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 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (774 comments in total)
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munro harrap: So, with this, the RX10, the A6000, and the A7 and A7R and S variants, Sony have easily the best overall range of digicams available on the market today. All in a decade from no cameras at all.

And of course without Sony there would be no Nikons either.....

This is a Leica of the old school neat fast pocketable with a separate optional viewfinder./ Looking at images from RAW here up to around 500 the grain is as good as Tri-X was and that was only monochrome.

A lot less boring than the World Cup, and fewer fouls!

Timmbits:

Actually, the quality of the lenses is a strong-point for m43. Most of the lenses are excellent, and especially the primes. Sony has most of the normal focal ranges covered, but comes up short with fisheyes, macros, quality telephotos and weather-sealed pro lenses - all of which I own and use with m43.

Of course, with the passage of time I'm sure Sony will fill those gaps.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 05:07 UTC
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Yankeedog57: And this has what to do with digital photography? I come to Digital Photography Review to see the latest news in digital photography equipment not the see the weapons that the british used to hack out their bloody empire. What next, the implements to draw and quarter enemies of the crown? Please stick to cameras and photography gear.

I'm not "complaining" that the US waited until being attacked before entering two world wars, merely responding to your request for information as to whether or not "we" want the US to fight people in the modern age.

Yes, the Germans would have been defeated without the US. The two turning-point battles of El Alamein and Stalingrad occurred before the US began to make a substantial contribution.

In terms of freedom, the US ranks 30-odd in the world for press freedom and also (compared with other western countries) typically about average to slightly below for other forms of freedom.

I've enjoyed the conversation, but this will be my last posting as I'm off to Thailand now for a holiday. Do let me know if your countrymen find those weapons of mass destruction that they used as a pretext for invading Iraq, killing tens of thousands of people and sparking a civil war.

Peace.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 02:46 UTC
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Yankeedog57: And this has what to do with digital photography? I come to Digital Photography Review to see the latest news in digital photography equipment not the see the weapons that the british used to hack out their bloody empire. What next, the implements to draw and quarter enemies of the crown? Please stick to cameras and photography gear.

We don't want you to fight wars.

We're not free because of America - in fact, many of our countries are freer than America.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 14:18 UTC
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Yankeedog57: And this has what to do with digital photography? I come to Digital Photography Review to see the latest news in digital photography equipment not the see the weapons that the british used to hack out their bloody empire. What next, the implements to draw and quarter enemies of the crown? Please stick to cameras and photography gear.

Good one. Your lot turned up years late for two world wars!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 13:48 UTC
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Yankeedog57: And this has what to do with digital photography? I come to Digital Photography Review to see the latest news in digital photography equipment not the see the weapons that the british used to hack out their bloody empire. What next, the implements to draw and quarter enemies of the crown? Please stick to cameras and photography gear.

I'm well educated on the Vietnam war, thanks, having spent a lot of time travelling through the country and looking at all the Agent Orange stillborn babies preserved in jars to display US atrocities first-hand.

The US failed to achieve any of its strategic goals, whereas the North Vietnamese achieved all of theirs. That is a "spanking".

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 12:24 UTC
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Yankeedog57: And this has what to do with digital photography? I come to Digital Photography Review to see the latest news in digital photography equipment not the see the weapons that the british used to hack out their bloody empire. What next, the implements to draw and quarter enemies of the crown? Please stick to cameras and photography gear.

The Yanks got spanked in Vietnam. They withdrew BECAUSE they were losing. The Americans have never been good at fighting counter-insurgency.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 07:48 UTC
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Yankeedog57: And this has what to do with digital photography? I come to Digital Photography Review to see the latest news in digital photography equipment not the see the weapons that the british used to hack out their bloody empire. What next, the implements to draw and quarter enemies of the crown? Please stick to cameras and photography gear.

The British have never had "the greatest army". They had the greatest fleet, but never the greatest army.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 01:35 UTC

I think that Slater should not have any rights to the images. Copyright is an acknowledgement of intellectual property stemming from the owner's creative endeavours. In this case, the framing and composition of the images was controlled exclusively by the monkey and Slater did not have any creative input. It does raise some interesting questions about ownership of tripwire-triggered images. In my view, those images should belong to the person who set up the camera/tripwires.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2014 at 03:44 UTC as 424th comment | 6 replies
On Travel tripods: Comparing 5 aluminum kits article (110 comments in total)
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Infared: For traveling I saved my pennies...bought a Gitzo GK1580TQR5 Series 1 Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Tripod and a small Photoclam ball head and got a very tight fitting Benro case for compact travel and never looked back. I usually travel with my MFT kit..so this is more than I need when dealing with buses, trains and planes..
Not cheap...but worth it to me.
Use a Feisol and a PhotoClam Ball for my FF...economical and very light~

Photo Clam makes great ballheads - mine is a slightly improved version of a Markins but cheaper and lighter.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2014 at 01:41 UTC
On Travel tripods: Comparing 5 aluminum kits article (110 comments in total)
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Just another Canon shooter: Why aluminum only? There are CF legs at comparable prices.

