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 How to buy used gear (and not get burned) (143 comments in total)
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Ambulater: Ask for shutter count.....unless you're buying Fuji gear.......I haven't found a way yet to get a shutter count from the two Fuji bodies I've had (X-T1 & X-T2). There don't even seem to be any third party utilities that allow you to do this for these particular cameras.

@Ambulator

@brianric is correct in saying that many mirrorless cameras have electronic, as well as mechanical, shutters.

I can't speak for all brands, but on Panasonic cameras the shutter count records only mechanical activations. This means that a camera can be quite worn out even though it has a low shutter count.

My Panasonic GM5 has a shutter count of only 15,000, but has had three years of heavy use and recently needed $320 worth of repairs.

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2017 at 04:22 UTC
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Ben O Connor: NONE of the m43 quality zooms ( 2.8-ish) are small! And I don't get it...
Think about olympus 17mm 25mm 45mm 1.8 lenses... they all are small. Why no F 1.8 and small as those... why!!!!

Ben is correct in the sense that the Micro Four Thirds f/2.8 zooms are all heavy compared with the system's smaller zooms and primes.

The little 12-32, for example is only 70g compared with the 12-40 f/2.8 used in the story above, which weighs 382g.

That's a 500 per cent weight saving with negligible difference in image quality (when stopped down to shoot landscapes).

I own a 12-35 f/2.8 zoom and would never take it hiking over the 12-32.

All of the photos in the story were taken in the f/5.6 to f/10 range. You don't need a fast zoom for that.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2017 at 00:48 UTC
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FrankS009: I am surprised he didn't take lighter m4/3rds gear. For example. the 12-40mm is a relatively big and front heavy lens compared to the Panasonic 12-35mm, and there are smaller, lighter lenses than that.
F.

Yes, it's only natural for the comments to lead into a discussion about lightweight photography kit for hiking, given that that's the whole focus of the article.

That's exactly what the comments section is for!

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 20:04 UTC
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FrankS009: I am surprised he didn't take lighter m4/3rds gear. For example. the 12-40mm is a relatively big and front heavy lens compared to the Panasonic 12-35mm, and there are smaller, lighter lenses than that.
F.

Well, the photos in the article above don't look any better than 12-32 shots to me.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 07:29 UTC
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FrankS009: I am surprised he didn't take lighter m4/3rds gear. For example. the 12-40mm is a relatively big and front heavy lens compared to the Panasonic 12-35mm, and there are smaller, lighter lenses than that.
F.

I have an excellent copy of the 12-35 f/2.8 and six Micro Four Thirds prime lenses.

The 12-32 is not noticeably less sharp than any of those lenses at the same focal lengths and apertures.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 03:45 UTC
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FrankS009: I am surprised he didn't take lighter m4/3rds gear. For example. the 12-40mm is a relatively big and front heavy lens compared to the Panasonic 12-35mm, and there are smaller, lighter lenses than that.
F.

deep7:

I fully understand not wanting to swap out a camera for a smaller one if it's going to cost.

In terms of image quality, however, you'd be hard pressed to see any difference between the GM5/12-32 combo versus the PEN/12-40 in most outdoor shooting circumstances. The 20mp sensor is only marginally better than the 16mp sensor, and the 12-32 is a very sharp lens, especially when stopped down to shoot landscapes.

I also disagree that the PEN combo was "ideal" for the job, given that he could have either carried something lighter or stepped up to a full frame camera for only 10% more weight (Sony A7R with 24-70)

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 00:55 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Review (456 comments in total)
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captura: Not as nice looking as the new Nikon 1 J5.
http://www.dpreview.com/articles/5577838490/nikon-1-j5-what-you-need-to-know?comment=0733345716

@samtheman2014: Yes, the GM line is no longer being produced, but the Micro Four Thirds system as a whole is stronger than it's ever been. The Nikon line, on the other hand ...

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 20:20 UTC
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JamesVo: Well done. First time I see an article that summarises so well the conflict between weight, image quality, weather sealing and instant accessibility for landscape photography enthusiasts in high mountain environments...with some nice pics too! People that don't hike or climb don't get to see what we see and it is very difficult to carry a camera good enough to capture such scenes realistically.

I have struggled with these issues too, carrying, at times, up to 6kg including D800, 2 lenses, tripod and acessories on multiday trips. The biggest issue for me has been accessibility. The big heavy camera goes on top of the backpack and I have to stop and remove the pack to get at the camera....so many shots get missed.

Thanks for posting and don't let the critical hyenas get to you, they just don't know what it's like to actually get shots like these.

Ebrahim: A7 is a heavy camera for hiking.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2017 at 10:50 UTC
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Sdaniella: traveling ultra light is strictly a sunny endeavor ...

attempting the exact same colorful scenery, albeit moonlit, and the blue sky filled also with stars ... golden hour in deep hours of night, too ... one must travel quite a bit heavier ...

Sdaniella: I shot astro with lighter gear than his on my 3000km through-hike of Te Araroa (partly usign a Trailpix, as mentioned by Eric).

