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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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 (49 comments in total)

Nice photos.

Thanks for posting.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2015 at 10:57 UTC as 8th 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 (428 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 (428 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 (428 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 (428 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 (428 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 (428 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 (428 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 (428 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 (428 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
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (428 comments in total)
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Marty4650: The new G was worth waiting for!

This looks like a lot of MILC camera for the money. I hope they sell a ton of them.

Yeah, I'm looking forward to the GX8 too.

The big thing that many of us are waiting for is a sensor upgrade. Unfortunately, I don't think it will come with the GX8 because Panasonic will want to stick it into its premium GH model first.

Still, I'm not likely to buy another body until 2016-17, so perhaps the GX9 (and G8) will be out by then.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 13:59 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (428 comments in total)
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lacikuss: Looks very tempting, how does this compare with the Olympus em5ll?

Olympus's big selling point is in-camera image stabilisation. Apart from that, the handling will be quite different (DSLR style versus rangefinder style). I suspect that the G7 will handle better, as it has a good, chunky grip.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 13:55 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (428 comments in total)
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FrankS009: Hope to purchase this camera in the next year. What is not to like?

How does it fit in the hand?

F.

A preview at the phoblographer website said that the handling was a bit weird, with the positioning of the top-rear control dial being awkward. Of course, these things are often subjective. I'm looking forward to trying the camera myself.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 13:53 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (428 comments in total)
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garyknrd: If Panasonic would come out with a 300mm F/4 lens. I would be all over this. Great machine, but the micro 4/3 does not have the tele's I want yet.

Olympus has a 300mm f/4 in the pipeline. It should be released later this year or early next year.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 13:52 UTC
On 10 competitions to keep your photography inspired article (23 comments in total)

Beautiful photographs - every one of them great.

Direct link | Posted on May 17, 2015 at 14:36 UTC as 10th comment

Looks like a nice bag, but in this price-range you're up against Billingham and other top brands. Putting on my super-critical hat, the lens-cap thing looks a bit gimmicky, there seems to be only one external pocket (of limited size), the padding on the walls looks a bit thin, and the lid doesn't seem to be designed to stop water from getting in from the sides. From the photos, it's hard to tell how easy it is to open (metal clasp + two leather straps = 3 points of closure?) Still, it looks classy and the laptop slot is well-integrated. This would possibly suit photographers working in public relations or business environments.

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2015 at 03:38 UTC as 42nd comment
On Hands-on with new Olympus PRO 8mm and 7-14mm lenses article (269 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: The new ultrawide weighs 550g.

To put this in perspective, the Panasonic 7-14 f/4 is 300g and Nikon's full-frame 14-24 f/2.8 is 1000g.

I'm going to stick with the smaller, lighter and cheaper Panasonic, which is already razor sharp (although not weather-sealed like the M. Zuiko, and useable only on a Panasonic body because of purple fringing and purple flare).

Still, Olympus's three professional zooms look great.

Yeah, that's exactly the kit I've been shooting with today - Panasonic GM5 with 7-14, 35-100 and a prime. Certainly it's very discreet, but I do prefer the 12-32 (rather than the 7-14) mounted on the GM5 as it balances better.

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2015 at 10:32 UTC
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