Date: 04/04/2016 | By: Heather
10 of the Most Useful Fujifilm X70 Accessories
The Fujifilm X70 was announced alongside the flagship X-Pro2 in January 2016. Since then, it has become a favourite among street and travel photographers looking for a light and compact body that delivers the same image quality and autofocus performance as the latest X series cameras.
Below you can find a list of accessories you might find useful on your X70. Some emphasise the beauty of the camera, while others serve to protect it or improve its functionality and versatility.
1. Lens hood
The first thing you’ll want to buy for the X70 is a lens hood since you will certainly encounter some flare in your images without one like in the example below.
Note: Since the X100 series and the X70 both have a 49mm filter thread, you can use X100 lens hoods on the X70. We personally use the JJC version on both the X100T and X70. It works perfectly and doesn’t affect the edges of the frame. However, it does block the built-in flash a little.
2. Screen protector
A screen protector is another small yet important investment you should make when you buy a new camera since LCD screens aren’t scratch proof. You can find excellent screen protectors from Expert Shield, a brand that we’ve relied on since we first starting using mirrorless cameras. They are a little more costly than some other screen protectors but they offer a lifetime guarantee and a very flexible return policy, and their customer service is top-notch.
3. Peak Design or Nucis strap
If you’re a practical person who dislikes fiddling with lugs or metal rings for hours on end, I cannot recommend the Peak Design Leash highly enough. If you haven’t heard of Peak Design, they design straps that are easily attached and removed thanks to the intelligent anchor link system. The Leash is the thinnest of the three, making it a good match for small premium compact cameras like the X70. (There is also the Slide Lite for small mirrorless bodies and the Slide for larger bodies and DSLRs.)
Admittedly, the Leash isn’t the most attractive strap on the market, so if you also have a deep appreciation for aesthetics, you may want to check out the hand-made Nucis leather shoulder strap with Peak Design compatible anchor links. The Nucis strap is the best of both worlds because it combines traditional leather with Peak Design’s innovative attachment system. They are available in limited quantities at PhotoMADD, the only online store that deals exclusively with mirrorless accessories.
4. Wrist strap
For such a small camera, you might find a wrist strap more than enough for your shooting needs. (Mathieu often uses a wrist strap with his X100T.) One of our favourites is once again produced by Nucis. The Nucis wrist strap is made of leather and comes in two different colors. It is flexible and comfortable to use with small cameras.
5. WCL-X70 Wide Angle Lens
We haven’t actually tried this specific product. Like the wide-angle converter for the X100 series, the converter is quite large and as such, reduces the compactness of the camera (some hands-on photos can be found here). The wide angle lens (WCL-X70) converts the 28mm fixed lens into a 21mm lens (35mm format equivalent), giving you a wider view of the world. It can be useful for shooting in tight spaces or capturing expansive landscapes.
Note: Interestingly, the TCL-100 tele-converter for the X100 series also works on the X70 according to X-Photographer Ivan Joshua-Loh. There is some vignetting as you can’t activate the image correction in-camera but the results aren’t bad. Source here.
6. VF-X21 Optical Viewfinder
Since the X70 doesn’t come with an optical viewfinder, you may well find yourself missing one from time to time. If this is the case, you can check out the separate VF-X21 optical viewfinder. It attaches to the hot shoe and accommodates both the 28mm and 21mm fields of view. (Keep in mind that you’ll experience parallax error with the optical viewfinder if you shoot at a close distance.)
7. Extra batteries
Extra batteries are another big “must-have” in our humble opinion. After shooting intensively for half a day with the X70, you will inevitably drain your battery. You can extend the battery life by putting the camera into Low performance mode but just to be safe, it is always wise to have an extra battery on you. You can either go with the official NP-95 battery (also used on the X100 series) or choose a third party battery such as Wasabi or Watson. We own both the official and third party batteries but have found that the Fujifilm version lasts a little longer.
8. Battery charger
One of my bugbears about the X70 is that it doesn’t come with an external charger. Instead, you have to charge the battery with a USB cord that attaches to the camera. Since most photographers would rather use the X70 as an actual camera than as a battery charger, it is a good idea to pick up either the official Fujifilm battery charger or a third-party option.
9. Mobile charger
In addition to a spare battery or battery charger, you may want to consider the Anker Astro Mini. It is a small portable charger. We’ve been using it since last year to charge our mobile phones and certain mirrorless cameras on the go. Since the X70 can be charged via USB, the Astro Mini can be a useful ally to prolongue the life span of your camera. You can charge it while having lunch or while driving, and have some extra juice to take pictures after. Note that because of its small size (it easily fits inside a jean pocket), it might not be able to charge your battery completely if it is dead. However, it can easily give you a 40/50% charge in a half an hour. It is also one of the cheapest chargers, and you will find it useful for your smartphone too.
10. Leather case
Leather cases do provide some extra protection but let’s face it: most of us buy one because they improve the handling and look rather nice! Fujifilm has created a fitted leather case for the X70 that attaches via the camera’s tripod mount. This also means that you cannot use a tripod while the case is attached. It is possible to change your batteries, however, and it comes with a matching strap and cloth.
Another really nice option is from Gariz. Having owned a Gariz half case for our A7s, we can confirm that the build quality is excellent. It doesn’t obstruct any of the ports or connections of the camera including the battery door and SD card slot, and it gives the camera some extra bulk and height, making it even easier to hold.
Do you own the Fujifilm X70? What are your favourite accessories?
You can check out our full review of the Fujifilm X70 here!
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