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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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 11th comment | 2 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 3rd 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 (46 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 12th comment | 6 replies
On More things we found cut in half (CP+ 2015 edition) article (139 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 (2359 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
On High-end full frame roundup (2014) article (595 comments in total)

Missing the Leica M-E and M typ 240. That said, I am puzzled by the recommendation for the A7, given it has been thoroughly obsoleted by the A7II.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2014 at 01:24 UTC as 110th comment | 6 replies
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Jeff Fenske: Great to see, but they're still *stuck in 3:2*, though, which seems unnecessary now that the mirror box is gone.

Why not implement a *multi-aspect* ratio sensor to capture more of what the lens sees? Many shots are better in 4:3, and achieving a native field of view in 16:9 is a great benefit too.

An *oversized* square or round sensor would be the ultimate — capturing everything the lens sees, and making tripod repositioning from landscape to portrait (or vice versa) unnecessary.

4:3 is close to the 1932 Academy format before widescreen cinemas got popular and superseded in in the 50s, and is the aspect ratio for NTSC SDTV. The world has moved on, and it is an outdated relic that inexplicably lingers in low-end compact point and shoots (which are dying, eaten alive by smartphones) and the ill-advised m43 format.

3:2 is much closer to the golden mean, to the 21st Century 16:9 standard for televisions and most computer monitors, and to the human eyes' natural field of view. Sony would be astonishingly dumb if they downgraded from 3:2 to 4:3.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2014 at 03:32 UTC
On Opinion: Bring on the 70-200mm equivalents article (340 comments in total)
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PerL: I believe many users of APS-C Canon/Nikon want the road open for eventual migration to FF, so I would choose the 70-200 2.8, or 70-200F4 if portability is a main factor.

There is also the excellent 70-300mm f/4-5.6.5L IS, which remains portable but with the benefit of extra reach. It replaced my first-generation 70-200mm f/4L and my short-lived 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS..

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2014 at 02:47 UTC
On Photokina 2014: Hands-on with Leica X and X-E article (132 comments in total)

The ring in front is not a "design feature". It unscrews to mount accessories like the digiscoping adapter for Apo-Televid spotting scopes.

I've read the X series still has a market among architects and other people who appreciate its simple, elegant lines and UI. It's nice the X drops the ugly protuberances of the X2/X-E. That said, I switched from a X1 to a Fuji X100 years ago (now X100S) and haven't looked back since.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 15:07 UTC as 28th comment | 1 reply
On Sony announces Alpha a5100 compact mirrorless camera article (104 comments in total)
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Fazal Majid: It's 2014. A camera's video features are not "impressive" if it's not 4K.

Let me clarify - I don't expect 4K in a midrange camera like the a5100, chips to do H.265 compression are barely available and certainly there are no off-the-shelf logic blocks available that Sony could integrate in its BIONZ processors this year, or probably even 2015. As a feature, it is going to be available only in high-end cameras above $1500. But I take exception to 1080p being "impressive" by itself, it is pretty much table stakes nowadays. It seems DPReview reworded the text to qualify what is impressive is the video quality for the class and the features like XAVC-S and 50Mbps bit rates, which is fair enough.

4K TVs are beginning to go mainstream (a Samsung 50" 4K now only commands a 50% premium over the 1080p equivalent), and I fully expect the majority of sets sold in 2015 will be 4K, 2016 at the latest. Right now, the only content you can get at that resolution are 8+MP photos and a handful of titles from Netflix 4K. I doubt many lenses are up to the demands of 4K video.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2014 at 15:23 UTC
On Sony announces Alpha a5100 compact mirrorless camera article (104 comments in total)

It's 2014. A camera's video features are not "impressive" if it's not 4K.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 06:24 UTC as 17th comment | 23 replies
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Abu Mahendra: Right. Hasn't Canon had this for a few years now?

@wetsleet
I was surprised as well, as Nikon used to trash-talk fluorite in favor of ED glass (sour grapes) but according to the data sheet it does:
http://www.canon.com/technology/s_labo/light/003/03.html

@rrcad
According to this, Canon uses magnesium fluoride coatings for some very high-end lenses, but they don't specify which:
http://www.canon.com/technology/s_labo/light/003/03.html

Dirt-repellent coatings are certainly not new - see Zeiss' LotuTec or Leica's AquaDura as applied to binoculars. Apparently what Nikon is claiming as innovative is a new technology for applying the coating, not the coating itself.

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2014 at 02:41 UTC
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