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2017 at 09:28 UTC
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FrankS009: I am surprised he didn't take lighter m4/3rds gear. For example. the 12-40mm is a relatively big and front heavy lens compared to the Panasonic 12-35mm, and there are smaller, lighter lenses than that.
F.

deep7:

But you could swap for something MUCH lighter and similar image quality, like a GM5 with the tiny 12-32 and 35-100 lenes.

My M43 hiking setup weighs a third as much as his and has a greater range of focal lengths.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2017 at 09:26 UTC

You're not "ultralighting" if you're carrying 1.3kg of camera gear and a 2.3kg pack !!!

Seriously, the 12-40 f/2.8 is not the type of lens I'd take hiking - it's too much of a beast.

With M43, I prefer a smaller and much lighter setup with a GM5 and 12-32, weighing about 300g.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2017 at 09:21 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
On article 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $900-1200 (478 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: I managed to pick up a brand-new G85 for the equivalent of USD $495 and I'm very impressed with it.

However, my favourite M43 camera remains the tiny GM5 that I bought two and a half years ago.

It was on special for AUD $990 at Cambuy.com.au in Australia , including a free Panny 25/1.7 lens. I got 10 per cent tax returned at the airport under Austalia's Tourist Refund Scheme, taking it down to AUD 900, then sold the lens for $250, taking it down to AUD $650. At the time, this was equivalent to USD $495.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2017 at 06:38 UTC
On article Canon EOS Rebel SL2 sample gallery (229 comments in total)
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Segaman: Man, those shots are lame
Do you need a photograph?

Apparently he needs "a photograph" himself, as his gallery is empty. This is usually the case with people who make negative comments on these pages - clearly not willing to subject their own mediocre efforts to scrutiny.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2017 at 03:43 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Canon IXUS 50 / SD400 Digital ELPH (64 comments in total)
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stan_c: I had an Ixus 80IS which I took on a trip to the UK in 2009 as a backup to my Canon 40D. About two weeks into the trip the shutter on the 40D died and the Ixus became my main camera for the duration of the trip. Needless to say I wasn't impressed about the shutter failure on the 40D but the little Ixus did an excellent job taking it's place.
It also died eventually but sadly there's not much on the market these days that even comes close to replacing it, which is a real shame.

stan_c:

You are mistaken, good sir. The RX100 DOES have a viewfinder.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 07:16 UTC

Great tutorial - short, and to the point.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 06:36 UTC as 8th comment
On photo F-22 Raptor powers into a high G-turn in the Turbojet power challenge (17 comments in total)
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frontal_lobe: Hi all, thanks very much to everyone who voted and for your comments: I appreciate it very much.

About it looking like a "rendering" and "how do you cook it up?". OK - this is a very personal thing! This is my personal interpretation of an F-22. If you've ever seen one close up, you'll know they feel like something out of science fiction. So, I wanted to give this a sci-fi feel. It is interesting in that sense that rwbaron thinks it looks like a rendering: there's a connection there.

As for "cooking this up", this comes from a single Raw (.nef) image. Initial processing is in Lightroom, just to make a small number of basic adjustments, and then into PS CC. I use the Topaz Clarity and Nik Viveza plugins selectively on different parts of the image, plus there are a couple of extra dodge and burn layers. The final PSD file has 6 layers. The Topaz and Viveza effects are applied to smart objects, so I can go back and re-edit as I go along. Hope that helps.

All the best,

Anthony.

Thanks for the processing info.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2017 at 04:35 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Adobe Lightroom 1.0 (124 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: I've never been able to wrap my head around Lightroom because of the way it handles files - I much prefer to do my processing in Photoshop and use a folder system for raws and jpegs.

I don't know, sorry, because I've never used Photo Mechanic as part of a workflow with Lightroom. A lot of professionals seem to like Photo Mechanic though - especially the ones who shoot sports and need to manage lots of photos in a short amount of time.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2017 at 09:14 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Adobe Lightroom 1.0 (124 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: I've never been able to wrap my head around Lightroom because of the way it handles files - I much prefer to do my processing in Photoshop and use a folder system for raws and jpegs.

left eye:

I use Photo Mechanic instead of Bridge for those tasks, as I found the older version of Bridge to be a system hog (the new one does seem better) and is also very quick for adding IPTC data and renaming files in bulk.

However, most of the time I just use Preview (I'm on a Mac) to scroll through Raws and delete the ones I don't want, and I rarely sell photos these days so don't spend much time on IPTC.

I'm not a pro, so rarely shoot more than a few dozen photos at a time.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2017 at 06:30 UTC
On photo F-22 Raptor powers into a high G-turn in the Turbojet power challenge (17 comments in total)

Like rwbaron, I think the image looks fake on close inspection.

It's striking at first glance, though.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2017 at 05:26 UTC as 13th comment
On article Throwback Thursday: Adobe Lightroom 1.0 (124 comments in total)

I've never been able to wrap my head around Lightroom because of the way it handles files - I much prefer to do my processing in Photoshop and use a folder system for raws and jpegs.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2017 at 05:22 UTC as 13th comment | 4 replies
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