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 A photographer's intro to the world of video (99 comments in total)

A great first-person look at moving from stills to video photography.

I'm about to embark on this journey myself, so I appreciated the insights.

Thanks.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 06:33 UTC as 16th comment
On photo Riihisaari pPark in the Local Park challenge (2 comments in total)

Beautiful.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 00:06 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Natures Frame in the Local Park challenge (27 comments in total)

Lovely shot.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 00:06 UTC as 17th comment
On article 2016 iPhone Photography Award winners announced (75 comments in total)

Wow - some cracking shots in there.

Proof once again that it's the photographer, rather than the camera, which determines the quality of a shot.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 21:54 UTC as 22nd comment | 5 replies
On photo Early breakfast in the More Food challenge (5 comments in total)

Really nice tones.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2016 at 11:35 UTC as 2nd comment
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AbrasiveReducer: Nice. If your idea of a nice carbon tripod is a Chinese knock-off, the price will seem unimaginable. But if you're comparing to a really good tripod like Gitzo or RRS, this FLM looks quite reasonable. And unlike your camera, you don't replace your tripod every other year.

Gitzo has the worst customer service of any tripod brand. Good luck contacting anyone in their service team. On the other hand Sirui (Chinese brand) does actually bother to reply to customers. I know this from experience.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2016 at 01:34 UTC
On photo Hair in the Your City - City Dwellers challenge (2 comments in total)
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AdVeen: Location please?

Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 14:59 UTC
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cosinaphile: MY INSANELY GOOD 12mm f2 olympus is 1\\10th the size fast and good .....this is a beast

Sure, George.

I use the Panasonic 7-14 for shooting landscapes, so f/2.8 is redundant for me given that it would mean carrying extra weight around for a lens that will be stopped down anyway. The Panny 7-14 does have outstanding image quality.

When I need speed I switch to the 12/2.0, but f/1.4 would be nice.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 04:30 UTC
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cosinaphile: MY INSANELY GOOD 12mm f2 olympus is 1\\10th the size fast and good .....this is a beast

...as is the Panasonic 7-14 f4.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 22:46 UTC
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gsergei: A thumb down for this lens at $1300us. Guessing it will cost @1700cad. I will continue using my Oly 12/2 and FT 11-22/2.8-3.5 on the EM-1. Panasonic people keep shooting themselves in the wallet by providing an aperture ring incompatible with the Olympus bodies. No, thanks.

Jonathan F/2: Maybe because it's a great lens? A non-functional aperture ring is no big deal, because most other lenses don't have them either.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 22:44 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1188 comments in total)

Beautiful images, although it's hard to tell whether this is a result of a good camera or a good photographer.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 21:14 UTC as 76th comment | 2 replies
On article All about that lens: Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III review (427 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: Looks like a cool camera - but it's not the right piece of kit for me, as my Micro Four Thirds setup is smaller, lighter and cheaper.

However, I can see the appeal for consumer photographers who don't like changing lenses and who regularly shoot wildlife.

Well, I was referring to a Panasonic GM5 with 12-32 and 35-100. This setup costs and weighs less than half as much as the Sony and has better image quality (in my opinion).

Of course, the Sony has twice as much reach. One way to match the Sony would be to substitute the 40-150 for the 35-100. This weighs only an extra 70g, and because of the larger sensor you could crop it.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 11:07 UTC
On article All about that lens: Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III review (427 comments in total)

Looks like a cool camera - but it's not the right piece of kit for me, as my Micro Four Thirds setup is smaller, lighter and cheaper.

However, I can see the appeal for consumer photographers who don't like changing lenses and who regularly shoot wildlife.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 08:57 UTC as 63rd comment | 4 replies
On article All about that lens: Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III review (427 comments in total)
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onlooker: It would have been nice for Sony to include faster, more direct way of selecting AF point, like a joystick. More cameras now include it, time for Sony to improve its ergonomics. And please, fanboys, do not bother extolling the virtues of up-down-left-up-right-up-left-whatever button pecking.

