NZ Scott

NZ Scott

Lives in New Zealand
Works as a Hiker, writer, educator, photographer
Joined on Jul 29, 2011
About me:

Formerly a news reporter for three daily newspapers in New Zealand and later a communications and language specialist based in South Korea and Malaysia. After a 10 year working holiday, during which I backpacked through 75 countries on six continents, I am currently hiking the 3000km Te Araroa trail in my home country, New Zealand.
My latest work of fiction can be viewed here:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/444160

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On article Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review (510 comments in total)
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datiswous: Nice upgrade for my E-p3, when the price drops..

I'm just curious about the size of the grip on the E-pl7, I think it's a lot smaller than the optional larger grip I have on my E-P3. This is also the issue on the E-p5.

I also love the optional grip on my E-P3.

One reason I haven't upgraded the camera is that all the new Pens have fixed grips, and therefore worse handling.

I might upgrade to the Panasonic GX7 instead, as that camera has a proper grip. Unfortunately, it won't take my VF-4.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2014 at 02:17 UTC
On article Readers' Showcase: Documentary and Street photography (108 comments in total)

If you can't say something positive then don't say anything at all ...

I will say that 11, 14 and 16 are okay.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2014 at 01:49 UTC as 39th comment
On article Ghost Town: Shooting in Kolmanskop (71 comments in total)

Some nice shots in there.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2014 at 01:38 UTC as 22nd comment
On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 (305 comments in total)

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.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2014 at 10:24 UTC as 16th comment | 3 replies
On article Nikon D750 real-world samples gallery posted (343 comments in total)
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Niklas Ramstedt: Finally a sample gallery that looks like a photographer is behind it and not just some random snapshots. Great job!

I think it matters because readers of dpreview are relying on impressions and reviews made by the website's photographers. Up until now, dpreview's staff have offered very little evidence of being capable photographers. I am personally less trusting of a reviewer who can't take decent photos than I am of someone who shows a bit of talent and proficiency.

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2014 at 14:14 UTC
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kimchiflower: Aside from weather sealing, can someone tell me the benefit of this lens' specs over the Panny 7-14?

The Olly is a stop faster, but why not just bump up the ISO a stop or utilise the extra stops available with IBIS? You can forget about bokeh at this FOV, and shake is less pronounced at wide-angle too.

This is going to be larger, heavier, and pricier. I'd prefer a small, cheap, weather sealed ultra-WA prime (8 or 9mm f3.5?) to take out along with the 12-40 to keep the weight down

Chez: Yes, that's pretty much what Olympus does. Their lenses filter out the purple spectrum.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2014 at 01:17 UTC
On photo Into The Lake in the The Lake challenge (8 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: Nice lake.

You don't play wing for the Wallabies by any chance?

S

There was a guy played for the Wallabies nicknamed the Honey Badger.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 00:14 UTC
On photo Into The Lake in the The Lake challenge (8 comments in total)

Nice lake.

You don't play wing for the Wallabies by any chance?

S

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 16:02 UTC as 1st comment | 2 replies
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review (862 comments in total)
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munro harrap: So, with this, the RX10, the A6000, and the A7 and A7R and S variants, Sony have easily the best overall range of digicams available on the market today. All in a decade from no cameras at all.

And of course without Sony there would be no Nikons either.....

This is a Leica of the old school neat fast pocketable with a separate optional viewfinder./ Looking at images from RAW here up to around 500 the grain is as good as Tri-X was and that was only monochrome.

A lot less boring than the World Cup, and fewer fouls!

Timmbits:

Actually, the quality of the lenses is a strong-point for m43. Most of the lenses are excellent, and especially the primes. Sony has most of the normal focal ranges covered, but comes up short with fisheyes, macros, quality telephotos and weather-sealed pro lenses - all of which I own and use with m43.

Of course, with the passage of time I'm sure Sony will fill those gaps.

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 05:07 UTC
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Yankeedog57: And this has what to do with digital photography? I come to Digital Photography Review to see the latest news in digital photography equipment not the see the weapons that the british used to hack out their bloody empire. What next, the implements to draw and quarter enemies of the crown? Please stick to cameras and photography gear.

I'm not "complaining" that the US waited until being attacked before entering two world wars, merely responding to your request for information as to whether or not "we" want the US to fight people in the modern age.

Yes, the Germans would have been defeated without the US. The two turning-point battles of El Alamein and Stalingrad occurred before the US began to make a substantial contribution.

