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 Ancient Ruins challenge (3 comments in total)

A lot of these entries are not from the BC (before Christ?) era. For example, the shots from Palenque and Chitzen Itza. I wanted to enter a shot from Angkor, but did not because it is only 1000 years old.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2013 at 00:57 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On Parachutes challenge (2 comments in total)
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PaulChapman: "Parachutes" it says....and then "opens in two days"....well, I'm not buying one of those thank you very much.....

Good one, Paul!

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2013 at 01:13 UTC
On Ready, Steady, GO!!! in the The World of Sweets challenge (3 comments in total)

Nicely lit.

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2013 at 01:12 UTC as 2nd comment
On Photoshop Gradient Tool: Blending Images article (223 comments in total)

Fantastic tutorial, thank you. I've been meaning to train myself in the use of the gradient tool for some time now - and this is tremendously helpful.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2013 at 01:24 UTC as 22nd comment
On Just Posted: Olympus E-PM2 Review article (164 comments in total)
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onlooker: > Photographers with larger hands may also find the ergonomics
> of the E-PL5 a better fit than the decidedly 'Mini' E-PM2

Hm. Camerasize shows they are practically identical in size:

http://camerasize.com/compare/#387,382

If you look at the back, I can't see what E-PL5 offers that is more ergonomic to people with large hands (and I am interested because I do have large hands).

I have the MCG-2 mounted on my E-P3. I was unable to buy one for less that USD $50. Quite a lot of money for a small piece of plastic and rubber. The grip certainly improves handling, but (like many Olympus accessories, including their "optional" lens hoods) it is an enormous ripoff.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2013 at 01:11 UTC
On Just Posted: Olympus E-PM2 Review article (164 comments in total)
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Peiasdf: "The E-PM2 and E-PL5 borrow the Olympus OM-D E-M5's proven 16MP CMOS sensor, a class-leader in image quality"
What class is that? m4/3? That's a class of two. EVIL/mirrorless? It is better than Fuji and NEX?

Why this review reads like company press release with the overuse of hyperboles?

Dpreview writers have a tendency to parrot phrases from press releases. Yesterday they said that flickr's website was "all new" after its recent tweaks. Having said that, the OM-D's sensor is highly regarded.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2013 at 01:08 UTC

It's not "all-new". It's just a revamp. Yet another example of dpreview parroting press release jargon.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2013 at 02:30 UTC as 113th comment | 1 reply
On Early morning silence. in the Silence challenge (3 comments in total)

Moody. Good shot.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2013 at 00:23 UTC as 1st comment
On Lonely moon in the Silence challenge (8 comments in total)

Nice.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2013 at 00:23 UTC as 8th comment
On Kid's Birthday Parties challenge (1 comment in total)

Your apostrophe is in the wrong place.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2013 at 00:05 UTC as 1st comment

Sweet shot.

Is this HDR?

Did you use a grad filter?

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2013 at 03:25 UTC as 3rd comment
On Home-made CSC bag in the My Camera Bag! (Capture Date Rule) challenge (2 comments in total)

Nice looking bag!

I've thought about making my own as well, but can't use a sewing machine.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2013 at 02:36 UTC as 2nd comment
On Just Posted: Detailed hands-on Olympus PEN E-P5 preview article (315 comments in total)
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Peiasdf: A well put together camera but raises the question why is it the same price as X-E1 yet doesn't come with EVF. Fuji is going for the premium market and have the fast lens lineup to back it up. Very few m4/3 lenses are as fast and as well put together as X lenses yet Olympus feel they should be more premium than Fuji.

Even compares with E-P5's predecessor E-P3, E-P5 is $100 more and without a kit lens. I mentioned in another comment that E-P3 was already overpriced compares with the existing E-PL2 and co-announced E-PL3. Olympus just outdone itself again. The most expensive system camera outside of Leica.

Naveed: It's not $100 more than the E-P3, because the E-P3 price included a lens. The $1000 E-P5 price is body-only.

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2013 at 09:30 UTC
On Just Posted: Detailed hands-on Olympus PEN E-P5 preview article (315 comments in total)
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MrTritium: 420g with battery?! The Nex-6 and X-E1 weigh only 350g, and the nex-3n 269g. Is this camera made of LEAD?

This camera has a much larger battery, better IBIS and stronger body than earlier PENs, which would explain the increase in weight.

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2013 at 09:26 UTC

The pricing sucks because the best deal is clearly the body + 17/1.8 lens and VF4. However, if you already own a viewfinder or the 17/1.8 (as I do) then that option is a no-go.

There's just no way I'm going to spring $1000 for a body only when $450 more would get a lens and viewfinder worth $800+.

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2013 at 02:22 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply
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AllMankind: What is it with Olympus and Panasonic, that they cannot make a rangefinder styled camera with a BUILTIN EVF?

A rangefinder-styled camera with weather-sealing, 5-axis IBIS and a built in EVF should cost the same as an OM-D, because the features are the same. Only the layout is different (EVF on the side instead of top-middle).

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2013 at 02:16 UTC
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jozhua: really nice camera. fantastic sensor technology but personally, design wise, i'd go for the EP3, silver.

love the wifi addition too. since olympus jpegs are known for their colors and clarity, fantastic addition for those who want to directly send their files to tablets and laptops.

I'm inclined to agree. I also prefer the handling of the E-P3 over the OM-D. However, removing the bottom scroll-wheel and adding a wheel to the front under the shutter is a move in the right direction.
The thing that bugs me about the E-P5 is that it's no longer possible to remove the grip. I use the optional large grip on my E-P3.

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2013 at 16:46 UTC
On Just Posted: Detailed hands-on Olympus PEN E-P5 preview article (315 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: If this had weather sealing and a built-in EVF I would buy it immediately.

Of course, the OM-D E-M5 has those features, but I don't like the way that camera handles.

Oli4D: I've tried the OM-D E-M5 twice and both times it felt very cramped in my hands - and especially in the front between the tiny grip and the lens mount. The first time I used the OM-D I actually walked into a shop intending to buy it, but walked out without it because of the handling.

No, I haven't already tried the E-P5, but I own an E-P3 and it handles much better than the OM-D in my opinion. I do use the optional large grip on the E-P3.

It's not just about the controls.

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2013 at 16:16 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-P5 Preview preview (380 comments in total)
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snowboarder: So is it really gonna work for micro 4/3? More and more compact
cameras will show up with full frame and they are stuck with
a small sensor...

Sensor technology has moved on tremendously in the past few years. You don't need a big sensor any more. Another point: the savings in size and weight are more noticeable in the lenses than in the bodies. Try comparing a full-frame lens with the equivalent M43 lens and you're looking at double the weight or more.

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2013 at 06:16 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-P5 Preview preview (380 comments in total)

I dislike the phrase "all new" when applied to features that are only mild tweaks of existing features - it shows that a journalist is parroting a company's press release.

Still, this is an interesting preview. There are some great new features - the ISO 100, focus-peaking and smaller focus-point option being three that I would use a lot.

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2013 at 06:05 UTC as 105th comment | 1 reply
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