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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On Canon PowerShot G3 X: What you need to know article (596 comments in total)
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lacikuss: What is the target market for this camera? I just don't get it, I thought the G7x was a nice high quality portable p&s with a fast lens, what would I do with a unportable slow zoommed lens camera with soft IQ?

Birdwatchers also. The only real non-DSLR competition is the Panasonic FZ1000.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 07:49 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G3 X: What you need to know article (596 comments in total)
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justmeMN: Two possible reasons that Canon may have wanted the EVF to be optional, rather than built-in.

Cost/Price: It's already expensive. With the addition of a built-in EVF, the price would be even higher, decreasing sales.

Buyer Experience: People upgrading from a smartphone or low-end compact camera have never used a viewfinder, and probably wouldn't miss it.

They may not be convincing reasons, but they are reasons nonetheless. :-)

Panasonic managed to fit an EVF in the much smaller ZS50, which has a slightly longer focal range. Smaller sensor, poor AF and lousy image quality, unfortunately.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 07:47 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G3 X: What you need to know article (596 comments in total)
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FuhTeng: I'm morbidly excited for shootouts between this, the RX10, the FZ1000, and Nikon's P600.

It's the same as the Panasonic FZ1000 many people mentioned. AF speed is amazing. Unfortunately, it is also huge, to the point a Rebel SL1 with a Canon 55-250mm IS lens is smaller and lighter.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 07:46 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G3 X: What you need to know article (596 comments in total)
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saralecaire: Most people are still going to get the FZ1000 which is $200 less and shoots 4K video, if they don't mind the 200mm less reach. Similar sensor anyway.

Yes, and more importantly the AF speed is extremely impressive, but the FZ1000 is a huge beast. I ended up getting a Rebel SL1 with a 55-250mm STM IS lens instead two weeks ago (my main use is for birding where I wanted 400mm-e to match the view from my 8x binoculars).

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 07:41 UTC
On Leica Q First Impressions Review preview (564 comments in total)
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nikkornikon: Wow...DP is going to review a Leica? What's Wrong with DP.

Phil Askey, the founder and former editor of DPReview, came out as a Leica shooter around the time the M9 came out, so there is precedent. It's not that much more expensive than the Sony RX1/RX1R given the advantages (fast AF, 1/2 stop faster lens, OIS, EVF, WiFi).

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 02:38 UTC
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darngooddesign: ONA, since you're reading the comments.

What I like about my Tenba is the plastic zipper across the top so I don't have to lift the flap to access the contents.

What I don't like about almost every camera messenger bag is that while they have external pockets, when the bag is full of stuff the pockets are tight and I can't fit anything bulky in them. My cheap-ass BBK-3 is the best about this.

Look at your photo of the open bag laying on its back. If I were to put a magazine in the back, and a laptop in its compartment, the camera space is already getting compressed. Now there is almost no space for anything bulky, like a pair of sunglasses in a case, in there and if I would try the camera section gets even more compressed warping the dividers into a curved shape. The best I can figure is that your padded compartment with dividers is too wide for the bag.

It's like no one actually load tests these bags.

I have the original Berlin bag (not the Berlin II). It's an OK bag, but as others have pointed out, the side pockets are useless, and the tab closure does not always engage fully. The carry handle is a nice touch. Capacity is surprisingly limited due to the thickness of the leather and the unnecessary pockets wasting space. I think Wotancraft delivers better quality and functionality for the same price.

The best divider system I've seen in a camera bag to date is the one in the Aneas for Leica limited edition bags. There are two canvas "rails" running along the sides of the bag, and the thin dividers have metal slit loops that slide along them, so they are never misplaced. That said, they are also thinner than ordinary dividers are there for organization, not cushioning.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2015 at 00:00 UTC
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Fazal Majid: Manfrotto finally sees the light and adopts Gitzo-style leg locks. Too little, too late to stem the tide of Chinese knock-offs?

@Marc

Gitzo tripods are now manufactured in Italy, not France (at least the CF ones are), so for all practical purposes they are really Manfrottos with a Gitzo trade dress.

Direct link | Posted on May 5, 2015 at 00:57 UTC
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rugosa: I hike and climb in the Adirondacks and use an older Manfrotto Carbon One 440 and just weighed it at 3.9lb so for an aluminum tripod this looks pretty good for the price. Still prefer carbon for the feel of it, more so in very cold weather.

