Extension tubes MCEX-11 and MCEX-16, used with the X-T1

In my opinion the extension tubes MCEX-11 & MCEX-16 are not a must if you already have a macro lens, but are useful if you’d like to use your other lenses for macro. The three pictures below are handheld, using both tubes at once, and only cropped to square.

60mm macro with MCEX-11 (Xylocopa violacea on Phlomis fruticosa):

60mm macro with MCEX-16. You can get closer, but for me the MCEX-11 is easier.

55-200mm, at 200mm, left without extension tubes, right with MCEX-11 and MCEX-16:

18-55mm, at 55mm, left without extension tubes, right with MCEX-11 and MCEX-16:

60mm macro, top left without extension tubes, top right with MCEX-11,
bottom left with MCEX-16, bottom right with both tubes:

Earlier examples with the 60mm macro and the extension tubes, February 2015.

For comparison: the X100s with no converter / TCL-X100 / WCL-X100.
I’d have expected the TCL-X100 to get closer than the WCL-X100.

3d prints by Bathsheba Grossman and Michiel Cornelissen

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Ora pendant, by Bathsheba Grossman on shapeways.
Left: smaller, in polished grey steel
Right: polished gold steel


Mini Tuskshell by Bathsheba Grossman on shapeways.
Material: “white strong & flexible polished plastic” (feels more like a shell than like plastic).

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Ghost spinning top by Michiel Cornelissen on shapeways.
Left: polished nickel steel
Right: matte black steel

Warning: as much as I like these Shapeways products: they use UPS for delivery which can be a bad surprise with up to 50% additional costs to what you payed to Shapeways!

X100s film simulation modes

A comparison of the film simulation modes for the X100s. I have highlights and shadows set to -1. The descriptions are Fujifilm’s own.

  1. Provia/standard – ideal for a wide range of subjects
  2. Velvia/vivid – vibrant reproduction, ideal for landscape and nature
    [I don’t agree! ;-) ]
  3. Astia/soft – softer color and contrast for a more subdued look
  4. Pro Neg. Hi – ideal for portrait with slightly enhanced contrast
  5. Pro Neg. Std – ideal for portraits with soft gradiation and skin tones
  6. B&W – shoots in black and white
  7. Monochrome & Ye filter – slightly enhances contrast and darkens skies
  8. Monchrome & R filter – enhances contrast and darkens skies considerably
  9. Monochrome & G filter – Produces pleasing skin tones in portrait
  10. [No picture] Sepia

Rosa pendulina

X100s macro mode: tele converter

See also Raynox DCR-250 for macro, December 2013.

I did some tests and the tele converter is better suited for the kind of macro pictures I want to take (pictures 1-8) than the DCR-250 (picture 9): the pictures are sharper, there is more depth of field available and the tele converter has many other uses apart from macro.


  • drive: continuous H, 6 frames/sec
  • shutter speed 1/1000
  • iso auto