Fujifilm's official LH-X100 accessory is a lens hood and adaptor ring kit specifically designed for the FinePix X100, complete with matching good looks. The AR-X100 adaptor ring, also sold separately, provides the appropriate lens clearance and threads to allow 49 mm filters to be attached to the lens. The lens hood then connects to the outside of the adaptor ring utilizing a bayonet mount.
Unfortunately this handy accessory comes with a high price tag! The LH-X100 kit is priced at $140 USD (£70 in the UK), and the AR-X100 adaptor is $50 (about £30). To make things worse, long supply shortages have pushed the price of the official lens hood to more than $200 USD on the aftermarket. This has lead to a great deal of experimentation amongst Fuji X100 photographers to discover affordable alternatives utilizing more generic parts.
Last week a number of eBay sellers in China began to offer an imitation LH-X100 lens hood kit for only $50 USD (£30), an apparent clone of Fujifilm's design. At nearly 1/3 the price, it seemed like a great value, so I decided to purchase one for my Fuji X100 to review here on X100 Enthusiasts.