Three things have been on my list of wanted items to compliment my newish Fujifilm X100 camera: a leather strap, lens hood & adapter and a leather case. The X100 has quickly become my preferred camera because of it’s light weight, ease of transport and amazing ability to take great photos. In fact, it has prevented the Canon 5D from coming on all but one of my recent trips. This is further compounded by the fact that the X100 is a lot of fun to shoot and not at all bad to look at. I don’t think I have ever owned any single thing that has garnered more attention; everyone asks about it.
My first acquisition was a brown leather strap hand-made by Bryan at Tipton & Co. which I picked up while he was showing at Old & New. Tipton makes great stuff and fills a much needed void with its selection of American camera specific leather goods. If you are in the market for a leather camera strap keep an eye on Tipton & Co., big things are in the pipeline.
Next on my list was a leather case to protect the body of the X100. The options for these specific leather cases are even less plentiful than straps, though thankfully I was tipped off to the Japanese maker Aki Asahi’s custom made leather cases. For $122 (including express EMS shipping), Aki will make you the case of your choosing. You can select the leather from a variety of color options and can even pick the color/material of the snap. The cases are beautifully made and I expect the leather to only get better with time and use.
The last piece of the x100 accessories puzzle was the Fujifilm X100 lens hood and adapter ring. This is an item that I have patiently waited to become available again (though it is now either sold out or overpriced) and picked up at regular price ($129) from Amazon. Fuji has battled with constant supply / availabilities for both the camera and the accessories due to the overwhelming demand and the March earthquake / Tsunami in Japan. Patience is a virtue when it comes to the X100.
While you can absolutely take beautiful photos without any of these items, I think all three add-ons create a more enjoyable experience and they help make an already great camera even better. Not to mention, make the shooter look even cooler.