in years, and it appeared a waste to let the large angle languish within the photograph accent drawer. I used to be hopeful that it might see the sunshine of day once more.
That day has arrived.
I discovered it whereas I used to be in search of one thing else. Might this work? Nah. Then I believed, “What the heck. There’s no harm in trying.”
The WC-DC58 has 58mm threads on the again facet. My Fujifilm adapter is 49mm. So I returned to the photograph accent drawer in search of a 49mm to 58mm step-up ring. I didn’t have a type of, however I did have two rings that I might use in tandem to make the connection. Because it turned out, that was a lucky break. Extra on that in a second.
I screwed the gadgets collectively, fired up the digicam, and appeared via the digital viewfinder. “Hmm, not bad.” So I took just a few footage and transferred them to the pc for nearer inspection.
They appeared nice. I imply expletive nice.
I remembered that there have been conversion lens settings within the X100V menu. I discovered them and chosen “wide.” The great thing about that is that the metadata is now accurately set for the focal size, and the optical viewfinder is adjusted for correct framing.
I did extra testing looking for a flaw. The one factor I might come up was that the element degraded ever so barely at f/2. You needed to amplify the picture to detect this, and the issue went away by f/4. Like I mentioned, no companion is ideal.
I did some research on eBay, and I discovered the WC-DC58 for round $30. Step-up rings are lower than $10. (Simply in case you’ve an X100V as nicely).
One attention-grabbing notice about these step-up rings. Considering that it might be extra handy to have a single 49mm-58mm adapter fairly than the 2 rings cobbled collectively, I ordered one and examined it. The pictures weren’t as sharp, nor fairly as large. The takeaway is that small modifications within the distance between the unique lens and the adapter make a distinction. For now, I’m sticking with the two-ring setup.
And if issues weren’t adequate already, there’s extra information. I additionally discovered the companion Tele-Converter TC-DC58 that gives 1.5X magnification within the photograph accent drawer.
Generally issues simply work out.