NZ Scott

NZ Scott

Lives in New Zealand (Aotearoa) Malaysia, New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Works as a Communications Consultant
Joined on Jul 29, 2011
About me:

Formerly a news reporter for three daily newspapers in New Zealand. I now train English-language teachers in Malaysia - using school holidays for traveling, writing novels/short stories, playing chess and taking photographs.
My latest work of fiction can be viewed here:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/444160

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On Beyond the table top: 5 mini tripods reviewed article (121 comments in total)
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Colin K. Work: I use a gorrilla pod with my m43 system (but without ball head). As a tripod - there are better - but for versatility, outstanding. My most used application is to position an LCD light panel exactly where I need it, which is quite often hanging upside down from something.

I used a Gorillapod Hybrid with my M43 gear until one of the legs snapped off. The concept is good but the quality is poor. I've moved to a conventional mini-tripod and am happier.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 13:27 UTC
On Readers' Showcase: Raiatea Arcuri article (51 comments in total)

Excellent photos! Great to see such a strong set from a youngster shooting with APS-C.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2015 at 14:54 UTC as 31st comment
On Vantage Point: The aviation photography of Jon Pece article (202 comments in total)

Cool shots.

Thanks for posting.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2015 at 01:29 UTC as 20th comment
On 20141015-EM1A8924-2 in the Rainy days challenge (14 comments in total)

Nice shot, Bob!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 00:27 UTC as 14th comment
On Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? article (1042 comments in total)
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Parallax1: I've noticed how over the past 2 years I've found myself more and more without my D800 with me, mostly because of the annoyance of carrying such a big camera with me.

In dedicated shooting situations, I still take the D800 and 70-200, but I find myself more and more settling for the phone because of the convenience factor. I've been looking at MFT, but the Olympus bodies are annoying replicating the viewfinder bump, making the bodies too big.

This article really has me hitting the preorder button on Amazon. My last hesitation is that it seems like all of Sony's focus is on using Canon lenses, it does not seem like there is any discussion about using Nikon lenses on the sony system - guess the adapters aren't there yet?

Besides the belabored to death 14 bit (which is a huge and curious issue) the things that would cause me to switch would be a good nikon lens converter and a pancake lens (protrusion about the size of the handgrip)

If you find the Olympus bodies annoying because of the viewfinder hump, take a look at Panasonic's rangefinder-style GX7 and GM5 cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 00:56 UTC
On Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? article (1042 comments in total)

An interesting first look at this exciting camera.

I enjoyed the fact that the photos accompanying the article were of a high standard. This has not always been the case in the past with Dpreview articles, and I tend to place greater value on the judgement of photographers who can shoot decent photos than those who can't.

In short, thanks.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 04:29 UTC as 148th comment
On Behind the Shot: Watery Grave article (91 comments in total)

A very nice shot (although the vignetting is a bit strong for my taste), and I enjoyed reading about the processing methods. The final step you employed in Photoshop to darken parts of the image is new to me - I'll have to remember to give it a try.

Thanks.

Regards,
Scott

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2015 at 22:50 UTC as 23rd comment
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MLWestphal: I thought sure this would be "Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey".....

Yeah, that works too. Except, for the hiding bit.

Direct link | Posted on May 27, 2015 at 23:06 UTC
On Readers' Showcase: Stephen Cheatley article (50 comments in total)

Nice photos.

Thanks for posting.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2015 at 10:57 UTC as 9th comment
On Lee releases pricing for SW150 Mk ll filter system article (37 comments in total)

For those people looking for a much cheaper setup, check out my posting on how to make a filter system for the Panasonic 7-14 ultrawide:

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/55075118

I recommend Haida ND filters, which are better than B+W, Cokin and Hitech/Formatt and a fraction of the price of Lee.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2015 at 08:41 UTC as 2nd comment
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (494 comments in total)
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Searching: Yuk, made in China.

I have no problem with buying Chinese goods. The quality is often world-class and the prices are cheaper than items made in the West.

Also, by purchasing from China, I help to grow a developing country's economy. I would rather give my cash to a developing country than to a country that is already developed.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2015 at 01:34 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (494 comments in total)
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Boss of Sony: I hope this has better build quality than the FZ1000, because when I tried the FZ1000 in the shop, it felt like it was going to fall apart in my hands. $1000 doesn't seem to buy very good build quality nowadays.

My Panasonic GM5 has a very solid build, but I do understand what <Boss of Sony> is saying. I tried a G1 (or was it a G2?) in a shop once and didn't buy it because it was just too plasticky. Having said that, this G7 looks interesting and I'm keen to try it out. Hopefully the build quality has improved since the earlier models in the G-series.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2015 at 01:29 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (494 comments in total)
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Rexyinc: ok thanks guys - that clears that up,

Next question as I've never used m43 before.

