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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 First Impressions Review preview (302 comments in total)
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JohnColtrane: Just search the price on amazon.jp.
GM1:¥ 45,800 for black, ¥ 51,688 for silver.
GM5:¥ 97,000 for black.

That means it costs you guys about ¥50,000($ 416) to buy an EVF+1080,30p->1080,60p-flash.

I bought my GM5 with 12-32 kit lens in Australia for the equivalent. of USD $690.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2014 at 08:49 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 First Impressions Review preview (302 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: I just bought this camera after a three-week professional photoshoot in Australia and am really enjoying it. Certainly the controls are a bit fiddly, but with its tiny kit lens it feels almost weightless next to my E-P3 with 12-35 f/2.8.

I'm really looking forward to giving it a good nudge in the Philippines during the next two weeks.

Cool - storms make for great shots!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2014 at 21:55 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 First Impressions Review preview (302 comments in total)

I just bought this camera after a three-week professional photoshoot in Australia and am really enjoying it. Certainly the controls are a bit fiddly, but with its tiny kit lens it feels almost weightless next to my E-P3 with 12-35 f/2.8.

I'm really looking forward to giving it a good nudge in the Philippines during the next two weeks.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2014 at 11:10 UTC as 37th comment | 2 replies
On Nude in the Favorite photographer challenge (1 comment in total)

A lovely composition.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2014 at 05:08 UTC as 1st comment
On Maori Warrior in the -Unfriendly- (BW Faceshot +Border) challenge (1 comment in total)

Nice shot of a cuzzy.

S

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2014 at 05:07 UTC as 1st comment
On dragon flies bathing in morning sun in the Dragonflies #2 challenge (2 comments in total)

A lovely backlit shot.

Well done!

S

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2014 at 05:05 UTC as 1st comment
On Dragonfly Flight in the Dragonflies #2 challenge (13 comments in total)

These insect-flying shots are extremely difficult to pull off.

Well done!

S

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2014 at 05:03 UTC as 11th comment

it sounds like these Tiffens still produce a colour-cast. Tiffins are in fact notorious for this and are the main reason I gave up on the brand.

I started with Tiffen filters, then upgraded to HiTech/fFormatt, then upgraded again to Haida.

The Haidas are multicoated Schott glass and have no colour-cast whatsoever despite costing a fraction of the price of Lee. Even their 10-stop filter has no colour cast.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2014 at 09:43 UTC as 5th comment
On Richard Franiec offers Canon PowerShot G7 X custom grip article (110 comments in total)
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ThatCamFan: I do not trust a piece of tape to not fall off with time breaking the camera.

- Paul: Good to hear.

- Darngooddesign. The GX7 has a built-in non-detachable grip.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 2, 2014 at 00:31 UTC
On Richard Franiec offers Canon PowerShot G7 X custom grip article (110 comments in total)
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JohnHoppy: Whether or not manufacturers should design their cameras better - and they should - is a wasted debatte. Fact is, they don't listen. I have had a couple of Richard's grips, they do transform the camera (and take up no extra space). Delivered to Europe for around 27 bucks was okay for a 50% improvement in handling. He's a nice bloke, too! Get one for your GM1, it will transform the camera.

Hopefully the GM1 grip also fits the GM5.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 15:10 UTC
On Richard Franiec offers Canon PowerShot G7 X custom grip article (110 comments in total)
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ThatCamFan: I do not trust a piece of tape to not fall off with time breaking the camera.

Well, often I hold a camera solely by the grip - especially when I'm walking around with it and it's hanging by my side. I can fully understand Dheorl's concern. I'd rather not have to worry about a grip detaching and dropping $2000 worth of glass and electronics onto the concrete. It's one thing to glue a grip onto a compact camera, but when the grip is glued onto a 350g system camera with a 500g lens attached then personally I would be nervous. This trend of manufacturers to forgo proper grips on cameras in order to make them look nicer is a bad one. Olympus is one of the worst offenders. Sony manages to do it with its mirrorless NEX system, so there's no reason why other manufacturers can't do the same.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 15:04 UTC
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Clyde Thomas: Liquid lens... great for cold weather shooting I presume?

You came to the wrong place for chilled-out comments, Clyde.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 00:52 UTC
On Sun_and_Rain in the Storrmy Landscape challenge (12 comments in total)

Nice tones.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 08:58 UTC as 3rd comment
On Sand Swords in the Sand Patterns-2 Beaches & Rivers challenge (2 comments in total)

Nice.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2014 at 09:21 UTC as 1st comment
On Tricolored Heron in Quiet Reflection in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (27 comments in total)

Nice shot.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2014 at 09:19 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On In the Sea of Galilee - 2 in the Maritime Life challenge (6 comments in total)

Cool shot.
I also have the Samyang but don't use it much. Maybe I should.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 26, 2014 at 07:07 UTC as 4th comment
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 article (304 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: Looks awesome, with a couple of niggles:

1) I agree with DPreview that the focus-mode wheel should have been a control wheel.

2) I wish it had a flip-out screen.

3) It doesn't have a grip, although (if I buy one) it should be possible to jury-rig a grip out of Sugru.

I don't mind it not having IBIS as the IBIS on my current camera (Olympus E-P3) is next to useless anyway.

There's a good chance I'll buy one of these, although I'd like to handle one first.

Thanks for the heads-up about the Sunway. Unfortunately, while I do often use an Arca ballhead, I also use a smaller tripod and a Gorillapod that are not Arca-compatible so the Sunway would be no good. The Franiec grips look nice, but probably a bit shallow for me. I'll probably still use Sugra as I've seen some very nice Sugru grips, such as this one: http://sugru.com/gallery/make-a-grip-for-the-olympus-xz-1-camera

Direct link | Posted on Oct 25, 2014 at 05:38 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Review preview (480 comments in total)
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Jurka: A 6000 is cheaper and has better DR, DOF, ISO, Colors. Try it with 35 1,8 oss lens!
Gh2 is good for video, but gh3 not, because it cannot shoot in shutter priority mode and auto iso. Auto iso always locks at high values and stay overexposed. This is reason why i sold gh3. Then i try a 6000 and stay with Sony. Pana is nothing close.

I think the comments are relevant. It is normal to compare a camera with its competitors - as indeed DPreview does in its reviews.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 07:12 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion article (501 comments in total)
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toomanycanons: I thought professional newspaper photographers shot with D4 and the like. Ya know, the kind of camera made for that niche, doesn't get in the photogs' way etc. They all do in my area. What newspaper pro shoots with a 7D? Just wonderin'.

A lot of professional news photographers shoot with cropped-sensor cameras. In fact, a majority of photographers on community newspapers shoot with cropped-sensor cameras. APS-C and Micro Four Thirds are more than capable of producing the goods for news.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 00:41 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion article (501 comments in total)

This was great. An honest, non-fawning insight from a working professional who uses a camera as an everyday tool. Features like ergonomics, voice-recording, shutter noise, etc are not usually mentioned by review websites, which tend to concentrate on headline specs and also tend to be overly positive to keep their advertisers happy. I really enjoyed this woman's blunt assessment of the camera. Thanks a lot to Hansen.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 00:37 UTC as 113th comment
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