I've had my Fuji x100 for over a month now and have been posting images and promising you a review as soon as I get done moving and back up to publishing full time.  One of the things I was concerned with concerning the x100 was that there was no easy way to mount a protective filter or lens hood right out of the box.  Fuji required you to buy both a filter adapter and lens hood separately.  The only problem was because of the earthquake and damage to their factory all the accessories have yet to be fully stocked with dealers.  First samples are just now filtering into dealers in very limited numbers leading those who get the accessories to put them on Ebay or Amazon at 2-3x the retail price.  Yikes!

 

I've had my Fuji x100 for over a month now and have been posting images and promising you a review as soon as I get done moving and back up to publishing full time.  One of the things I was concerned with concerning the x100 was that there was no easy way to mount a protective filter or lens hood right out of the box.  Fuji required you to buy both a filter adapter and lens hood separately.  The only problem was because of the earthquake and damage to their factory all the accessories have yet to be fully stocked with dealers.  First samples are just now filtering into dealers in very limited numbers leading those who get the accessories to put them on Ebay or Amazon at 2-3x the retail price.  Yikes!

 

With a camera I stuff into my knapsack or use in dense crowds, I want at least a hood to protect my lens and probably a filter too.  I'd even like their nostalgic leather body case if I could get one.  But I could wait until they were regularly stocked.  Then I decided to send my x100 to China on assignment with a trusted friend to gather more material for the site and my need for these accessories increased.  The hunt was on! 

 

With a camera I stuff into my knapsack or use in dense crowds, I want at least a hood to protect my lens and probably a filter too.  I'd even like their nostalgic leather body case if I could get one.  But I could wait until they were regularly stocked.  Then I decided to send my x100 to China on assignment with a trusted friend to gather more material for the site and my need for these accessories increased.  The hunt was on!

 

Calling in some favors with my long time dealer I convinced him to send me the next case that filtered in and he did.  But the filter adapter (AR-X100) and hood (LH-X100) was elusive, the ones available from private sellers exceeded the $200 suggested retail Fuji set by a far margin.  I have to question Fuji's pricing of these two items, they seem very expensive for what they are, so I went to a local shop that had both items but at a ridiculous price. 

 

Calling in some favors with my long time dealer I convinced him to send me the next case that filtered in and he did.  But the filter adapter (AR-X100) and hood (LH-X100) was elusive, the ones available from private sellers exceeded the $200 suggested retail Fuji set by a far margin.  I have to question Fuji's pricing of these two items, they seem very expensive for what they are, so I went to a local shop that had both items but at a ridiculous price.

 

I examined them closely but didn't buy them.  Both are lightweight anodized aluminum exhibiting exquisite craftsmanship and unique modern design.  The insides are painted the same flat black you’ll find on the inside of the lens cap.

To mount the AR-X100 adapter you must first remove a protective piece from the front of the X100’s lens exposing the mounting threads.  You then screw on the adapter.  This piece provides just enough clearance where you can now thread and mount a 49mm filter and pinch cap if you wish.  The LH-X100 hood has an easy to use cam lock mount and goes on over the filter.  A great design.

But there were still two problems.  None were available anywhere near the normal retail price, and the normal retail price of close to $200 USD for both items is very pricey.  A third problem is that I’m due to ship my x100 to China soon and I needed something now.

I use Amazon shopping services and I noticed a company called “Rainbow” was selling these two pieces in a combination package for $30 USD.  I carefully examined the picture and the parts looked exactly like the original Fuji pieces, so much so it made me wonder if they merely copied their pictures.  Still, Amazon protects their buyers and it was only $30 so I decided to order a set.  Two days later they arrived.

Immediately I noticed they appeared to be exact clones of the Fuji pieces I’d examined previously.  The design is the same right down to the cam lock mounting and the interior is the same flat black color.  The outer finish seemed to be the same as well.  I immediately mounted both on my Fuji x100 and was delighted to see they fit perfectly and appeared every bit the quality of the OEM Fuji pieces.

I’m not sure, but I see a company selling these on Ebay and I suspect it’s the same parts.  So you can find these both at Amazon (at this link) or by searching on Ebay.  I notice the link recently updated their pictures and are now showing what appears to be a flat black hood but I think this is just the lighting.  But be aware.  Either way, it’s a lens hood.

Both pieces are great and now I can send my Fuji x100 to China knowing the lens is protected.