I was lucky enough to visit Cuba in January of 2015. What a beautiful country! The people, the culture, art, music, food, cars, scenery, the crumbling architecture- finding something to photograph was as easy as opening my eyes. I spent a week there on a Photography and Arts Tour booked through Friendly Planet and that was only time enough to barely scratch the surface. As with my recent Canadian Rockies adventure I left the Canon gear alone and used only a Fuji XT-1 with three lenses: 10-24, 18-55 and 55-200.

Trumpet player on the Malecon, Havana

Trumpet player on the Malecon, Havana

Those 3 lenses were the perfect compromise between portability and flexibility. With cargo shorts I could easily carry the entire kit and keep with my hands free. Had I opted for the DSLR gear the comparable kit would’ve required a sizeable camera bag and advil at the end of each day.

Portraint from Trinidad

Portraint from Trinidad

The XT-1 handled the jostling that comes with hopping on and off airplanes, busses and taxis with no problems. I was a little concerned with humidity causing trouble but the worry was unecessary. Image quality, even shooting handheld in low light, was everything I’d hoped for.


Little girl watches policeman walk by her apartment, Havana

I’d like to post a link to our magnificent tour guide Trish Oliveira: http://www.trisholiveira.com/. Every single detail, no matter how small or large, was seen to. She’s smart, incredibly knowledgeable, kind hearted, funny- I could go on and on… If you’re going to Cuba and want a guide you can do no better than Trish.

This is a short blog entry because there really isn’t much more to say about this great little camera. It does what it does, consistently and beautifully. The rest of the gallery from my Cuba trip can be seen here. Please leave any comments or questions you might have, and thanks for visiting.

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