There’s no doubt that the Fujifilm X100VI is the most popular camera of the first half of 2024, and by quite some margin. It is, apparently, the most pre-ordered camera ever, with long waiting times to get hold of one. But if you’re one of the lucky photographers to have got your hands on this desirable camera, what are best accessories for the Fujifilm X100VI?

Essential accessories for the Fujifilm X100VI
Essential accessories for Fujifilm X100VI users include an SD card, spare battery, and lens hood. Credit: Andy Westlake

You might think that, with it being a fixed-lens camera, there’s not a lot you can add onto the Fujifilm X100VI. But that’s not true. Some accessories are essential, such as memory cards and spare batteries, while others are practical, including lens hoods and UV filter kits for weather-sealing. Then there’s those that expand what you can do creatively, including filters and Fujifilm’s screw-in lens converters.

Also, there’s the question of how to carry the camera. While the X100’s gripless design is integral to its retro good looks, it’s not ideal if you like to carry your camera in your right hand ready to shoot. Thankfully there’s a variety of add-on grips, straps and cases that can help with this.

Fujifilm X100VI with SmallRig Handgrip and NiSi Filter Kit
Fujifilm X100VI with SmallRig Handgrip and NiSi Filter Kit. Credit: Andy Westlake

In fact, there’s so much available for the X100VI that the choice can be overwhelming. But I’ve looked at what’s available and tested a wide range of accessories, so you don’t have to. Read on for my choice of the best accessories for the Fujifilm X100VI.   

Best SD memory card for the Fujifilm X100VI

The first thing every Fujifilm X100VI user is going to need is an SD memory card. But there’s a huge range available with a confusing array of labels and ratings. So which should you buy?

SanDisk Extreme Pro SDXC UHS-I and Lexar Professional 1666x UHS-II SDXC memory cards
SanDisk Extreme Pro SDXC UHS-I and Lexar Professional 1666x UHS-II SDXC memory cards. Credit: Andy Westlake

The X100VI records large 40MP files, so you’ll want a high-capacity card – 64GB at least. However, its card slot is only of the UHS-I type, so in terms of camera performance, there’s nothing to be gained from buying faster and more expensive UHS-II cards. This means that the SanDisk Extreme Pro SDXC UHS-I 64GB makes sense as a reliable and cost-effective choice, for less than £20.

If, however, you’ll regularly be transferring lots of raw files to a computer, then using a UHS-II card with a matched reader will speed up this process immensely. These cards come in two distinct types at very different price levels. The good news is that X100VI owners don’t need to pay a premium the fastest write speeds. I’d recommend the Lexar Professional 1666x UHS-II SDXC 128GB, which costs around £40.

Best spare battery for the the Fujifilm X100VI

It’s always worth having a spare battery, so you can keep shooting if you run out of juice. Here the gold standard is, of course, Fujifilm’s own NP-W126S, which costs £50. But you can get third-party batteries for about half the price. Personally, I’d go for recognisable brands such as Hahnel, Duracell, or Newell.

Fujifilm X100VI batteries and charger
It’s always handy to have a spare battery and a USB charger. Credit: Andy Westlake

You can also buy batteries that include USB-C ports for direct charging, which is extremely convenient, as you can easily top them up. In the UK, these are available under the Enegon brand for £23.99 for a pair from Amazon. Meanwhile, US buyers can get them under the highly respected Wasabi name.

Enegon USB-C NP-W126 batteries recharging from a powerbank
Enegon makes replacement NP-W126 batteries with built-in USB-C charge ports. Credit: Andy Westlake

it’s worth noting that the X100VI doesn’t come with an external charger – instead the battery charges internally via USB-C. So if you want to top up your battery while you’re shooting, you’ll need to buy one. I’d go for a dual-slot USB charger from the likes of JJC or Newell, which can be used with a wide range of power supplies.

Best camera straps for the Fujifilm X100VI

While Fujifilm puts a perfectly serviceable strap in the box with the X100VI, you might prefer to go with something that better reflects your own style. Personally, with a camera this small and lightweight, I prefer a wrist-strap, with my favourite being a simple rope strap from VKO.

