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Samyang 135mm F2 with Fujifilm mount Review. Dubai, UAE.

I remember when the first Fujifilm X-series with interchangeable lenses was introduced, the X-Pro1; it came with three prime lenses and it was well received by the photography community and those prime lenses created quite a buzz.  Prime lenses are known to be fast and sharp but so is the price, it’s so sharp it hurts!  However, thanks to companies like Samyang, you won’t have to empty your savings or use your kid’s college fund to afford a fast prime. […]

Michael R. Cruz Dubai Photographer

Samyang 24mm f3.5 Tilt-Shift Lens for Fujifilm X-Series Review, Dubai, UAE.

Fujifilm X-Series came a long way. Gone are the days of limited options for lenses. Fujifilm have produced excellent selections of lenses, which I feel made the X-Series successful as it is now. However, they still have a few “niche” lenses that haven’t made into production yet, until now. Samyang recently made a tilt shift lens for Fujifilm X-Mount, 24mm f3.5 ED AS UMC. I would like to thank BHMstore for letting me test this lens. Tilt-shift lenses have been […]

Sony RX100 V Review – Dubai, UAE.

  Have you been asked a question many times and you gave a different answer all the time?  As soon as my alarm clock (which is also my phone btw) buzzes with that annoying tone, the first thing I do is check my messages.  Instagram, Facebook, E-mail, whatsapp and so on.  Out of all the messages I get, I get this question a lot:  “What is a good everyday camera you can recommend which is better than my phone?” or something […]

Michael R. Cruz Dubai Photographer

Shooting a red Aston Martin DBS in Dubai

I met the owner through a Nikon School car photography workshop I conducted here in Dubai.  He showed me some pictures of his car and immediately told him, let’s do a photo shoot with your car since I don’t have an Aston Martin DBS in my portfolio.  What struck me is that the car is in red! Taking photos of red cars is always challenging because every camera interprets red differently so, color correction is always tricky. So we met […]

Lighting experiment with 2016 Audi S3, Dubai, UAE.

The past few months have been really tough to shoot.  Temperature is rising every week and slowly reaching its peak recently.  Temperatures of 47 – 50C is no joke especially when paired with crazy humidity.   Weather is bearable at night though, so I geared up and decided to shoot my own car, 2016 Audi S3 with an Audi Exclusive Color called, aventurine orange mica. The paint being a mica contains some pearlescent properties meaning it changes the shade depending […]

Shoot with Abbey Sketch with Sony A7R II

I had a pleasure of testing the A7R II for a shoot, I only had the camera for a few days so I can’t really provide an in-depth review of it.  However, with a brief time using the A7R II, I can tell that it is a very good professional grade camera.  I would say that the Sony A7R II is the “DSLR” of the mirrorless cameras.  It feels heavier than it looks; using it for an hour of shoot […]

Michael R. Cruz Dubai Photographer Car Photography Workshop Nikon School

Car Photography Workshop at Bahrain and Oman for Nikon School

If any of you are at Bahrain on May 21, 2016 and at Muscat, Oman on May 22,  please free to check out my Car Photography Workshop with Nikon School.  This is going to a FREE workshop!  Absolutely free of cost.. so please drop by and say hi 🙂 I will be sharing: composition tips essential equipment used in car photography camera settings different lighting techniques post processing workflow BAHRAIN: Register here: https://nikonschool-bh.com/workshop/Essentials-on-Car-Photography OMAN: Register here: https://nikonschool-om.com/workshop/Car-Photography-Workshop

X-Pro2 Michael R. Cruz Dubai Photographer

Fujifilm X-Pro2 : Review | Dubai, UAE

In case you are following me in my social media (Facebook/Instagram), you probably know that I attended the Fujifilm X-series 5th Anniversary event in Tokyo, Japan.  I haven’t use the X-Pro2 prior to the event.  I think traveling around Japan with the X-Pro2 would be a good way to test the camera and compared it to my main Fuji X camera, the X-T1. The X-Pro2 is now  Fujifilm’s flagship camera.  Apart from all the advancements over its predecessor, I’m really looking forward […]

Travel kit Japan Michael R. Cruz Dubai Photographer

My Photography Travel Kit for my Japan Trip

I’m currently in Kyoto, Japan while writing this post, it is raining outside so I decided to chill a little bit in my hotel room.  I recently attended the Fujifilm 5th Anniversary of X-Series cameras, also known as Fujikina, at which Fujifilm announced new products including the X-Pro2, the X70, the XE2s, the 100-400mm and the EF-X500 flash. Since I have nothing else to do, I decided to share my travel gears that I have prepared for this Japan trip. Here […]

Nikon D810 Michael R. Cruz Dubai Photographer

Nikon D810 Review from a Canon & Fujifilm user

The kind folks from Nikon Middle East let me borrow the infamous Nikon D810 with some lenses, namely the 14-24mm f2.8, the 24-70mm f2.8, 85mm f1.4 and the 16mm fisheye lens.  I have been a Canon user since the beginning of my photography journey and in 2011, I became also a Fujifilm user.  As a Canon user, I always wondered how it is to be on the other side of the fence.  There has always been a Nikon-versus-Canon debate and […]