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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Jefftan: When all entry level APS-C has 24MP

Can MFT really compete insist on using a 5years old 16MP outdated sensor (include the rumor soon to be announced E-M10 III)

Or in body IS (or so called good lens selection) such an important feature that people are willing to tolerate an outdated sensor? I definitely won't. I already got 2 16MP MFT camera and if i spend more money to get another one I would be crazy

Don't try the tired good enough argument. My 2011 NEX-5N is good enough and is still working. That means I never have to buy a new camera

What do u guys think?

Jefftan:

Yes, I always shoot Raw and always process in Photoshop CR.

I use a range of lenses, including primes and small zooms.

With the GM5, I usually shoot in aperture-priority and apply exposure compensation when highlight "blinkies" appear. With landscapes, I often switch to manual mode.

Metering settings are important, as spot metering (for example) will expose for the centre of the frame without regard to highlights in other parts of the frame. Therefore, I nearly always use global metering.

The other trick with the GM5 is to use manual shutter whenever possible. Dynamic range is noticeably less with electronic shutter.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2017 at 21:02 UTC
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Jefftan: When all entry level APS-C has 24MP

Can MFT really compete insist on using a 5years old 16MP outdated sensor (include the rumor soon to be announced E-M10 III)

Or in body IS (or so called good lens selection) such an important feature that people are willing to tolerate an outdated sensor? I definitely won't. I already got 2 16MP MFT camera and if i spend more money to get another one I would be crazy

Don't try the tired good enough argument. My 2011 NEX-5N is good enough and is still working. That means I never have to buy a new camera

What do u guys think?

jefftan:

Your selection of the A6000 as "the entry level standard" is completely arbitrary.

I recently spent 24 weeks shooting landscapes on a daily basis with a 16mp GM5 and had no problems at all with dynamic range. The photos look awesome.

Perhaps it's the way you're using your camera. Can you provide a link to your landscape photography?

I can provide a link to mine.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2017 at 20:20 UTC
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Kabe Luna: Funny how an article focused on how unimportant gear is, ultimately, lacks the confidence to support its theory with unprocessed - or even minimally-processed images. Instead, it unwittingly implies lack of quality hardware must be shorn up with post-processing away perceived shortcomings, even to the point of abstraction. Show the images SOOC!

The photos were processed in the phone itself using apps that are either free or very cheap. No extra hardware needed.

Post-processing is part of a normal photography workflow.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2017 at 08:10 UTC
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Adam Sharp: Dpreview . Really please post something interesting . Some of the things you post of late are complete rubbish .

I also disagree.

It's great that Dpreview is posting stuff that isn't just gear reviews.

It's becoming more of a general photography site, and I'm all in favour of that.

If you're not interested then don't click on it.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2017 at 08:04 UTC

Fantastic.

I use the same apps on my iPhone, but my results aren't as good as his!

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2017 at 08:03 UTC as 27th comment
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Georgeee: Can they put the logo "Think Tank" under the lid? Look conspicuous

gtvone:

I'd also be interested in hearing feedback.

I don't mind logos as long as they're easily removable. I realise that brands want to advertise, but theft is a serious problem.

I own three camera bags, including a Think Tank (Mirrorless Mover 10, which has a removable logo). I do find the non-removable logo on my Lowepro to be obnoxious (third bag is a Billingham).

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2017 at 07:25 UTC
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johnnymac43: No electronic viewfinder, difficult taking photo's on sunny days, I will pass on this one! I will stay with my Pen F, great camera!

I think the "can't shoot with a screen on a bright day" thing is a myth now that the technology has matured.

I live in New Zealand, which has some of the clearest skies in the world, and I have no problem taking photos outside with my iPhone let alone the screens on my M43 cameras.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2017 at 03:13 UTC
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Jefftan: When all entry level APS-C has 24MP

Can MFT really compete insist on using a 5years old 16MP outdated sensor (include the rumor soon to be announced E-M10 III)

Or in body IS (or so called good lens selection) such an important feature that people are willing to tolerate an outdated sensor? I definitely won't. I already got 2 16MP MFT camera and if i spend more money to get another one I would be crazy

Don't try the tired good enough argument. My 2011 NEX-5N is good enough and is still working. That means I never have to buy a new camera

What do u guys think?

I'm more than happy with the 6mp photos from my Nikon D40, let alone the 12mp photos from my Olympus E-P3 and 16mp photos from my Panasonic GM5 and G85.

