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 Travel tripods: Comparing 5 aluminum kits article (100 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 (100 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 (100 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 46th 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 2nd comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (722 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 (1061 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 (1061 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

This is one of the best photos of a kea I've ever seen.

Well done, mate!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2014 at 10:23 UTC as 3rd comment
On The Seven Man Made Wonders of the World challenge (4 comments in total)

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

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2014 at 03:24 UTC as 1st comment | 3 replies
On -Made in America- (Full Colours Only) challenge (15 comments in total)
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gerry328: An iPad is US-branded but manufacturing is subcontracted in China, does it qualify?

Conan: Don't forget that there are dozens of countries in America - USA is only one of them.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2014 at 00:13 UTC

Nice shot. I knocked you down half a point for not writing a proper title.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2014 at 01:37 UTC as 1st comment

That's a beauty, mate. Nice shot.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2014 at 01:34 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On The Seven Natural Wonders of the World challenge (10 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: Having been to Rio de Janeiro and Victoria Falls, there is no way I would consider them to be among the world's greatest natural wonders. Still, it should be an interesting challenge.

I think the list given above comes from Wikipedia. Wildbegonia: I agree with you about Iguazu being the world's greatest waterfall - I visited it in 2010, and then last year I visited Victoria Falls. No contest! I think that if I were to compile a "7 Wonders" list from places I've been to I would have Iguazu Falls, Halong Bay and Perito Moreno Glacier on there. But that's just me ...

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2014 at 01:28 UTC
On -Made in America- (Full Colours Only) challenge (15 comments in total)
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c76plus: A product made in any of the 53 countries recognized in America?

c76plus: America comprises the two continents of North America and South America. You can enter photos from any country that is part of those two continents.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2014 at 01:10 UTC
On Head-On Of Bee in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (8 comments in total)

Nice shot, bro - I shoot macro myself, and I know how difficult it is to nail these photos.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2014 at 09:50 UTC as 6th comment
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