Fujifilm X100VI with VKO rope wrist strap
Fujifilm X100VI with VKO rope wrist strap. Credit: Andy Westlake

Alternatively, I’ll sometimes use a slim leather neck-strap. Here, there’s any number of options available from online marketplaces such as Etsy and eBay. I like the 1901 Fotografi Leiter; it’s simple, slim and functional.

Fujifilm X100VI with 1901 Fotografi HCB strap
Fujifilm X100VI with 1901 Fotografi HCB strap. Credit: Andy Westlake

I’ve also been using the X100VI with the clever Bowman Peak Duo strap, which aims to combine the functions of wrist and neck straps. It’s a really neat design and the 110cm version is long enough to be worn in a cross-body style rather than around your neck. The quality is excellent too.

Bowman Peak Duo strap in use on Fujifilm X100VI
The Bowman Peak Duo is a shoulder strap that doubles up as a wrist strap. Credit: Andy Westlake

If you’re more of a Peak Design fan, the choice is simple. The Peak Design Cuff wrist-strap and the slimline Peak Design Leash neck/sling-strap are both good matches to the X100VI. However, the firm’s thicker Slide Lite and Slide are overkill.

Fujifilm X100VI with Peak Design Micro Clutch
Fujifilm X100VI with Peak Design Micro Clutch. Credit: Andy Westlake

The Peak Design Micro Clutch hand strap could also be worth considering as a minimalist carrying solution. I found it worked well for carrying the X100VI one-handed ready to use, especially when combined with a thumb hook. But it’s not a particularly elegant fit to the camera, and annoyingly it needs to be partially removed every time you want to access the battery/SD card compartment.

Best camera case for the Fujifilm X100VI

It can be easy to dismiss form-fitting camera cases as a hipsterish affectation, with little actual practicality. But I think that’s unfair – they can protect the camera against scuffs, while providing better grip. You can buy either half-cases, which protect the lower part of the camera, or two-piece ‘every ready’ cases that have a top cover too.

Fujifilm X100VI with Muziri Kinokoo green leather half case
Fujifilm X100VI with Muziri Kinokoo green leather half case. Credit: Andy Westlake

Fujifilm’s own offering is a sober two-piece black design, which costs around £80. There’s also a two-piece brown option from Smallrig for around £50. I’m rather smitten by a curvy black case by TP Original that you can buy on Amazon or eBay. However, none of these are likely to accommodate a lens hood.

Muziri Kinokoo case with base open, giving access to battery and SD card.
Muziri Kinokoo X100VI case with base open, giving access to battery and SD card. Credit: Andy Westlake

Ultimately, I plumped for a leather half-case by Muziri Kinokoo, which includes a finger grip that’s large enough to be useful, without looking ungainly. It provides unobstructed access to the tilting screen and all the camera’s controls, with a flap at the bottom giving access to the battery / SD card compartment. The case is also available in black, green, coffee, or brown. 

Best handgrip for the Fujifilm X100VI

As I mentioned earlier, the X100 design isn’t necessarily the best if you like to carry your camera in your right hand ready to shoot. One option is to fit an add-on handgrip that gives your fingers more to wrap around. These are available from JJC and SmallRig, with both costing around £40. I chose the latter, as it provides a much larger grip, and I figure that if you’re going to add such a thing, you may as well go the whole way.

Fujifilm X100VI with SmallRig handgrip
Fujifilm X100VI with SmallRig handgrip. Credit: Andy Westlake

I’ve been impressed by SmallRig kit on the past, but this is on another level. Beautifully designed and finished, the Smallrig X100VI Handgrip fits the camera perfectly both physically and aesthetically. There’s a cut-out in the base for access to the battery/card compartment, a built-in Arca-Swiss quick release plate, and a 1/4in tripod socket in line with the centre of the lens.

