NZ Scott

NZ Scott

Lives in Australia Melbourne, Australia
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 through-hiked the 3000km Te Araroa trail in my home country, New Zealand.

Currently living in Melbourne.

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On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (661 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: Looks like a nice camera.

Positive: the grip looks more hefty than the slim one on the original E-M1.

Negative: The on/off switch is still stupidly placed.

Ambivalent: Would prefer a swivel screen to a fully-articulating one, but that's a personal preference.

It's stupid because it can only be accessed with the left hand.

Properly-placed on/off switches can easily be accessed by the hand that is holding the camera (ie, the right hand). Nikon has this down pat, as does Panasonic on most of its m43 cameras, and Olympus itself with some of its PEN bodies.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 09:11 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (661 comments in total)

Looks like a nice camera.

Positive: the grip looks more hefty than the slim one on the original E-M1.

Negative: The on/off switch is still stupidly placed.

Ambivalent: Would prefer a swivel screen to a fully-articulating one, but that's a personal preference.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 02:11 UTC as 44th comment | 2 replies
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 First Impressions Review (185 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: One feature that seems to have passed without mention is the audio jack, which was controversial on the GX85 and which I believe is standard 3.5mm on this camera. Is that correct?

Thanks, Dan.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 01:49 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 First Impressions Review (185 comments in total)

One feature that seems to have passed without mention is the audio jack, which was controversial on the GX85 and which I believe is standard 3.5mm on this camera. Is that correct?

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 21:50 UTC as 27th comment | 2 replies
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 First Impressions Review (185 comments in total)
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Boissez: Looks nice. Any word on whether the body is made of plastic or metal?

Boissez: The body is half-metal and half-plastic. The front part is metal and the back part has a "plasticky" feel, according to one review I read.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 21:47 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 First Impressions Review (185 comments in total)

Looks like a great camera!

The last photo doesn't actually show "the whole Panasonic gang", as the GM1 and GM5 are not present.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 21:45 UTC as 28th comment | 1 reply
On photo Street Art in the Your City - Paintings in the City challenge (3 comments in total)
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Kharan: Excellent photo! It's cute, well executed, and creative. I also love the model's expression, it blends in perfectly with the street art. Congratulations.

Thanks, Kharan.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2016 at 06:41 UTC

I've been to 14 of these 18 countries, so I should be able to rustle something up ...

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 13:16 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo Blue Mosque in Istanbul in the Middle East challenge (5 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: This isn't in the Middle East, but nice photo anyway.

I'm a bit of a "terror tourist". I went to Egypt during the riots there a few years ago and was in southwestern China during the Tibetan uprising. I find the prices to be cheaper and there are very few other tourists around to get in the way. The main problem is attracting every tout and hawker within a 10km radius!

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2016 at 04:58 UTC
On photo Blue Mosque in Istanbul in the Middle East challenge (5 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: This isn't in the Middle East, but nice photo anyway.

Ah yes - Turkey is mentioned by name in the challenge rules.

Turkey is not normally considered part of the Middle East, and certainly not the part west of the Bosporus, but you're correct about the rules.

I lived and worked in Turkey for a while.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2016 at 03:39 UTC
On photo Blue Mosque in Istanbul in the Middle East challenge (5 comments in total)

This isn't in the Middle East, but nice photo anyway.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2016 at 00:58 UTC as 1st comment | 4 replies
On article 19 tips for better live music photography (110 comments in total)

Great stuff - thanks for sharing these insights.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2016 at 04:32 UTC as 44th comment
On photo Back in 'Nam in the Down the alleyway challenge (3 comments in total)
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thejohnnerparty: very interesting. How are things there where you took the picture?

Vietnam's a great country to visit, so I would say that things are good.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 06:24 UTC
On article A photographer's intro to the world of video (100 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 17th 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 (76 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 23rd 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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