It's too cumbersome to rely on a smartphone with Wifi link to perform this basic function. The camera should have a touchscreen.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 03:39 UTC
On article All about that lens: Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III review (427 comments in total)
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Douglas F Watt: It's not that DPR criticisms are not valid, it's that the overall picture that emerges from this review seems just ever so slightly tilted . . . . in the direction of pet peeves and gripes about the interface, lack of touchscreen and AF tracking, instead of an emphasis on just how stunning the overall achievement is of having a sharp 24-600 2.4-4 that comes in at just over 2 lbs, and that provides superb video functionality with very good stills ability. Additionally, and indicative of their lack of time to really explore the full envelope of the camera's OS, there is a touchscreen interface available, through the smartphone remote control app, which at least IMO is class-leading, allowing for full control of many shooting parameters, including touch-location of AF point. That it won't replace FF or even APS-C equipment for great DR, S/N ratio in low light seems a sacrifice one must make willingly to get what the package does provide. As for the Sony menu system, it's not that bad.

Handling and usability are VERY important characteristics of a camera - arguably even more important than image quality.

DPreview is doing the right thing by pointing out the Sony's failings.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 03:37 UTC
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gsergei: A thumb down for this lens at $1300us. Guessing it will cost @1700cad. I will continue using my Oly 12/2 and FT 11-22/2.8-3.5 on the EM-1. Panasonic people keep shooting themselves in the wallet by providing an aperture ring incompatible with the Olympus bodies. No, thanks.

rialcnis: The OP didn't say the "lens" was incompatible with Oly bodies. He said the "aperture ring" was incompatible with Oly bodies. These are two quite different statements. As pointed out by Vlad S, the aperture ring is electronic (rather than mechanical) and Oly bodies do not have the firmware to support this. This is not the first Panasonic lens to have an aperture ring incompatible with Olympus bodies. It might actually be a blessing, though, as the rings tend to get jolted and change aperture at inconvenient times.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2016 at 22:37 UTC
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Andrew: Aside from the politics of weight and price...what specific kind of shooting would you use this lens for?

So, after all that arguing it turns out that you can't buy a full-frame camera with fast 24mm lens at $900 after all. So the Pana-Leica it is ...

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2016 at 11:38 UTC
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gsergei: A thumb down for this lens at $1300us. Guessing it will cost @1700cad. I will continue using my Oly 12/2 and FT 11-22/2.8-3.5 on the EM-1. Panasonic people keep shooting themselves in the wallet by providing an aperture ring incompatible with the Olympus bodies. No, thanks.

rialcnis: It doesn't work on Olympus cameras.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2016 at 11:27 UTC
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Andrew: Aside from the politics of weight and price...what specific kind of shooting would you use this lens for?

Lassoni: It's the right system for astro if it's the system you have.

Adding full-frame gear just to shoot astro would require spending thousands of dollars on a new, heavy body and fast prime lens, not to mention having to lug it all around (I shoot astro when hiking).

It makes more sense to me to spend $900 and get good results with my existing gear.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2016 at 01:55 UTC
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PerL: OK - so I found the comparison I was after.
This Pana 12 1.4 weighs 355g and costs 1300 dollars.
The eqv Canon 24 2.8 for FF weighs 281g and costs 550 dollars. (B&H)
The much faster eqv Nikon 24 1.8 for FF weighs 355g and costs 700 dollars.
Fast primes simply seems to be weak point for small formats, and you have to pay a significant extra cost if you want to go there. And there is no size advantage - rather the opposite - despite the small sensor.

You make a good point in a general sense, PerL, but the first reviews for the Panasonic lens suggest that it has stellar image quality (see the CameraLabs review, and others). This is something that can't be said for the Nikon 24/1.8, for example. There's more to it than the old equivalence argument.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2016 at 01:36 UTC
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