I absolutely love this little bar. It’s on the beach front, a few meters away from Sea Slugs, Og’s and Habibi. The place is very photogenic. I took a hundred and twenty photos in twenty minutes. The sun peeked in and out of the clouds, and it was fun to play hide and seek with.

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This is a normal shot of the bar:

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and here is a shot with the converter:

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There, you could say there isn’t much difference. And it was at this time that I made a verdict: This converter isn’t really worth it. If you want clean wider shots, just get a UWA lens. I’ve read this over and over again in some forums, but then of course, I would always want to know and see for myself. So after much shooting, there I had it.

These days I am now more discriminating with the shots I take with the converter attached. If I’m only going to spend a lot of time making the shot clean, and rid of all the vignettes, I’d just rather shoot without the converter and stick with what I already have.

Here is another example, first one is shot without the converter (and with my daughter in the photo),

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…and this one with it. (Oh my daughter is still in the shot).

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I think when I shot the photo above, I walked farther nearer the water so I can include the top of the roof.

If I have an artistic shot in mind, which would be good with the vignette, distortion and loss of detail involved, then I would use the converter. The converter came with a macrolens too which I have yet to use. For the price that I bought these items (Php800), I could say it’s not that bad. I can live with this purchase. *Winks.*

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The following photos were all taken with my 18-135mm kit lens:

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And the following were all shot with the converter attached:

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This is the corner where we were staying. Notice all our stuff scattered about. 🙂

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What I also like about this bar are the accents and accessories. I took out my 50mm for these shots.

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Hats off to the owners of Pukka Bar, especially to Ryan, who said he designed all of this by himself. Cheers!

If you want to know more about the bar, food, drinks, prices, and what happens here in the evenings, you’ll just have to stay tuned for it in another blog. 🙂

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