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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MrBrightSide: We are long overdue for God to unleash Her punishment on humanity for the way we have destroyed the world She gave us.

There's a god?

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 21:32 UTC
On article Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D Review (458 comments in total)
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Philnw2: Canon says they are going to build some mirrorless cameras, but here we go again, the same old tired flapping mirror design that is so noisy and requires the post chimping to see how the image was exposed. Mirrorless shows you how the image is going to be exposed BEFORE you take the picture. Great for beginners, instead of these inscrutable flappers.

mrkarisma: All you need to do is enable the histogram to see how the exposure will turn out. You can adjust by simply adding one stop of exposure compensation.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 20:38 UTC
On article Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D Review (458 comments in total)
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Philnw2: Canon says they are going to build some mirrorless cameras, but here we go again, the same old tired flapping mirror design that is so noisy and requires the post chimping to see how the image was exposed. Mirrorless shows you how the image is going to be exposed BEFORE you take the picture. Great for beginners, instead of these inscrutable flappers.

dansclic: They've more than "half succeeded" with the M6, which is an excellent camera.

The chief photographer at my local newspaper shoots with an EOS 1D, and he is very impressed by the M6 that he bought for travel.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 06:22 UTC
On article Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D Review (458 comments in total)

Although more bulky front-to-back than the mirrorless Panasonic G85, it's exactly the same weight. That's impressively light for a DSLR.

I'mage quality also looks very similar to a G85, according to the comparison tools.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2017 at 20:56 UTC as 27th comment | 2 replies
On article Why hyperfocal distance charts are inaccurate (39 comments in total)

I found this article to be very interesting.

Thanks, DPreview.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2017 at 02:50 UTC as 11th comment
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KaiZenDon: Lens Rental and Roger is such an asset to the photographic community, a wholehearted thanks.
This is actually a very useful test, because us photographers simply hv no way to test filters. I also see a dilemma here, if we cant see the difference between filters, why do we bother buying expensive ones?!
Can we have a test of ND filters next (including variable ND) ?! ND filters are massively expensive. Last time I brought a very cheap variable ND with me too shoot waterfalls, probably had some colour cast, though easily fixed in post.

MrBrightSide: Yes, but the problem is that you have to stack them. This means that you're going to clip the corner of your image when using wide-angle lenses.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2017 at 08:10 UTC
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KaiZenDon: Lens Rental and Roger is such an asset to the photographic community, a wholehearted thanks.
This is actually a very useful test, because us photographers simply hv no way to test filters. I also see a dilemma here, if we cant see the difference between filters, why do we bother buying expensive ones?!
Can we have a test of ND filters next (including variable ND) ?! ND filters are massively expensive. Last time I brought a very cheap variable ND with me too shoot waterfalls, probably had some colour cast, though easily fixed in post.

MyReality:

I was open-minded about variable ND filters until I bought one (a Hoya).

Within two days it was in the post back to the supplier.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2017 at 04:03 UTC
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John Brewton: I have CPL's from four different manufacturers. I agree with Roger's conclusion. The biggest difference I have found is resistance to turning easily. I had to replace all my B+W's because they became impossible to turn - probably dust but it's not exactly something you can clean effectively. Also I had more trouble with the coatings on B+W. Currently using Hoya (67), Formatt (58), Heliopan (82) and NISI (77). I AM an equal opportunity photographer :).

I also haven't had a problem with my two B+W polarisers. One of them is seven years old and has been used in tough environments.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2017 at 04:01 UTC

Interesting article, although I find it strange as I own B+W and Marumi polarisers and prefer the colours out of the B+W.

According to Roger's tests, there should be very little difference in the colours.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2017 at 03:56 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply
On article The photography of Stanley Kubrick as a teenager (25 comments in total)

Wow, some of those photos are really great.

Kubrick is one of my favourite directors - 2001 is second on my list of the greatest films of all time.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2017 at 22:54 UTC as 9th comment

It looks great.