Cool, Mark.

I would suggest the Sirui T-1204x be included in your review - a great lightweight tripod with carbon-fibre legs that weighs less than a kilo.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2014 at 01:39 UTC
On Travel tripods: Comparing 5 aluminum kits article (110 comments in total)

Good to see Sirui coming out on top - this Chinese manufacturer produces great-value tripods.

I use a Sirui T-1204x, a USD $250 carbon-fibre tripod based on the uber-expensive Gitzo Traveller. When paired with a Photo Clam PC-33NS ballhead (a smaller and cheaper Korean copy of a well-known Markins model), it runs only 1.1kg and provides excellent stability.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2014 at 09:00 UTC as 51st comment
On July heat! challenge (4 comments in total)

Yeah, it's the second-coldest month, after August.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2014 at 12:15 UTC as 2nd comment

Loved every one of them.

Brilliant!

Thanks for posting this, DPReview.

S

Direct link | Posted on Jul 5, 2014 at 09:16 UTC as 7th comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (774 comments in total)
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munro harrap: So, with this, the RX10, the A6000, and the A7 and A7R and S variants, Sony have easily the best overall range of digicams available on the market today. All in a decade from no cameras at all.

And of course without Sony there would be no Nikons either.....

This is a Leica of the old school neat fast pocketable with a separate optional viewfinder./ Looking at images from RAW here up to around 500 the grain is as good as Tri-X was and that was only monochrome.

A lot less boring than the World Cup, and fewer fouls!

This is a good point, Munro!

With regards to full-frame, the A7 series has a few problems but there seems no doubt that the second iteration will iron out those flaws and offer killer capabilities.

With APS-C, Sony has one of the best mirrorless systems - lagging behind m43 only in terms of lens availability, which will no doubt improve over time.

And now, with the RX100 III, Sony offers the best pocketable fixed-lens camera on the market.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 05:40 UTC
On My professional DSLR or SLR challenge (9 comments in total)

Does this include professional mirrorless cameras?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 00:05 UTC as 7th comment
On -Made in America- (Full Colours Only) challenge (15 comments in total)
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JerryShots: I'm surprised some posters can breath with out assistance.

Funny, if you ask a Mexican, Costa Rican, Honduran, Salvadorean, Ecuadorian or anyone from almost anywhere, where they are from none will EVER say "I'm an American" because they are all so eager to display National Pride - But say "I am an American" or in this case "American Made" and boy howdy will all those non-Americans jump up to tell you how American they are - LOL
When's the last time you saw an foriegn made consumer product on "The American Market" that didn't have it's Country of Origin proudly displayed? When have you seen a Mexican product labeled as "American Made" or "Made in America"? What you do see is "Henche en Mexico" or "Made in Costa Rica" or "Made in Honduras"...You ever seen a peach with a sticker on it that said "Product of Chile"? If you do, don't eat it because it will suck. If they could put a sticker on all that foriegn fruit that said "Grown in AMERICA" - Don't you think they would???
Eat that.

You're thinking of the USA mate, which is somewhat distinct from "America".

I have Candian friends who consider themselves American but who lament the fact that they cannot say so because people will associate them with the USA.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2014 at 07:14 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1533 comments in total)
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Beckler8: I'm pleased others here are also talking about 4K video. HD-only can't really be justified on a top-end SLR and especially when 4K TV's are now readily available. Essentially you're forced to decide whether you want higher quality video or stills (i.e. GH4 or D810). Who will be the first to have both? (Not counting Canon 1DC because of 10k price.)

The best cheaper option for 4k is the Panasonic GH4 at around USD $1700.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 14:19 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1533 comments in total)
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jaaboucher: The original D800 is a huge pain for daily news shooting. The insane file size and slow frame rate makes sports a pain and slows down the workflow in every part of the newsroom. Thank god Nikon put some thought into what journalists actually need, maybe people will upgrade their D700s.

Actually, most "poor journalist photographers" steer clear of full-frame altogether and shoot APS, M43, digicams or even phone-cams.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 14:08 UTC
On Under Attack in the 1:1 aspect ratio: Travel photos challenge (2 comments in total)

Thanks.

Yeah, they were pretty close. Maybe 50 metres (50 yards).

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2014 at 05:58 UTC as 1st comment
On The Seven Man Made Wonders of the World challenge (4 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: I've been to every single one of these places!

Regarding Yukatan. 1) You've spelt it wrong - should be Yucatan. 2) Yucatan is not a man-made wonder. It is a state in Mexico. There are some very nice ruins in Yucatan (e.g., Palenque, Chitzen Itza), but Yucatan itself is not a man-made wonder.

S

I wasn't criticising, just pointing out the mistake. It mentions Chichen Itza now, but didn't before. Maybe you could be a little less quick-draw in your criticism next time.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 9, 2014 at 00:37 UTC
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