NZ Scott

NZ Scott

Lives in New Zealand (Aotearoa) Tauranga, New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Works as a Hiker, journalist, 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 through-hiked the 3000km Te Araroa trail in my home country, New Zealand.

Currently a journalist for NZME in Tauranga, NZ.

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orionmystery: Been using the Laowa15mm lens in the field mainly for snakes, lizards and frogs out in the field, mostly at night. Check out my blog post for my thoughts on this lens, and of course. lots of images taken with this lens.

http://orionmystery.blogspot.my/2016/05/laowa-15mm-wide-angle-macro-lens.html

Some nice shots there, brother.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 02:38 UTC
On article Close-up: Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 (127 comments in total)
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Stejo: Barring the mediocre GX8, everything else panasonic made the past few years is pure gold. They're doing something right over there.

Adrian: For marketing purposes, it usually means the one that is positioned at the top of the range. For Panasonic, that would be the GH series and for Olympus the E-M range.

Technically, Panasonic's newer G80/G85 and GX80/GX85 cameras are probably ahead of the older GX8 in the sense that features such as the shockless shutter and enhanced stabilisation outweigh the greater resolution of the GX8's sensor.

I tried a GX8 myself with a view to buying, but didn't like the grip. I also find the GX85 hard to control but, weirdly, am quite comfortable with the ergonomics of the tiny GM5.

These are personal reactions and I can understand how people would like the GX8. But it is no longer a "flagship" camera in terms of specifications or handling.

Having said that, Sejo is clearly being a dickk when he says the GX8 is "mediocre". There are very few mediocre cameras on the market these days.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2017 at 03:40 UTC
On article Canon EOS 6D In-Depth Review (96 comments in total)
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NikonShooterSince74: Is it really that big a deal that the camera interface with your phone?

Not a huge deal, but...

It can be very useful being able to use your phone instead of a cable release, change the camera settings from a distance, edit shots on your mobile device and send shots from your mobile. All of these things I have done with my Micro Four Thirds gear.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 19:12 UTC
On article Close-up: Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 (127 comments in total)
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Stejo: Barring the mediocre GX8, everything else panasonic made the past few years is pure gold. They're doing something right over there.

I think you misunderstand the meaning of the term "flagship", Adrian. But enjoy your camera anyway.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 04:47 UTC
On article Close-up: Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 (127 comments in total)
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Stejo: Barring the mediocre GX8, everything else panasonic made the past few years is pure gold. They're doing something right over there.

Adrian:

The GX8 is not Panasonic's flagship camera, and nor is it m43's.

Panasonic's flagship camera is the GH5, and Olympus's flagship camera is the E-M1 II. Both of those cameras are positioned above the GX8.

Additionally, newer models such as the G85 are arguably superior to the GX8 due to having upgraded specifications.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2017 at 04:34 UTC

Great stuff.

I find these photographer interviews to be really informative.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 19:51 UTC as 37th comment
On article Close-up: Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 (127 comments in total)
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Stejo: Barring the mediocre GX8, everything else panasonic made the past few years is pure gold. They're doing something right over there.

samtheman: Yes, I suppose ergonomics are largely a matter of taste. And you're right that some issues get a bit overblown in forums.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2017 at 05:20 UTC
On article Close-up: Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 (127 comments in total)
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sai1: I'm more excited about this, than I was excited about the E-M1 M2. Just got a G85 and fell in love with the DFD AF-S and video capabilities.

digifan: Why?

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 04:50 UTC
On article Close-up: Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 (127 comments in total)
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Stejo: Barring the mediocre GX8, everything else panasonic made the past few years is pure gold. They're doing something right over there.

sametheman2014: The auto electronic shutter mode reduced the bitrate, reducing dynamic range. It also had crummy ergonomics. Good camera, otherwise.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 04:48 UTC
On article Close-up: Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 (127 comments in total)
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Hinder: Does it take stills?

It shoots very good stills, and there is some fabulous glass available - more than 100 lenses at last count.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 04:44 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (665 comments in total)
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Androole: I feel like Panasonic's Auto ISO implementation is the sole blemish on their otherwise exceptionally user-focused interface. I just don't understand it...

At least there's Auto ISO in M now, unlike my GX7. But the ability to bias the metering with Exposure Compensation is just so useful...

Androole: According to the Dpreview review of the G85, this model is.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 18:20 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (665 comments in total)
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Androole: I feel like Panasonic's Auto ISO implementation is the sole blemish on their otherwise exceptionally user-focused interface. I just don't understand it...

