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:


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On 2014 Sony World Photography Awards finalists revealed article (66 comments in total)

Some great shots in there, but also some some that are either weak or cliched, namely:

Numbers 3 and 7 are average shots that I would certainly not rank among the best shots of the year.

Numbers 8 and 10 are great shots, but are cliched. I have seen similar shots of the same subjects before as finalists in photo competitions. The buffalo race is a perenial favourite among action phogographers, and a photo of the Indian bridge won a competition a year or two ago.


Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2014 at 13:49 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
On Central Africa: Their People challenge (6 comments in total)

I'm a bit disappointed as I have some great shots from Malawi and Botswana, both of which are straddled by some of the countries in this challenge. Will Malawi and Botswana be included in future challenges?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2014 at 07:56 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On Reminder: Vote now for your product of 2013 article (64 comments in total)
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Mirrorless Crusader: Obvioiusly no coincidence that there isn't a single Canikon product that could even win its own category. Of course it doesn't help that Canikon has no idea how to do mirrorless, though it's not long they ever had a ghost of a chance to win that category no matter what they did, considering the E-M1 and A7R,

Marike: "As far as these silly polls, truth be told the D7100 blows the socks of any of the crop sensor mirrorless cameras for IQ, AF performance and video".

IQ: The D7100 has roughly equivalent IQ to the E-M1 and NEX cameras

AF. The D7100 has better continous AF, but mirrorless cameras have more accurate S-AF.

Video: The top-range M43 Panasonic cameras are acknowledged as being some of the best on the market for video. Some professionals are even using them for feature films.

"mirrorless vendors keep trying to think of more ways to make cameras smaller, less ergonomic ..."

The leading camera in the poll - the E-M1 - is essentially last year's E-M5 repackaged to be more ergonomic, with a bigger grip and better placement of controls. Panasonic's G-series cameras have similar layout to a DSLR.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2014 at 13:18 UTC
On Reminder: Vote now for your product of 2013 article (64 comments in total)
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Lucas_: What happened to the outstanding Sony A7R/A7? AFAIK they're launched in 2013 and blew the socks off any other mirrorless camera ( and many DSLR/SLTs, only loosing in AF speed ). Are they being considered 2014 models?
Anyway, if those two were not considered, I'd vote for for the Olympus OM-D E-M1, with a close second for the Sony RX100II. I don't think I'd buy the Oly though, it should be at least 20MP.

I've read two separate comparative reviews of the E-M1 versus an A7 and in both instances the E-M1 was preferred. These were pro/advanced enthusiast reviews.

There's more to a camera than just the sensor size.

Cameralabs: :For me the combination of quicker handling, built-in stabilisation and plenty of native lenses makes the EM1 a better all-round camera for most people".

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2014 at 12:53 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Review preview (347 comments in total)
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jtimouri: I bought the camera, but returned it.
1) Camera is tiny, but surprisingly "sticky" to grip.
2) My Lumix point and shoot has an On/Off switch that easily shifts to On when it is in a pocket. The GM1 On/Off switch looks like it is better in this regard. A person commented here though that at least one other switch was too easy to turn on.
3) I returned the camera for two reasons. First, I bought the all black version. I did not like the build quality looking down at the top of the camera. It did not look as nice as my old point and shoot Lumix F100. Second, it is great to produce a tiny camera, but I don't see the point if the battery charger is almost the same size as the camera. This is especially true if battery life is an issue. I am sure there is a good reason for that, but it just turned me off.
4) Having a traditional lens cap on the GM1 makes it less suitable for sticking in a pocket for quick access. A lever on the lens to manually control lens protection would be great.

I can sympathise with his viewpoint about the battery charger. I do a lot of travelling, and a bulky charger can almost double the amount of space a camera takes up in your luggage.

I travel with an Olympus E-P3, and in my opinion the charger (a box-type charger with detachable cable) takes up too much space. M43 manufacturers should make their chargers as small as possible, with folding plug-prongs built into the charger box.

My old Canon Ixus 40 had a tiny charger. Of course, it was charging a smaller battery, but the size of the charger relative to the battery was much smaller than most M43 chargers.

The main advantage of M43 over DSLRs is size and weight. Panasonic and Olympus should be trying to maximise this advantage not only with regards to cameras and lenses, but also with the chargers and other accessories.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 18, 2014 at 23:34 UTC
On Morning Blue in the Creative Processing challenge (2 comments in total)


Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2014 at 05:22 UTC as 2nd comment
On Afganistan, Usbekistan, the other 'Stans--Anything Goes challenge (8 comments in total)

... but not Pakistan?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2013 at 13:58 UTC as 6th comment
On Robin Lake Sunset in the Sunset in the mountains V challenge (12 comments in total)

A striking shot. Well done.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2013 at 13:46 UTC as 9th comment
On Fujifilm X-M1 Review preview (217 comments in total)
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white shadow: I am looking for an excellent APS-C size mirrorless camera which can out perform a micro 4/3 camera in overall usage. The numerous succession of NEX has not been successful due to its poor lens collection and its "unfriendly" photographer user interface / Menu system. The Fuji X series could offer some hopes. However, it too falls short of expectation in many areas, many of which were pointed out in the reviews.

I like the size of the X-M1 but the slow AF speed and many other compromises cause me to hesitate buying this camera despite it getting a gold award.

Some has attributed the other problems to the X-trans sensor which I wouldn't disagree.

I agree with photobeans.

