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My Rental Car in Iceland

This is my rental car in Iceland, looking great isn’t she?!  Well, this is not actually the car I booked online but when I arrived, the rental company (Cars Iceland) told me they upgraded my car from a 2014 Toyota RAV4 Diesel (the car I booked)  to a brand new 2015 Mercedes GLK 220 CDI 4-Matic Diesel.  At first I was like, “Really? Why? Any additional Charge?”, they said no, same cost, same everything, it also comes with a free […]

Fujinon XF 35mm F2.0 Lens Review Dubai, UAE. Michael R. Cruz Dubai Photographer

Fujinon XF 35mm F2.0 Lens Review, Dubai, UAE.

I was actually excited about this lens when I first heard about it. I was interested to see if it’s better than the 35mm f1.4, because that lens – although it’s a “pre-historic” lens in terms of the Fujifilm X series timeline, since it’s one of the first lenses to be released, is in fact my favorite lens. I only had one week to try it out, so I don’t have a one-on-one shoot-out, but I’ll definitely do that soon. […]

Fujifilm XF 1.4X TC WR Teleconverter Review Dubai, UAE. Michael R. Cruz Dubai Photographer

Fujinon XF 1.4X TC WR Teleconverter Review

When I first heard about the Fujifilm 1.4x teleconverter, I had questions about the compatibility and I wondered why it could not be used with any other Fuji lens. I was even hoping I could use this teleconverter with my 56mm f1.2 and make it a 120mm full frame equivalent. Or, better yet, can I use it with the 55-200 lens?  Well, all those questions have been answered as soon as Fujifilm Middle East handed me the XF 1.4X TC WR Teleconverter. […]

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Backup Guide for Photographers: Part 1 (Basics)

Before I start, this will be a 2 part article.  In this first one, I will discuss some backup concepts that might be useful for photographers or videographers out there.  On part 2, I will discuss my own backup system. Just to share my background; I’ve been in the IT industry for more than 15 years, I was into building and modding computers when I was in college and became a network engineer after finishing my degree in Computer Science and Computer Engineering.  I work for […]

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How to travel from Dubai to Iceland

I recently traveled to Iceland and had one of the best experiences of my life.  The weather was mostly rainy and cloudy but it didn’t spoil my photographic journey to this mystical place.  If you haven’t been to Iceland, I highly recommend it. I’ll say this though, it will be an expensive trip.  But I promise you will not regret it.  As a photographer, I have never seen such an amazing place, the term otherworldly comes to mind.  It is like walking on another planet. […]

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Fujinon 90mm f2.0 Lens : First Impressions | Dubai, UAE

Together with the Fujifilm X-T10, Fujifilm Middle East also provided me a pre-production model of their 90mm f2.0 lens, and here are my first impressions: Size Comparison One of the key component of a mirrorless lens is its size, and being a prime lens, that makes it more interesting to check how it fares up with the other fujinon primes. Here’s the 35mm f1.4, 56mm f1.2, 16mm f1.4 and the 90mm f2.0 As you can see, it is quite a […]

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Fujifilm X-T10 : First Impressions| Dubai, UAE

Folks at Fujifilm Middle East here in Dubai, UAE, provided me some pre-production units of their latest camera and lens, namely the X-T10 and the 90mm f2.0. I only had a couple of days with them so I didn’t have enough time to test them, but here are my first impressions. Let’s start with the Fujifilm X-T10;  The camera really looks like a baby X-T1, it is solidly built and pretty much looks like a smaller X-T1 except for that […]

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Fujinon XF16mmF1.4 R WR : The latest prime from Fujifilm (Part 2)| Dubai, UAE

This is a follow up review on my usage for Fujinon XF16mm.  You can read the Part 1 here. I have been using it for more than a month now and I have to admit, I have been using it more than I thought I would. One of the best feature of the lens is the minimum focus distance, as per specifications 16cm, which is measured from the sensor.  So that means, you can focus on on object as close […]

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Fujinon XF16mmF1.4 R WR : The latest prime from Fujifilm (Part 1)| Dubai, UAE.

Fujifilm Middle East here in Dubai, provided me a pre-production copy of their latest prime, the Fujinon XF 16mm f1.4 R WR lens.  I have been using the lens for 2 weeks now and here are my initial impressions. Here are the technical specifications of the lens: FUJINON XF16mmF1.4 R WR key features: FUJIFILM X-Mount is compatible with all FUJIFILM X-Series interchangeable system cameras Weather-resistant design with 9 sealing points in 8 areas 0.11 seconds autofocus speed and nearly silent […]

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Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition (pre-production) Review | Dubai, U.A.E.

  So, Fujifilm Middle East here in Dubai sent me a pre-production unit of X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition and I have playing with it for more than a week now.  What’s the difference between the older X-T1? Is it better? So let’s get started…   Looks and other physical differences The main difference with this camera is the color, in Fujfilm film terms, it is graphite silver.  To me it looks a bit like that gun metal finish which is very popular in […]