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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NZ Scott: Hmm. I've bought 8 lenses for my E-P3 in less than two years ... I think I've got a touch of GAS. On the other hand, I bought 7 of those lenses for specific reasons.

I've found that one way to fight against GAS is to buy the best stuff right at the start - then you don't have to keep upgrading all the time. B+W multicoated filters, the best/most expensive lens out of three possible options, the nicest/most expensive camera bag, the carbon-fibre tripod option ... et cetera.

It's expensive at the start, but at least it helps to curb "upgrade-itis".

Kudos for Duong for being honest about his GAS. Some people hate to admit these kinds of failings.

Thomas, like I said in my first post, I try to buy the best stuff I can afford. There have been a couple of times I've tried to save money, and both times it ended up costing me money. The first time was when I bought a cheap aluminium tripod (Velbon CX888). Of course, it broke. My second tripod was an expensive carbon-fibre model (Sirui T1204x) and it looks like it will last for years. The second time was when I bought cheap Cokin filters and had problems with colour-cast. I've upgraded to expensive Hitech filters - and the Cokins are sitting in a drawer.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2013 at 13:27 UTC

Hmm. I've bought 8 lenses for my E-P3 in less than two years ... I think I've got a touch of GAS. On the other hand, I bought 7 of those lenses for specific reasons.

I've found that one way to fight against GAS is to buy the best stuff right at the start - then you don't have to keep upgrading all the time. B+W multicoated filters, the best/most expensive lens out of three possible options, the nicest/most expensive camera bag, the carbon-fibre tripod option ... et cetera.

It's expensive at the start, but at least it helps to curb "upgrade-itis".

Kudos for Duong for being honest about his GAS. Some people hate to admit these kinds of failings.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2013 at 08:10 UTC as 94th comment | 3 replies
On Pagan Gods challenge (12 comments in total)

Unfortunate that this challenge excludes monotheistic gods. Why not Islamic/Christian/Jewish gods?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2013 at 04:56 UTC as 5th comment | 2 replies
On King Jagiello in the Statues of Warriors challenge (2 comments in total)

Great shot. Moody.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 6, 2013 at 09:53 UTC as 1st comment
On Pentax unveils blue and white K-01 in Japan article (262 comments in total)
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Mikhail Tal: simply beautiful... I wish they'd make it a U.S. model as well. I love those colors.

Pawn to king's bishop four.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2013 at 11:27 UTC
On Fujifilm X-M1 Preview preview (226 comments in total)
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colonel444: X-Pro1 - Made in Japan
X-E1 - Made in Japan
X-M1 - Made in Thailand

XF 18-55mm - Made in Japan
XC 16-50mm - Made in China

iPod Touch - made in China
iPhone - made in China
Macbook Air - made in China
More high-speed trains than the rest of the world combined - China
World research leader in quantum dot lasers - China
World's largest chemicals industry (by 2015) - China
World's largest economy (by 2020) - China

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2013 at 09:02 UTC
On Tai Chi in the Martial Artists challenge (2 comments in total)

Thanks mate.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2013 at 05:56 UTC as 1st comment

Peiasdf:

I'm sure you're correct.

The 1.8 is superior in every way except for two - it's slightly bigger and it's quite a lot more expensive.

It's probably also losing a lot of sales to the Panny 20/1.7, which is also a pancake.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2013 at 14:52 UTC as 19th comment | 3 replies
On Milford Sound in the New Zealand: Nature challenge (2 comments in total)

Nice. I still haven't been to Milford Sound. One day ...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2013 at 04:03 UTC as 2nd comment
On Door Ajar challenge (3 comments in total)

I've just looked at 12 of the challenge entries and of those only 4 showed an ajar door!

In the other photos, some showed no door at all - just an arch in one instance and in another instance the door had actually been removed entirely and placed against a wall. In other cases the door was completely open or almost completely open.

For non-English speakers entering this challenge, you should note that "ajar" means "slightly open". So you should show a door that is only open a little bit - maybe 20 per cent open or just showing a crack of light coming through or something like that.

S

Direct link | Posted on Jun 9, 2013 at 07:47 UTC as 3rd comment
On Eastern State Penitentiary in the Door Ajar challenge (1 comment in total)

This is a really nice photo, but the door is not "ajar" - it has been removed and placed against a wall.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 9, 2013 at 07:40 UTC as 1st comment
On IMG_2445 in the Door Ajar challenge (1 comment in total)

A nice photo, but this door is not ajar - it is open.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 9, 2013 at 07:39 UTC as 1st comment
On Behind the Shot: Dark Matter article (52 comments in total)

A great article.

One question - where was your focal point?

S

Direct link | Posted on Jun 8, 2013 at 00:52 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply
On Tikal, main plaza in the Ancient Ruins challenge (2 comments in total)

This pic will probably be disqualified, as it doesn't date from "BC".

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2013 at 23:57 UTC as 1st comment
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
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