At least there's Auto ISO in M now, unlike my GX7. But the ability to bias the metering with Exposure Compensation is just so useful...

Just shoot at a fixed, lower ISO and push the Raw files in post.

It has the same effect.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 05:25 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (665 comments in total)
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tkbslc: You've got to be nuts to buy this camera body only given that the 12-60 kit is only $100 more.

I bought it body only, paying the equivalent of USD $450.

It would have cost $350 more with the 12-60.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 05:21 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2016 (271 comments in total)
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ottonis: Great choices and a great read by DPReview!
Perhaps the only pick I would tend to disagree with is the Panasonic GX85 as best midrange ILC of 2016. While there is no denying that the Lumix is a heck of a camera, the gap between it and the Sony 6300 w/r to image quality / sensor performance is just too big (71 vs 85 points, see also https://www.dxomark.com/Reviews/Panasonic-Lumix-GX80-GX85-sensor-review-Diminutive-design).

ottonis: The Sony has an edge in image quality, but it's only an edge.

Image quality differences between M43 and APS-C are negligible under most shooting conditions.

In any case, there's more to a camera than sensor performance. Much, much more.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 04:44 UTC
On article CES video: the Panasonic GH5 (75 comments in total)
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HenryDJP: Looks to be a great video cam just like the GH4 is. I just don't understand why Panasonic is so hellbent on staying with the Micro 4/3 format. Anything cropped more than APS-C is a dealbreaker for me for photo. Also he didn't mention anything about the autofocus design. He just said it's "AMAZINGLY FAST". That's a marketing term. That contrast detection AF only on the GH4 was also a big let down. So while this is fine for video, I would look elsewhere for dedicated photo.

You said a lot of things, Henry. You said that "anything cropped more than APS-C is a dealbreaker" for photography, even though there is little difference between APS-C and m43. You said that contrast detection was "a big let down", even though it is more accurate and DSLR autofocus. You also said that it was fine for video but not for dedicated photo, without explaining why.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2017 at 06:26 UTC
On article CES video: the Panasonic GH5 (75 comments in total)
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HenryDJP: Looks to be a great video cam just like the GH4 is. I just don't understand why Panasonic is so hellbent on staying with the Micro 4/3 format. Anything cropped more than APS-C is a dealbreaker for me for photo. Also he didn't mention anything about the autofocus design. He just said it's "AMAZINGLY FAST". That's a marketing term. That contrast detection AF only on the GH4 was also a big let down. So while this is fine for video, I would look elsewhere for dedicated photo.

The image-quality difference between an m43 sensor and a full-frame sensor is significant, but the image-quality difference between an m43 sensor and an APS-C sensor is not.

We're talking 0.6 of a stop, which is nothing when you consider that m43 system has so many high-quality fast lenses available.

I'm speaking as someone who's moved from Nikon APS-C to m43.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 19:29 UTC
On article CES video: the Panasonic GH5 (75 comments in total)
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Douglas F Watt: We are seeing a real cost paradigm shift, in terms of top end bodies in m4/3 and APS-C regularly nudging up against the $2k price border that used to signal territory of a FF body. Looks like a great video machine, with decent stills ability.

Yes, I think Zakzoezie is correct.

The new G85 is weather-sealed with a tonne of features and is only half the price of the GH4. In fact, I just bought one up for little more than USD $400.

It would seem the G85 is aimed at the enthusiast, whereas the GH5 has become more of a specialist "pro" camera for videographers.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 19:23 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2016 (271 comments in total)
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Mateus1: My Awards 2016:

1. Best FF: ex aequo K-1 & A99II
2. Best action cam: D500
3. Best mirrorless: X-T2
4. Best m4/3: GX-85
5. Best 1": FZ-2500 (hoped for Nikon DL 24-85)

Valiant: That doesn't make any sense. If the E-M1 II is your best mirrorless, then it must also be your best M43.

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2016 at 05:35 UTC
On challenge Crop Sensor (DX) AND high ISO (5 comments in total)

Confusing rules.

"DX" is Nikon APS-C, but this is not the same as "crop sensor", which can mean almost anything.

Do you mean any camera with a sensor smaller than 35mm, or do you mean images must be shot with Nikon APS-C?

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 05:34 UTC as 1st comment

Interesting.

I'm a professional journalist, and I use my iPhone every day for shooting still and video images for publication. Having said that, I've never posted any to my Flickr stream:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottkmacleod/

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2016 at 03:47 UTC as 4th comment
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