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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Valiant Thor: Like some others here, I found that the best way was to use my iPhone 7+ with the Instax App and their SP2 printer. The quality seems a little better than using one of the Fuji cameras. By the way, the local Costco store is now selling bulk packages of the Instax film at a great price.

Yes, and the SP-2 is now $50 off what I paid for it a month ago, at $150 instead of $200.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2016 at 08:45 UTC
On article DPReview Asks: What was your first camera? (762 comments in total)

Zeiss Ikon Contaflex Super

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 18:18 UTC as 413th comment
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Random Asian Guy: I thought Pentax/Ricoh had the patent for the 2X180 degree fish eye design.

I like that it is weather proof, but I think the theta is a better design. You want the device further away from the hand so it doesn't have the stitching problems.

I think a better design would be a built in selfie stick with tripod mount on the bottom and extra battery power in the handle and the trigger button away from the device.

The Manfrotto 5001B light stand is ideal for this camera.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2016 at 02:46 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2175 comments in total)
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Johno15: Here are my initial thoughts after owing the X-T2 for a couple of weeks. Overall excellent camera and image quality (i haven't done much video yet). Auto focus is fine, particularly with the newer lenses (but even the X23 1.4 works well in all but the most difficult dark conditions). I have just come from a Canon 5d mk3 and some L lenses, so I'm quite critical on image quality. The full frame just has an edge at high iso, but its close. Also I think detailed landscapes (or similar) look marginally better. On the other hand I'm finding some images look sharper and more detailed on the X-T2 and the dynamic range is better. I've found that Capture One Pro does a much better job than Lightroom on the raw conversation, although I prefer the workflow with Lightroom. I toyed with getting a 5D 1V, but the cost was too high for the upgrade and i wanted to cut down on size & weight and get something that was better for street photography and travel. No regrets so far.

@ttran88
You're absolutely right. I don't think there is a microadjustment setting on the Fuji in any case.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 10:16 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2175 comments in total)
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Johno15: Here are my initial thoughts after owing the X-T2 for a couple of weeks. Overall excellent camera and image quality (i haven't done much video yet). Auto focus is fine, particularly with the newer lenses (but even the X23 1.4 works well in all but the most difficult dark conditions). I have just come from a Canon 5d mk3 and some L lenses, so I'm quite critical on image quality. The full frame just has an edge at high iso, but its close. Also I think detailed landscapes (or similar) look marginally better. On the other hand I'm finding some images look sharper and more detailed on the X-T2 and the dynamic range is better. I've found that Capture One Pro does a much better job than Lightroom on the raw conversation, although I prefer the workflow with Lightroom. I toyed with getting a 5D 1V, but the cost was too high for the upgrade and i wanted to cut down on size & weight and get something that was better for street photography and travel. No regrets so far.

@ttran88
Microadjustment is needed only with PDAF, not on cameras with CDAF or hubrid PDAF+CDAF, so unless johno15 was shooting exclusively in AF-C mode, this shouldn't be an issue.
Canon makes some fine lenses like the 24-70mm f/2.8L II and their tele zooms, but most of their wide to normal primes are mediocre, even some L ones like the 50mm f/1.2L. I certainly did not find the 5DIII to have better image quality than the X-T2, or even the X-T1 for that matter (resolution excepted, of course).

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 09:49 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2175 comments in total)
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lhkjacky: For anyone require reliable AF in all lighting condition, dedicated PDAF is still so much better,such as D500. However, I admit that EVF is better than OVF in most situation. If a camera with the combination of dedicated PDAF and EVF will be perfect. :-P
Edit:
Oh wait, is the A99mk2 have both dedicated PDAF & EVF ?

@Sam
Don't be so emphatic. I switched from a Canon 5DIII to Fuji as my main system camera, but I do keep a Sony RX1R II as my daily jacket pocket camera, it is a perfectly fine photographic tool/

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 09:40 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2175 comments in total)
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Kalhor: On "Image Quality" page set it to show "RAW @ 3200 ISO" and choose a FF camera for comparison. You will know how good is X-Trans sensor to capture images with less noise and sharper details in smaller body with smaller lenses.

One more important reason for X-trans sensor is, it captures more green light which it helps to capture nicer colors of between Red and Blue. And that's why colors looks better in Fuji cameras compared to others.

At ISO 12800/25600 RAW, the K-1, 1DX II and D5 look better, but the A6300, A7R II, D810, 5DIII, 5Ds R and 5DIV are worse. Excellent performance from the X-T2, and I am surprised at the poor showing of the Sony cameras.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 09:35 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2175 comments in total)
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Gediminas 8: So they are now asking the price of an excellent, even FF DSLR, and yet offer autofocus which works properly only with a number of conditions? No thanks, keep your failed attempts at a contemporary camera to yourself.

A Nikon will not focus fast with an AF-D Nikkor, nor a Canon with a non-USM lens.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 21:28 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Fujifilm F10 (121 comments in total)

I gave my wife my F31fd and she absolutely loves it. I tried to wean her off to a Sony RX100 but she wouldn't have any of it.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2016 at 15:26 UTC as 66th comment | 1 reply
On article Google Panoramio to shut down on November 4 (60 comments in total)
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MikeFairbanks: They've actually quit a lot of projects they started.

