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 Petra--the Monastery site in the Petra, Jordan challenge (2 comments in total)

Weegee: It's more to do with the time of the day, I think, rather than the season. It's best to avoid the middle of the day when the light is falling directly on the treasury (even though some guidebooks suggest midday).

Direct link | Posted on Mar 23, 2015 at 04:28 UTC as 1st comment
On -Imigrant - (Portraits in Full Colours Only + Border) challenge (13 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: I had a photo disqualified without explanation - rather disappointing.

Well, he looked like an adult to me. He was at least 18-20 years old.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 00:14 UTC
On -Imigrant - (Portraits in Full Colours Only + Border) challenge (13 comments in total)

I had a photo disqualified without explanation - rather disappointing.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 8, 2015 at 14:33 UTC as 2nd comment | 2 replies
On Back in 'Nam in the Neo-noir challenge (2 comments in total)

Thanks, Upuaut!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 00:20 UTC as 1st comment
On Te Anau New Zealand in the I love my living place challenge (3 comments in total)

Chur, making me homesick!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 27, 2015 at 09:54 UTC as 2nd comment

If the Panasonic 42.5/1.7's optical quality matches the Olympus 45/1.8, then it will offer a compelling alternative because of its image stabilisation, slightly brighter aperture and (most importantly of all) its closer focusing distance.

However, there is one key question: How much does the Panasonic weigh?

I haven't seen specs anywhere.

UPDATE: It's 130g and 50mm long versus the Oly's 116g and 46mm, so only a slight size/weight penalty.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 09:55 UTC as 22nd comment | 2 replies
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KevinSB: these are not drones.. They are quad copters !!

These things are drones.

DJI markets itself as "DJI - The World Leader in Camera Drones"

Oxford Dictionary also states the following:

"Drone (noun) A remote-controlled pilotless aircraft or missile."

Clearly, these things fit that definition.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2015 at 11:53 UTC
On Hands-on with Canon's 'not-coming-to-USA' EOS M3 article (532 comments in total)

Canon's missed the boat here by making the camera too large, but it does look like it has a nice grip, well-placed shutter release button and an on-off button that is easily reached with the right index finger. Hopefully, Olympus will take note of all three of those features.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2015 at 10:24 UTC as 72nd comment | 3 replies
On Hands-on with Canon's 'not-coming-to-USA' EOS M3 article (532 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: "At first glance, the EOS M3 is everything we wanted the original M and M2 to be. "

What a curious statement, given the fact that the M2 is almost non-existent, as far as DPR is concerned.

I have told you before and I hope the M3 now makes you fully realize it.

Situations like the M2 and M3 are bound to multiply in the future as brands continue to amplify the current sub-segmentation trend and end up deciding not to release certain models in certain markets.

DPR has to decide very quickly if, editorially-wise, it wants to just be a North American site or a true global one.

On the other hand, DPreview is quite heavy-handed in its censorship of the discussion forums, and that kind of behaviour is more American than English.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2015 at 10:19 UTC
On Hands-on with Canon's 'not-coming-to-USA' EOS M3 article (532 comments in total)
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MPA1: So where is it going if not the USA?

Apparently, there are some other countries in the world other than the US and A.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2015 at 10:05 UTC
On Last Position challenge (29 comments in total)
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mdbinasif: Second last position allowed. If last positioned user has withdrawn his/her entry?

Maybe you should change the name of the challenge then?

It's very confusing for the rules to be changed in the comments section, where many people won't see them.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2015 at 02:08 UTC
On Last Position challenge (29 comments in total)
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mdbinasif: Second last position allowed. If last positioned user has withdrawn his/her entry?

upuaut: I don't understand your comment. Are you changing your challenge from "Last Position" to "One of the Last Three Positions?"

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2015 at 09:54 UTC
On Last Position challenge (29 comments in total)
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J Mountford: I've got a few that got very close to last place, I was thinking instead of dead last, the last 10% of entries?