Makes no difference at normal print sizes.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2017 at 03:05 UTC
On photo Morning Commute in the Your City - Passing By challenge (2 comments in total)

Nice photo. Well done.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2017 at 00:07 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Nikon D850: What we hoped for – and what we got (403 comments in total)
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Arca45Swiss: What's disappointing are many of the responses in this thread, not the D850

Mirrorless lenses are generally lighter than DSLR lenses.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2017 at 20:45 UTC
On article Nikon D850: What we hoped for – and what we got (403 comments in total)
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Arca45Swiss: What's disappointing are many of the responses in this thread, not the D850

DualSystemGuy:

Yes, but it's competing with mirrorless cameras with similar features that weigh much less. For example, the A7RII is a 42mp full-frame camera with IBIS that weighs just 625g.

...and the original A7R weighs less than half the D850.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2017 at 03:44 UTC
On article Nikon D850: What we hoped for – and what we got (403 comments in total)
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BBQue: "This feature could potentially be very useful for some kinds of macro photography (the image above is a conventional single-exposure capture) where deep depth of field is difficult or impossible due to diffraction."

Is diffraction the cause of small DOF in macro photos? I don't think so.

BBQue:

You're correct when you say that diffraction decreases peak sharpness, but does not affect DOF.

However, DOF does affect diffraction and sharpness, because to increase your depth of field you need to stop down the lens. Stopping down a lens increases diffraction, which (as you correctly pointed out) decreases the sharpness.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2017 at 03:38 UTC
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Georgeee: Can they put the logo "Think Tank" under the lid? Look conspicuous

It looks like it's Think Tank's standard sewn-on logo, which is easily removed.

I would describe the design of my Think Tank bag - a Mirrorless Mover 10 - as "clever" and "thoughtful". It has so many features I actually cut some of them out with a scalpel to reduce weight and simplify the bag.

I also have a LowePro backpack with the brand-name dyed into the fabric on a massive scale. Can't do much about that!

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2017 at 03:31 UTC
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NZ Scott: I'm not tempted by any of the cheap, fast lenses coming out of China.

Yet.

I have no doubt that quality will improve dramatically over the next decade or so.

I'll still be young enough to be interested.

I think it's exciting that China's getting in on the act, as it will increase the range of gear choices and bring down prices as quality improves.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2017 at 20:12 UTC

I'm not tempted by any of the cheap, fast lenses coming out of China.

Yet.

I have no doubt that quality will improve dramatically over the next decade or so.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2017 at 07:51 UTC as 9th comment | 3 replies
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NZ Scott: My results were Sony A9 (28), Canon ID (24) and Nikon D5 (20).

Interesting that the Nikon came last, given that I used to shoot Nikon!

I'm currently shooting Micro Four Thirds, mostly Panasonic, but prefer Olympus colours.

...I should add that I'm viewing on a late 2013 Macbook Pro.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2017 at 20:11 UTC
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Average User: For those who don't watch the whole 44 minutes, the video actually goes through many performance tests. The author concluded that hands down, the Nikon D5 focuses best, followed closely by Canon 1dxMk2. Interestingly found that because of the greater frame rate Sony actually got more keepers than the other two, but spent more time out of focus. Reviewer liked the Canon best as all round camera and found that the bit rate of the canon was much much faster and thus the buffer was by far the best. As for the Sony it has points of brilliance, better than the other two, but overall, less reliable and not yet ok for sports because the 400mm (it's coming) is not yet here. A good objective effort by the reviewer to present the major strengths and weaknesses of all three cameras.

Thanks for the rundown - like most people here, I couldn't be bothered watching the full vid.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2017 at 20:09 UTC

My results were Sony A9 (28), Canon ID (24) and Nikon D5 (20).

Interesting that the Nikon came last, given that I used to shoot Nikon!

I'm currently shooting Micro Four Thirds, mostly Panasonic, but prefer Olympus colours.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2017 at 03:43 UTC as 216th comment | 1 reply
On article Don't buy another lens, buy a flash instead (347 comments in total)

Good article, thanks.

Flash is one area of photography in which I still feel like a rank amateur.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2017 at 03:21 UTC as 23rd comment
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maiaibing: I actually once interviewed a famous (news) photographer about the composition of an award winning shot. The answer was something like this: I don't have any time for that (rule of thirds etc.). The motive looks good and I shoot as many as I can. Afterwards you may find some pattern. But that's chance.

We can of course only guess what Henri would answer.

@maiaibing

Who was it?

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2017 at 05:58 UTC
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