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Photography is my hobby: when I am not doing something with a computer, I like taking photographs. I have two Canon digital SLR cameras: the Canon EOS 350D (review) since November 2005 and the Canon EOS 7D (review) since January 2011. I use four lenses and some filters (circular polariser, UV). These lenses are:
  1. Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM (review): It is a very good lens when it comes to image quality but not so impressive in terms of build quality. The auto-focus USM ring has problems. My lens is temperamental. Sometimes it works! I did send it for repairs but the problem seems to have re-surfaced. However, it is still an excellent lens with full-time manual focus.
  2. Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 (review): The lens that came as a kit with a camera. It is a pretty bad lens given its image quality, cheap build quality, lack of full-time manual focus but it has the 18mm wide-angle advantage. Fitted with a good circular polariser, however, it can create quite dramatic sky colour effects at widest angle.
  3. Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 USM III (review): Rather ordinary, cheap telephoto lens. It does the job, i.e. brings distant things closer but at the cost of image quality, especially chromatic aberration. The lack of an image stabiliser makes it mostly unusable for low light conditions with not-so-high minimal noise ISO capabilities of the EOS 350D. However, I haven't yet used it properly on the EOS 7D.
  4. Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM (review): I had been pondering over the purchase of a good general-purpose lens. The Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L-series lens has been a very tempting option although, it would fetch me only 38.4mm on the wide-angle end on a 1.6 FOVCF bodies of the EOS 350D and the EOS 7D, which can be a bit inconvenient. So, I went for other option is the Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens. Although it is a "kit" lens with the EOS 7D, the optical quality is very good approaching the aforementioned L-series lens. Build quality is pretty good although the lens creep between 24 and 50mm is somewhat unexpected. However, one has to be careful about stacking multiple filters on it. Because of the wide-angle, even two thin filters can show noticeable vignetting. The lens guide book does tell the user not to use more than one filter at a time. In early 2016, I sold this lens to Fujiya camera in Nakano (Tokyo) in exchange for a Canon 600EX-RT flash.
Since early 2013, I have been using the iPhone 4S and eventually my iPhone 5S and iPhone 6S cameras a lot. Many a time, I find a moment that I want to capture but then the only camera I have with me is that of the iPhone.


Facebook: Many of the photographs I take have been uploaded to on albums on my Facebook profile. Some of them are public, so you can see them even if you are not my friend. Click here for my Facebook profile.
Alamy: Some of my photographs are available through Alamy, a UK-based stock photography company, click here to see.
Google Picasa: I have started slowly populating some public albums with selections of my photographs on Google Picasa Web, click here to see
Flickr: Finally, I have started uploading to Flickr. Click here to see my photostream.
Blipfoto: I upload to my Blipfoto journal from time to time. Click here to see.
Youtube: On my Youtube channel, you will find some short videos I usually take with the EOS 7D or my smartphone.
National Geographic MyShot gallery: Occasionally, I upload pictures to the National Geographic MyShot. Click here to see my gallery.
Instagram: I have started uploading to Instagram. Click here to view my profile.