Fuji X-Pro1 60mm lens hood mask and filter step up fix.

My Fuji X-Pro1 with its 60mm f/2.4 lens, hood and matte mask.

Hood mask

I researched the lens hood mask using black insulation tape placed across the Fuji hood and tested for vignetting at minimum focus and infinity focus at f/2.4 and f/22. It was quite easy to see the effect and any differences each time I moved the insulation tape further out from axis. Eventually I settled on a position that gave no noticeable vignetting at any setting and I measured the hole size. The 60mm lens hood mask is a 77mm push on Kaiser 6977 lens cap with a 54mm x 36mm hole cut in with a scalpel. Obviously I used a metal safety straight edge during the cutting process. I packed out the core of the lens cap with card and I built up the outside with card too to make a level and firm cutting surface. Since I took this picture I have chamfered the outer edge of the lens cap aperture with a scalpel and a fine file to create a crisp sloping edge. This avoids having a shiny reflecting surface close to the lens axis. I noticed a bit of flare kick back off the mask aperture today when shooting a challenging contre Jour shot. It’s tweaks like these that make all the difference between an okay shot and a perfect shot. Making the mask was easy, it’s very effective and can be used on demand or become permanently glued in place once tested.

Fuji X-Pro1 60mm f/2.4 Macro with the filter ring spacer and 39-52mm step ring adapter in place.

Step up ring

I bought a cheap ebay 39mm uv filter pitched as a protector for the 60mm Fuji lens on Ebay. It cost me £6 including postage. I removed the retaining ring and the glass and kept the outer ring to use as a spacer. I then used Locktite to bond a Kood 39mm to 52mm step up ring onto my spacer. When attached to the lens there is a 3mm clearance between the step ring and the front bezel of the lens. The lens hood easily fits over this step ring assembly. I can now use my 52mm ND and Polarising filters on all my Fuji lenses. At today’s workshop I used a 4 stop ND on this lens to change a flash exposure from ISO 200, 1/160th, at f/11 to the same at f/2.8. It was the perfect result for the picture.

Here is a shot of Chloe F taken with the Fuji 60mm lens on today's workshop.

Please feel free to add your experiences with this lens.

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Damien Lovegrove learned his trade as a cameraman and lighting director during 14 years at the BBC, working on programmes such as the Clothes Show, Top of the Pops and Casualty. Fifteen years on, Damien has become one of the foremost trainers of photography and entrepreneurial business strategies in our industry. A published writer and regular columnist, Damien has travelled the globe sharing his knowledge and expertise. “Photography fascinates me” declares Damien. "Much of my photography is inspired by a burning enthusiasm within me” explains Damien. “Picking up a camera gives me such a rush that I’m instantly driven to create pictures.”

6 thoughts on “Fuji X-Pro1 60mm lens hood mask and filter step up fix.

  1. Hi Damien,

    I was one of the commentors asking more details on your lens hood mask. I didn’t expect such a nice writeup from you. Very much appreciated!

    I wonder if this mask might help with flare / reflection issues when using this lens in macro mode. I’ve run into this problem a couple of times.

  2. Hi Damien, I am a bit confused why you would need to put a spacer in-between the lens and stepup ring. I was thinking of using just placing the 39 mm to 52 mm ring to existing lens thread.

  3. Great idea about the lens hood. However, Damien I have a more pressing question: Could you please roughly explain to me how you lit the model on the sofa. It’s gorgeous.

  4. Hi Teck,

    If you look at the front of your 60mm lens you will see that the filter thread is set down into the lens unit and it is imposible to screw a step up ring onto the lens without a spacer.

    Regards, Damien.

  5. Thanks Jack,

    Haha, if I told you that I’d have to shoot you. The shot is featured on my new ‘Simply Boudoir’ video download due for release this afternoon. Tip: I used no artificial lighting whatsoever. Cheers, Damien.

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