In terms of freedom, the US ranks 30-odd in the world for press freedom and also (compared with other western countries) typically about average to slightly below for other forms of freedom.

I've enjoyed the conversation, but this will be my last posting as I'm off to Thailand now for a holiday. Do let me know if your countrymen find those weapons of mass destruction that they used as a pretext for invading Iraq, killing tens of thousands of people and sparking a civil war.

Peace.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 02:46 UTC
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Yankeedog57: And this has what to do with digital photography? I come to Digital Photography Review to see the latest news in digital photography equipment not the see the weapons that the british used to hack out their bloody empire. What next, the implements to draw and quarter enemies of the crown? Please stick to cameras and photography gear.

We don't want you to fight wars.

We're not free because of America - in fact, many of our countries are freer than America.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 14:18 UTC
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Yankeedog57: And this has what to do with digital photography? I come to Digital Photography Review to see the latest news in digital photography equipment not the see the weapons that the british used to hack out their bloody empire. What next, the implements to draw and quarter enemies of the crown? Please stick to cameras and photography gear.

Good one. Your lot turned up years late for two world wars!

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 13:48 UTC
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Yankeedog57: And this has what to do with digital photography? I come to Digital Photography Review to see the latest news in digital photography equipment not the see the weapons that the british used to hack out their bloody empire. What next, the implements to draw and quarter enemies of the crown? Please stick to cameras and photography gear.

I'm well educated on the Vietnam war, thanks, having spent a lot of time travelling through the country and looking at all the Agent Orange stillborn babies preserved in jars to display US atrocities first-hand.

The US failed to achieve any of its strategic goals, whereas the North Vietnamese achieved all of theirs. That is a "spanking".

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 12:24 UTC
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Yankeedog57: And this has what to do with digital photography? I come to Digital Photography Review to see the latest news in digital photography equipment not the see the weapons that the british used to hack out their bloody empire. What next, the implements to draw and quarter enemies of the crown? Please stick to cameras and photography gear.

The Yanks got spanked in Vietnam. They withdrew BECAUSE they were losing. The Americans have never been good at fighting counter-insurgency.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 07:48 UTC
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Yankeedog57: And this has what to do with digital photography? I come to Digital Photography Review to see the latest news in digital photography equipment not the see the weapons that the british used to hack out their bloody empire. What next, the implements to draw and quarter enemies of the crown? Please stick to cameras and photography gear.

The British have never had "the greatest army". They had the greatest fleet, but never the greatest army.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 01:35 UTC

I think that Slater should not have any rights to the images. Copyright is an acknowledgement of intellectual property stemming from the owner's creative endeavours. In this case, the framing and composition of the images was controlled exclusively by the monkey and Slater did not have any creative input. It does raise some interesting questions about ownership of tripwire-triggered images. In my view, those images should belong to the person who set up the camera/tripwires.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2014 at 03:44 UTC as 426th comment | 6 replies
On article Travel tripods: Comparing 5 aluminum kits (110 comments in total)
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Infared: For traveling I saved my pennies...bought a Gitzo GK1580TQR5 Series 1 Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Tripod and a small Photoclam ball head and got a very tight fitting Benro case for compact travel and never looked back. I usually travel with my MFT kit..so this is more than I need when dealing with buses, trains and planes..
Not cheap...but worth it to me.
Use a Feisol and a PhotoClam Ball for my FF...economical and very light~

Photo Clam makes great ballheads - mine is a slightly improved version of a Markins but cheaper and lighter.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2014 at 01:41 UTC
On article Travel tripods: Comparing 5 aluminum kits (110 comments in total)
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Just another Canon shooter: Why aluminum only? There are CF legs at comparable prices.

Cool, Mark.

I would suggest the Sirui T-1204x be included in your review - a great lightweight tripod with carbon-fibre legs that weighs less than a kilo.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2014 at 01:39 UTC
On article Travel tripods: Comparing 5 aluminum kits (110 comments in total)

Good to see Sirui coming out on top - this Chinese manufacturer produces great-value tripods.

I use a Sirui T-1204x, a USD $250 carbon-fibre tripod based on the uber-expensive Gitzo Traveller. When paired with a Photo Clam PC-33NS ballhead (a smaller and cheaper Korean copy of a well-known Markins model), it runs only 1.1kg and provides excellent stability.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2014 at 09:00 UTC as 53rd comment
On Challenge:9849 (4 comments in total)

Yeah, it's the second-coldest month, after August.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 at 12:15 UTC as 2nd comment
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