SmallRig handgrip for Fujifilm X100VI
SmallRig handgrip for Fujifilm X100VI. Credit: Andy Westlake

As the icing in the cake, you get an attractive red metallic screw-in shutter button and a metal hot shoe cover. This grip is available in either silver or black and fits the X100V too.

Best thumbgrip for the Fujifilm X100VI

If you don’t want to add a handgrip, another way of carrying the camera more securely one-handed is to add a thumbgrip. These slot onto the camera’s hot shoe and provide a small hook for your thumb. Plenty of companies make them, but again, I’ve been trying out the SmallRig design, which costs about £17.

Fujifilm X100VI with SmallRig Thumb Grip
Fujifilm X100VI with SmallRig Thumb Grip. Credit: Andy Westlake

Again, the SmallRig Thumb Grip with Hot Shoe Cover for Fujifilm X100VI is really nicely made and a perfect match to the camera’s shape, with small rubber pads to prevent any marking of the camera body. I was pleasantly surprised by how much it helped when carrying the camera, while adding minimal weight and bulk. Again, you get a nice screw-in shutter button as a bonus.

SmallRig thumbgrip and soft release kit for Fujifilm X100VI
The thumbgrip comes with a really nice screw-in soft release button. Credit: Andy Westlake

The main compromise when using a thumbgrip on the X100VI is that it sits in between your thumb and the camera’s exposure compensation dial. This means you have to shift your grip whenever you want to change this setting. Alternatively, you could set the dial to its C position and use the camera’s front electronic dial instead.

Lens converters for the Fujifilm X100VI

The X100VI is, famously, a fixed-lens camera. But if you feel limited by the 35mm equivalent focal length, Fujifilm offers a pair of lens converters. The Fujifilm Wide Conversion Lens WCL-X100 II provides a 28mm equivalent view, while the Fujifilm Tele Conversion Lens TCL-X100 II takes the lens to 50mm equivalent; both maintain the f/2 maximum aperture. They cost £259 and £269 respectively.

Fujifilm X100VI with WCL-X100 and TCL-X100 lens converters
Fujifilm X100VI with WCL-X100 and TCL-X100 lens converters. Credit: Andy Westlake

These converters screw onto the lens’s outer thread, meaning you have to remove the cosmetic ring, or adapter ring first. Since the fourth-generation X100F, the camera can automatically detect when a converter is fitted, and then apply the requisite software corrections for distortion and chromatic aberration. It’ll also change the frameline in the optical viewfinder accordingly, but you’re usually better off switching to the EVF anyway.

With the X100VI, the camera will also adapt the image stabilisation system to the new focal length.  

Sample image shot with the TCL-X100 teleconverter on the Fujifilm X100VI. Credit: Andy Westlake
X100VI · f/8 · 1/125s · 33mm · ISO320

It’s important to note that the camera can’t automatically detect the first-generation WCL-X100 or TCL-X100 converters, which are otherwise identical, both physically and optically. Instead, you have tell the camera you’re using them via a menu setting, but you’ll have to remember to change it again afterwards. Alternatively, these can be hacked fairly easily to ‘Mark II’ standard by strategically fixing small magnets inside, which I’ve successfully done with mine.  

Fujifilm X100VI with WCL-X100 wide converter and JJC hood
Fujifilm X100VI with WCL-X100 wide converter and JJC hood . Credit: Andy Westlake

Let’s look at the WCL-X100 II first. On the face of it, this one makes the more sense of the two. It’s pretty small, at 55mm in diameter, 37mm in length and 150g. It also accepts the same 49mm filters as the camera’s lens, and has a bayonet mount for Fujifilm’s own X100 hood. It doesn’t look ridiculously out-of-place on the camera either. If you really want an X100VI but would like the option of that 28mm view, it’s genuinely worth having.

Sample image shot with the WCL-X100 wide converter on the Fujifilm X100VI. Credit: Andy Westlake
X100VI · f/8 · 1/40s · 19mm · ISO125

In comparison, the TCL-X100 II looks quite bulky, at 70mm in diameter and 46.5mm long, although it’s not actually much heavier (180g). Unsurprisingly, it also accepts larger diameter 67mm filters. If you want to provide a bit of protection to the front element, it can be used with screw-in lens hoods.

