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.

Learning to Sail

In the summer of 2018 we were traveling around the Costa Brava region of Catalonia and kept seeing the beautiful calas (coves) that were unaccessable by foot.

This image inspired our solution to this little problem.

The only and best way to the calas was by boat. This begin a process that started as soon as I returned from Europe.

Learning to sail is not a forgein concept; I had windsurfed when I moved to Southern California in 1996. The concept of wind powered sports is not new to me. We figured that we should get started learning to sail as soon as possible: our move to Europe date is mid-2020 and we want to have enough experience and time on boats to decide if we actually enjoy it and can picture using one as home for four or five months a year. We don’t want to learn this after going to the time and expense of buying a boat and then risking suffering that we don’t actually enjoy the experience when it is easy enough to figure all this out beforehand. The other thing is we want to get enough time on and around boats to form opinions about configuration, size, condition. We would learn to sail and prepare for our futures at the same time.

I enrolled basic sailing class at Advetura Sailing in Dana Point CA. The deal there is you take the class and join the club in order to charter a sail boat from the club. They’ve got 20 or so boats for charter. It’s a pretty straightforward process to get through the basic sailing class (12 hours classroom 12 hours lab on a boat) although it took me some time to break back into my working schedule to take the test. Fortunately I passed.

Basic sailing class complete I was entitled to charter two of the club owned boats: ME II ME II and Lady Luck. A 30’ Catalina and 27’ Newport respectively. They are basic boats that let you get experience being captain. After three charters total on the two basic boats moving on to other boats up to 32’ is possible. I think those first three charters show you can get the boat out of slip and out to the ocean and then back without wrecking anything.

Since passing the class we’ve chartered sail boats in four occasions. Limited to day sailing (not out allowed after dark) until I pass an upcoming coastal navigation class. We’ve been on ME II ME II twice, Lady Luck, and Mona Kai a 32 foot Hunter.

The structure of the club required that I complete 3 charters in basic sailboats before being allowed to move up to a larger more expensive boat. Those first three charters, ME II ME II, Lady Luck met the requirement for moving up to 32 foot boats. After a total of five charters I’ll have access to the entire fleet of boats up to 32 feet in length.

Before you’re allowed out after sunset with a charter coastal navigation is a required course. It’s 12 hours of classroom followed by a test. Once I complete the navigation class we are good to go for multi-day charters. I’m signed up already and will complete the class January 23rd. I plan to be prepared to take the test right away so we can charter overnight the weekend of Febuary 1st.

We are really looking forward to taking a weeklong charter the end of March (spring break) out to Catalina island and around thereabouts. But first, we’ll weekend to Catalina. Hoping to pull this weekend together in January, the rough sail plan is:

  • Friday evening drive to Dana Point, load the boat and spend the night.
  • Up early Saturday, motor/sail to either Avalon or Isthmus Cove on Catalina Island. There early enough to enjoy a afternoon and evening on the island.
  • Sunday, up and out of the mooring by 11 or so to catch some westerlies to blow us back to Dana Point in the early evening.

This will let us figure out the multi-day charter process, what to bring, what to leave at home.