Testing Out EF85mm f1.8 USM for the New 2007

First of all I would like to greet all my avid readers a Happy New Year, a Happy 2007!

My first prime lens, the EF 85mm f/1.8 USM lens, according to reviews produces sharp pictures and performs well in low light conditions. The AF is fast and produces beautiful bokeh when shot as wide as f1.8.

Let’s see some samples of the pictures I took:

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Waiting for 2007!

sandisk card reader
The Sandisk Card Reader

cliff
Cliff

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Apples for the New Year

the new year food
OK, so this one was actually taken using the EF-S 17-85mm IS USM, not the 85mm prime. The latter was too long to accomodate us all in the picture given the limited space in our kitchen.

the manikins
The Manikins

superman
Superman

the chief
The Chief

Yet, you know what? I’m not yet convinced. This lens (85mm) has still a long way to go to convince me to really become my favorite lens. It has yet to prove its superiority (actually) over the 17-85mm zoom.

Doha 2006 Closing Ceremony

Pictures taken during the closing ceremonies of the 2006 Doha Asian Games:

The busy road going to Khalifa Sports City:

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The view of the Khalifa Stadium at night:

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The beautiful Khalifa Tower:

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The long line of gate signs along the hallways of the Khalifa Stadium:

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Lea Salonga, a pride for all Filipinos, was one of the performers:

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The Qatari Flags waving throughout the ceremony:

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The lamp, but not Aladdin’s:

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This picture reminds me of Battle Realms we used to play:

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Sindbad, the explorer:

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The show:

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And of course, the company:

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By the way, China won over Qatar in the Men’s Basketball Finals.

The First Day in Doha

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We arrived at the Doha International Airport at 11:20 (Doha time) in the morning of August 31, 2006. The temperature was particularly hot, at around 40 degrees centigrade.

We are yet to report to the Ernst & Young Office on Monday, September 4, 2006. There are two things certain, though:

  • That I’m now formally an OFW; and
  • That I now officially transfer from Deloitte to Ernst & Young

deloitte ey

More pictures.. Continue reading The First Day in Doha

Announcement: Sagada Pics

In order to save on my bandwidth and web storage space, I used the tools and services available at flickr and mykards. The Sagada Pics are now available here instead.

For those who have already used or saved the links:
https://deuts.net/glimpse/sagada/index/ or
https://deuts.net/glimpse/sagada/

please make the proper correction for the new link now is:
http://www.mykards.com/pro/proAlbum.php?id=sagada2006008

Updates: all pictures are only available in my photo set in flickr. Please disregard the links above.