Fujifilm X100VI with TCL-X100 teleconverter fitted
Fujifilm X100VI with TCL-X100 teleconverter fitted. Credit: Andy Westlake

As both converters are specifically matched to the X100’s lens, they’re actually pretty good optically. They won’t satisfy pixel-peepers photographing brick walls at f/2, but I’ve been quite happy with real-world results, especially when stopped down to f/4 or smaller.

Of course if you really want to be able to change focal lengths easily, the X100VI is probably the wrong camera anyway.

Best filter adapters and lens hoods for the Fujifilm X100VI

Like all the previous models in the line, the X100VI doesn’t accept lens filters or a hood directly. Instead, you have to unscrew a cosmetic ring from the end of the lens and then attach an adapter ring. Screw a UV filter on top, and in principle, the camera becomes weather-sealed.

JJC LH-X100 filter adapter and hood kit.
Most hoods for the X100VI come as two-part kits, with an adapter that must be screwed onto the lens. Credit: Andy Westlake

Fujifilm’s own solution is a two-part filter adapter/hood kit that costs £75, or alternatively a ‘weather resistant kit’ comprising the adapter and a UV filter for £100. The ‘vented’ hood design might look it’s a retro affectation, but it minimises obstruction of the optical viewfinder. If you’re put off by how much the Fujifilm kit costs, the JJC LH-X100 kit is a perfect clone for a fraction of the price.

Fujifilm X100VI with JJC LH-X100 hood kit
Fujifilm X100VI with JJC LH-X100 hood kit. Credit: Andy Westlake

There’s a huge variety of third-party alternatives available, too. The choice between them depends on multiple factors, such as whether you shoot with the OVF, use add-on filters, overall size, and of course aesthetics. Let’s look at a few options.

Fujifilm X100VI with Haoge LH-X51W hood kit
Fujifilm X100VI with Haoge LH-X51W hood kit. Credit: Andy Westlake

For the slimmest and most protective lens hood, the Haoge LH-X51W is a great choice, and very affordable at £18. It’s a two-piece kit with a 49mm filter adapter and a screw-on lens hood, and you can add a UV filter inside for weather-sealing, too. It accepts the camera’s lens cap and doesn’t excessively block the OVF. The main drawback is that you can’t readily use a polariser at the same time as the hood.

Fujifilm X100VI with Haoge LUV-X54W UV filter
Fujifilm X100VI with Haoge LUV-X54W UV filter. Credit: Andy Westlake

For the best compact all-in-one weather-sealing kit, consider the Haoge LUV-X54. This is a UV filter that screws directly onto the X100VI’s lens thread, with a shallow built-in hood. It accepts 52mm diameter filters via a front thread, and the original lens cap fits on, too. It slightly obscures the bottom corner of the optical viewfinder, but not too badly. It comes in a choice of five colours and costs £25.

Fujifilm X100VI with NiSi UV filter and hood
Fujifilm X100VI with NiSi UV filter and hood. Credit: Andy Westlake

For a combination of weather-sealing, build-quality and style, I like the NiSi X100 series UV Filter, Lens Hood and Cap Kit. This also includes a high-quality UV filter that screws directly onto the camera, and which is threaded to accept further 49mm filters. It then accepts a rather natty rectangular push-on hood and a push-on metal cap. It’s quite pricey, though, at £80.

Fujifilm X100VI optical viewfinder comparison with different lens hoods
The lens hoods mentioned above obstruct the optical viewfinder to different extents, as shown here. Credit: Andy Westlake

Any hood will block part of the lower right of the camera’s optical viewfinder. The only real question is by how much. The comparison above shows the OVF view with each of the hoods mentioned, with the Haoge LH-X51W blocking the view least, while the NiSi UV Filter and Hood kit is particularly obtrusive. Of course, you won’t see any of this if you switch to the electronic viewfinder.

