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.

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On Old Glory in the Freedom challenge (14 comments in total)
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Equals Nothing: Lol, I'm sorry but you must not live in america. Freedom is a fairy tale here, but I do like the pretty colors in the shot.

Well, congratulations on your 130th place. It's clear that many people agree with you.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2013 at 07:22 UTC
On A (Fish) Eye on Man challenge (3 comments in total)

That sucks about EXIF. The most popular fisheye for Micro Four Thirds doesn't embed EXIF.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 23, 2013 at 09:43 UTC as 3rd comment
On Happy Potter in the A story behind: Peoples life challenge (6 comments in total)

A striking shot. Well done.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2013 at 05:51 UTC as 1st comment
On Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 review news story (546 comments in total)

Yet another awesome camera that I can't afford.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2013 at 07:45 UTC as 113th comment | 2 replies
On Old Glory in the Freedom challenge (14 comments in total)
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Equals Nothing: Lol, I'm sorry but you must not live in america. Freedom is a fairy tale here, but I do like the pretty colors in the shot.

I would say that America overcomes its vicissitudes by force of arms, rather than by "freedom".

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2013 at 05:28 UTC
On Old Glory in the Freedom challenge (14 comments in total)
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Scott Mac: I don't understand what a flag has to do with freedom.

I didn't realise that America invented the English language (England), computers (Greece) or the suit (Europe). Nor did I realise that those things were evidence that the US flag was flown "throughout the world" to represent a set of ideals. Perhaps I should have gone to an American school. Thank you for the history lesson.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2013 at 05:26 UTC
On USS Missouri - WWII Battleship in the Freedom challenge (5 comments in total)
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Scott Mac: ...has nothing to do with freedom

No, I would not have capitulated. In fact, my country didn't. I'm also aware of the events at Pearl Harbour. It's just that war and death don't have much to do with freedom. They have more to do with politics and power relationships.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2013 at 05:20 UTC
On Freedom challenge (9 comments in total)
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Pr0peller: Anyone with a pic to submit taken at an American military cemetery in Europe?

Please...

I respect Allied soldiers who died to kick the Germans out of France, but it's drawing a long bow to equate a photo of a graveyard with "freedom". Get a grip, people.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2013 at 00:43 UTC
On freedom in the Freedom challenge (1 comment in total)

Funny photo, but doesn't illustrate freedom, I don't think.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2013 at 00:39 UTC as 1st comment
On Old Glory in the Freedom challenge (14 comments in total)
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Scott Mac: I don't understand what a flag has to do with freedom.

Really? Please tell me where "throughout the world" the US flag has been flown to represent a set of ideals.

The US is not very popular outside of the US, and it is only US citizens who think their country is some kind of positive symbol.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2013 at 01:27 UTC
On Olympus denies reports that it is ceasing DSLR production news story (187 comments in total)
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Marty4650: The disappointing part of this story is that Olympus is losing money selling M4/3 cameras and lenses. This is really troubling.

Lets face it... they probably sold very few E5 cameras last year. It's hard to lose $170 million on DSLR sales when you don't sell very many of them. MILC cameras and lenses probably account for 95% of the sales of the imaging division today.

Considering the fact that M4/3 cameras and lenses aren't cheap, I don't know how they can raise their prices much. And M4/3 outsells every other mirrorless format.

I wonder if Sony, Nikon, Samsung and Fuji are losing money on their MILC cameras too? I would imagine that Canon and Pentax are losing money on theirs, due to extremely low volumes.

What makes you think that Olympus is losing money on m43 cameras and lenses? This is the most successful product line for Olympus.

More likely, they are losing money on DSLRs and compact cameras, and the rocketing m43 sales don't quite make up for it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2013 at 10:01 UTC
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marike6: Not quite the same because of the smaller format, but Nikon beat Panasonic to this large aperture lens with the 35 1.2 N coated portrait lens announcement last week.

http://www.dpreview.com/news/2012/10/24/nikon-announces-developement-of-three-1-nikkor-lenses

I'm guessing the Panasonic f1.2 lens will cost close to $1000, which I guess is OK if you need the speed and shallow DOF, but prices in m43 lenses are going a bit crazy in recent times. It's becoming a bit of a luxury, boutique format in terms of prices.

