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 Starstruck: Adam Woodworth's nighttime photography article (43 comments in total)

Great shots and some interesting tips.

I've been meaning to try astrophotography upon my return to New Zealand next October (currently living in smoggy Malaysia). It's disappointing to hear that you need f2.8 ultrawide and a big full frame sensor for this kind of photography - I'm shooting Micro Four Thirds and an f4 ultrawide, which is a total of about three stops behind.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 24, 2014 at 05:57 UTC as 1st comment | 2 replies

I like it.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 00:11 UTC as 72nd comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 First Impressions Review preview (296 comments in total)
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Gesture: Smaller sensor. Smaller, less complicated camera than DSLR. $500 would be appropriate.

I paid the equivalent of USD $690 for mine and feel that it was worth it.

It's the best camera I've ever owned.

S

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 13:15 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 First Impressions Review preview (296 comments in total)
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JohnnyRC: I am liking the fact panasonic is focusing on expanding the range of these compact system cameras. I am surprised that there doesn't seem to be a lot of compact extreme wide angle cameras on the market (i.e. 14mm equiv.) This makes these models all the more handy and a lot lighter than a full frame DSLR with 14mm lens. Hats off to Panasonic for their wide angle 4/3 lenses. If you want to make this camera perfect, add aperture and exposure comp. dials and GPS and weather seals. GPS is high on my hit list. I use my camera for cataloging architecture, especially when travelling. There are many places that do not have easy street addresses and GPS provides me with a quick ability to Geolocate buildings and other features for future research purposes. Saves having to pull out notebooks and/or use phone to duplicate shots.

This camera already has aperture and exposure compensation dials. The main thumbwheel controls both of these functions. You simply press it into the body to toggle between the two.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 13:13 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 First Impressions Review preview (296 comments in total)
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LarryLatchkey: I held it in my hands today. It is NOT ERGONOMIC (plus the viewfinder is really quite small). Why does it seem to be so difficult to design an ergonomic grip on a compact M4/3 camera that also looks good?! It is quite astonishing that having used a Ricoh GRd (I) with it's really bad IQ for years means being totally spoilt by it's perfect ergonomics. I really want to be able to use a camera one-handedly in certain situations (including the change of setting by reaching for a wheel with my right thumb or index finger).

I agree with you that this camera sorely needs a grip. However, apart from this issue the ergonomics are good, as the camera is designed to be shot one-handed. The buttons are nicely spaced apart so you don't press the wrong ones accidentally, the on-off switch is accessible with the right index finger (take a note, OM-D designers ...) and the thumbwheel controls both aperture and exposure compensation. I've ordered a Richard Franiec custom grip that will hopefully turn it into a lovely little thing to handle.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 13:09 UTC
On All-in-one: Ona Capri bag review article (166 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: For the same price you could buy two Billingham Hadley Small camera bags that are stylish, tough, weatherproof, weigh 30 per cent less, are made of canvas, leather and brass and are made in the UK (rather than the Dominican Republic).

... well, the Billingham Hadley Large, then.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 07:38 UTC
On All-in-one: Ona Capri bag review article (166 comments in total)

For the same price you could buy two Billingham Hadley Small camera bags that are stylish, tough, weatherproof, weigh 30 per cent less, are made of canvas, leather and brass and are made in the UK (rather than the Dominican Republic).

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2014 at 23:01 UTC as 4th comment | 3 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 First Impressions Review preview (296 comments in total)
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JohnColtrane: Just search the price on amazon.jp.
GM1:¥ 45,800 for black, ¥ 51,688 for silver.
GM5:¥ 97,000 for black.

That means it costs you guys about ¥50,000($ 416) to buy an EVF+1080,30p->1080,60p-flash.

I bought my GM5 with 12-32 kit lens in Australia for the equivalent. of USD $690.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2014 at 08:49 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 First Impressions Review preview (296 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: I just bought this camera after a three-week professional photoshoot in Australia and am really enjoying it. Certainly the controls are a bit fiddly, but with its tiny kit lens it feels almost weightless next to my E-P3 with 12-35 f/2.8.

I'm really looking forward to giving it a good nudge in the Philippines during the next two weeks.

Cool - storms make for great shots!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2014 at 21:55 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 First Impressions Review preview (296 comments in total)

I just bought this camera after a three-week professional photoshoot in Australia and am really enjoying it. Certainly the controls are a bit fiddly, but with its tiny kit lens it feels almost weightless next to my E-P3 with 12-35 f/2.8.

I'm really looking forward to giving it a good nudge in the Philippines during the next two weeks.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2014 at 11:10 UTC as 35th comment | 2 replies
On Nude in the Favorite photographer challenge (1 comment in total)

A lovely composition.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2014 at 05:08 UTC as 1st comment
On Maori Warrior in the -Unfriendly- (BW Faceshot +Border) challenge (1 comment in total)

Nice shot of a cuzzy.

S

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2014 at 05:07 UTC as 1st comment
On dragon flies bathing in morning sun in the Dragonflies #2 challenge (2 comments in total)

A lovely backlit shot.

Well done!

S

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2014 at 05:05 UTC as 1st comment
On Dragonfly Flight in the Dragonflies #2 challenge (13 comments in total)

These insect-flying shots are extremely difficult to pull off.

Well done!

S

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2014 at 05:03 UTC as 11th comment

it sounds like these Tiffens still produce a colour-cast. Tiffins are in fact notorious for this and are the main reason I gave up on the brand.

I started with Tiffen filters, then upgraded to HiTech/fFormatt, then upgraded again to Haida.

The Haidas are multicoated Schott glass and have no colour-cast whatsoever despite costing a fraction of the price of Lee. Even their 10-stop filter has no colour cast.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2014 at 09:43 UTC as 5th comment
On Richard Franiec offers Canon PowerShot G7 X custom grip article (110 comments in total)
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ThatCamFan: I do not trust a piece of tape to not fall off with time breaking the camera.

- Paul: Good to hear.

- Darngooddesign. The GX7 has a built-in non-detachable grip.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 2, 2014 at 00:31 UTC
On Richard Franiec offers Canon PowerShot G7 X custom grip article (110 comments in total)
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JohnHoppy: Whether or not manufacturers should design their cameras better - and they should - is a wasted debatte. Fact is, they don't listen. I have had a couple of Richard's grips, they do transform the camera (and take up no extra space). Delivered to Europe for around 27 bucks was okay for a 50% improvement in handling. He's a nice bloke, too! Get one for your GM1, it will transform the camera.

Hopefully the GM1 grip also fits the GM5.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 15:10 UTC
On Richard Franiec offers Canon PowerShot G7 X custom grip article (110 comments in total)
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ThatCamFan: I do not trust a piece of tape to not fall off with time breaking the camera.

Well, often I hold a camera solely by the grip - especially when I'm walking around with it and it's hanging by my side. I can fully understand Dheorl's concern. I'd rather not have to worry about a grip detaching and dropping $2000 worth of glass and electronics onto the concrete. It's one thing to glue a grip onto a compact camera, but when the grip is glued onto a 350g system camera with a 500g lens attached then personally I would be nervous. This trend of manufacturers to forgo proper grips on cameras in order to make them look nicer is a bad one. Olympus is one of the worst offenders. Sony manages to do it with its mirrorless NEX system, so there's no reason why other manufacturers can't do the same.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 15:04 UTC
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Clyde Thomas: Liquid lens... great for cold weather shooting I presume?

You came to the wrong place for chilled-out comments, Clyde.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 00:52 UTC
On Sun_and_Rain in the Storrmy Landscape challenge (12 comments in total)

Nice tones.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 08:58 UTC as 3rd comment
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