What lenses do I need if I need to be at 24/28mm equiv FF ?

I shoot interviews weekly using 3 cams for multicam, the group main camera is space limited in a tiny room. I'm currently using 550d and eos-m with the kit lenses at WA 18 to get them in, which at 1.6x gives me about 28.8mm guessed?. What lense will I need on the main camera to get this shot in ? the other two cameras are closer up MCU on each talking head, so a 50mm on the eos-m/550d is enough to grab that angle. Guessing the 14-42 kit glass would be suitable for that shot right?

I hear there's a 4k 2.3x crop factor we have to factor in ?

<Falk from Hamburg>

Even at the tele end there are lots of options. Zooms: 40-150 (both consumer and pro), 35-100 (both consumer and pro) 100-300, 75-300, 14-150, 14-140, 45-175 among others. Primes: 42.5/1.2, 45/1.8, 60/2.8 Macro, 75/1.8, and a 300/4.0 coming later this year. All the primes are razor sharp. And those are just the Panasonic / Olympus lenses - not including third party manufacturers.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2015 at 01:22 UTC
On Pixels in the Macro - Technology challenge (5 comments in total)

Nice. Well done.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 04:31 UTC as 4th comment
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (494 comments in total)
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Rexyinc: ok thanks guys - that clears that up,

Next question as I've never used m43 before.

What lenses do I need if I need to be at 24/28mm equiv FF ?

I shoot interviews weekly using 3 cams for multicam, the group main camera is space limited in a tiny room. I'm currently using 550d and eos-m with the kit lenses at WA 18 to get them in, which at 1.6x gives me about 28.8mm guessed?. What lense will I need on the main camera to get this shot in ? the other two cameras are closer up MCU on each talking head, so a 50mm on the eos-m/550d is enough to grab that angle. Guessing the 14-42 kit glass would be suitable for that shot right?

I hear there's a 4k 2.3x crop factor we have to factor in ?

Another option is the Olympus M. Zuiko 12mm f/2.0, which gives you the equivalent of 24mm (stills) or 28mm (video) if your 2.3 crop factor is correct. This lens is tiny, has good manual focus control and is optimised for video.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 00:41 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (494 comments in total)
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Jim Hully: This is presented as an enthusiast's camera yet here in the US we are forced to buy it with a lens? No body-only options for us "rich mugs"? I'm annoyed at Panny for doing the same with the GM-5. And please don't tell me I can sell the lens.

There are plenty of body-only GM5s on Ebay for around $500 new, including shipping.

The 12-32 kit lens is highly sought after. If you only want the GM5 body, try to find another m43 shooter who is after the lens. Then you can split the cost of buying a kit.

Direct link | Posted on May 19, 2015 at 07:13 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (494 comments in total)
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ddtwenty: So much anticipation for in-body imagestabilizaer.

Mike FL:

"I'm not interested with any sub frame sensor cameras with no IBIS and not sealed."

Well, then go and buy one of the weather-sealed OM-D models.

Mirfak and Mescalamba are correct when they suggest that IBIS is overestimated. The 5-way IBIS is good but the 2-way IBIS in the cheaper PEN models is next to useless. Two-way IBIS certainly shouldn't be considered a selling point. Mostly, it's hype.

Direct link | Posted on May 19, 2015 at 07:05 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (494 comments in total)
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vroger1: Hi all. I am a total Lumix guy-but sorry, although it means nothing- my very first reaction is "G-d that's an ugly little sucker" I am sure it will prove to be a superb camera- but boy is it ugly. But that's just my opinion.Now I'll start reading the specs. VRR

vroger1: Ugly faceplate? No problem. Just do that camera from behind.

Direct link | Posted on May 19, 2015 at 06:56 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (494 comments in total)
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Allen Yang: I used to like Panasonic, but the skintone of indoor portraits and high ISO noise were hideous! I took a picture of my aunt in a restaurant and showed her the pic. What a horrible mistake, she almost killed me! Her face looked sort of purple in that picture. By the way, the camera I used back then was a Panasonic LX3.

"Well, I guess we need to find someone who has used the latest Panasonic cameras..."

I'm one of those people.

Five years ago I shot with a Panasonic point-and-shoot and its colours were indeed awful. Skin tones were bad and skies had a purplish colour.

However, I recently bought the newly-released Panasonic GM5 and its skin tones are great. Its colours are more muted and true-to-life than Olympus's palette, so it occasionally needs a bump with the Saturation or Vibrance sliders in ACR. Still, one can no longer complain about accuracy.

Direct link | Posted on May 19, 2015 at 06:51 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (494 comments in total)
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lacikuss: Looks very tempting, how does this compare with the Olympus em5ll?

Still, the G7 has a grip and the E-M5 doesn't.

Direct link | Posted on May 19, 2015 at 00:07 UTC
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