Teak isn't a tonewood. Mahogany and rosewood are, however. Check out the Ries Tripods website for more details.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2015 at 05:36 UTC
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rugosa: I hike and climb in the Adirondacks and use an older Manfrotto Carbon One 440 and just weighed it at 3.9lb so for an aluminum tripod this looks pretty good for the price. Still prefer carbon for the feel of it, more so in very cold weather.

Carbon Fiber also damps vibrations better than aluminium or magnesium, but not quite as well as wood.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2015 at 07:59 UTC
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Fazal Majid: Manfrotto finally sees the light and adopts Gitzo-style leg locks. Too little, too late to stem the tide of Chinese knock-offs?

I know, which makes their decision to stick with inconvenient, finger-pinching flip levers all the more incomprehensible.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2015 at 07:58 UTC

Manfrotto finally sees the light and adopts Gitzo-style leg locks. Too little, too late to stem the tide of Chinese knock-offs?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 14:11 UTC as 12th comment | 5 replies

I have a Selphy ES30, which is bulkier, but is fully self-contained, so there is no jutting paper tray. Great little printer, but sadly Canon's Mac OS X drivers for it haven't been updated in a while so I have to print from a Windows virtual machine, in other words almost never.

One great use case I see for a printer like this is if you go on a trip to a poor country, you can take photos of locals and give them a print as a form of thanks. I suppose there are the Zink printers or the Fuji Instax SP-1 (pricey at $200), but they make tiny 2"x3"prints.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2015 at 04:34 UTC as 5th comment
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (813 comments in total)
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HowaboutRAW: Perhaps this Canon XC10 will be an excellent smallish 4K video camera. The body shape sure looks promising--despite claims to the contrary in comments below.

But the specifications on the B+H website say that as a stills camera it only shoots jpeg.

This is a joke. Particularly since the FZ1000, LX100, GH4 and NX1 all shoot raw stills and 4K video.

And f/5.6 is slow in comparison to good zooms for the Panasonic GH4 and Samsung NX1. Yes, I realize the slow zoom keeps the Canon smaller–doesn’t seem to have helped lower the price.

The NX1 only does 4:2:0 color. I agree the still photography is not competitive, although it may be sufficient for news agencies.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 15:36 UTC
On Manfrotto launches miniature Lumie LED lights article (48 comments in total)

The 92 CRI rating suggests these use Nichia 219 LEDs, which have more accurate color rendition than the more common and powerful CREE LEDs.

I hope they don't use PWM regulation circuits to do the dimming, otherwise the resulting flicker would render them useless for high-speed applications at anything but full output.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 23:44 UTC as 13th comment | 6 replies
On More things we found cut in half (CP+ 2015 edition) article (137 comments in total)

The Fuji 56mm is "APD" (apodizing), not "APO" (apochromatic). One letter makes a big difference in meaning.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2015 at 06:55 UTC as 71st comment
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coldcut: Drones in general has to be a wet dream for paparazzis. Instead of climbing trees with 600mm lenses and hoping to capture a bikini picture from inside one of Brangelinas fortifications, you just send one of these over the fence.

That will create a market for counter-drone drones. There is already a French company that demonstrated a counter-drone hexacopter that uses a net to foul up its target.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 01:24 UTC

It would be interesting to see a comparison with Pixelmator and Acorn, which are well-established challengers to Photoshop (although Acorn doesn't have CMYK, which is essential for print designers).

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 21:11 UTC as 56th comment | 1 reply
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (3412 comments in total)
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(unknown member): Now, a question for all the non- "Bashing Canon party members": which lenses? Which current Canon lenses will be a match for these two 50 Mp cameras?

Forget about Canon's mediocre primes. Only the 24-70 f/2.8L II, the tele zooms, the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 and the Zeiss Makro-Planars are up to it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 08:18 UTC

The weasel language around the low-pass filter on the 5Ds R suggests an arrangement like the Nikon D810, with two mutually canceling filters, rather than the better arrangement on the D810 without a LPF in the first place.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 08:08 UTC as 44th comment | 8 replies
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arhmatic: Canon and all camera makers, please add GPS.

I know why you are not doing it, please stop being nasty and obnoxious and add GPS. Thanks!

I was seriously put out when they came out with the 6D with both GPS and WiFi a few months after I bought my 5DIII. The lack of either is now a deal-breaker for me.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 08:04 UTC
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