Fazal Majid

Fazal Majid

Lives in United States San Francisco, CA, United States
Works as a Telecommunications Engineer
Has a website at http://www.majid.info/
Joined on May 11, 2001

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kodachromeguy: I don't understand. Why the cr@p does anyone listen to what some " influencer" says on social media? Are typical consumers so unable to make the own decisions that they let themselves be directed by shills on social media? Do people really function like that?

Neither do I, but then again why does Nikon seek the endorsement of mediacrities like Ashton Kutcher, and what is the relevance of Maria Sharapova to Canon?

Link | Posted on May 24, 2016 at 03:29 UTC

I wonder if those inside side pockets are big enough to hold an iPad like a ScotteVest. Those don't have good pockets for cameras.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2016 at 00:47 UTC as 49th comment
On article Ultra-compact: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review (519 comments in total)
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Horshack: Those interested in this FX form factor should seriously consider a used RX1 instead. I recently picked one up for 1/3 the cost of a new RX1M2 including the add-on EVF. You get the same great lens and a usable EVF in a slightly larger package; neither camera is pants-pocketable anyway so you don't really give up much in convenience size. The only big downside of the original RX1 is its atrocious AF - it simply fails to acquire at light levels than even a $100 P&S camera has no problem with. First-hand RX1M2 accounts of trusted people I've read say the AF is much better but still noticeably below the performance of other MILCs esp the Q, so if the RX1M2's AF improvements are important to you I would carefully evaluate how good the AF actually is before committing to a purchase.

The AF is good enough for me and my very active 4 year old daughter, and the RX1RII replaced my Fuji X100S, where the RX1 was inadequate. As the review points out, the limiting factor is probably the lens drive motor. If the Q were available in 35mm, I'd go for that instead, but 28mm is just too wide for me.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2016 at 03:26 UTC
On article Ultra-compact: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review (519 comments in total)
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Dotes: Why on earth would anyone want uncompressed raw seeing as losslessly compressed raw is usually half the size... And why would any manufacturer even bother including uncompressed raw as an option.

Nikon also had lossy NEF compression for a long time. Lossless compression has a high CPU cost. On my Mac Pro, it takes 9 seconds to compress a RX1RII ARF from 82M to 54M using bzip2 (single-threaded). Obviously a camera won't have the same hardware resources. Putting a faster CPU in the camera would only exacerbate the poor battery life issue.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2016 at 20:20 UTC
On article Ultra-compact: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review (519 comments in total)
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miksto: Ultra-compact? This camera is not pocketable. Why is it ultra-compact? What is then Sony RX100 line up? Super ultra compact?

The title just seems silly and inadequate in this part.

It's my every day carry jacket pocket camera as well. Bulkier than the previous one (a Fuji X100S) because of the prominent lens, but still doable.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2016 at 18:02 UTC
On article Ultra-compact: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review (519 comments in total)
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Thoughts: Is it correct to suggest that the EVF could be fixed. The current design is smart, but potentially prone to dust etc.
I wish Sony could use Contax T cameras' Zeiss Sonnar design, truly compact and excellent.

The symmetrical Biogon design would be a better option, to get flatness of field and zero distortion (the Sonnar on the RX1 series has pronounced barrel distortion).

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2016 at 17:59 UTC
On article Ultra-compact: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review (519 comments in total)
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Dotes: Why on earth would anyone want uncompressed raw seeing as losslessly compressed raw is usually half the size... And why would any manufacturer even bother including uncompressed raw as an option.

Sony's compressed RAW are lossy. Their uncompressed RAW is bloated because they use an inefficient 16-bit per pixel encoding even if the pixels only have 12-14 bits of data.

The solution is to convert to DNG in post (you are using Lightroom, right?), which will shave off 50-60% from the file size.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2016 at 17:56 UTC

It looks comparable to the Gitzo GT1544T, which is $170 more ($570 vs $400). The Gitzo is significantly lighter, folds smaller and has slightly more capacity, but the Manfrotto's center column can be turned into a horizontal boom (good for macro or copy work)..

The good news is, Manfrotto has finally seen the light and ditched its god-awful finger-pinching flip locks. Considering they are probably built in the same factory, a pretty sweet deal.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2016 at 07:06 UTC as 9th comment
On article Going Pro: We interview Fujifilm execs in Tokyo (367 comments in total)
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steelhead3: Fuji is one smart company...wrapping older Sony sensors in a Hassy styled retro camera allows for great cost ratio and they only have to concentrate on lenses.

Hmmm, it seems my information (based on a 2012 Chipworks report) is out of date - Sony used copper in its FF sensors, and the new Fuji sensor is the first APS-C one fabbed by Sony in copper:
http://photorumors.com/2016/01/15/the-sensor-inside-the-new-fuji-x-pro2-camera-is-made-by-sony-and-other-interesting-facts/

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2016 at 08:00 UTC
On article Going Pro: We interview Fujifilm execs in Tokyo (367 comments in total)
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steelhead3: Fuji is one smart company...wrapping older Sony sensors in a Hassy styled retro camera allows for great cost ratio and they only have to concentrate on lenses.

