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 Have your say: Best zoom lens of 2017 (58 comments in total)

"Offering about a 25-51mm equiv. field of view, this lens is incredibly versatile for a variety of shooting scenarios,"

Since when was a 2x standard zoom "incredibly versatile"?

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2017 at 04:21 UTC as 1st comment
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Focus Shift Shooting: Saw this earlier before DPReview posted it.

None of them are good, especially not the aerial drone photography which should be made illegal in all countries.

Well, I take it back, the orangutan one is quite good actually. The viewer asks questions about the animal's thoughts. That's more than almost all photographers are capable of, so hat's off to Jay for that shot.

Focus Shift Shooting:

I really like all of the photos, but I do agree with you about the bokeh on a couple of shots.

The background bokeh is rough and busy in the orangutan photo.

The bokeh in the flamingo photo has terrible artefacts, but I think this due to compression for online rather than the quality of the original shot.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2017 at 01:21 UTC

Some great photos in there.

Artistically, I especially enjoyed the flamingo shot.

Technically, the man o' war shot is mind-blowingly good.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2017 at 00:48 UTC as 1st comment
On article Shooting with the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III in Moab (121 comments in total)
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bluevellet: Cool video. Nice photos. Good introduction to various products.

But I don't quite get those "sponsored content" articles. How are they sponsored? Company just pays for a prearranged trip? That can't be just that since this is a lot slicker in terms of video production than your average camera launches (often accompanied by sponsored trips). Is it some sort of co-production where a company approaches DPR for a project, DPR brainstorms/leads it but the camera manufacturer pays for it? There also seems to be a checklist of sorts where the action stops and a specific camera feature is highlighted.

Sometimes, comments can be made in those sponsored articles (like here), sometimes no. I guess it's up to whichever manufacturer pays?

A fair point, Zeikon, as ultimately it is the perception of the consumer that is most important.

However, judging by some of the reactions in this comments section, there does seem to be some confusion about DPReview's sponsored content.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2017 at 22:13 UTC
On article Shooting with the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III in Moab (121 comments in total)
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bluevellet: Cool video. Nice photos. Good introduction to various products.

But I don't quite get those "sponsored content" articles. How are they sponsored? Company just pays for a prearranged trip? That can't be just that since this is a lot slicker in terms of video production than your average camera launches (often accompanied by sponsored trips). Is it some sort of co-production where a company approaches DPR for a project, DPR brainstorms/leads it but the camera manufacturer pays for it? There also seems to be a checklist of sorts where the action stops and a specific camera feature is highlighted.

Sometimes, comments can be made in those sponsored articles (like here), sometimes no. I guess it's up to whichever manufacturer pays?

It could mean a number of things, Zeikon, as it is a term designed to be deliberately ambiguous.

I work in media and public relations, and there are many different types of relationship that can exist in such situations, depending on the level of editorial control ceded to the "sponsor".

The term "advertorial" is less ambiguous. When you see the term "advertorial", you know that it is paid content that has been either supplied by, or signed off by, the company that supplies the product.

With "sponsored" content, the media outlet might insist on full editorial control over content. Or the sponsoring company might insist that it gets final sign-off over content. This relationship has a great bearing on the extent to which the consumer can trust the objectivity of the content.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2017 at 20:05 UTC
On article Shooting with the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III in Moab (121 comments in total)
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bluevellet: Cool video. Nice photos. Good introduction to various products.

But I don't quite get those "sponsored content" articles. How are they sponsored? Company just pays for a prearranged trip? That can't be just that since this is a lot slicker in terms of video production than your average camera launches (often accompanied by sponsored trips). Is it some sort of co-production where a company approaches DPR for a project, DPR brainstorms/leads it but the camera manufacturer pays for it? There also seems to be a checklist of sorts where the action stops and a specific camera feature is highlighted.

Sometimes, comments can be made in those sponsored articles (like here), sometimes no. I guess it's up to whichever manufacturer pays?

Thanks, Barney.

This sentence, which you just used, is of the type I would like to see made more explicit in your FAQs and disclosures:

"It's funded by manufacturers with the intention of promoting their products."

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2017 at 18:56 UTC
On article Shooting with the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III in Moab (121 comments in total)
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bluevellet: Cool video. Nice photos. Good introduction to various products.

But I don't quite get those "sponsored content" articles. How are they sponsored? Company just pays for a prearranged trip? That can't be just that since this is a lot slicker in terms of video production than your average camera launches (often accompanied by sponsored trips). Is it some sort of co-production where a company approaches DPR for a project, DPR brainstorms/leads it but the camera manufacturer pays for it? There also seems to be a checklist of sorts where the action stops and a specific camera feature is highlighted.

Sometimes, comments can be made in those sponsored articles (like here), sometimes no. I guess it's up to whichever manufacturer pays?

Sure Barney, but the point is that this "sponsored content" seems to be just advertising, in the sense that it's tailored to showcase the best features of a product while hiding its failings.

For example, the video shows the camera being used for astrophotography without mentioning the high noise levels of the small sensor.

Why was the noise not mentioned? Presumably because Olympus would object, and DPReview therefore does not have editorial control.

People who read/watch sponsored content on this site might mistakenly think that what they are seeing/reading presents DPReview's honest opinion of a product's capabilities when, in fact, it does not.

I would like to see a more open disclosure about this.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2017 at 20:11 UTC
On article Shooting with the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III in Moab (121 comments in total)
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bluevellet: Cool video. Nice photos. Good introduction to various products.

