Michael R. Cruz - Dubai Photographer

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 […]

Michael R. Cruz - Dubai Photographer

Fujifilm XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR Lens Review | Dubai, UAE. |

  This is Fuji’s first weather sealed lens.  It is not the fast lens by any means, widest at f 3.5 up to f 5.6; but the focal length makes it a great travel lens.  This 7.5x super-zoom lens is equivalent to 27-206mm on a full-frame camera (35mm) it also comes with Optical Image Stabilization. Build Quality If you are familiar with the 18-55mm lens or any Fujinon XF lenses you will have the same feel right at home with […]

Michael R. Cruz Dubai Photographer

Fujinon 10-24mm F4 OIS Lens Review | Dubai, UAE

Since the beginning of my journey in photography I have always been interested in Ultra Wide Angle (UWA) lenses and I have used different ones, Canon 10-22mm, Sigma 10-20mm, Sigma 8-16mm, Tokina 11-16mm and Canon 16-35mm. If you look at most of my work, you will hardly see any tightly composed shots except for some portraiture work. I always like wide and sweeping view.  I think, it’s more of a personal preference and also depends on what you shoot.   […]

Fujifilm X-T1 Menu Structure Walkthrough

This is a follow up on the Fujifilm X-T1 camera that Fujifilm Middle East provided me .  Here is a video of the menu structure of the X-T1, it shows the new menu structure including advance settings, time lapse, movie settings and other settings on the menu. If you haven’t seen my first impressions for the X-T1, you can read it here.   I think the menu on the X-T1 is a lot more organized and if this is the direction […]

Fujifilm X-T1 | Initial Impressions & Comparisons | Dubai, UAE.

Yesterday, I received a SAMPLE unit of the Fujifilm X-T1 + VG-XT1 Battery Grip from Fujifilm Middle East.  This is probably the most anticipated camera in the mirrorless world.  Ever since the rumors and leaked photos came out, it created quite a buzz in the photography communities around the world. Feature Highlights: 16.3 MP X-Trans CMOS II sensor + EXR II Processor 0.77x EVF magnifcation (Largest in its class) with 54 fps refresh rate First camera to support the UHS-II […]

Fujinon XF 56mm F1.2 Lens |Unboxing Photos | Dubai, UAE.

This lens has been pretty much the missing link from the entire X-Series lens line up.  Fujifilm Middle East is kind enough to send me one unit for testing. Yay!! The 56mm f1.2 which is 85mm equivalent on full frame cameras is the classic “Portrait lens” focal length.  The build quality is on par with the rest of the XF X-Series lens and other world class lenses from Zeiss and Canon L series lenses. I will be posting my initial […]

Fujifilm X-E2 : First Impressions (Part 1) | Dubai, UAE.

I’ve had the X-E2 for about two days now (as of this writing) – Fujifilm Middle East gave me a pre-production unit and asked me if I want to try it out and see how it performs;  Well, being a photographer, there’s nothing better than trying out new gear 🙂   Hardware Changes Like a kid getting a new toy, first things first… Fiddling time.  Being a gadget geek, I checked all the hardware changes side by side with the […]

FREE Car Photography Workshop! Sept. 27!

If you are in Dubai or in UAE, you can join me in a FREE workshop sponsored by Fujifilm Middle East and Fullframe Photography Magazine.  There are 4 workshop covering, portraiture, fashion editorial, car photography and product photography.   I myself will be doing car photography. I’ll be showing the participants : 1) How to properly light a car , showing different lighting techniques.  Lighting positions, light power, direction, etc. a) Using multiple lights (studio strobes) b) Using a single […]

365 Project : Day 328

Canon 7D + 16-35 f2.8 II f5.0 | 1/100 | ISO 100   Strobist info: 580 EXII pointed at the right bumper and wheels @ full power 430 EXII ponted at the left bumper @ full power YN 460II pointed on the side of the car @ full power (optical slave mode) YN 460II placed inside the car @ 1/2 power (optical slave mode)   Trigger: YN RF603C   This is a client shoot for Mr. Tariq Alateeq here in […]

Wacom Cintiq 13HD | First Impressions & Review Part 1 | Dubai, UAE.

I have been dreaming of a Cintiq tablet for a long time.  My main problem is the cost; I cannot justify the cost of a 22 or 24 inches model although they are probably really good, they are out of my budget.  I am not a retoucher or graphic artist by profession… so, splurging thousands of dollars doesn’t sound like a good investment for someone like me.   Although, I do like using Photoshop and I retouch pretty much all my photos, […]