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 Sony announces Cyber-shot RX100 VI with 24-200mm zoom (756 comments in total)

This looks very close to the ideal enthusiast's compact camera - the only things holding it back are a lack of weather sealing and fiddly controls.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2018 at 20:34 UTC as 85th comment
On article Does sensor size still make a difference? (1049 comments in total)

A good article, and sensible.

Now to read the non-sensible comments below ...

Link | Posted on May 29, 2018 at 03:27 UTC as 156th comment
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Egregius V: Not bad, but why are so many of the pics shot with aperture smaller than f/8? This isn't full-frame, it's micro four thirds - so best image quality is usually at f/8 or wider. Still, this affords a chance to see how sharp the edges can get. With these shots, the corners don't impress me vs. other UWA options. Maybe with different technique or with a different copy of the lens, better looking results are obtained. That does seem to be the case, looking at some other galleries.

@Willy Chu, @obsolescence -- Other review websites show that this lens is sharpest in the centre at f/5.6 and sharpest in the corners at f/8. So this is 3-4 stops from wide open.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2018 at 02:09 UTC
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NZ Scott: Here is a copy of the email I just sent to Heretic Records (info@hereticrecords.com):

Hello,

I am emailing to voice my anger at the way you stole a photograph and shared it with hundreds of thousands of people without paying the photographer.

A text exchange between the photographer and a real [[rude noun]] at Heretic Records has now gone viral on various photography websites, where your name is now mud.

I would strongly urge you to pay this photographer the money she has requested.

I’m sure you wouldn’t like photographers to steal your bands’ music and share it with the public on bittorent websites - and you are essentially behaving in the same way.

Scott.

Update: The owner of info@hereticrecords.com has replied to my email saying that she owns the email address, but is not affiliated with Heretic Records itself.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2018 at 20:59 UTC
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Gil Aegerter: This photographer should sue. She has an extremely strong case. The person who doesn't get it is the record label person.

BeaverTerror: I did read the article before, and have now read it again. So here you go:

"This is not a defamation case. Defamation occurs when you say bad things about somebody to third parties. No third parties were involved in this text exchange."

I'll put it another way: Defamation occurs when somebody says something incorrect and negative about somebody to a third party, thereby damaging their reputation. That didn't happen in this case, because no third party was involved in the text exchange.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2018 at 21:02 UTC
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Adam Sharp: Had exactly same thing happen . A world leader in fuels used my images on a site then took credit for the images . When I complained and asked for the images to be removed or sorted out I was met with all
Kinda of rubbish . In the end I searched for the top management phone nu and gave them three days to adjust or remove . Provided them with proof that the photos were my images . All this from helping a charity that had been sponsored by a large company.

Who were they, and why aren't you naming them?

Link | Posted on May 4, 2018 at 09:50 UTC
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Gil Aegerter: This photographer should sue. She has an extremely strong case. The person who doesn't get it is the record label person.

This is not a defamation case. Defamation occurs when you say bad things about somebody to third parties. No third parties were involved in this text exchange.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2018 at 09:49 UTC
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AustinMN: Send them an invoice. Move on.

I learned a long time ago that my life is simpler without worrying about copyright violations.

Are you a full-time professional photographer, AustinMN?

If you were, you would feel differently.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2018 at 09:43 UTC

Here is a copy of the email I just sent to Heretic Records (info@hereticrecords.com):

Hello,

I am emailing to voice my anger at the way you stole a photograph and shared it with hundreds of thousands of people without paying the photographer.

A text exchange between the photographer and a real [[rude noun]] at Heretic Records has now gone viral on various photography websites, where your name is now mud.

I would strongly urge you to pay this photographer the money she has requested.

I’m sure you wouldn’t like photographers to steal your bands’ music and share it with the public on bittorent websites - and you are essentially behaving in the same way.

