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 Hands-on with Zeiss Milvus 25mm F1.4 (119 comments in total)
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dennis tennis: meh.. this is junk compared to Olympus mFT lenses. Don't you know mFT optics are the best. Each mFT kit lens are handmade by left handed, virgin samurai warriors.

First prize for today's completely irrelevant trolling attempt.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2017 at 23:57 UTC
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Kanano: The images taken by the lens remind me of the ones with my Nikon D500 with some of the 1.8 and 1.4 focal Nikon primes.
What will be the DX equivalent in lens if both bodies are shot at similar/equivalent iso in terms of depth of field, focal length and performance?

...and the advantage of the Olympus is image stabilisation of around 5 stops.

You can quite easily shoot exposures at 1/2 sec to 1 sec, assuming your subject is static.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2017 at 08:44 UTC
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snapa: They look like two great lenses, now... if or when the m4/3 system could ever come up with a 'real' new/improved sensor that could take advantage of them, it may become a viable system.
Until then, it's just a 16MP system because of the very OLD outdated technology sensors. Great lenses need a great sensor behind them to take full advantage of them. Also, most of the best m4/3 cameras have become way too big and expensive, IMO.
Look at what Sony has done with it's 1" sensor in its RX100 & RX10 series cameras ;)

snapa:

That's not what I said at all - read it again.

I shoot professionally with m43 and have had images published in some of the world's biggest newspapers - even with the old 12mp sensor.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 02:58 UTC

Speaking as an M43 shooter, I think it's great that Olympus has introduced these lenses - the system is complete now and there are plenty of options for everyone.

Personally, I would rather switch to full frame than buy lenses that are this big, heavy and expensive.

The exception would be if I only needed ONE prime (eg, the 45/1.2 for portraits), in which case it wouldn't be worth investing in a FF body.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 01:10 UTC as 36th comment | 4 replies
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Baudesign: Made in Vietnam. Pfff...

My American-branded Ford Mondeo was made in Germany with a Japanese engine.

Just saying.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 01:00 UTC
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snapa: They look like two great lenses, now... if or when the m4/3 system could ever come up with a 'real' new/improved sensor that could take advantage of them, it may become a viable system.
Until then, it's just a 16MP system because of the very OLD outdated technology sensors. Great lenses need a great sensor behind them to take full advantage of them. Also, most of the best m4/3 cameras have become way too big and expensive, IMO.
Look at what Sony has done with it's 1" sensor in its RX100 & RX10 series cameras ;)

Yes, M43 is moving to a 20mp standard.

M43 is already a "viable" system - in fact, it's the most complete and widely-available mirrorless system.

Also, 33mp sensors will be introduced to Micro Four Thirds within 3 years, according to Panasonic, to allow for 8K video.

I do agree that many of the pro bodies and lenses are too big to make sense - for me, anyway.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 00:52 UTC
On article Canon G1 X III vs. Sony Cybershot RX100 V (632 comments in total)
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tedolf: Can someone explain to me why I would buy either one of these over, say a GM-5 and three compact primes?

Tedolph

The main reason is that the GM5 has been discontinued, Tedolf.

Nevertheless, I am one of those people who bought a GM5 over an RX100.

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2017 at 04:42 UTC
On article Canon G1 X III vs. Sony Cybershot RX100 V (632 comments in total)
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(unknown member): Well, from the perspective of a UK photographer, we have lovely big jacket pockets 10 months of the year; and those rare days we don’t wear a jacket, then the camera goes into the same ‘man bag’ as the phone, keys, wallet, tobacco (yep!) and the leatherman. In other words – both of these are portable.

The RX100v will tuck into the speedos nicely, but 1” sensor and the ergonomics of a bar of soap don’t appeal. The G1Xiii looks like a serious camera (apsc sensor, manual dials, weather-proofing, proper grip for hand-held shooting, etc.)

I’m looking forward to the full review of the G1Xiii, and to trying it out in the shops. Promising!

