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 Peak Design Everyday Backpack Review (130 comments in total)
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(unknown member): Side issue: This is why lenses get damaged. People carry around "lens cleaning cloths" one of the most horrible inventions of all time. Prone to picking up dust (much of which is silicon-based grit) and swirled around dry (the worst way to clean) the surface of a lens with (relative to the dust picked up by the cloth) fragile glass and coatings.

Also, if you use a protective filter then it doesn't matter so much if you get a scratch while cleaning.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2017 at 04:19 UTC
On article Peak Design Everyday Backpack Review (130 comments in total)
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EasyClick: Oh yeah this will be like taking candy from a baby for pickpockets... Just slide that zip down and grab anything you want at any busy venues while your back is turned. No thanks.

Is it possible to padlock the zippers shut?

This is an important feature for me (prying hands in hotel/hostel rooms)

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2017 at 04:04 UTC
On article Peak Design Everyday Backpack Review (130 comments in total)

Question:

Is it possible to attach a tripod along the centreline? I'm not a fan of placing tripods in side-pockets, as it causes the bag to pull to one side.

I emailed Peak Design to ask about this, but got a generic response that didn't impress me about their customer service.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2017 at 03:58 UTC as 9th comment | 3 replies
On challenge Fisheye lens (4 comments in total)
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J Paul Tierney: Is the Sony Fish Eye Converter considered a 'real' fish eye?

Good question.

My main concern is avoiding submissions of photos made to look like fisheye shots through the use of software distortion.

After some thought I've decided that no, the fisheye converter is not eligible even though it's a physical device, rather than software.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2017 at 02:56 UTC
On article Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm F1.7 sample gallery (180 comments in total)
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panchorancho: Micro Four Thirds? That system is still around?

Yeah. Three camera manufacturers and more than 100 lenses.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 20:36 UTC
On article Now we know: Sony a9 is sharper than we thought (394 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: An interesting explanation, DPreview, and good journalism to "come clean" about your processes and difficulties.

You mention that you use 85mm-equivalent lenses at f/5.6 equivalent and, as a Micro Four Thirds shooter, I'm curious about the one you use with M43 cameras.

Is it the Olympus MZ 45mm f/1.8, set at f/2.8?

Thanks, dbateman.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 05:47 UTC
On article Now we know: Sony a9 is sharper than we thought (394 comments in total)

"We urge you to make sharpness comparisons from the center of the scene... The rest of the scene is useful for assessing color, detail retention and noise."

In fact, the amount of noise towards the corners of the scene is affected by vignetting. Some lenses lose 1 or 2 stops of light in the corners, effectively bumping ISO from, say, 1600 to 3200 or even 6400.

Vignetting is usually corrected to some extent by the camera's firmware, which lifts the shadows, but of course this produces noise.

The fact that DPreview stops down to around f/5.6 mitigates this, but it is still the case that lenses vary significantly in their vignetting characteristics, and that noise comparisons are therefore best made at the centre of an image, rather than the corners.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2017 at 21:26 UTC as 66th comment | 1 reply
On article Now we know: Sony a9 is sharper than we thought (394 comments in total)

An interesting explanation, DPreview, and good journalism to "come clean" about your processes and difficulties.

You mention that you use 85mm-equivalent lenses at f/5.6 equivalent and, as a Micro Four Thirds shooter, I'm curious about the one you use with M43 cameras.

Is it the Olympus MZ 45mm f/1.8, set at f/2.8?

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2017 at 21:22 UTC as 67th comment | 2 replies
On photo Rocks at Dawn in the The Rock challenge (10 comments in total)

Nice work.

Where was this photo taken?

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2017 at 04:24 UTC as 4th comment | 3 replies
On photo DPREVIEW CHALLENGE 2 in the Women in Business Suits challenge (2 comments in total)

You've nicely captured the essence of this very attractive woman.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2017 at 09:21 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply

Great series, thanks.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2017 at 05:30 UTC as 6th comment
On article 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $900-1200 (482 comments in total)
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OhWeh: "What we like: 16MP sensor offers good Raw image quality" (DMC-G85)
"What we don't: Resolution is lagging by contemporary standard" (E-M5MkII, also with 16MP)

Interesting ;-)

"Raw image quality" and "resolution" are two different things.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2017 at 10:34 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $900-1200 (482 comments in total)

I managed to pick up a brand-new G85 for the equivalent of USD $495 and I'm very impressed with it.

However, my favourite M43 camera remains the tiny GM5 that I bought two and a half years ago.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2017 at 10:25 UTC as 11th comment | 3 replies
On article In photos: a bucket-list trip to the Serengeti (53 comments in total)
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CaPi: A beautiful post - Thank You for it!
I have Namibia planned for this year. Any gear hints on what I should bring, guys?

Go long.

I was shooting at 600mm-equivalent on most of my African safaris, although you can get a bit closer in Namibia.

Also take a wide zoom for sand-dunes, abandoned cars, etc.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2017 at 10:42 UTC
On article In photos: a bucket-list trip to the Serengeti (53 comments in total)
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D200_4me: What's a trip like that cost anyway? Let's say a week in the area...

My photos were published in the Daily Mail. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2623388/The-toughest-beef-world-Buffalo-manages-fight-entire-pride-lions-astonished-safari-tourists.html

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2017 at 09:44 UTC
On article In photos: a bucket-list trip to the Serengeti (53 comments in total)
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D200_4me: What's a trip like that cost anyway? Let's say a week in the area...

I spent two and a half months travelling through central and eastern Africa with a tour group and went on numerous safaris (including the Serengeti).

It cost me an average of USD $135 a day.

Very expensive, but it was a good trip.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2017 at 04:16 UTC

Some great shots in there - especially the fourth one.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2017 at 07:41 UTC as 2nd comment
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NZ Scott: Question: When is "this fall"?

Thanks.

According to your Google link, it started on March 20. Presumably, the High Sierra launch is nearly a year away.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 10:21 UTC

Question: When is "this fall"?

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 08:18 UTC as 41st comment | 3 replies
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Bill Ferris: Before spending a dime on a clear or UV filter - which does bubkas to improve image quality - for the purpose of "protecting" your lenses, watch Steve Perry's fun and illuminating investigation of the age-old question, do filters actually protect lenses?

https://youtu.be/P0CLPTd6Bds

Agreed, Impulses.

I got an almighty scratch in a B+W protective filter that saved the front element of a $600 wide-angle lens.

That one incident paid for all the filters I'll ever own!

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 08:12 UTC
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