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 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 (1225 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 (1225 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 216th comment | 1 reply
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1225 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 217th comment | 4 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Review preview (425 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 (425 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 69th 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
On Beyond the table top: 5 mini tripods reviewed article (153 comments in total)
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Colin K. Work: I use a gorrilla pod with my m43 system (but without ball head). As a tripod - there are better - but for versatility, outstanding. My most used application is to position an LCD light panel exactly where I need it, which is quite often hanging upside down from something.

I used a Gorillapod Hybrid with my M43 gear until one of the legs snapped off. The concept is good but the quality is poor. I've moved to a conventional mini-tripod and am happier.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 13:27 UTC
On Readers' Showcase: Raiatea Arcuri article (55 comments in total)

Excellent photos! Great to see such a strong set from a youngster shooting with APS-C.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2015 at 14:54 UTC as 32nd comment
On Vantage Point: The aviation photography of Jon Pece article (203 comments in total)

Cool shots.

Thanks for posting.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2015 at 01:29 UTC as 21st comment
On 20141015-EM1A8924-2 in the Rainy days challenge (14 comments in total)

Nice shot, Bob!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 00:27 UTC as 14th comment
On Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? article (1073 comments in total)
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Parallax1: I've noticed how over the past 2 years I've found myself more and more without my D800 with me, mostly because of the annoyance of carrying such a big camera with me.

In dedicated shooting situations, I still take the D800 and 70-200, but I find myself more and more settling for the phone because of the convenience factor. I've been looking at MFT, but the Olympus bodies are annoying replicating the viewfinder bump, making the bodies too big.

This article really has me hitting the preorder button on Amazon. My last hesitation is that it seems like all of Sony's focus is on using Canon lenses, it does not seem like there is any discussion about using Nikon lenses on the sony system - guess the adapters aren't there yet?

Besides the belabored to death 14 bit (which is a huge and curious issue) the things that would cause me to switch would be a good nikon lens converter and a pancake lens (protrusion about the size of the handgrip)

If you find the Olympus bodies annoying because of the viewfinder hump, take a look at Panasonic's rangefinder-style GX7 and GM5 cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 00:56 UTC
On Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? article (1073 comments in total)

An interesting first look at this exciting camera.

I enjoyed the fact that the photos accompanying the article were of a high standard. This has not always been the case in the past with Dpreview articles, and I tend to place greater value on the judgement of photographers who can shoot decent photos than those who can't.

In short, thanks.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 04:29 UTC as 151st comment
On Behind the Shot: Watery Grave article (91 comments in total)

A very nice shot (although the vignetting is a bit strong for my taste), and I enjoyed reading about the processing methods. The final step you employed in Photoshop to darken parts of the image is new to me - I'll have to remember to give it a try.

Thanks.

Regards,
Scott

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2015 at 22:50 UTC as 23rd comment
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MLWestphal: I thought sure this would be "Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey".....

Yeah, that works too. Except, for the hiding bit.

Direct link | Posted on May 27, 2015 at 23:06 UTC
On Readers' Showcase: Stephen Cheatley article (50 comments in total)

Nice photos.

Thanks for posting.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2015 at 10:57 UTC as 9th comment
On Lee releases pricing for SW150 Mk ll filter system article (37 comments in total)

For those people looking for a much cheaper setup, check out my posting on how to make a filter system for the Panasonic 7-14 ultrawide:

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/55075118

I recommend Haida ND filters, which are better than B+W, Cokin and Hitech/Formatt and a fraction of the price of Lee.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2015 at 08:41 UTC as 2nd comment
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (495 comments in total)
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Searching: Yuk, made in China.

I have no problem with buying Chinese goods. The quality is often world-class and the prices are cheaper than items made in the West.

Also, by purchasing from China, I help to grow a developing country's economy. I would rather give my cash to a developing country than to a country that is already developed.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2015 at 01:34 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (495 comments in total)
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Boss of Sony: I hope this has better build quality than the FZ1000, because when I tried the FZ1000 in the shop, it felt like it was going to fall apart in my hands. $1000 doesn't seem to buy very good build quality nowadays.

My Panasonic GM5 has a very solid build, but I do understand what <Boss of Sony> is saying. I tried a G1 (or was it a G2?) in a shop once and didn't buy it because it was just too plasticky. Having said that, this G7 looks interesting and I'm keen to try it out. Hopefully the build quality has improved since the earlier models in the G-series.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2015 at 01:29 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (495 comments in total)
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Rexyinc: ok thanks guys - that clears that up,

Next question as I've never used m43 before.

What lenses do I need if I need to be at 24/28mm equiv FF ?

I shoot interviews weekly using 3 cams for multicam, the group main camera is space limited in a tiny room. I'm currently using 550d and eos-m with the kit lenses at WA 18 to get them in, which at 1.6x gives me about 28.8mm guessed?. What lense will I need on the main camera to get this shot in ? the other two cameras are closer up MCU on each talking head, so a 50mm on the eos-m/550d is enough to grab that angle. Guessing the 14-42 kit glass would be suitable for that shot right?

I hear there's a 4k 2.3x crop factor we have to factor in ?

<Falk from Hamburg>

Even at the tele end there are lots of options. Zooms: 40-150 (both consumer and pro), 35-100 (both consumer and pro) 100-300, 75-300, 14-150, 14-140, 45-175 among others. Primes: 42.5/1.2, 45/1.8, 60/2.8 Macro, 75/1.8, and a 300/4.0 coming later this year. All the primes are razor sharp. And those are just the Panasonic / Olympus lenses - not including third party manufacturers.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2015 at 01:22 UTC
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