No, the host has stated clearly that it must have come last.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2015 at 09:52 UTC
On Last Position challenge (29 comments in total)

So in other words, we give high votes to images that look great, and which we think don't deserve a last placing?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2015 at 09:38 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Review preview (437 comments in total)
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thxbb12: That's a shame DPR didn't show a comparison of the EVF size compared to other models (Sony RX100 III, Panasonic LX100 and some other MFT bodies).
It's difficult to gauge how small it is compared to a "regular" MFT body (E-M10, GX7, etc.).

I find the GM5's viewfinder to be adequate for composition. I use it about half of the time when shooting, with the LCD for the other half.

On my Olympus camera I shoot with a VF-4, which is probably the best viewfinder on the market. Coming from the VF-4, the GM5's viewfinder seems like peering down a tunnel at an old TV set. However, it is still "good enough" to do the job.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2015 at 01:45 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Review preview (437 comments in total)
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Kawika Nui: Maybe good if you have really small hands. The GX7, which I love, is barely large enough to operate without accidentally hitting one of the various buttons. There's a functional limit to small.

It's not just the size of the camera that's important, but the way the controls are designed and laid out.

I have big hands. I own a GM5 and find it easy to operate without hitting the wrong buttons.

I find the GM5 to be more ergonomic than Olympus's E-M5 and E-M10, both of which are significantly larger cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2015 at 01:39 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Review preview (437 comments in total)
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kpaddler: "Not built for extended use in cold conditions"

As usual, DP doesn't disappoint with its useless points raised.

The camera lasts in cold weather longer than the people who carry it.

@Richard Murdey

Yeah, but that's not the case with the GM5 because, as I pointed out above, the battery life is fine if you switch the camera off when not shooting.

When travelling with the GM5, I can usually get through a day without changing batteries.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2015 at 01:35 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Review preview (437 comments in total)
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JohnHoppy: This review reads like someone deciding what shoes to wear. I love my GM1 too but it can't be all things to all men. I can see the GM5 improves on it in several ways,how can that be a bad thing? How do you give something a "Silver" then say, Ah but those APSC cams do the job better? Crazy! In one sense, they probably do, but their lenses are still way bigger. GM1 is my "go-everywhere" camera, it gets shots others don't because I don't tote all the bigger stuff , that's the point. Split hairs by all means, but 20x16s from this camera are bloody good. If you shoot black cats in coal cellars, sure, get that SLR. Up to ISO 3200 not much wrong with a GM1. And batteries? Don't you carry spares? - they're tiny!

As mentioned above, I've gotten 456 shots out of my GM5 without recharging so I don't consider the battery to be a problem at all - especially since a spare only costs $12 and weighs 32g (1 oz).

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2015 at 10:28 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Review preview (437 comments in total)
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kpaddler: "Not built for extended use in cold conditions"

As usual, DP doesn't disappoint with its useless points raised.

The camera lasts in cold weather longer than the people who carry it.

For what it's worth, I live in a warm climate and managed 456 shots out of my GM5 battery by avoiding chimping too much and switching the camera off between bursts of shooting.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2015 at 10:25 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Review preview (437 comments in total)
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BeaverTerror: "The RX100 III does offer something closer to true pocketability, a higher resolution sensor at 21MP, an articulated LCD and a faster lens."

Am I missing something?

GM5: 99 x 60 x 36 mm 281g
RX100 III: 102 x 58 x 41 mm 290g

And a faster lens isn't worth crap if the sensor is significantly smaller, which in this case it is; not to mention the Panasonic is an interchangeable lens camera.

nerd2: I'm sorry, but you are mistaken. The Sony RX sensor is only half the size of a M43 sensor.

This means that Sony's lens is equivalent to an f3.5-5.6 lens on M43 - in other words, it's equal to the Panasonic with its kit lens.

I considered buying an RX100 III and after trying it out in-store I thought it was a great camera. However, the GM5 was greater still, so I went for the Panasonic.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2015 at 10:18 UTC
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