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 an account manager for a public relations firm in Tauranga.

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On article Ten expert tips for successful macro photography (97 comments in total)
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daddyo: I can reduce this to 4 tips:

Find bug.
Set your Olympus E-M1 with 60mm f/2.8 macro lens to Focus Stacking mode.
Select f/5.6-f/8 aperture.
Press shutter button.

The latest Panasonic m43 bodies also allow photo stacking and image stabilisation.

I shoot an Olympus 60mm f/2.8 Macro on my Panasonic G85.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 05:40 UTC
On article Panasonic Leica DG 15mm F1.7 shooting experience (319 comments in total)
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soundknight21: I have this lens with my gx8 and I really like it but I don't think it warrants a re review.
Panasonic needs to update this lens with version in at f1.2 and a sharper image at f5.6. Having at f1.2 would open up better image quality to party and night street shooters.
They also need to improve the 25mm f1.4 - it's sharp but autofocus sucks sometimes.

What Kerensky97 said is true.

If you're looking for an f/1.2 lens in this focal length, Olympus is planning to announce a 17mm f/1.2 later this year.

It will likely be very big and heavy (by M43 standards).

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 03:23 UTC
On article Power Zoom: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100/TZ100 Review (356 comments in total)

Looks great on paper, but image quality falls a long way short of the little Panasonic GM5 that I currently use as a travel camera.

Hopefully the next version of this camera will have a better-quality lens and EVF.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 20:51 UTC as 8th comment
On article Throwback Thursday: Canon IXUS 50 / SD400 Digital ELPH (60 comments in total)
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stan_c: I had an Ixus 80IS which I took on a trip to the UK in 2009 as a backup to my Canon 40D. About two weeks into the trip the shutter on the 40D died and the Ixus became my main camera for the duration of the trip. Needless to say I wasn't impressed about the shutter failure on the 40D but the little Ixus did an excellent job taking it's place.
It also died eventually but sadly there's not much on the market these days that even comes close to replacing it, which is a real shame.

Nothing comes close to replacing it?

You could try a Sony RX100.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 08:29 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Canon IXUS 50 / SD400 Digital ELPH (60 comments in total)

My first digital camera was the 4mp version of this camera, the IXUS 40 / SD300.

It was damn good and I really liked it - until it got dropped in a puddle in Paraguay after six years of faithful service ...

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 08:27 UTC as 13th comment
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NZ Scott: I'm using a three-year old 15" Macbook Pro and am not thinking of switching any time soon because it is still a very fast machine.

However, when the time comes, I will certainly consider switching - mostly because of the issue with ports.

I don't want to give the impression that I don't like my Mac - to be honest, I absolutely love the thing. But I do think the latest models are slightly less appealing.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 00:02 UTC
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NZ Scott: I'm using a three-year old 15" Macbook Pro and am not thinking of switching any time soon because it is still a very fast machine.

However, when the time comes, I will certainly consider switching - mostly because of the issue with ports.

Yeah, but I'm also one of the people annoyed by the loss of the SD card slot. I also think my machine could do with another USB port. I've never used either of the Thunderbolt ports, which were meant to be the next big thing.

Getting rid of stuff like the old CD-ROM drive made a lot of sense to me, but some of the things being removed now are annoying.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 20:09 UTC

I'm using a three-year old 15" Macbook Pro and am not thinking of switching any time soon because it is still a very fast machine.

However, when the time comes, I will certainly consider switching - mostly because of the issue with ports.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 09:59 UTC as 160th comment | 4 replies
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George Landis: My serial number was one of them so I boxed it up this morning and got it dropped off for UPS to send it to the repair center in Los Angeles. I hope they are quick with the fix as I need it for a Las Vegas trip in 3 weeks. The only problem I ever had was one that nobody else seems too. In single shot mode it will occasionally fire off two shots instead of one. Other than that I think the camera has been great but I couldn't pass up getting a new shutter for free and supposedly better than the one that was in it. My body was also made in Thailand like the photo above.

Well, it sounds like George got in fast after the recall was announced. So hopefully his camera will be at the front of the queue.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2017 at 22:29 UTC
On article Ten ways to shake 'photographer's block' for good (89 comments in total)

My tip: Downsize your camera.

Moving from a big DSLR to a little mirrorless makes photography more fun because it's so easy to carry a camera around with you.

I went from Nikon DSLR to a mid-sized Olympus M43 camera to a tiny Panasonic M43. I can fit that little thing in my coat pocket.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2017 at 08:23 UTC as 30th comment | 1 reply
On article Leica TL2 first impressions (366 comments in total)
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webber15: Proof really that touchscreens suck compared to physical controls...

Touchscreens are great for setting focus point.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2017 at 02:57 UTC
On article Leica TL2 first impressions (366 comments in total)
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tedolf: I can't see why anyone would buy one of these over a m4/3 camera.

Tedolph

Babart: With regards to size, it depends on what models you're comparing. The X-E1 is 25% bigger and more than 60% heavier than a GM5, for example, and the Fuji's 18-55 kit lens is about 50 per cent heavier than a Panasonic 12-35 f/2.8. I find Panasonic's RAW images to be noisy even at ISO 200, but Panny doesn't apply NR to its RAW files (unlike Sony, for example) and with a touch of colour NR in Photoshop it cleans up nicely.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2017 at 02:49 UTC
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NZ Scott: An acquaintance bought $20,000 worth of Bitcoin two years ago.

It's now worth $250,000.

35mmBlueSky: Can you explain how it's a scam for supply and demand to determine value?

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 04:27 UTC
On photo Oculus in the Not Rectilinear, But Not Looking Unnatural challenge (10 comments in total)

Another win. Well done!

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2017 at 07:24 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply

An acquaintance bought $20,000 worth of Bitcoin two years ago.

It's now worth $250,000.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2017 at 05:22 UTC as 6th comment | 2 replies
On article Leica TL2 first impressions (366 comments in total)
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tedolf: I can't see why anyone would buy one of these over a m4/3 camera.

Tedolph

Some of the points mentioned above are legitimate, although most m43 cameras offer a superior shooting experience to this camera and generally better jpeg image quality.

Leica's jpeg quality is well behind Olympus and Panasonic, in my opinion, and the M43 cameras have amazing stabilisation.

However, I've downloaded some of this camera's Raw files and to me they looked very good. They need more work than Panasonic and Olympus files, but with good tweaking are certainly very decent and at high-ISO offer about half a stop less noise.

You'll be hard pressed to see any difference in real-world use, however, apart from Leica's odd colour rendering (especially WB).

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 07:25 UTC
On article Leica TL2 first impressions (366 comments in total)

Very interesting first impressions, thanks Richard.

These little software quirks and ergonomic oddities are the kinds of things that are often skimmed over in camera reviews, but which can be even more important than specifications and image quality.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 05:45 UTC as 26th comment
On photo Rotterdam - cube houses in the Fisheye lens challenge (1 comment in total)

A great shot.

Well done.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2017 at 00:32 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Royal Albert Hall in the Fisheye lens challenge (19 comments in total)

Congratulations, Michael - that's a cracking shot.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2017 at 00:31 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
On article Domke F-803 and F-5XB review (71 comments in total)

Looks like a poor-man's Billingham - in a good way.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2017 at 07:45 UTC as 3rd comment
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