Fuji X100F and the Lens Hood Caper

Suggested best use for the LH-JX100F & FII. Too big for an egg, too small for a watermelon.

When I picked up the X100F I was a little surprised by the fiddly nature of attaching a filter or lens hood. There is a 49 mm trim ring that covers external threads meaning a standard filter will not screw directly on without an adapter. I generally like to have some protection for the front of the lens and the filter threads; especially on cameras that will be spending a lot of time with me.

For a while I just ignored this minor issue and kept the nice Fuji slip over cap in place when I wasn’t shooting. This is an okay solution, but I grew tired of having to be aware of the lens cap; especially since I’m a OVF user and it’s not super-obvious that a cap is on the lens. I had also noticed some occasional lens flare that I didn’t always appreciate in extreme lighting conditions. Of course that flare is also something I can use later now that I know about it.

JJC Bayonet Mount Lens Hood.

Based on a little web-surfing, I picked up the JJC LH-JX10 lens hood and adapter for the X100. This adapts the 49 mm external thread on the camera to an internal thread allow a standard filter to be installed, and the lens hood. I think this hood is probably the same, more or less, as the Fuji OEM option for an X100 lens hood.

Some OVF obstruction, but the slots help a lot.

It worked fine however I felt like the adapter/filter combo just stuck too far out (21mm) from the lens. The whole purpose of the X100 series is compact, at least in my view, so the length of the adapter and filter were just too much for me. One nice thing about the lens hood was that it was a minimal obstruction in the OVF. You could also use a common 49mm pinch style lens cover easily which was a nice option as well. The hood attaches with a bayonet mount making mounting and removal quick. This hood setup is pretty decent if you aren’t too worried about the size

I used this setup for awhile and grew a little tired of the size of the lens hood. I also used it without the hood with a UV filter in the adapter ring for awhile but still found the size to be too large for my taste. Without the hood in place the setup was a little kludgy looking as well. I also felt like the front lens element was a little too exposed with this hood if I was planning to walk around with the camera all the time.

Order all the Hoods on Amazon

I decided to order all the combinations of lens hood for the X100 I could find along with other options for the filter holder. There are five varieties of lens hood available on Amazon. At least that is how many I could find at the time.

The stack of hoods.

Wide open hoods

To get the hoods that are clear failures out of the way first; let’s have a look at the LH-JX100F & FII hoods. Both of these hoods are poorly thought out and I’ve found other uses for them.

They both share the same failures:

  • Protrude WAY too far into the OVF.
  • Way too open from the front providing little flare and impact protection.
How is this large a lens hood gonna protect you from anything?
Blocking 1/4 of the OVF view is a major fail.

Of course, if you aren’t an OVF user, then no need to worry, this might be your style. They both sort of look “photographer-like” if you don’t really have any interest in function.

Haoge and JJC Compact Round Hoods.

The Haoge hood is the most compact (and the one I’ve been using). It protrudes an additional 13 mm above the naked lens. You can also use the original Fuji X100 slip on lens cap with this hood. The down side is there is no room to inside the hood for a filter.

Haoge LH X49B lens hood. My favorite. White tape prevents accidental switching of auto focus modes.
Haoge hood visible in the lower right of the OVF but not an issue for me. I don’t notice at all.

Since I’ve been using the Haoge I haven’t had any issues with keeping the lens clean and free of fingerprints. When transporting the X100 in a bag I put the Fuji slip on cap in place although it probably isn’t necessary.

The JJC round hood is only 5mm longer than the Haoge but it allows room for a filter to fit between the adapter ring and the lens hood. It stands 18mm above the naked lens. If you insist on using a UV filter this is the setup for you. The JJC hood protrudes just a little more into the OVF, however, it wasn’t an issue for me when I was using it.

The Three Picks

Most versatile: JJC LH-X100. This allows a filter inside the hood and a 49mm pinch lens cap. The slots minimize intrusion into the OVF. It also looks photographer-like if that matters. This is also the largest of the three.

Most compact: Haoge LH-X49B. Minimal size, effective protection and minimal OVF obstruction make this one my choice. Use the Fuji OEM slip on lens cover.

Small but mighty: JJC LH-JX100II. Small size but still allows for a filter inside without interfering with hood mounting or size. Use the Fuji OEM slip on lens cover.

The last thing that might be worth worrying about with a lens hood is whether it shadows the built-in flash. Even at extremely close range (minimum focus distance) I didn’t have any issues with flash shadows from the hoods.

I carry my X100F everywhere, all the time with me. Basically, I always wear a camera (yes me too Thorsten). A little lens protection was worth sorting out properly so I can have the camera hanging close by without being concerned about damage, dirt, or mess on the lens.

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