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87th Pitti Uomo Firenze: Photos, life and people. Fuji X100T and TCL-X100 teleconverter test

Posted on Jan 19, 2015

The fair Pitti Uomo in Florence is always a good opportunity to see the fashion trends of the upcoming winter season.

It ‘also a good time to take pictures of very interesting people that come from all over the world. They definitely take the opportunity of Pitti’s fair to put the spotlight on their best (many times the most eccentric!) clothes available.

The Pitti’s fair usually takes place from Tuesday to Friday and the best days to take the photos are definitely the first two, when you can also find some V.i.p. and some more or less famous people. I remember that three years ago I had the opportunity to meet and take a picture of Scott Schuman, the man behind the website “The Sartorialist“, perhaps one of those who helped to create the trend of the fashion bloggers.

In my case, I’m not a fashion blogger. Every time I go to take pictures at Pitti Uomo I try to capture all those people that I consider interesting. Rather than thinking about the clothes, I think about the person who is behind the dress and what they want to communicate with their look. I can find some similarities with the project I’m working on from a couple of years, called “People around Florence” where I photograph some interesting people I meet around Florence. In that situation, I found that every person had its own particular and unique way of dressing up. I think that fashion is just that, a personal externalization of their way of being and living the everyday.

Fujifilm X100T and the TCL-X100 teleconverter

Talking about the technical point of view, for this occasion I used my brand new and shiny Fuji X100T!

I’m using it for almost a month since I’ve bought it (read the review and test photo here) and I must say that despite some difficulties, the machine isn’t quite easy to use, I’m learning every day to use it to the best for my needs.

The photos you see below were taken with the Fuji X100T and the teleconverter TCL-X100 which basically converts the focal length of the base lens of the X100T from a 35mm to a 50mm. The most interesting thing of this teleconverter is that no light is lost so it keeps the maximum value of f/ 2.0 available from base X100T lens.

Opinion about the TCL-X100 teleconverter on the Fujifilm X100 series.

How does this TCL-X100 work on the Fujifilm X100 series? I have to say that I’m very satisfied with it! I wasn’t expecting so much sharpness by a conversion lens which usually not only it loses one stop of light but degrades significantly the sharpness of the base lens.

In this case, the engineers inside Fujifilm did an excelled work creating a lens that fits perfectly to the X100T. The TCL-X100 has been studied very well from the aesthetic side of view too as it fits perfectly with the retro look of the Fuji X100T!

If we talk about the negative aspects, we can say that the lens hasn’t a great bokeh and some out of focus areas appear as slightly flou.  I’ve to say that with the Fujifilm X100T it will be difficult to use the optical viewfinder since you will have a good portion occupied by the prominence of the lens: in this case I recommend you to use only the electronic viewfinder.

Another downside is that using Lightroom (at time of writing this post, Jan 2015) there’s not available a profile correction for distortion when using this TCL-X100 teleconverter.

   I suggest you to give a look at the other blog post where I’ve used the Fujifilm TCL-X100 teleconvert on the X100 series camera:

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  • Rodrigo
    Posted at 01:50h, 30 January Reply

    Nice photos! Good to know that the teleconverter is sharp.
    Cheers from Chile!

    • Alessandro Michelazzi
      Posted at 22:44h, 01 February Reply

      Thanks Rodrigo! Yes it’s sharp and quite useful for the X100/X100s/X100T that in this way become more versatile!

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