@Don
I noticed that as well. Sony sensor fabs use aluminium interconnects, whereas Samsung, Toshiba (now part of Sony, I suppose) and STMicroelectronics (as featured by Leica) use the superior copper technology.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2016 at 07:57 UTC

Nice, but not a successor for the Cousteau-designed Nikonos, which had optics specially designed to work in water, which has a different refractive index than air. Unfortunately neither does the Nikon AW1.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2016 at 20:42 UTC as 95th comment | 2 replies

It has a lousy 2/3" sensor. I bought the ZS50 to use as a birding camera, but the results were abysmal. Perhaps that's what Panasonic means when they talk about "exceptional low light performance" - exceptionally bad.

The TZ100 might stand a chance, but sensors under 1" don't belong in 2016.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2016 at 09:18 UTC as 1st comment
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Darkducobu: Very nice photographs, but given the price of the device, the product is aimed at professionals

Professional photographers make $26K a year on average and can't afford such gear. It's well-heeled amateurs who can (like the proverbial dentist's Leica).

Link | Posted on Dec 31, 2015 at 00:51 UTC
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Bronze Age Man: Clearly the price excludes 'snap shooters'. You are left with pros and prosumers who want a compact camera that can be 'real' if the occasion calls for it.

Clearly they can tolerate the huge files, quirky software, slow wake up, slow operation, poor battery life and very soon to be dated model.

Sony loves Ya!

@Jeiff
The RX1RII replaced my X100S as my EDC camera (I had the RX1 before that, but the slow AF and lack of a VF meant it didn't live in my jacket pocket despite the IQ).
Battery life is indeed abysmal. I always carry a spare battery with every camera I have, but if you are shooting extensively, 2 or 3 spares is safer with the RX1RII. One good thing about the Sony batteries is that they ship with a hard plastic case.

Link | Posted on Dec 31, 2015 at 00:48 UTC
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Onur Otlu: Thanks for the article. It's indeed a "novelty", after the digital age, to immediately share a photo with people. I've been eyeing these "mini mobile printers" for a while, to toss in my camera bag and use with a NEX camera with Wi-Fi through my phone/tablet.

I think the biggest two competitors are the Instax SP1 featured above and Polaroid's ZINK printer.

If anyone has used (or seen results from) both, could you share your thoughts about which one would make a smarter purchase? Are their prints roughly the same size? Sharpness? Durability of prints?

I've also seen a similar printer from LG but its prints always had a magenta tint so I didn't really consider it.

The Selphy are nowhere near as portable, of course. The Selphy ES line was superior to the Selphy CP in my opinion. While bulkier, it is entirely self-contained, without a tray to knock loose. With the optional battery pack, the perfect portable photo printer to keep in the back of a car.
One good use-case for the Instax or Zink printers: if you are traveling to poor countries, e.g. in Africa, you can take a photo of people you meet and give them a keepsake.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2015 at 07:54 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II added to studio test scene (211 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: What is the point of a really expensive fixed lens camera that has a really bad lens on it? It is almost like they glued a “Kit” lens on this camera and charged more for it.

The curvature of field comes from the fact they used a Sonnar lens design rather than a Planar or Biogon. The choice was probably dictated by size requirements (Biogons can be quite compact, but they would probably not have managed the headline f/2 specification). It's meant to be a street shooter, not a repro camera, so the tradeoff is sensible.

I have the RX1 (and RX1RII on order), my criticism of the lens would be its heavy barrel distortion, not sharpness.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 21:16 UTC
On article Beyond the table top: 5 mini tripods reviewed (191 comments in total)
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Howard: How does a tripod without QR plate even work? Do you twist the camera to mount it? That sounds awkward.

You thread the screw into the camera and spin the tripod. Most of these are light enough that it's easier that way.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2015 at 01:43 UTC
On article Beyond the table top: 5 mini tripods reviewed (191 comments in total)

You can get extension legs for the Novoflex BasicBall, which increase the usefulness of the tripod. I'd consider it primarily a studio tabletop tripod, however. The Novoflex Mikrostativ is excellent and very portable. I also have a soft spot for the Manfrotto Pixi.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2015 at 01:42 UTC as 7th comment
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Cjar: A lot of adjectives but does it have flip locks for the legs or those tiring twist locks.
Spikes?

Flip-locks are horrible. I can't count the number of times I pinched myself until I saw the light and switched to Gitzo. The better Chinese clones like Benro or Induro have also adopted twist-locks.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2015 at 02:30 UTC
On article Second time lucky? A closer look at Sony's new RX1R II (543 comments in total)
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bakhtyar kurdi: So it is the same price as aR7 II , but you get a free lens, also you will stuck with one lens, I think it is a little bit smaller also.
It is a high end compact camera for deep pockets ($4500 in Canada after taxes)

Much better build quality than the A7 series as well.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2015 at 06:39 UTC
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