I also think the f2.8 zooms are a bit overpriced but not because of the smaller sensor. I think they are overpriced because they aren't as good optically as their full-frame equivalents. The Panasonic-Leica 25/1.4 is priced a bit higher than a Canikon 50/1.4 but can justify the premium by its optical quality. The two f2.8 zooms aren't quite good enough to match Canikon professional zooms. It will be interesting to see what Olympus brings to the table.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2013 at 04:15 UTC
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marike6: Not quite the same because of the smaller format, but Nikon beat Panasonic to this large aperture lens with the 35 1.2 N coated portrait lens announcement last week.

http://www.dpreview.com/news/2012/10/24/nikon-announces-developement-of-three-1-nikkor-lenses

I'm guessing the Panasonic f1.2 lens will cost close to $1000, which I guess is OK if you need the speed and shallow DOF, but prices in m43 lenses are going a bit crazy in recent times. It's becoming a bit of a luxury, boutique format in terms of prices.

"Nikon beat Panasonic to this large aperture ..."

I didn't realise there was some race going on.

Who came third?

"...prices in m43 lenses are going a bit crazy..."

Have to agree with you there - generally, anyway. The M. Zuiko 12/2.0 and 17/1.8 lenses are clearly overpriced. There is some reasonably priced glass around though - the 45/1.8 and 40-150 ED spring to mind, and the 25/1.4 can justify its price.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2013 at 03:25 UTC
On Olympus releases updated M.Zuiko Digital ED 75-300mm lens news story (144 comments in total)
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sb123: The focusing speed of the 75-300 is considerably faster than that of the 100-300 on either the EM5 or the G5 (and presumably the GH3). With the G5 it has an effective AFC function.

True, but the 100-300 is brighter (at f4-f5.6) and includes image stabilisation at the same price as the new version of the Oly.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2013 at 09:02 UTC
On Olympus releases updated M.Zuiko Digital ED 75-300mm lens news story (144 comments in total)
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Brian Wadie: I should have said $350 not $500 price drop so I'm glad NZ Scott corrected me :)

Wouldn't it be good if they do bring out a high grade long zoom, something like a 100-400 f4 would be nice :)

Personally, I'm holding out for a 300mm f4 prime.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2013 at 08:59 UTC
On Olympus releases updated M.Zuiko Digital ED 75-300mm lens news story (144 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: An interesting stragegy by Olympus to re-issue the lens with a US $350 price drop.

Why?

Here are my thoughts:

1) They're worried about the new Tamron 75-300 for m43, which has almost identical specs.

2) People simply weren't buying the old 75-300 because it was too expensive, and everyone knows what happens when supply exceeds demand.

3) Lots of people were buying the old 75-300, so they cranked up their production lines and economies of scale allowed them to drop the price.

4) They are planning to release a high-grade telephoto lens soon, and want to make room for it at a higher price point.

Myself, I'm hoping that number 4 is the main reason.

My mistake. The Tamron is 14-150.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2013 at 08:59 UTC
On Olympus releases updated M.Zuiko Digital ED 75-300mm lens news story (144 comments in total)

An interesting stragegy by Olympus to re-issue the lens with a US $350 price drop.

Why?

Here are my thoughts:

1) They're worried about the new Tamron 75-300 for m43, which has almost identical specs.

2) People simply weren't buying the old 75-300 because it was too expensive, and everyone knows what happens when supply exceeds demand.

3) Lots of people were buying the old 75-300, so they cranked up their production lines and economies of scale allowed them to drop the price.

4) They are planning to release a high-grade telephoto lens soon, and want to make room for it at a higher price point.

Myself, I'm hoping that number 4 is the main reason.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2013 at 08:12 UTC as 15th comment | 2 replies
On Travels: South East Asia challenge (8 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: What do you mean by "travel photography"?

Your instructions say "everything captured in Southeast Asia is accepted", and I'm not sure how this is different to "normal photography".

It's not the fact that the challenge is "too general", it's the fact that it's a little bit Eurocentric. I think you've made an assumption that the people entering this challenge will be Westerners who took photographs while travelling in Southeast Asia. The Dpreview website is accessed worldwide, and lots - perhaps even most - of people entering this challenge will be Southeast Asian people who have taken shots near their homes.

Just something to keep in mind, I think.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2013 at 08:26 UTC
On Travels: South East Asia challenge (8 comments in total)

What do you mean by "travel photography"?

Your instructions say "everything captured in Southeast Asia is accepted", and I'm not sure how this is different to "normal photography".

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2013 at 15:37 UTC as 3rd comment | 4 replies
On Reflections in the "L..."Like Lakes challenge (1 comment in total)

Lovely colours

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2013 at 11:18 UTC as 1st comment
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