Reader was a big one. I don't trust Google and wrote my own feed reader, and could be smug about the situation, but a great many people were rightly incensed. With Google's record of shutting down services, IAM surprised anyone is willing to try their new ones, as it's like begging for heartbreak.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2016 at 22:00 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Canon EOS D30 (135 comments in total)

The D30 was my first DSLR and also the camera that led me to DPReview.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 14:49 UTC as 20th comment

Hopefully someone like Novoflex will make a V lens mount adapter for this camera.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2016 at 06:36 UTC as 3rd comment
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mgrum: I'm shocked the Fuji Medium Format camera was voted most exciting announcement. I was sure it was going to be the Nikon action camera!

@Nikonandmore
The Sofort *is* a Fuji camera, just one with a Leica lens.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2016 at 20:56 UTC

It was a fairly disappointing Photokina. Not surprising given that serious photography is a shrinking market on both the consumer and pro fronts.
I voted for the Fuji (I have a full Fuji X system and their G617 panoramic medium format film camera), but the Hasselblad X1D is the one that is drop-dead sexy.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2016 at 20:49 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply
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Turbguy1: Inkjet technology hasn't really "improved" in over a decade. Inks themselves may have advanced (somewhat), but the basic function of raster scanning a sheet of paper and "spitting" out ink at the right time is the same...with minimal increase in resulting print quality.

What has changed is the OEM's continual "war" on the consumers. I still use a Canon i960, whose carts have no chips and are easily refillable with quality inks by several proven methods.

If nothing else, new printers seem to be the result of a continual race of ECM's (Electronic Counter Measures) between the OEM's and the consumers. First, chipped carts, then over-the-air silent firmware updates to prevent reset chips from being recognized, and now, over the air ONLY service mode operability connected to OEM servers, to prevent resetting the waste ink counters with local software.

Heck, I can reset the waste ink counter on my i960 merely with a series of front panel button pushes...no more...

The biggest advance was the Memjet/HP OfficeJet Pro X printers where the print head is the whole width of the page, so it doesn't have to scan back and forth as the paper is being fed. They are as fast as laser printers. Unfortunately only available in 3-color models this far.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 03:27 UTC
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Fazal Majid: 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.

@Wildbegonia
No, the X-U is fine above water. It's not optimized for underwater shooting, unlike the Nikonos. The Nikonos is the one which would not be ideal above water.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2016 at 16:58 UTC
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1Dx4me: that is what i said to my friends: i'll take a LOOOOOONG LOOOOOng time for public to accept 4K monitors and for manufacturers to provide and make it a household item!!!!! it'll take another 10years for consumers to catch on with this new technology--actually it'll probably an old tech. by the time public understand and accepts it ;-)

Only the lowest-end TVs are 1080p any more, and usually they lack essential features like local dimming. I would expect them to be entirely gone from all but blue-light specials within a year, two tops. Both my TVs at home are 4K (but not HDR, unfortunately), the only 1080p device I have left is a projector.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 17:25 UTC
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fmian: Finally catching up to the quality of 35mm motion film..

Nope, normal 35mm barely managess 2K resolution, let alone 4K. 70mm (e.g. Todd-AO, as in Lawrence of Arabia) is comparable to 4K (Lawrence of Arabia was telecine'd in 8K to map the grain, not because the emulsion recorded that resolution).

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 17:21 UTC
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Melchiorum: People may scoff at 8K all they want, but there is a need for it in some areas, such as:

1. 360' video. 4K is already too low-res for spherical videos. What seems like a lot of pixels on a TV screen or a monitor, becomes quite blurry and low-def in VR helmet when you stretch it to cover the entire sphere around the viewer.
2. Photography. Whether we want it or not, but photography and videography are merging and extracting photos from video is already a thing with some cameras. 8K definition will make it better.
3. Cinemas and other large displays. Nothing to add here.

No one said we should buy an 8K TV, because there definitely no need for that. However, it does not mean that the demand for high-def video isn't there.

Mike Abrash, chief scientist at Oculus, once wrote truly immersive VR would require dual 8K in the VR headset (more precisely something between 4K x 4K and 8K x 8K):
http://blogs.valvesoftware.com/abrash/when-it-comes-to-resolution-its-all-relative/

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 17:06 UTC
On article Apple planning to open imaging research lab in France (43 comments in total)

STMicro's sensor fab in Crolles near Grenoble is one of the most advanced in the world, and they are very strong at MEMS like accelerometers or Time-of-Flight detectors (cameras that can sense depth like a laser rangefinder). The French emphasis on mathematics makes them a good fit for imaging, where you need both physics and algorithms. DXO is a French company, for instance.

Apple needs to go find talent wherever it is, hence their setting up labs in Hyderabad, India for mapping tech, Cambridge UK (some of Apple's photo tech comes from their acquisition of Imsense there), Shanghai, Israel and Taiwan. French labor laws may be quite rigid (although they are slowly being liberalized), but the flip side is that French engineers are significantly cheaper than Californian ones, and harder-working to boot when not on vacation.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2016 at 05:27 UTC as 9th comment | 4 replies
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