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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. […]

Backup guide dubai photographer michael r. cruz

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 […]

Michael R. Cruz Dubai Photographer

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 […]

Michael R. Cruz - Dubai Photographer

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 […]

Michael R. Cruz Dubai Photographer

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 […]

Michael R. Cruz - Dubai Photographer

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 […]

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 […]