Scott.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2018 at 09:38 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
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Matpan: Record label should be properly named, as well as the name of the person treating the photographer in such way displayed. These peopke need to be burnt and made public widely so when they seek professional quotes the community can choose either to ig ore them or make them pay a prime for being douches.

Heretic Records, based in the USA.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2018 at 09:29 UTC
On article Video: How to pack for a two-month photo expedition (56 comments in total)
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MannyZero: "..Don’t by anything until it has been 100% required on multiple trips..."
Toilet paper.

I hiked the length of New Zealand without carrying toilet paper. Amazing what you can achieve with a smooth river-stone and some moss ...

Link | Posted on May 4, 2018 at 09:18 UTC
On article Video: How to pack for a two-month photo expedition (56 comments in total)

Wow, that's a lot more gear than I take on my 3-6 month trips. Admittedly, I avoid extreme ice/snow conditions and crevasses, don't do serious mountaineering, and tend to rent gear for things like river travel.

Sounds like he's living his dream, and good on him.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2018 at 09:16 UTC as 11th comment

Many people have noted that most of the samples are shot at high ISO, stopped down, and therefore don't highlight the lens's strengths.

Barney Britton says that this was deliberate - for example, to test IS. He also did not post-process, in order to provide unadulterated samples.

For those interested in seeing what this lens can do, I've post-processed one of Barney's few 200mm photos that were shot wide-open at low ISO.

Sharpness and detail are impressive.

You can view my post-processed photo here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/riyw80tbt42hzpb/20180504%20Image%20Sample%2002.jpg?dl=0

Link | Posted on May 3, 2018 at 20:57 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
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mgm2: I get better images from my Tamron 100-400 at $800

Kharan:

Well, I disagree with your assessment of the respective image samples.

As for rude comments, both yourself and mgm2 have insulted Barney Britton, who reads these threads.

mgm2: Perhaps you could post some samples in your gallery as evidence to support your assertion?

Many, many people jump in to these threads to criticise, but very few offer evidence that they achieve better results.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2018 at 20:41 UTC
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BostonC: The bird pictures have little or no feather details.

dpfan32:

The point is that he could have avoided the high-ISO settings by opening the lens to f2.8-4, thereby improving the image quality. With many of the sample photos, he could have gained 1-2 stops by doing this, which is effectively the difference between M43 and a full-frame camera.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2018 at 20:39 UTC
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BostonC: The bird pictures have little or no feather details.

He was shooting stopped down at high-ISO, for some reason, and this causes detail to be lost to noise and diffraction. There's no need to stop down with this lens.

Link | Posted on May 1, 2018 at 23:14 UTC
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mgm2: I get better images from my Tamron 100-400 at $800

Not judging by the photos in your gallery.

Link | Posted on May 1, 2018 at 23:10 UTC
On photo The last 75 years in the The RAF - 100 years! challenge (14 comments in total)
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NAwlins Contrarian: I really like the shot.

But going OT from photography here:

I thought Spitfires had elliptical wings--a hallmark of their design and the most immediate visual clue that you were looking at one. I'm aware that the wing design evolved--but the period pictures I can find identified as Mk. XIVs show the elliptical wings. So what gives with the wingtips here--is that really something else, maybe a Spiteful, or at least a post-1943 modification?

Yes, although generally speaking the extended wingtips were not very useful in combat because they caused structural damage during high-g maneouvres. At least, this was the experience of 81 Squadron in Burma, which replaced their extended wingtips with standard tips after their first few encounters with Zeros.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2018 at 21:17 UTC
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bluevellet: I didn't expect DPR to bother reviewing this for m43. Nice, but lens reviews are rather rare at DPR, i would have preferred a more high-profile m43 lens to be reviewed.

Well Richard Butler, we've been waiting 18 months now since your comment.

Where are all the M43 lens reviews?

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2018 at 06:05 UTC
On photo Ecstacy in the Wildlife challenge (1 comment in total)

Great shot - really captures a moment.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2018 at 00:02 UTC as 1st comment
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