You're not going to get an noticeable increase in image quality by moving from a Micro Four Thirds to an APS-C sensor. You really need to go to full frame for that.

If you're not willing to go full-frame then just buy a Micro Four Thirds or NEX camera and be done with it.

If you have specific lens requirements then you're probably better off with Micro Four Thirds. Otherwise, NEX is also very good.


Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2013 at 05:55 UTC
On Fujifilm X-M1 Review preview (217 comments in total)
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Graham Hill: No electronic level? Are you kidding Fujifilm?

I have an electronic level in my E-P3 and use it constantly.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2013 at 05:47 UTC
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Jonathan Parker Smith junior: Aesthetically pleasing lens, it literally oozes the quality an aristocrat demands. I can see it will be perfect for photographing the hounds during fox hunting season, or sharing pictures of the latest acquisition to my extensive pre-18th century art collection. Jolly good show Olympus!

But Jonathan, are the Japs any better than the huns?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2013 at 08:18 UTC
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ntsan: 150-300mm F2.8, I know I can dream

Also, the upcoming 40-150 f2.8 zoom will be equivalent to 80-300mm f5.6 with a 2x teleconverter.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2013 at 08:14 UTC
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olyflyer: So, is this like an official announcement of the end of FT? No more mirrored DSLR from Olympus.

Another thing... Why wait until end of 2014? Come on, is Olympus really so busy? Haven´t we seen similar lens "release notes" before? What's the point in fooling people to wait for something which may never come, like the Olympus 90mm macro lens? Or was it 100mm? I don't remember any more. OK, I know what the point is... to make them buy the products and wait... and wait... and wait...

There's already an outstanding M. Zuiko 60mm f2.8 Macro (same reach as 120mm on full-frame), not to mention the Panasonic 45mm f2.8 Macro. Photo nuts, why do you need 90mm?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2013 at 08:13 UTC
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Joe Ogiba: Olympus fast Pro F2.0 4/3rd zooms on Amazon :

Olympus Zuiko 14-35mm f/2.0 Digital ED SWD Lens for Olympus Digital SLR Cameras :

Olympus 35-100mm f/2.0 Zuiko Lens for E Series DSLR Cameras :

Actually, the ZD SHG lenses are among the best zooms available on any format - certainly above "low-end L".

I agree that it's not efficient (in terms of size and weight) to mount APS-C lenses on an m43 body.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2013 at 08:04 UTC
On Sheep Jam in the Stuck in a Traffic Jam challenge (4 comments in total)

Makes me homesick.

And hungry.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2013 at 06:17 UTC as 1st comment
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RStyga: I wonder who's going to break the m4/3 16MP barrier first... It seems a struggle every time a resolution upgrade is expected on (m)4/3 systems.

The fact is that you can make enormous prints with a 16mp camera.

The only people needing to print larger are professionals working on billboards.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2013 at 13:20 UTC
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Mike Arledge: Way too much money for that tiny sensor. While it is an impressive piece of equipment, there are too many other options with larger sensors at this price point. With many more lenses to choose from with other systems.

peevee1: "What feature set"?

Weatherproofing and 5-axis image stabiliser spring to mind.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2013 at 13:16 UTC
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pancromat: these days engineering could be wildly free to put any controls anywhere. no mechanical constraint. so why should a modern camera look like this. olympus, you don't get me with this, tiny, edgy, retro - whatever. your OM 35mm SLRs where legendary, but thats over now. why do i still have to press my greasy nosetip against the screen? IQ might be real good and the technology impressive, but this gear looks ridiculous to me. you let all this behind you when you burried the OM SLRs, only selling "bridge cameras" from there on. your FT DSLRs where plucky. liked them. serious tools. but this. give me a brick like Fuji X or the new panasonic gx-7, or excellent prospective ergonimics, or ....

You don't need a manual to tell you where the viewfinder is - you can tell in a nanosecond just by looking.

I agree with pancromat that Oly should think about moving the viewfinder further to the left, creating space for the shooter's nose. With DSLR there is no choice, because the mirror has to be in line with the lens, but an EVF can go anywhere.

Sony's NEX 7 has the right kind of layout, I think, and it is also a very compact camera.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2013 at 13:09 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2140 comments in total)
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plasnu: Many of the negative comments here are probably from CANIKON users who concern the future of DSLR.

rxbot: actually, Olympus has stated publicly that 1/16 of the pixels are used for phase detection (see Robin Wong's latest blog entry, for example). However, it's important to note that this does not occur across the entire frame, as it is just a diamond-shaped pattern in the middle which is capable of phase detection.

I don't know how many pixels were lost, but at a rough estimate I would say 1/16 across half of the frame, which is 500,000 pixels, or half a megapixel.


Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2013 at 12:31 UTC
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thx1138: Wow, all awesome except for one thing, they kept that woeful battery from the E-M5. Why is it that I can 3x the battery life from my 5D III battery yet is is maybe 50% larger.

Anyhow, looks like I'll be upgrading form the E-M5 in the next 12 months. New 12-40 f/2.8 looks good and I only recently bought the 12-35 f/2.8 from Panasonic, not that's there's anything worng with it, but I'd have preferred the longer range. Looks like I'll get the 40-150 f/2.8 however and with my 45 f/1.8 that'll be all the three lenses I need.

I've managed 800+ shots on an E-P3, and that was using a $10 battery off ebay.

The trick is not to chimp.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2013 at 11:12 UTC
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