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 Lookin' vicious in the The World of Cats & Dogs challenge (4 comments in total)

Beautiful cats.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2013 at 05:33 UTC as 1st comment
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tonywong: I really think you guys need to do a 'behind-the-scenes' look at how your in-depth reviews are created and performed. Just wanted to put this in before the usual complaints are fielded.

I think there'd be value in seeing how many hours and work goes into a product that is ostensibly released for 'free.'

I also think it would be interested to see how Dpreview does its reviews.

It's a bit simplistic to say that it's "free" though.

Dpreview is a company that makes profit by selling advertising and links. It attracts web traffic by attracting web-users with products (eg: reviews) and services (eg: forums).

Web-users do not pay money, but they do pay with their time. If Dpreview's products and services are not worthy of their time-payment, then the web-users will go elsewhere.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 15, 2013 at 09:31 UTC
On Natural Water in the Water in Nature challenge (2 comments in total)

This is nicely composed and shot, but to be honest I think it looks oversaturated and oversharpened - a bit like an HDR shot. Of course, this is a matter of taste, but I think I'd like the photo more if the processing was dialed back a bit.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2013 at 11:24 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply

A good story and a great photo. I love the way the dust captures life and the movement of the players. Every one of the participants helps to make the shot. The ball is perfectly placed.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2013 at 12:35 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
On Pro DSLRs, Pro Photographers article (126 comments in total)

A great article with lots of fascinating insights. The interviewer did a good job preparing his/her questions. I would like to see more articles like this.

I find it interesting that, when these guys are talking about their fancy new cameras, neither of them mentions image quality much. Both men are generally much more concerned about focusing speed, ergonomics and workflow. Something for all of us to remember as we argue about which sensor produces slightly less noise at ISO 3200.

A note for Dpreview: Please stop using exclamation marks in your articles. I saw four in this piece. It is unprofessional and looks childish. No serious publication allows exclamation marks to creep into their copy. I realise that the two men were probably interviewed by email, but you do have the power to edit the punctuation in their comments.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2013 at 03:15 UTC as 52nd comment | 3 replies
On Malaysia - Hindu Girl in the Photojournalism Steve McCurry style. challenge (3 comments in total)

It looks okay in colour but the black and white conversion really brings out her eyes.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2013 at 00:10 UTC as 1st comment
On Old Glory in the Freedom challenge (14 comments in total)
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Equals Nothing: Lol, I'm sorry but you must not live in america. Freedom is a fairy tale here, but I do like the pretty colors in the shot.

Well, congratulations on your 130th place. It's clear that many people agree with you.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2013 at 07:22 UTC
On A (Fish) Eye on Man challenge (3 comments in total)

That sucks about EXIF. The most popular fisheye for Micro Four Thirds doesn't embed EXIF.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 23, 2013 at 09:43 UTC as 3rd comment
On Happy Potter in the A story behind: Peoples life challenge (6 comments in total)

A striking shot. Well done.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2013 at 05:51 UTC as 1st comment
On Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 review article (546 comments in total)

Yet another awesome camera that I can't afford.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2013 at 07:45 UTC as 113th comment | 2 replies
On Old Glory in the Freedom challenge (14 comments in total)
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Equals Nothing: Lol, I'm sorry but you must not live in america. Freedom is a fairy tale here, but I do like the pretty colors in the shot.

I would say that America overcomes its vicissitudes by force of arms, rather than by "freedom".

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2013 at 05:28 UTC
On Old Glory in the Freedom challenge (14 comments in total)
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Scott Mac: I don't understand what a flag has to do with freedom.

I didn't realise that America invented the English language (England), computers (Greece) or the suit (Europe). Nor did I realise that those things were evidence that the US flag was flown "throughout the world" to represent a set of ideals. Perhaps I should have gone to an American school. Thank you for the history lesson.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2013 at 05:26 UTC
On USS Missouri - WWII Battleship in the Freedom challenge (5 comments in total)
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Scott Mac: ...has nothing to do with freedom

No, I would not have capitulated. In fact, my country didn't. I'm also aware of the events at Pearl Harbour. It's just that war and death don't have much to do with freedom. They have more to do with politics and power relationships.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2013 at 05:20 UTC
On Freedom challenge (9 comments in total)
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Pr0peller: Anyone with a pic to submit taken at an American military cemetery in Europe?

