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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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.

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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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ejw07: these bags are getting uglier, also the new material is the worst..stick with canvas..Billingham... he Ona is what you want.

ONA doesn't make anything close to this size.

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2017 at 09:18 UTC
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keepreal: Soon Gillingham cases will be worth more than their contents. I once had one of their mid-size bags and the quality was great, but the weight was awful so I disposed of it. Even then it was pricey but now Gillingham are going over the top like with those throwback lenses from Meyer and others.

These prices are unconscionable. I would be happier if the wealthy were not so extravagant, except with their contributions to reverse the accelerating inequality between the rich and poor.

It's "Billingham", not "Gillingham".

If you don't like the price then I would suggest not buying it.

There are plenty of options for people who can't - or don't want to - pay for premium items.

A similar-sized bag at about half the price (though lower quality) is the Think Tank Mirrorless Mover 10. It's a very good bag, and I recommend it to those people who'd prefer to spend less.

I agree with you about the weight. I have a Billingham Hadley Small and love it - but all that high-quality brass, leather and canvas does weigh more than the nylon and velcro offerings from Asia.

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2017 at 00:08 UTC
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Bobthearch: I actually like the look of leather trim and canvas material (except the red of course).
But for a camera bag? There are no organization pockets or dividers, and the top doesn't even seal shut.

The contents won't fall out because the leather strap fixes down securely. The padded lining does include an internal flap that goes over the top of the compartment.

Good point about the gap, but I'd be surprised if it's that big in "real life". The cover on my Hadley Small leaves no room for concern about dust.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2017 at 23:07 UTC
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Bobthearch: I actually like the look of leather trim and canvas material (except the red of course).
But for a camera bag? There are no organization pockets or dividers, and the top doesn't even seal shut.

What do you mean by "seal shut"?

Billinghams are fully weatherproof without the need for a rain-cover.

The leather straps have a quick-release feature that makes them faster than a zip to open.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2017 at 21:58 UTC

Looks great, although a bit heavy for my requirements.

I have a Billingham Hadley Small and it's excellent. Materials and build quality are way ahead of my Lowepro and Think Tank bags.

People are complaining about price, but Billinghams are hand-stitched in England from high-quality leather and waterproof canvas. So of course they're expensive.

If you want a cheap bag then get a Lowepro made in Asia from nylon.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2017 at 20:22 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon D850 added to studio scene comparison (464 comments in total)
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Harvey Specter: Unfortunately, this scene makes it nearly impossible to compare the D850 to a DX camera like the D500 because they filled the frame in both cases. In real life, if you only had a certain lens, and could only get so close, you wouldn't be able to fill the frame, and you'd have to crop the 850 image way down.

When you do that, the 850 is no better than a camera like the D500. In fact, at a ridiculously-high ISO, the D500 actually looks better.
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4210544

Why would you have two camera bodies and only one lens?

People usually buy the lenses that suit their systems' sensor sizes. For example, I shoot with a 7-14 on my Micro Four Thirds camera, and this offers a similar field of view to a 14-24 on a D850.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2017 at 04:50 UTC
On photo My cat in the Features - ears challenge (5 comments in total)

Lovely photo.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2017 at 22:08 UTC as 1st comment
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NZ Scott: It looks great.

However, it's too heavy for my purposes (long-distance hiking) and I'll stick with my GM5 twin-lens kit.

It's nothing to do with being "feeble" and everything to do with tramping through tough wilderness conditions for up to 10 days at a time without resupply.

I recently hiked for 24 straight weeks in such conditions, covering 3000km.

Every gram counts in such situations.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2017 at 21:40 UTC
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dkirk7000: my jet image.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/81271649@N00/36863752442/in/album-72157688599944985/

Nice work.

Were you at the same location?

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2017 at 09:39 UTC

Cool vid - I especially enjoyed the insightful comments from the photographer about his preparation and work method.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2017 at 09:38 UTC as 20th comment
On photo heron and fish in the A Big Year - birds challenge (2 comments in total)

Excellent capture.

Bold move going for the slow shutter speed!

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2017 at 03:52 UTC as 1st comment
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