Fazal Majid

Fazal Majid

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

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MrBrightSide: The only thing is, if you buy this lens, are you settling for something less than greatness in your pix? Will you, on your deathbed, say if I'd only saved up for a few months more I could have bought the Canon 24-70 and taken pictures that were 2 percent better and maybe that 2 percent would have pushed me into the top ranks of photographers, buying that lens was a one-way ticket to palookaville.

I found the difference in photos taken with my old Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L mark I and mark II very noticeable after I upgraded, even though the Mark I was already a good lens, so I would think this would be the case between the Sigma and the Canon as well.

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2017 at 17:27 UTC
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paulbysea: Interesting review. I do wonder though how often the difference in sharpness would be noticed in the real world between the Sigma and Canon/Nikon lenses? What I noticed most about the review and was irritated by was that whilst two imperial measurements were given for the weight of the lens, a metric weight wasn't. When is the USA going to enter into the 21st century and use metric measurements?

The difference between the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L (an excellent lens) and the LII (an outstanding lens) is very clear to see. The latter has a WOW! factor the older lens simply lacks.

As for metric, I'm with you. It's actually officially US government policy to go metric (Metric Conversion Act of 1975 and Executive Order 12770 of 1991). but there is no political will to make it a reality and the law goes unapplied. Americans can be very conservative in some ways.

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2017 at 17:25 UTC

I still have a Selphy ES30 I bought in 2009, that had a bigger lunchbox size form factor, but no dangling tray. I've used it recently to make passport photos.

The paper/ribbon sets are getting harder to find so once I am out it will probably need to dispose of it. I also have a Fuji Instax SP-2 that works seamlessly with my X series cameras, and kids love the tiny business-card size polaroids with the image appearing as they shake it. It's a pity wireless printing was not standardized across camera brands.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2017 at 00:48 UTC as 1st comment

Also make sure you don't burn a hole in your shutter...

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 14:42 UTC as 42nd comment

The Sony RX1 series needs competition. I doubt curved sensors can be manufactured today at anything approaching reasonable prices.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 14:31 UTC as 84th comment
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ifarlow: "I would like to address concerns recently voiced by our community of customers around Lightroom performance," writes Tom Hogarty, photo product management at Adobe, "as improving performance is our current top priority."

Concerns recently voiced? Recently? Really? It's a "current top priority" now? What about a few years ago? Not too bothered then?

I see this as an example of just how worthless this "confession" really is and how Adobe really isn't terribly invested in dealing with the performance issues in the software. These issues are nothing new, despite Adobe's pretending that they are.

I did notice a spike of news articles and reports on LR slowness recently. Perhaps that's what caused the sense of urgency.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 21:06 UTC
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Svetoslav Popov: Way too late. I already switched to Capture One Pro v10.

And typical Adobe: instead of talking about the stinky pile in the room (the forced subscription model) their modus operandi is to distract with lesser issues (though not much less stinky, granted).

Only need a Photoshop CS6 replacement, then i'm completely out, good riddance, bye bye stinky pie... (SCNR)

Pixelmator, Acorn, Affinity Photo. It's the DAM functionality in LR that is harder to replace, but Serif is working on it.

Couldn't agree more with you on licensing. Tom Hogarty is a good guy, but Adobe's perpetual price-gouging subscription policy comes from above him.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 21:20 UTC
On article Leica TL2 first impressions (369 comments in total)
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mokara: Looks like a rebranded NX500

The NX500 did pick up on the design cues of older Samsung P/S cameras like the much better looking NV7 OPS of 2006.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2017 at 23:34 UTC
On article Leica TL2 first impressions (369 comments in total)
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tedolf: I can't see why anyone would buy one of these over a m4/3 camera.

Tedolph

Non-crap sensor.

If you are going to compare it to something, compare it to a Fuji X-Pro2 or a Sony A6500, neither of which is that much cheaper despite economies of scale.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2017 at 23:32 UTC

Why a copper core? Perhaps they are trying to make the lenses heavier so they give an impression of quality.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2017 at 23:12 UTC as 40th comment | 6 replies
On article Hot mess: Remembering the Leica M8 (155 comments in total)
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Fazal Majid: Leica had a near-death experience around 2004, had to lay off experienced technicians and that showed in the terrible quality control problems of the M8. I would not consider getting a digital M older than the M9.

https://majid.info/blog/m8-a-missed-opportunity/

I had to buy three before I got one that wasn't defective. That's a 66% failure rate, or execrable quality control.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2017 at 06:04 UTC
On article Hot mess: Remembering the Leica M8 (155 comments in total)

Leica had a near-death experience around 2004, had to lay off experienced technicians and that showed in the terrible quality control problems of the M8. I would not consider getting a digital M older than the M9.

https://majid.info/blog/m8-a-missed-opportunity/

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 08:39 UTC as 12th comment | 3 replies
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PhotoUniverse: Why would those companies think we should pay extra because they celebrate their own anniversary?

The Nikon special editions are barely more expensive than the regular products. The Gitzo ones have bleeding-edge technology (e.g. carbon fiber spider) that no regular model has.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2017 at 00:40 UTC

I have the 90th Anniversary Traveler Titanium (GT90TT), which has my name engraved on a leg, unlike the $1500 100th Anniversary model that only has a serial number, or the Arsène Gitzhoven model with one's signature engraved on it. They don't include a nice leather carrying case as they did on the GT90TT, just a leather strap.

I don't know how durable the carbon fiber spider would be, though, for a part that has to handle a lot more stress than the legs, and in more directions, including torsional loads, so it looks like the lower-end model with the magnesium spider may actually be the better choice.

Neither of these is as expensive as the $6000 Nikon WX anniversary astro binoculars, even though those are barely more expensive than the regular WX.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2017 at 00:38 UTC as 47th comment
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GIALLO63: I think that Fujifilm X-100 f simply actually has no rival in his category

Depends what your definition of the category is. I replaced my X100S with a Sony RX1RII and have never looked back since.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 03:05 UTC
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Karroly: Indiegogo...
With such a name, you, unfortunate backers, were warned. In France, "gogo" is the name we give to the naive victim of crook...

Yep, the American English equivalent for "gogo" would be "chump" or "sucker".

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 02:06 UTC
On article Polaroid sold to new owner (94 comments in total)

Instax is a money-spinner for Fuji (IIRC using the Kodak technology Polaroid successfully sued against). Polaroid sold rebadged Instax cameras at one point, and I doubt enough of Polaroid's institutional knowledge is left for Impossible to ever reach the level of consistency and reliability of Fuji.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2017 at 07:40 UTC as 14th comment
On article Kickstarter: A lens with a single element (2 comments in total)

The sample images show why this is a hare-brained idea. Might as well use a coke bottle.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2017 at 06:33 UTC as 2nd comment

Thunderbolt 3 (or even the original Thunderbolt) is completely wasted on bog-slow spinning rust hard drives. Now if they came up with an enclosure for SSDs like my 4x2.5" OWC ThunderBay 4 Mini (Thunderbolt 2, equipped with 2x2TB Samsung 850 EVO), I'd be more interested.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 07:18 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply

This seems like an almost exact reprise of Shepard Fairey's preemptive lawsuit against The Associated Press on his use of their photo in the iconic Obama "Hope" poster of 2008:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barack_Obama_%22Hope%22_poster

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2017 at 21:48 UTC as 50th comment
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