However, it's too heavy for my purposes (long-distance hiking) and I'll stick with my GM5 twin-lens kit.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2017 at 01:08 UTC as 48th comment
On photo Adrift in the South Wind in the Wish I were there... challenge (4 comments in total)

Nice, bro.

One of the better hikes in the North Island.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2017 at 07:10 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Hands-on with new Fujifilm X-E3 (201 comments in total)

It looks like a pretty decent camera.

I'm committed to Micro Four Thirds, but if I were forced to switch systems would probably go for a Canon M6 because of the nicer grip.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 08:38 UTC as 45th comment
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Review (564 comments in total)
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Jefftan: Review don't test the most important 5 axis IS for still and test if that has been improved

If not for this, no reason to use a small sensor , just buy 24 MP A6000/Canon M100 (remember both have better AF, much bigger sensor and more megapixel)

If 5 axis IS is really good, like can handheld wide angle at 1 second as some claim on E-M1 II, it MAY worth it (just may)

If not for the IS, this camera is simply worthless compare to A6000/M100 (Oh yes, it has 4k, big deal)

Jefftan:

Trolling again?

Your example is cherry-picked.

For the Canon, where is the native 200mm-800mm equivalent zoom, the 600mm-equivalent prime, the three fisheyes, the three macros, the ultracompact pancake primes ... etc ... the list goes on.

M43 shooters have more than 100 native lenses to choose from, including all of the above.

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2017 at 23:51 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Review (564 comments in total)
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cosinaphile: these refreshes that only serve to keep the well past retirement 16 mp m 43 sensor current ..... can the 16 mp sensor still take great files ?.... of course it can

but its well past time ...... for this iteration to possess a 20 mp sensor

Unfortunately, the current 20mp sensor is only a marginal upgrade over the 16mp.

When M43 cameras jumped from 12mp to 16mp, that really was a major upgrade because dynamic range was much improved. Not so with the more recent "upgrade".

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2017 at 23:45 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III (209 comments in total)
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flip 21: No mic input?!??!? Crap

IBIS has been a standard feature even on entry-level M43 cameras for some time now, and 4k is becoming standard.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2017 at 10:44 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Review (564 comments in total)
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BarnET: Don't get the hate. It's affordable, shoots 4k and looks like fun.
Sure in absolute image quality there are better options. But those won't have such a extensive feature set or they burn a bigger hole in your pocket

Yes, and Jefftan is the perfect example of this.

He prattles on about the importance of camera features, sensor resolution and dynamic range in relation to his smartphone when his own gallery is nothing but photos of test charts and house roofs.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2017 at 01:36 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III (209 comments in total)
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flip 21: No mic input?!??!? Crap

Actually, it is designed for video and high-quality pictures.

However, it's not pitched towards advanced users looking for professional-grade audio results from an external microphone.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2017 at 01:13 UTC
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Frank RR: The End of September is NOT a Summer Release Just Saying a Man's Word is important Summer is June July And August To Me

You're all wrong.

Summer is December, January, February.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2017 at 03:46 UTC
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Jefftan: When all entry level APS-C has 24MP

Can MFT really compete insist on using a 5years old 16MP outdated sensor (include the rumor soon to be announced E-M10 III)

Or in body IS (or so called good lens selection) such an important feature that people are willing to tolerate an outdated sensor? I definitely won't. I already got 2 16MP MFT camera and if i spend more money to get another one I would be crazy

Don't try the tired good enough argument. My 2011 NEX-5N is good enough and is still working. That means I never have to buy a new camera

What do u guys think?

Jefftan:

Yes, I always shoot Raw and always process in Photoshop CR.

I use a range of lenses, including primes and small zooms.

With the GM5, I usually shoot in aperture-priority and apply exposure compensation when highlight "blinkies" appear. With landscapes, I often switch to manual mode.

Metering settings are important, as spot metering (for example) will expose for the centre of the frame without regard to highlights in other parts of the frame. Therefore, I nearly always use global metering.

The other trick with the GM5 is to use manual shutter whenever possible. Dynamic range is noticeably less with electronic shutter.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2017 at 21:02 UTC
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