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 Did Sigma design the Olympus M.Zuiko 75mm F1.8? article (200 comments in total)

Nice work, Sigma!

Maybe you could design us m43 users a nice rectilinear 7mm f4.

Thanks.
S

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2013 at 10:18 UTC as 60th comment | 4 replies
On Sony A3000 preview (678 comments in total)

I shoot Micro Four Thirds, but nevertheless I welcome this Sony camera because it will help forced down prices in other parts of the mirrorless segment.

The image quality of this camera is probably as good as any APS-C camera on the market, or close to it, for only $400 including a lens.

That's a really good deal.

Well done, Sony.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2013 at 15:20 UTC as 139th comment | 1 reply

I own a Joby Gorillapod Hybrid, which I bought to use with my m43 system (based around an E-P3).

The Gorillapod Hybrid is junk. I snapped one of the legs while bending it around for storage. It's certainly not worth the USD $40 + I paid for it.

Much more useful is the $12 mini-tripod I bought from the local camera store.

I certainly wouldn't buy another Gorillapod.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2013 at 14:32 UTC as 13th comment
On Olympus PEN E-P5 Preview preview (379 comments in total)
In reply to:

greenowl: First Impressions
Pros
excellent build quality, great IQ, excellent ergonomics for such a small camera body

Cons
built in flash pops up far too easily, exposing flimsy flash to damage while taking out of bag or pocket. Olympus should have made the flash release button a bit recessed. Had to fix this by taping some buttons on both sides of flash release button.
Built in flash photos not good especially at ISO 800 and above.
However, good news is I found I could use my Canon 580EXII flash on it in manual mode, with tape over the 3 TTL contacts on the P5. The results were much better than the built in flash and I just saved myself from getting the Olympus flash!

greenowl

Greenowl, thanks for pointing out the little irritation you have with the pop-up flash. These little things all contribute to the user experience, and yet they tend to get left out of camera reviews, which tend to focus more on features.

S

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2013 at 07:52 UTC
On Here in the m43 challenge (6 comments in total)

Nice.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2013 at 01:32 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On AsmGLSP 006 in the m43 challenge (2 comments in total)

Nice use of the 40-150, Jalywol.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2013 at 01:30 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On Conquered in the m43 challenge (5 comments in total)

Very nice tones. Well done.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2013 at 01:17 UTC as 3rd comment
On DSC_0036 in the The Rain challenge (1 comment in total)

Very nice.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2013 at 02:37 UTC as 1st comment
On Technique: A still life challenge (21 comments in total)
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vinsantosh: I (runner up)and kiran k(winner) & shivayogih(runner up),are entered in to this challange as a part of our cinematography training , as we are practicing together & we have own only one camera (panasonic gh2) so all photographs took with this camera only.

Unfortunately, vinsantosh, you have cheated by voting on each other's photos and giving each other 5-star votes. This is unacceptable in an international photo competition.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2013 at 14:55 UTC
On Magic Lantern in the Technique: A still life challenge (10 comments in total)

Unfortunately, the winner cheated. He and the two runners-up shot their photos with the same GH2 camera and then got their friends to vote - giving them 8-12 five-star votes.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2013 at 14:53 UTC as 1st comment
On Pagan Gods challenge (12 comments in total)
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fouad6: NZ Scott, their are no pictures or statues of Islamic/Jewish God, the One God.

There are lots of pictures of the Christian god, including a very famous one on the cieling of the Sistine Chapel. There are statues of Jesus, who Christians believe is part of a deist "trinity".

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2013 at 00:25 UTC
On Pagan Gods challenge (12 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: Unfortunate that this challenge excludes monotheistic gods. Why not Islamic/Christian/Jewish gods?

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Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2013 at 00:24 UTC
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theglovenor: i have an underwater housing and i cant swim!

Good on ya, mate!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2013 at 13:30 UTC
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NZ Scott: Hmm. I've bought 8 lenses for my E-P3 in less than two years ... I think I've got a touch of GAS. On the other hand, I bought 7 of those lenses for specific reasons.

I've found that one way to fight against GAS is to buy the best stuff right at the start - then you don't have to keep upgrading all the time. B+W multicoated filters, the best/most expensive lens out of three possible options, the nicest/most expensive camera bag, the carbon-fibre tripod option ... et cetera.

It's expensive at the start, but at least it helps to curb "upgrade-itis".

Kudos for Duong for being honest about his GAS. Some people hate to admit these kinds of failings.

Thomas, like I said in my first post, I try to buy the best stuff I can afford. There have been a couple of times I've tried to save money, and both times it ended up costing me money. The first time was when I bought a cheap aluminium tripod (Velbon CX888). Of course, it broke. My second tripod was an expensive carbon-fibre model (Sirui T1204x) and it looks like it will last for years. The second time was when I bought cheap Cokin filters and had problems with colour-cast. I've upgraded to expensive Hitech filters - and the Cokins are sitting in a drawer.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2013 at 13:27 UTC

Hmm. I've bought 8 lenses for my E-P3 in less than two years ... I think I've got a touch of GAS. On the other hand, I bought 7 of those lenses for specific reasons.

I've found that one way to fight against GAS is to buy the best stuff right at the start - then you don't have to keep upgrading all the time. B+W multicoated filters, the best/most expensive lens out of three possible options, the nicest/most expensive camera bag, the carbon-fibre tripod option ... et cetera.

It's expensive at the start, but at least it helps to curb "upgrade-itis".

Kudos for Duong for being honest about his GAS. Some people hate to admit these kinds of failings.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2013 at 08:10 UTC as 94th comment | 3 replies
On Pagan Gods challenge (12 comments in total)

Unfortunate that this challenge excludes monotheistic gods. Why not Islamic/Christian/Jewish gods?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2013 at 04:56 UTC as 5th comment | 2 replies
On King Jagiello in the Statues of Warriors challenge (2 comments in total)

Great shot. Moody.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 6, 2013 at 09:53 UTC as 1st comment
On Pentax unveils blue and white K-01 in Japan article (262 comments in total)
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Mikhail Tal: simply beautiful... I wish they'd make it a U.S. model as well. I love those colors.

Pawn to king's bishop four.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2013 at 11:27 UTC
On Fujifilm X-M1 Preview preview (226 comments in total)
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colonel444: X-Pro1 - Made in Japan
X-E1 - Made in Japan
X-M1 - Made in Thailand

XF 18-55mm - Made in Japan
XC 16-50mm - Made in China

iPod Touch - made in China
iPhone - made in China
Macbook Air - made in China
More high-speed trains than the rest of the world combined - China
World research leader in quantum dot lasers - China
World's largest chemicals industry (by 2015) - China
World's largest economy (by 2020) - China

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2013 at 09:02 UTC
On Tai Chi in the Martial Artists challenge (2 comments in total)

Thanks mate.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2013 at 05:56 UTC as 1st comment
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