PIX 2015
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 Oriental Pied Hornbill in the Avians up close and personal challenge (2 comments in total)

Thanks!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2015 at 23:37 UTC as 1st comment
On Readers' Showcase: Zhi Yuen Yap article (60 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: Nice photos!

I've hiked this region (Tongariro Circuit) before and will do so again in a couple of months' time. Like Zhi Yuen Yap, I will be carrying Micro Four Thirds gear (GM5, 12-32, 35-100 and 17/1.8).

If I can get shots anything like as good as these, then I will be happy.

Well, especially at base ISO there is practically nothing between M43 and APS-C. It's difficult in many cases even to tell the difference between those sensors and full-frame when shooting stopped down at low ISO outdoors.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 24, 2015 at 07:01 UTC
On Readers' Showcase: Zhi Yuen Yap article (60 comments in total)

Nice photos!

I've hiked this region (Tongariro Circuit) before and will do so again in a couple of months' time. Like Zhi Yuen Yap, I will be carrying Micro Four Thirds gear (GM5, 12-32, 35-100 and 17/1.8).

If I can get shots anything like as good as these, then I will be happy.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2015 at 08:09 UTC as 37th comment | 2 replies

Insanely expensive, yes - but Gitzos are very good tripods for heavy users / professionals / rich people.

If you don't want to drop that much coin there are excellent carbon fibre tripods available for a fraction of the price. Sirui is one such brand. For the past few years I've been using a Sirui T-1204x, which is basically a miniaturised Gitzo Traveller, and it's an awesome tripod. I use it with a Photo Clam PC-33 ballhead, which is itself a miniaturised and improved Markins.

This combo is ideal for mirrorless cameras, as even the smallest Gitzo Travellers are overkill for all but the longest telephotos when mounted on CSCs.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2015 at 03:41 UTC as 3rd comment
On iFixit tears down Sony's new a7R II to find its secrets article (290 comments in total)

Interesting!

Thanks for posting, Dpreview.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2015 at 02:11 UTC as 29th comment
On War Rigs: The tech used to shoot Mad Max: Fury Road article (53 comments in total)

I found the film to be boring, but still technically impressive.

Thanks, Dpreview, for this insight into the filming and editing process.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2015 at 15:31 UTC as 4th comment
On Football Action in the Rugby shots - Full color challenge (1 comment in total)

This is soccer - not rugby.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2015 at 14:30 UTC as 1st comment
On Surfing dolphins in the Mammals up close and personal challenge (9 comments in total)

Cool shot.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2015 at 14:28 UTC as 5th comment
On The travel photography of HDR guru Trey Ratcliff article (233 comments in total)

Love this guy's photos - his blog is one of the few photography sites that I regularly check in to.

He's been living in New Zealand for the past few years, I understand.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2015 at 08:39 UTC as 18th comment
On B-52 bomber in the Aviation museums challenge (2 comments in total)

I think you'll find that this is a B25, rather than a B52.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2015 at 14:10 UTC as 2nd comment
On Lens Rentals Canada closes its doors article (178 comments in total)
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RStyga: I generally avoid buying anything from Canada due to the unreasonable international shipping costs involved.

Not for me, and especially not when buying from eBay. A lot of US sellers are using the Global Shipping Program now, and it's an utter ripoff. Items selling for $10 cost another $20 to ship. Even big retailers like Amazon, B&H and Adorama can charge $40-$60 in shipping for quite cheap items.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2015 at 08:16 UTC
On Lens Rentals Canada closes its doors article (178 comments in total)
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RStyga: I generally avoid buying anything from Canada due to the unreasonable international shipping costs involved.

Me too, although buying from the United States is much worse.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2015 at 12:42 UTC
On Readers' Showcase: Sarnim Dean article (36 comments in total)

Makin' me homesick.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2015 at 23:56 UTC as 12th comment
On At The Met in the Night time fountains challenge (15 comments in total)

Nice shot, Bob!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 27, 2015 at 11:45 UTC as 13th comment
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1250 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: Excuse me while I wipe the drool off the front of my shirt.

Do they print those now in the States?

But yeah, it certainly ain't cheap.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 05:13 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1250 comments in total)

Dpreview: I think you've made an error with the statement "it continues to offer the splash and dust-proof construction of its predecessor". My understanding is that the GX7 was not dust/splash-proof.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 05:13 UTC as 220th comment | 1 reply
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1250 comments in total)

Excuse me while I wipe the drool off the front of my shirt.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 05:10 UTC as 221st comment | 4 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Review preview (446 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: Looks like a very good camera with decent ergonomics and most of the features I need.

I've only just bought a GM5, which I love, but will probably buy into the G-series when the sensor is upgraded to use as my full-sized option.

I never mentioned pixel count.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2015 at 03:18 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Review preview (446 comments in total)

Looks like a very good camera with decent ergonomics and most of the features I need.

I've only just bought a GM5, which I love, but will probably buy into the G-series when the sensor is upgraded to use as my full-sized option.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2015 at 06:54 UTC as 77th comment | 2 replies

Great shots and excellent taste in music!

Gotta love the Clash ...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 5, 2015 at 15:02 UTC as 34th comment
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