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Samyang XP 14mm f2.4 Review | Dubai, UAE

Samyang is one of the lens manufacturers that offers affordable lenses with top notch quality.   I have personally owned 3 Samyang lenses and I never regret it, in fact I recommend them.  So far, they have never let me down.  The Samyang 14mm is an ultra wide angle lens, if you haven’t tried an such focal length, it can be overwhelming to use.  This super wide angle can easily introduce distortions, but once you get the hang of it, you […]

Sony A9 Review by Michael R. Cruz

Sony A9 Camera Review, Dubai, UAE.

It’s been a while since I tested a camera from Sony. The last professional, mirrorless Sony camera I tested was the A7RII, which is a really good camera that can do it all, except maybe fast action stuff. Then recently the Sony A9 was released and I was really eager to check it out, because this is like a wish list camera, it just ticks all the boxes of what you would want from a camera and more, a lot […]

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. […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Michael R. Cruz Dubai Photographer Nikon D810 Canon 5DSR Sony A7R II

In search of a High Resolution Full-frame Camera

I recently sold my Canon 5d Mark III because I don’t a big difference in terms of resolution and image quality with my Fujifilm X-T1.  To be honest, 16 Megapixel is more than enough for any commercial work; however there are clients that requires a high megapixel image.  I recently lost 4 projects because of this.  Now that got me thinking, shall I go for a medium format camera? After checking the prices of medium format cameras, I completely lost my appetite and needless […]

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Synology Diskstation 1815+ Review | Dubai, UAE.

If you have read my previous blog post about backing up, this is sort of a prequel for the part 2 of that post. I have been searching for a good “long-term” network storage device.  What I need is something reliable, versatile, with a good CPU power, which is expandable.  Then I came across this, the Synology Diskstation. I was thinking of getting the 5-bay storage at first but then, the price difference with the 8-bay was not far off, besides I […]

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. […]