The Canon's sensor advantage is cancelled out by Sony's brighter lens, as pointed out by the reviewer.

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2017 at 04:37 UTC
On article The photography of Stanley Kubrick as a teenager (43 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: Wow, some of those photos are really great.

Kubrick is one of my favourite directors - 2001 is second on my list of the greatest films of all time.

Once Upon a Time in America, followed by The Good, The Bad and the Ugly.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2017 at 19:08 UTC
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User0023845795: A sober reminder of the hard-won freedoms we enjoy here in the US - something we tend to take too much for granted!

Here's some stuff for starters: "US press freedom ... has encountered several major obstacles. Donald Trump has declared the press an “enemy of the American people” in a series of verbal attacks toward journalists, while attempting to block White House access in retaliation for critical reporting. His predecessor left a flimsy legacy for press freedom and access to information. Journalists continue to be arrested for covering various protests around the country, with several facing criminal charges. Obama ... waged a war on whistleblowers ... leading to the prosecution of more leakers than any previous administration combined. American journalists are still not protected by a law guaranteeing their right to protect their sources ... there have been an increase in prolonged searches of journalists and their devices at the US border, with some foreign journalists being prevented from any travel to the US after they covered sensitive topics such as Colombia's FARC or Kurdistan."

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2017 at 03:26 UTC

The same thing happened to me.

I shot some safari photos, posted them online and was approached by photo agencies. I ended up signing a contact, and it was the start of a semi-professional photography career that has earned me some nice pocket money.

The safari shots ran here:

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 Oct 13, 2017 at 00:26 UTC as 1st comment
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User0023845795: A sober reminder of the hard-won freedoms we enjoy here in the US - something we tend to take too much for granted!

They're not "self-appointed", in the sense that they are internationally recognised as the most important organisation promoting the rights of journalists.

Check out their website. They offer an explanation of their rankings and examples of the ways in which press freedom has been eroded in the US.

I am a journalist myself, and some of the restrictions/obstructions being faced by my colleagues in the US are quite sobering.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2017 at 00:01 UTC
On article The magic of ultraviolet nature and macro photography (72 comments in total)

Interesting article.

Thanks for posting, DPreview.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2017 at 21:48 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply

Cameras that got away?

Given that the latest cameras are better than the previous generation's, it's hard to be too nostalgic.

As a Micro Four Thirds shooter, I'm a bit upset that the GM line has been discontinued. I own a GM5, and this model has developed a cult following since production halted. It is one of only a handful of cameras selling at higher prices now than when it was introduced 3 years ago.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2017 at 21:35 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply
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User0023845795: A sober reminder of the hard-won freedoms we enjoy here in the US - something we tend to take too much for granted!

The US ranks 43rd in the world for press freedom, which is among the worst rankings of any first-world country (source: Reporters without Borders).

Many countries have national myths that are dubious on close inspection, and in the United States "the land of the free" is one of them.

In my country it's "clean and green", although at least we have a free press.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2017 at 21:17 UTC
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Gediminas 8: "In an EGYPTIAN prison": dumbing down your message just to make it scarier.

?

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2017 at 21:15 UTC

A very good read.

He wrote the story well, considering English is his second language.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2017 at 21:14 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
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fmaxwell: I'll stick with my Pelican 1200 case for my Panasonic GX85 and accessories. It provides a level of impact and weather protection that no textile bag can match.

Completely different types of product.

You can't throw a Pelican over your shoulder and pull out a camera/lens in a couple of seconds while wandering around a farmer's market.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2017 at 02:20 UTC
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StephanBG: It totally makes sense to put Lumix cameras into consumer products, hopefully this means more exposure in shops and much more marketing. But consumer division should have better deals and contacts to shops and larger marketing budget.

Peiasdf: Here in small-town New Zealand I can walk down the road and buy a Panasonic camera today if I want. GX85 and G85 cameras are readily available.

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2017 at 04:32 UTC

The most interesting camera executive interview I've read in a long time.

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2017 at 04:23 UTC as 5th comment
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