But I don't quite get those "sponsored content" articles. How are they sponsored? Company just pays for a prearranged trip? That can't be just that since this is a lot slicker in terms of video production than your average camera launches (often accompanied by sponsored trips). Is it some sort of co-production where a company approaches DPR for a project, DPR brainstorms/leads it but the camera manufacturer pays for it? There also seems to be a checklist of sorts where the action stops and a specific camera feature is highlighted.

Sometimes, comments can be made in those sponsored articles (like here), sometimes no. I guess it's up to whichever manufacturer pays?

Barney, I find the information in the FAQ to be unsatisfactory.

Does DPReview have editorial control over "sponsored" content? In other words, are you in a position to be truthful if you consider the camera to be a dog?

I would appreciate disclosure on this.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2017 at 02:40 UTC
On article Shooting with the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III in Moab (121 comments in total)
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CaPi: To the m43 experts around: what would be your recommendation as a travel camera and what m43 vendor would you suggest?
Money isnt the issue.. travel, street, event, some architeture photography vs portability are what I'd do like. I tried to move to Fuji from my Nikons - some 3k+ euro later that did not work out for me. (AF performance, LR compatibility and ergonomics)

I own a Panasonic G85. I find this and the other DSLR-style M43 bodies to be too heavy for travel.

My preferred M43 travel setup is a Panasonic GM5 with either three small primes (12mm f/2.0, 25mm f/1.8, 45mm f/1.8) or the two micro-zooms and one prime (12-32, 35-100, 17mm f/1.8).

The GM5 has been discontinued, but you can still find them on eBay.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2017 at 02:37 UTC
On article Olympus 45mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery updated (335 comments in total)
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Veri Herga: This lens is three times the price of the Samyang 50mm 1.2 which although is slightly longer gives very good results. Yes it is manual focus but that really is not an issue especially if taking pictures of people in a studio situation. Before buying an Olympus I would want to try it out first to see if it really is any better.

I think autofocus is very much an issue when shooting portraits at narrow depth of field.

Olympus and Panasonic M43 cameras automatically - and reliably - focus on the closest eye.

This happens in an instant, rather than having to fiddle with a manual focus lens and focus peaking.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 19:58 UTC
On photo Morning on the river in the Best photo of the week... challenge (1 comment in total)

Great shot, and a deserving winner.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 19:34 UTC as 1st comment
On photo It's good to be at home in the Best photo of the week... challenge (7 comments in total)

I've lodged a complaint about this entry. Not only does the exif show it was taken in April, but the image was submitted to the following website three months ago: https://www.juzaphoto.com/galleria.php?l=it&t=2484595

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 05:50 UTC as 1st comment
On photo It's good to be at home in the Best photo of the week... challenge (7 comments in total)

Yes, the evidence presented by tasad appears to prove that Nightcrawler12 is a cheat.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2017 at 02:55 UTC as 4th comment
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Team Yeti: So let me get this straight...

A researcher is upset that a large company based in a Communist country didn't play fair and give him the reward they had originally suggested for his hard work.

Hate to say it, but I've got a bridge to sell you in the desert, too.

Good luck collecting on that $30K...

In my relations with foreign companies, the big American corporates are the worst to deal with.

At least the Chinese companies I've dealt with answer their phones and respond to questions.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2017 at 19:57 UTC
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(unknown member): Breakthrough photography smokes this kit and Lee filters by a long haul...

Foxjet: It looks quite similar to the old Hitech-style adapter ring to me.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2017 at 03:30 UTC
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(unknown member): Breakthrough photography smokes this kit and Lee filters by a long haul...

Cognitive dissonance, anybody?

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2017 at 01:22 UTC

I use 85mm Haida filters in a Hitech holder on my ultrawide Panasonic 7-14.

It's good to see B+W enter the fray. Their ND filters are good quality, though I find my B+W 10-stop has a stronger colour cast than my Haida 10-stop.

For a polariser, I've rigged up a system where I can use a CPL inside the lens hood, without needing a filter holder at all.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2017 at 01:17 UTC as 7th comment
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fmaxwell: I'll stick with my Pelican 1200 case for my Panasonic GX85 and accessories. It provides a level of impact and weather protection that no textile bag can match.

A Pelican 1200 weighs a whopping 1.3kg, which is nearly three times as much as this little Billingham and which defeats the whole point of using the little GX85.

I admire your dogmatism, if not your common sense!

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2017 at 03:22 UTC
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tdkehoe: How fast does it take the four pictures? Is it like HDR, where you get ghosting if the subject isn't perfectly still?

You would likely get ghosting, but if you're shooting landscape then you could simply mask those areas with subject movement.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2017 at 02:27 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 first impressions (402 comments in total)
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StayClassy: Something that no one is discussing is Panasonic's horrific camera support. I work at a camera repair facility now (authorized for Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm, and Canon non-warranty work). From the stories I've heard myself, Panasonic will literally charge you $15 to speak to them, customers have had cameras for minor issues disappear into the nether for ages, sometimes longer than six weeks, they charge obscene amounts for estimates including getting your equipment back, and all around seem complacent in their service operations.

In my effort to be as non-biased as possible, of which these opinions completely belong to me and only me, Sony is the only company I can truly say offers support reasonable enough to wear a "Pro Support" moniker and have the push behind it to meet the expectations, in terms of mirrorless. While Nikon and Canon both offer professional repair services (NPS, CPS), Sony and the amount of reps I see tracking the progress of their cameras, is astounding.

I got a Panasonic camera fixed very quickly through the company's approved repair facility.

It did cost a fair amount of money, but that is to be expected with camera gear.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2017 at 20:33 UTC
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