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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Nice. Is this an HDR image?

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2013 at 09:20 UTC as 2nd comment | 2 replies

Lovely shot, but I gave you low marks because narrow depth of field is not very evident.

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2013 at 14:29 UTC as 2nd comment
On Photoshop CC: Adobe responds to reaction article (1853 comments in total)
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Adam Filipowicz: man you folks are a bunch of babies.. its still cheap..considering what you get..its like $1 a day.. for everything.. always updated.. thats cheap.. how much do you spend a day.. driving, drinking coffee?, buying music, or on your cell phone.. i rely on adobe for almost everything i do.. (maxon and MS Office 365) I love the subscription model.. i hope Maxon does the same with Cinema 4D Studio

Sure $1 a day is nothing for a professional who is using the product every day, but for an amateur that only gets to shoot seriously ever second weekend, that's US$14 just to use the software once.

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2013 at 02:28 UTC
On More pictures leak of purported Olympus PEN 'E-P5' article (237 comments in total)
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Simon Zeev: I have the E-PL2 with the VF-2 EVF. I love the combo but I would prefer the EVF
built in the camera. Why they don't do it?
I really don't need a WiFi (but maybe someone need)

Well, this E-P5 also has a five-axis image stabiliser, and it doesn't have a lump. So the lump isn't necessary.

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2013 at 02:41 UTC
On More pictures leak of purported Olympus PEN 'E-P5' article (237 comments in total)
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LyonChen1110: Mobile01 is a Taiwanese web site using Mandarin. Hope that can be corrected.
If this is an Oly's answer to XE-1, it will definitely fill the niche of M43 to provide all kinds of MILCs. Pity that EVF didn't be combined into this lovely body...

Yes, but what if you want a rangefinder-type body with an EVF?

The E-M5 is heavier and less ergonomic than the E-Px cameras.

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2013 at 02:32 UTC
On More pictures leak of purported Olympus PEN 'E-P5' article (237 comments in total)
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bcalkins: Isn't this kind of pointless? I can wait for the real news release...

Then why did you bother to click on the story, read it, and make a comment?

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2013 at 02:27 UTC
On More pictures leak of purported Olympus PEN 'E-P5' article (237 comments in total)
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marike6: It looks very similar to the EP-3, but with a tilt LCD. They just wrote "Olympus PEN" in all caps on as a nod to the original PEN.

The country club, polo shoes, cologne theme makes me NOT want to buy it at all. I cannot think of a more square marketing theme than "country club chic".

It's also not nearly as beautiful as the X100s, nor as small and utilitarian as the Ricoh GRD V. So I'm out, but I'm sure it will do well with m43 users.

MichaelKJ: Yes, you are right. But unfortunately the ergonomics suck on the E-M5. Otherwise I would buy one myself.

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2013 at 10:57 UTC
On More pictures leak of purported Olympus PEN 'E-P5' article (237 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: The camera looks fantastic and has many killer features - but without a built-in EVF I will not be upgrading from my E-P3.

Of course, it would be possible to attach a VF-4 to this camera, but then it would be bulkier and more expensive than an E-M5. I tried an E-M5 and loathed the ergonomics. Another option is the Panasonic GH3, but that camera is almost as big as a DSLR and for me that defeats the purpose of going mirrorless.

I guess I'll just have to keep waiting for the "perfect" M43 camera. This E-P5 is close but no cigar.

Of course I am aware that the E-P3 has no EVF - I own one.

I can live without the EVF, but I would prefer my next camera to have one.

I haven't tried the Panasonic G6 but I have tried the G3 and it felt too plasticky for me. Also, Panasonic cameras do not have IBIS and for that reason alone I tend to favour Olympus.

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2013 at 10:53 UTC
On Hindu Worship - Goa Gajah in the Indonesia: Environmental Portraits only challenge (3 comments in total)
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Isabel Cutler: Well deserved win. Powerful moment captured beautifully.

Thank you muchly, Isabel.

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2013 at 10:40 UTC
On More pictures leak of purported Olympus PEN 'E-P5' article (237 comments in total)
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marike6: It looks very similar to the EP-3, but with a tilt LCD. They just wrote "Olympus PEN" in all caps on as a nod to the original PEN.

The country club, polo shoes, cologne theme makes me NOT want to buy it at all. I cannot think of a more square marketing theme than "country club chic".

It's also not nearly as beautiful as the X100s, nor as small and utilitarian as the Ricoh GRD V. So I'm out, but I'm sure it will do well with m43 users.

It's odd to read comments from someone who is so fixated on marketing and appearances.

Of course the E-P5 looks similar to an E-P3. They are both E-Px PEN cameras.

