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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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 (2142 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.

S.

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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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.

Wow, Mr. RStyga, you must be a high-grade professional studio photographer if you really need more than 16mp.

You must certainly be a better photographer than Joe Holmes, whose limited-edition 13 x 19" prints sell at Manhattan's Jen Bekman Gallery for $650 each.

They were made on a 6mp D70.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2013 at 10:55 UTC
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D200_4me: Hmmm...if they keep making more and more awesome bodies and lenses like this, I may finally feel fine getting rid of my FF DSLR. I loved the image quality of the E-M5 I had, but I could never get used to that weird body. It just felt bad in my hands. I hope they addressed the squishy buttons in this new model too ;-) Next time around, I may not buy another SLR. I may very well be on my last SLR.....maybe.

I had the same experience with the E-M5. I went in to a shop expecting to buy one and thoroughly disliked it from the moment I picked it up. Ergonomically, it was all wrong for me.

This new camera looks much better ergonomically. I'm certainly goiing to check it out.

At the moment I'm shooting with an E-P3 with the optional large grip.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2013 at 10:49 UTC

Very nice. Well done.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2013 at 08:07 UTC as 2nd comment
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2142 comments in total)
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Chev Chelios: Why can’t Olympus decide on a control layout and stick with it? They keep moving the main dials around. The did the same going from the EP2 to EP3. They’ve been designing cameras for so long you’d think they’d have an idea of their preferred ergonomic design by now. Or is it just me?

Look at Canon (just for example, and I’m not a fanboy). The Mode dial, Rear dial, and Front dial on their prosumer line have remained in the same place for 13+ years or so.

M43 has only been around for 4 years or so, and the system is quite different to DSLR. It's taken Olympus and Panasonic a while to find the optimum layout of the dials. They're getting close to nailing it, I think.

Nikon and Canon have been making SLRs for decades, and consequently their camera bodies have been honed almost to perfection.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 07:23 UTC
On Like a firework in the Grains challenge (13 comments in total)

Very nice tones.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2013 at 09:59 UTC as 4th comment
On Blue Monkey in the Textures: fur challenge (13 comments in total)
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METROMODEPHOTO: This shot is incredible",especially the great detail and sharpness, which inspires me to move to a nikon D800 and leave canon for good.i find that sharpness and detail in images make a good shot much more impressive. Awesome shot"

Thanks for the detailed info on how you got the shot. I'm puzzled by your use of flash, however. Presumably (with a 500mm lens) you were too far away to use on-camera flash?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 8, 2013 at 14:37 UTC

Nice. I've been to Kyoto and it's a beautiful city.

S

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2013 at 15:03 UTC as 1st comment
On Old Lake Marian in the Mountain Sound (Song Meaning) challenge (7 comments in total)

Great shot, and nicelhy processed.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2013 at 13:00 UTC as 3rd comment
On Winners of Red Bull Illume 2013 contest announced article (19 comments in total)

... I've just read the comments made before mine.

This appears to be the first time ever, in dpreview history, that everybody agrees on the quality of a photographic series, without feeling a need to make snarky and negative comments.

That really says something, I think.

S

Direct link | Posted on Sep 1, 2013 at 14:54 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
On Winners of Red Bull Illume 2013 contest announced article (19 comments in total)

Some brilliant photographs in there. Who would think of taking a low-angle fisheye action shot into the sun (the skateboard shot)!

Thanks for posting these, Dpreview.

S

Direct link | Posted on Sep 1, 2013 at 14:52 UTC as 10th comment
On Boggle-eyed Dragonfly in the Insects in my garden challenge (2 comments in total)

You are quite right! I even knew that myself.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 1, 2013 at 01:38 UTC as 1st comment

Great work!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 31, 2013 at 12:11 UTC as 2nd comment
On Red point in the Your Best photo challenge (1 comment in total)

Excellent.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 31, 2013 at 12:09 UTC as 1st comment
On Festival Spirit in the Your Best photo challenge (1 comment in total)

Great shot.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 31, 2013 at 12:08 UTC as 1st comment
On swimming tigar in the Your Best photo challenge (3 comments in total)

Blue and gold - didn't know those colours could work together so well.

Great shot!

S

Direct link | Posted on Aug 31, 2013 at 12:05 UTC as 1st comment
On This Old House in the Your Best photo challenge (1 comment in total)

This composition really does it for me.

A great shot!

S

Direct link | Posted on Aug 31, 2013 at 12:04 UTC as 1st comment
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