Best circular filters for the Fujifilm X100VI

Once you’ve got a 49mm filter adapter for your X100VI, you might well ask which filters might be worth buying, aside from the obvious of a UV filter to protect the lens and seal the camera. The answer, really, is the usual suspects.

Fujifilm X100VI with Hoya UV, polariser, and 10-stop ND filters
Fujifilm X100VI with Hoya UV, polariser, and 10-stop ND filters. Credit: Andy Westlake

Firstly, a circular polariser (PL-C) filter can be extremely handy for deepening blue skies, saturating colours, or controlling reflections off glass or water. Neutral density filters can be used to slow shutter speeds for creative effect – not forgetting that there’s a switchable 4-stop ND already built into the camera. For those who like shooting at night, a light pollution filter (variously dubbed Nightscape, Natural Night, or Neutral Night etc) can be effective at removing the yellow glow of many artificial light sources.

It can be tempting to skimp on filters and go for cheapest one you can find, but this is a false economy. Filters sit in front of your lens, and there’s always some risk of them introducing flare and spoiling your images. But this can be minimised by using high quality multi-coated filters from a trustworthy brand such as Hoya.

Best square filter kit for the Fujifilm X100VI

For a cost-effective and versatile means of using lens filters with the X100VI, the NiSi Fujifilm X100 Series Professional Filter Kit is difficult to beat. This employs a small holder for 40mm-wide rectangular filters that screws on the lens thread.

NiSi Fujifilm X100 Series Professional Filter Kit
NiSi Fujifilm X100 Series Professional Filter Kit. Credit: Andy Westlake

For just £53, you get the holder, four filters (Polariser, 3-stop Neutral Density, 3-Stop Medium Graduated ND, and Natural Night) all of which fit neatly into a small hard pouch. There’s also an even cheaper Starter kit, which does without the ND or Natural Night filters, and costs £42.

I shot this using the NiSi PL-C and 3-stop ND filters, combined with the camera’s internal 4-stop ND. Credit: Andy Westlake
X100VI · f/8 · 1/1s · 23mm · ISO125

Various additional filters are available for £15 each, including 6-stop and 10-stop NDs for creative long-exposure photography.

Best eyecup for the Fujifilm X100VI

If you have trouble seeing the viewfinder in bright light, the KiwiFotos KE-X100V eyecup might be worth considering. While this was designed for the X100V, it also fits the X100VI perfectly. It slides onto the hot shoe, which means it can’t be used at the same time as a thumb grip.

Fujifilm X100VI with KiwiFotos eyecup
Fujifilm X100VI with KiwiFotos eyecup. Credit: Andy Westlake

The eyecup is very deep, which is great for shielding your eye. But it means you’re unlikely to be able to see the entire viewfinder if you wear glasses. 

Best cable releases for the Fujifilm X100VI

If you want to use the X100VI on a tripod and release the shutter without touching the camera itself, there are multiple options. Firstly, you can screw a 1970s-style cable release onto the shutter button. But while this is great for retro cool, it doesn’t provide much feel for the two-stage focus/shutter release process.

Fujifilm X100VI with screw-in and Canon RS-60E3 cable releases
Fujifilm X100VI with screw-in and Canon RS-60E3 cable releases. Credit: Andy Westlake

So a better bet is to use a wired electronic release, via a 2.5mm TRS connector found under a door on the handgrip. This is shared with a number of other brands, including Canon, Pentax and Olympus/OM System, which means it’s compatible with a huge array of both branded and third-party shutter releases. I use the Canon Remote Switch RS-60ES, just because I have one to hand.

Best flashguns for the Fujifilm X100VI

While external flash units seem to have fallen out of favour with many photographers, they can still be useful for adding extra light when shooting indoors, or as fill-light in sunlight. The X100VI’s size means that it’s not well suited for use with large flashes, though. So I’d go for a relatively compact unit with an articulated head, which lets you bounce the flash off the ceiling for softer, more diffused light.