What does the marketing campaign have to do with the abilities of the camera itself? Nothing, of course.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and beauty is irrelevant to the functioning of a camera.

Of course it's not as small as a Ricoh GRD V. The Rikoh is a fixed-lens compact! No interchangable-lens camera is as small as a compact.

Sheesh.

Direct link | Posted on May 2, 2013 at 23:54 UTC
On More pictures leak of purported Olympus PEN 'E-P5' article (237 comments in total)

The camera looks fantastic and has many killer features - but without a built-in EVF I will not be upgrading from my E-P3.

Of course, it would be possible to attach a VF-4 to this camera, but then it would be bulkier and more expensive than an E-M5. I tried an E-M5 and loathed the ergonomics. Another option is the Panasonic GH3, but that camera is almost as big as a DSLR and for me that defeats the purpose of going mirrorless.

I guess I'll just have to keep waiting for the "perfect" M43 camera. This E-P5 is close but no cigar.

Direct link | Posted on May 2, 2013 at 23:48 UTC as 78th comment | 2 replies
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KL Matt: Hire a native speaker (of English!) to translate your press releases Panasonic, this is embarrassing.

All news media outlets receive press releases, and some receive dozens every day, but dpreview is the only one I'm aware of that prints those press releases verbatim. It is a news outlet's job to gather information and process it into a digestible form for its readers, rather than just cut-and-paste the raw information. In this case, the press release is particularly badly written.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2013 at 00:32 UTC
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mikiev: This is the 2nd press release for a new camera I've read, in which the PR people fill the release with multiple paragraphs of jargon e.g. " Wi-Fi® connectivity (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n) with NFC (Near Field Communication) technology; UHS-I (Ultra High Speed I) SDXC/SDHC Memory Card; Digital Live MOS Sensor"; etc

And yet they never mention the fact this is also a micro four-thirds camera. Not even in the "Other Attractive Features..." section. :)

How is compatibility with u43 lenses not an attractive feature?

Is it the fear that potential customers might choose other brands of lenses, if they knew it was an option?

Or that they might check into what other u43 cameras there are on the market?

I guess there job is to make Panasonic look like the be-all, end-all of your camera needs. :)

It's one of the worst press releases I've ever read from a major electronics company. Full of shocking grammar mistakes and rendered almost unreadable by an over-use of caps and jargon.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2013 at 12:09 UTC
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KL Matt: Hire a native speaker (of English!) to translate your press releases Panasonic, this is embarrassing.

Yes, it's lazy journalism. Dpreview should at least make an effort to write a story, even if it's mostly just based on the press release.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2013 at 11:07 UTC
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NZ Scott: The tone of dpreview's link sounds rather disapproving and a little bit high-and-mighty.

If a photography news website manages to get its hands on a pre-production lens and get some images with it then I say good on them.

That's what good journalism is all about.

Rad: I'm fully aware of what the term "news embargo" means, as I am a journalist by trade. There is much discussion in the world of journalism as to whether or not news embargoes should be honoured. Newspapers that I have worked at will break embargoes in some circumstances. For example, if a news outlet has no other source than the official one then they will generally honour an embargo. However, if they manage to obtain information (or,in this case, a lens) from a non-official source then many of them will break the embargo, citing third-party sources.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2013 at 10:59 UTC

The tone of dpreview's link sounds rather disapproving and a little bit high-and-mighty.

If a photography news website manages to get its hands on a pre-production lens and get some images with it then I say good on them.

That's what good journalism is all about.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2013 at 06:13 UTC as 7th comment | 3 replies
On Red Shouldered Hawk 2 in the My best picture ever ! challenge (7 comments in total)

Sweet

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2013 at 02:59 UTC as 3rd comment
On Hands Lifted in Prayer or Worship challenge (2 comments in total)

Your description says "connecting with god", but what if they are not praying to god or worshipping god? They could be worshipping some other deity (eg. Ganesh, Ra, Earth Mother). Is that okay?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2013 at 10:18 UTC as 2nd comment
On A Thorny Path in the Grasshoppers, Crickets & Katydids challenge (3 comments in total)
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merops: Loved this.

Thanks.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2013 at 02:18 UTC
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Antonio Rojilla: So more or less a Sony NEX-3N clone with a worse sensor. Way to go Panasonic. The only thing they have is more lenses, but you know, most people buying this camera won't ever bother to put on it anything but the kit lens.

I've got 8 Micro Four Thirds lenses, ranging from 7mm fisheye to 300mm telephoto.

Can Sony NEX match that?

Nope.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2013 at 07:25 UTC
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