December 4, 2022

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We took a closer look at the Haida NanoPro filters for the Fujifilm X100 series

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Haida has released two filters specifically designed for the Fujifilm X100 series. A dedicated lens hood is also available. Do you own a Fujifilm X100 camera? You might be interested in these filters.

The Fujifilm X100 series has become something of a legend. This digital rangefinder camera – if I may call it that – is now in its fifth incarnation, going from the original X100 through the X100S, X100T, X100F and X100V. There seems to be a growing demand for filters to attach to its 23mm fixed focal length lens.

I bought my Fujifilm X100T in 2016. It was intended as a small extra camera that I can easily take with me. It had to be able to produce great images. I loved the look of the rangefinder camera with its optical viewfinder that could be converted to digital if needed. Along with its physical dials and aperture ring, it felt like shooting with an old-fashioned camera again.

The similarity to analogue cameras with their physical dials is one of the reasons why the Fujifilm X100 series is so successful. I also bought the original lens hood to protect the lens from stray light, but never thought about using filters, especially since the camera has a built-in three-stop ND filter. Also, carrying a large filter bag for the system goes against the purpose I originally bought the camera for.

When Haida announced their free trial of the NanoPro X100 filters in October 2022, I contacted Haida and asked for an opportunity to review these filters. They kindly agreed and sent me the two available filters along with a black and silver lens hood and a Haida lens cap, as installing the filters would make it impossible to attach the original lens cap.

The look and how they fit

The filters and lens hood are made of aircraft-grade aluminum. It’s light and strong. The filter glass consists of the K9 Optical Glass. The coating on this glass makes the filters waterproof, oil-proof and scratch-resistant.

The weight of one filter is about 21 grams, and the lens hood weighs about 12 grams. The filter protrudes greatly, increasing the thickness of the lens by one centimeter. Add the lens hood, and the total length is 2.5 centimeters.

Extending the lens through the filter does not produce vignetting. To insert the filter, the existing front ring of the lens must first be removed. Then you can screw the filter tight. It’s that simple. It’s not possible to place more than one filter at a time.

The lens hood is similar to the original Fujifilm ones. It attaches to the Haida NanoPro filter with a bayonet mount. The Haida lens hood can only be installed when a Haida NanoPro filter is installed; It does not come with a dedicated adapter ring like the original Fujifilm lens hood does. The original Fujifilm lens hood can also be connected to the Haida filters.

The NanoPro X100 filters and lens hood come in matching silver or black, similar to the colors available on the Fujifilm X100 series. The inside of the lens hoods and filters have an anti-glare finish, although the silver sample I received didn’t have the black matte finish. It could be a pre-production model.

The NanoPro X100 Mist Black 1/4 Filter and the Clear Filter

I previously tested the regular Haida Magnetic NanoPro Mist Black filter and loved the effect for portraits and landscapes in the right circumstances. It reduces highlights and lowers the contrast in the image. The filter also makes wrinkles and blemishes less noticeable in portrait shots. This often results in an attractive blur effect.

The NanoPro X100 Mist Black 1/4 filter has the same characteristics as it is made of the same type of glass. It’s a great filter for those using the Fujifilm X100 series for portraits. But it can also be an advantage in heavily backlit scenarios. It makes the contrast less harsh with a nice flare. Because of this, you may want to ignore the use of the lens hood, which introduces flare.

The other filter is a clear filter. Its purpose is protection and it has no other effect on the image. It also protects the front lens from the elements. But it only benefits owners of the latest Fujifilm X100V model. All previous models don’t have a weather seal, so there doesn’t seem to be much use for the clear filter in this case, other than perhaps as protection from scratches. I don’t see myself with this filter.

Only the Haida X100 Mist Black 1/4 and Haida Clear Filter are currently available. Haida assured me that there would be more filters for the X100 system in the future. The road map includes a circular polarization filter and at least one neutral density filter. If you use the Fujifilm X100 camera for landscapes, these two filters are very interesting additions.

Final Thoughts

Although I never thought about using filters with the Fujifilm X100T, having this option can make shooting with this camera even more fun. I’m glad it’s not a normal filter system with an adapter ring and filter holder. While that would allow it to be used with multiple filters, carrying a full filter system would make it a bit cumbersome. A small filter bag or two containing a Haida X100 filter is easier to pocket.

The X100 Mist Black 1/4 allows photographers using a Fujifilm X100 series camera to subtly and beautifully enhance the look of their photos. I can recommend this particular filter.

The Clear Filter may only be of use to Fujifilm X100V owners to complete their weather protection. If you have an older X100 series model, this is a less interesting filter. However, you may need it to use the Haida X100 lens hood.

The one filter I was hoping for isn’t available yet. A polarization filter would be the most valuable addition for me personally. I would like to thank Haida for providing me with the filters and for giving me the opportunity to try out these filters.

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