NZ Scott

NZ Scott

Lives in New Zealand
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 am currently hiking the 3000km Te Araroa trail in my home country, New Zealand.
My latest work of fiction can be viewed here:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/444160

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PerL: OK - so I found the comparison I was after.
This Pana 12 1.4 weighs 355g and costs 1300 dollars.
The eqv Canon 24 2.8 for FF weighs 281g and costs 550 dollars. (B&H)
The much faster eqv Nikon 24 1.8 for FF weighs 355g and costs 700 dollars.
Fast primes simply seems to be weak point for small formats, and you have to pay a significant extra cost if you want to go there. And there is no size advantage - rather the opposite - despite the small sensor.

You make a good point in a general sense, PerL, but the first reviews for the Panasonic lens suggest that it has stellar image quality (see the CameraLabs review, and others). This is something that can't be said for the Nikon 24/1.8, for example. There's more to it than the old equivalence argument.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2016 at 01:36 UTC
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Andrew: Aside from the politics of weight and price...what specific kind of shooting would you use this lens for?

Astro.

I've used the 12/2.0 for astro and the results are pretty good, but it would be nice to have another stop.

At the introductory price, I wouldn't buy the lens. But when it drops under $900 or so it might be worth looking at.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2016 at 01:27 UTC
On photo Wet Walk Home in the A person and an umbrella challenge (19 comments in total)

Beautiful muted tones.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2016 at 08:54 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On photo Alonso scores for Spain but... in the Soccer (football) challenge (8 comments in total)

This person came first and second - I suspect a fix!

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2016 at 12:06 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On article Looking Sharp: A focus stacking tutorial (220 comments in total)

Great tutorial, thanks!

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2016 at 05:25 UTC as 16th comment
On article 2016 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $800-1200 (215 comments in total)
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islandbob: These reviews always downgrade cameras if they don't have a touch screen. How many camera buyers of this type of camera want that? I have an A6000 and I think it would be awful to try and navigate that small screen by touch. Plus it seems to me there was a recent survey posted on this site that showed the majority of owners either didn't want touch screen or were indifferent. I can see noting its presence or absence, but not to downgrade the camera.

I won't buy a camera without a touchscreen. I find it very useful for setting focus point and even for tap-and-shoot.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2016 at 07:19 UTC
On challenge Oh the Scenery!!! 28mm and Under in a Single Shot (8 comments in total)

28mm on full frame is equivalent to 16mm on APS and 14mm on Micro Four Thirds.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2016 at 05:08 UTC as 3rd comment
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Osa25: 12-50 f2-4 would have been more interesting, or even a 12-32 Mk II with a bump in sharpness or down to f2.

12-32 is already razor sharp.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2016 at 04:24 UTC
On photo Pasture in the Pasture challenge (2 comments in total)

Nice

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2016 at 00:04 UTC as 1st comment
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rallyfan: What nonsense. WHO is "everyman?" This thing is expensive and is NOT made in the USA. Why are we discussing this? Aren't there bags made domestically that one can use instead? (Hint: yes... Even this site's owners sell some domestically-made bags that are decent options. I don't recommend anyone shop there, but if you must, you can in fact buy a US-made bag even there).

What's the big deal about where the thing is made?

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2016 at 06:56 UTC

You say you want it to be "black and white" and also to have a "beautiful gradation of colours".

How is this possible?

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2016 at 08:57 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On article Small but mighty: hands on with the Panasonic GX85/GX80 (315 comments in total)
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TheClueless: The 12-32 as standard? That's going to hold it back with a 16MP sensor...

...and shutter shock or not, I love the sound of the shutter on the GX8 :p

I own a 12-32 and consider it to be extremely sharp - up there with my 12-35 f/2.8 professional lens. I have no trouble selling images from the 12-32. It's the lens I use the most on m43, and I own a dozen.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2016 at 07:05 UTC
On article Small but mighty: hands on with the Panasonic GX85/GX80 (315 comments in total)
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JL Auch: Will they finally introduce exposure compensation with auto iso in manual... please.

I don't understand the point of exposure compensation in Manual mode.

Why not simply adjust the aperture or shutter speed?

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2016 at 06:55 UTC
On article Small but mighty: hands on with the Panasonic GX85/GX80 (315 comments in total)
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skysi: It kind of looks like Lumix LX100

I very much doubt that the LX100's lens is any match for the excellent 12-32.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2016 at 06:26 UTC
On photo Long exposure with light painting in the Light trails challenge (1 comment in total)

Beautiful

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2015 at 13:44 UTC as 1st comment

Awesome photos.

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2015 at 15:21 UTC as 31st comment
On article Readers' Showcase: Gene Smirnov (50 comments in total)

Some great shots in there - number 5 really stands out for me because the photo has real depth and captures a lovely moment.

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2015 at 09:58 UTC as 11th comment
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NZ Scott: Cool photo!

Given that Dpreview is primarily a gear site, it seems odd that this story does not mention the photographer's camera gear. Personally, I would like to have known what he was using.

I suspect that the photographer used a non-Sony camera/lens combination, and Dpreview has deliberately kept the brand out of the story to pander to Sony's wishes.

This is not good journalism.

Feedback from readers is important - it helps media outlets improve their future offerings.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2015 at 15:35 UTC
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NZ Scott: Cool photo!

Given that Dpreview is primarily a gear site, it seems odd that this story does not mention the photographer's camera gear. Personally, I would like to have known what he was using.

I suspect that the photographer used a non-Sony camera/lens combination, and Dpreview has deliberately kept the brand out of the story to pander to Sony's wishes.

This is not good journalism.

Ignore this

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2015 at 03:18 UTC
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NZ Scott: Cool photo!

Given that Dpreview is primarily a gear site, it seems odd that this story does not mention the photographer's camera gear. Personally, I would like to have known what he was using.

I suspect that the photographer used a non-Sony camera/lens combination, and Dpreview has deliberately kept the brand out of the story to pander to Sony's wishes.

This is not good journalism.

JimW-203:

I am fully aware of the differences between PR and journalism, as I am myself a journalist.

PR is the responsibility of Sony, and journalism is the responsibility of Dpreview.

Sony presumably issued a press release with the Nikon brand omitted. This is perfectly normal. However, a press release is merely a starting point for a journalist, whose job it is to use the release as a basis for a story by doing further interviews and research.

The story is bylined to Dpreview staffer "Allison Johnson". It was her job as a journalist to fill in the gaps omitted by Sony in its press release.

It's true that some people in these comments have stated that they find the gear to be irrelevant. However, a lot of people have also stated that they would have liked to know about the gear. Dpreview should have included details of the gear for those who are interested.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2015 at 03:04 UTC
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