Please...

I respect Allied soldiers who died to kick the Germans out of France, but it's drawing a long bow to equate a photo of a graveyard with "freedom". Get a grip, people.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2013 at 00:43 UTC
On freedom in the Freedom challenge (1 comment in total)

Funny photo, but doesn't illustrate freedom, I don't think.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2013 at 00:39 UTC as 1st comment
On Old Glory in the Freedom challenge (14 comments in total)
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Scott Mac: I don't understand what a flag has to do with freedom.

Really? Please tell me where "throughout the world" the US flag has been flown to represent a set of ideals.

The US is not very popular outside of the US, and it is only US citizens who think their country is some kind of positive symbol.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2013 at 01:27 UTC
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Marty4650: The disappointing part of this story is that Olympus is losing money selling M4/3 cameras and lenses. This is really troubling.

Lets face it... they probably sold very few E5 cameras last year. It's hard to lose $170 million on DSLR sales when you don't sell very many of them. MILC cameras and lenses probably account for 95% of the sales of the imaging division today.

Considering the fact that M4/3 cameras and lenses aren't cheap, I don't know how they can raise their prices much. And M4/3 outsells every other mirrorless format.

I wonder if Sony, Nikon, Samsung and Fuji are losing money on their MILC cameras too? I would imagine that Canon and Pentax are losing money on theirs, due to extremely low volumes.

What makes you think that Olympus is losing money on m43 cameras and lenses? This is the most successful product line for Olympus.

More likely, they are losing money on DSLRs and compact cameras, and the rocketing m43 sales don't quite make up for it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2013 at 10:01 UTC
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marike6: Not quite the same because of the smaller format, but Nikon beat Panasonic to this large aperture lens with the 35 1.2 N coated portrait lens announcement last week.

http://www.dpreview.com/news/2012/10/24/nikon-announces-developement-of-three-1-nikkor-lenses

I'm guessing the Panasonic f1.2 lens will cost close to $1000, which I guess is OK if you need the speed and shallow DOF, but prices in m43 lenses are going a bit crazy in recent times. It's becoming a bit of a luxury, boutique format in terms of prices.

I also think the f2.8 zooms are a bit overpriced but not because of the smaller sensor. I think they are overpriced because they aren't as good optically as their full-frame equivalents. The Panasonic-Leica 25/1.4 is priced a bit higher than a Canikon 50/1.4 but can justify the premium by its optical quality. The two f2.8 zooms aren't quite good enough to match Canikon professional zooms. It will be interesting to see what Olympus brings to the table.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2013 at 04:15 UTC
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marike6: Not quite the same because of the smaller format, but Nikon beat Panasonic to this large aperture lens with the 35 1.2 N coated portrait lens announcement last week.

http://www.dpreview.com/news/2012/10/24/nikon-announces-developement-of-three-1-nikkor-lenses

I'm guessing the Panasonic f1.2 lens will cost close to $1000, which I guess is OK if you need the speed and shallow DOF, but prices in m43 lenses are going a bit crazy in recent times. It's becoming a bit of a luxury, boutique format in terms of prices.

"Nikon beat Panasonic to this large aperture ..."

I didn't realise there was some race going on.

Who came third?

"...prices in m43 lenses are going a bit crazy..."

Have to agree with you there - generally, anyway. The M. Zuiko 12/2.0 and 17/1.8 lenses are clearly overpriced. There is some reasonably priced glass around though - the 45/1.8 and 40-150 ED spring to mind, and the 25/1.4 can justify its price.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2013 at 03:25 UTC
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sb123: The focusing speed of the 75-300 is considerably faster than that of the 100-300 on either the EM5 or the G5 (and presumably the GH3). With the G5 it has an effective AFC function.

True, but the 100-300 is brighter (at f4-f5.6) and includes image stabilisation at the same price as the new version of the Oly.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2013 at 09:02 UTC
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