Fujifilm X100VI with Nissin i40 flash
Fujifilm X100VI with Nissin i40 flash. Credit: Andy Westlake

There aren’t all that many such units still available new, but one good option could be the Hahnel Modus 360RT. This is a relatively compact but versatile flash, that employs a rechargeable Li-ion battery for quicker recycling times than conventional AA batteries. Alternatively, if you’re prepared to buy second-hand, our old favourite the Nissin i40 (shown above) is easy to find at an attractive price.

Best microphones for the Fujifilm X100VI

Traditionally the X100 series has been all about shooting still photographs, not video. However, thanks to the addition of in-body image stabilisation and its improved subject detection AF, the X100VI promises to be more useful in this respect. Like any camera, you’ll get better audio if you’re prepared to use an external mic.

Fujifilm X100VI with Rode VideoMicro II
Fujifilm X100VI with Rode VideoMicro II. Credit: Andy Westlake

Given that serious videographers are unlikely to use the X100VI, it seems inappropriate to suggest a big, expensive on-camera mic. Something compact and affordable would make more sense. I’d recommend the Rode VideoMicro II, which delivers excellent audio in a simple, straightforward package, especially for speech.

Alternatively, if you might be recording a conversation between the presenter and shooter, the Deity V-Mic D4 Duo stands out for having both a second rear microphone capsule, and an audio input for a wireless microphone. Or if you’d just like a really compact unit, the Sennheiser MKE-200 is also worth a look.

Sennheiser MKE 200 mic and audio dongles on Fujifilm X100VI
Sennheiser MKE 200 mic and audio dongles on Fujifilm X100VI. Credit: Andy Westlake

However with the X100VI, the real irritation lies with the adapters or dongles required for audio. The camera has a 2.5mm mic input socket, rather than the standard 3.5mm. So you’ll either need a suitable adapter, or an audio cable with a 3.5mm plug at one end 2.5mm at the other.

Audio dongles for the Fujifilm X100VI
You’ll need 3.5mm to 2.5mm mic cable or adapter, and a USB-C headphone adapter. Credit: Andy Westlake

Also, while the camera can output audio for monitoring via headphones, it does so via its USB-C port. So for this, you’ll need to get hold of a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter. I’ve found that an adpater for an Android phone works perfectly, but an identical-looking Apple one doesn’t work at all.

Best camera bag for the Fujifilm X100VI

If you’re looking for a small camera bag to hold the Fujifilm X100VI on its own, the simplest option looks to be the Tenba Skyline V2 Pouch 4. This is a basic pouch with a belt loop and shoulder strap that costs just £17. A more premium alternative could be the ThinkTank Mirrorless Mover 5 V2, which adds an array of pockets for accessories such as spare memory cards and batteries.

Domke F-5XB with Fujifilm X100VI and accessories
The Domke F-5XB will happily accommodate the Fujifilm X100VI and a selection of accessories. Credit: Andy Westlake

Personally, I usually find myself wanting to carry more than just the camera, perhaps filters and converters, or personal items such as sunglasses and a water bottle. As a result, my preference is for something slightly larger. I also try to avoid black nylon bags whose looks betray the presence of a camera inside. My preferred option for the X100VI is the Domke F-5XA, but others might prefer the slightly larger F-5XB. For the most protective and luxurious (if expensive) alternative, consider the Billingham S2 (£260).

Don’t forget your phone!

Perhaps the single most versatile accessory for the Fujifilm X100VI is something you’ve already got – your smartphone. Via Fujifilm’s XApp, you can use your phone as either a simple remote release via Bluetooth, or a comprehensive remote control over Wi-Fi, complete with a live view feed. Naturally, you can also copy your images to your phone for sharing.

Fujifilm XApp for the X100VI on iPhone 15 Pro Max
Via the free Xapp, your smartphone becomes one of the best accessories for the Fujifilm X100VI

Other handy functions include the ability to geotag your images via your phone’s GPS, and to backup your camera’s settings to your phone. The app will also tell you when a firmware update is available for your camera, and then download and install it without any need for a computer.

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