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 photo Is it a plane? in the Wildlife challenge (3 comments in total)

Awesome shot!

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2018 at 00:01 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Panasonic officially unveils 50-200mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH (303 comments in total)
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4sofnature: Severely overpriced! I just got my Canon 55-250m f/4-5.6 STM for $150 (retail $300). Why in M43 world lenses with the equivalent reach and DOF would cost ten times as much?

So what have we learned from this conversation? That your claim that m43 lenses with "equivalent reach and DOF would cost ten times as much" is a complete load of rubbish.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2018 at 07:55 UTC
On article Panasonic officially unveils 50-200mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH (303 comments in total)
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4sofnature: Severely overpriced! I just got my Canon 55-250m f/4-5.6 STM for $150 (retail $300). Why in M43 world lenses with the equivalent reach and DOF would cost ten times as much?

The 45-200mm II, is dust- and moisture-resistant, can handle temperatures down to -10C, supports dual IS-2 with 5 stops of stabilisation, and is solidly built with a metal mount. The Canon isn't sealed, isn't freeze-protected, has 3.5 stops of stabilisation, and plasticky build quality with a plastic mount. You're getting a lot for the extra $100, which is certainly not "10 times" as expensive.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2018 at 22:24 UTC
On article Panasonic officially unveils 50-200mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH (303 comments in total)
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4sofnature: Severely overpriced! I just got my Canon 55-250m f/4-5.6 STM for $150 (retail $300). Why in M43 world lenses with the equivalent reach and DOF would cost ten times as much?

I agree it's expensive, however:

1) The RRP is five times as much, not 10 times as much.

2) The Canon f/4-5.6 lenses are consumer grade, whereas this is a professional-grade lens.

3) There are a lot of relatively cheap telephotos for Micro Four Thirds cameras, such as the Olympus 40-150 ED, which often sells for USD $99.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2018 at 00:19 UTC
On article Photo story of the week: Locomotion (121 comments in total)

Here's one of my own "Vietnam movement" photos:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/scottkmacleod/38946967380/in/dateposted-public/

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2018 at 20:32 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On article Why brand market share shouldn't matter to you (552 comments in total)

There is one good reason why market share is important - camera sales are falling, and camera brands are dying.

Who wants to be stuck with a bunch of lenses that you can only use on an old camera that can't be upgraded because the manufacturer has gone bust?

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2018 at 06:45 UTC as 45th comment | 6 replies
On article Why brand market share shouldn't matter to you (552 comments in total)
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Gimli son of Gloin: Well then stop reporting on it. 2 months ago you guys posted something about Nikon being #1. And a quick google search will show other articles, also by DPReview, talking about other brands claiming the same thing.

How about stopping the silliness where it begins? Do the right thing and stop with this articles eh?

Gimli:

Sorry, son, but you're completely wrong. As a highly experienced news reporter and opinion writer, I can assure you that there is no journalistic law stating that opinion pieces must align with the facts presented by journalistic pieces.

In other words, Eric is quite right to call this out as nonsense.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2018 at 06:32 UTC
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NZ Scott: #FreeShawkan

As a journalist, I feel compelled to add my voice.

Nagy, your government is lying to you.

And you are believing it.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2018 at 07:12 UTC
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entoman: I find it almost unbelievable in this day and age when we are supposed to be civilised, that ANY country could even remotely consider executing 700+ people for any sort of protest.

I'd suggest that anyone considering having a holiday in Egypt immediately changes their plans and boycots this country until all 700 are reprieved.

As for Shawkan, I admire his courage in going there and putting himself "in the firing line", but he was presumably aware of the possible consequences, and chose to take that risk. Brave man.

@onlyfreeman:

It won't hurt the Egyptian government, but it will hurt the Egyptian people who rely on tourism to feed their families.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2018 at 10:51 UTC
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PKJC: It's really too bad that Egypt has become a place where human rights abuses are so widespread now. There is a such a rich and remarkable history in this country and it would be a great place to visit if it were a safer place to go to.

It is a great place to visit - I went there during the Arab Spring. I photographed stuff all over the place without any hassles by police. However, I avoided political demonstrations.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2018 at 10:40 UTC
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Rokkorman: Egypt isn't the only country were the freedom of speech is under fire; Sweden which is a country with some of the oldest constitutional rights of freedom of speech, now the Swedish Labour government now trying to change the constitution so bloggers and journalists that criticize the politics of the government, might face up to eight (8) years of imprisonment. Does it sound incredible, it's not:
https://www.thelocal.se/discuss/index.php?s=3c6cb116a7e19a3171dafcb28d6bf088&showtopic=88866&st=0&p=915054&#entry915054

The United States ranks 43rd in the world for press freedom, according to Reporters Without Borders.

This is one of the worst rankings among Western nations.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2018 at 10:37 UTC

#FreeShawkan

As a journalist, I feel compelled to add my voice.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2018 at 10:27 UTC as 43rd comment | 6 replies
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anticipation_of: This doesn't do anything that couldn't be done by stacking a 10-stop and 5-stop filter, correct? It's just less complicated and has fewer possible image quality penalties?

anticipation_of:

It's true that you can stack filters - I do this myself with a 10 stop and 6 stop - but it's difficult on wide angle lenses because the corners tend to vignette or "clip".

It also adds two more glass surfaces between the scene and the sensor, which can degrade image quality and exacerbate flare.

In other words, this product will be useful for some people.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2018 at 04:02 UTC
On article Pyeongchang 2018: Photos from the final week (11 comments in total)
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photophile: OK, I'm going to ask a dumb question. How do they get the photos to look so non-contrasty? There's hardly a shadow - the athletes are all somehow smoothly and evenly lit from all angles. Did the snow help diffuse the light?

I used to live in South Korea, and the sunlight there is nearly always diffused by pollution and "haze".

So it's not unusual to see minimal shadowing, even during the day.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2018 at 01:47 UTC
On article Pyeongchang 2018: Photos from the final week (11 comments in total)

Really great photos.

Thanks for posting.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2018 at 01:45 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Pontoon bar in the City's Famous Hang-Out challenge (7 comments in total)

Lots of great colours in this shot - it looks like a painting!
Well done.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 02:43 UTC as 6th comment
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GabrielZ: Only about 260 shots per-charge unacceptable! My X-E2 has a rating of about 350, but in real terms is a lot less. So I carry around 3 batteries with me. Battery life is still my main bug-bear with mirrorless! The GX-9 seems to retail for a lot less than the competition though.

Yes, if you think back to the film days, when a magnum-sized roll was 36 frames, then 260 shots is seven rolls.

The fact that we can shoot the equivalent seven rolls of film with no more than an SD card and a matchbox-sized battery is borderline incredible.

Not to mention the fact that it's free to develop those photos.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2018 at 22:00 UTC
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csintexas: Interesting read,
But it probably will not affect general photography for at least a decade or two if ever.

I did not really understand the part about the cube and how that is different than a movie capture or stacking multiple images to decrease noise.

If you are dealing with moving objects you only have so much time to capture the light until it has substantially moved and no matter how good the sensor is it can only record what the lens transmits.

My understanding of that part of the article was that it actually is a type of stacking, except that it is a more "fluid" real-time stacking of a single, lengthy exposure rather than than the stacking of individual, discrete frames.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2018 at 21:55 UTC

A very interesting and "newsy" article. Thanks, DPReview, for publishing this.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2018 at 21:49 UTC as 28th comment | 1 reply
On photo Demolition in the Your City - Demolition challenge (20 comments in total)

I don't normally like HDR, but I think it works well here because you haven't gone too far overboard.

Nice!

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2018 at 03:10 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
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