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 photo cormorant_with_eel in the A Big Year - birds challenge (11 comments in total)

Great shot.

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2017 at 01:13 UTC as 10th comment
On article Panasonic Leica DG 15mm F1.7 shooting experience (405 comments in total)
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mosc: This lens is great but... where's the ultra wide prime? Ideally I'd want something like 10mm f2.8 and it not to cost more than the 15mm f1.7 either. Samyang sells it, it's just manual focus and third party. Why don't Olympus or Panasonic release anything wider than 12? 24mm equiv is pretty "Standard Zoom" range on most APS-C or FF cameras. I expect such a large ecosystem to have something wider, especially because you can adapt stuff from bigger systems for telephoto but you can't adapt wider choices as easily.

mosc:

Micro Four Thirds has a Venus Optics Laowa 7.5mm f/2.0 and an SLR Magic 8mm f/4.

Both are small, relatively cheap rectilinear ultrawide primes.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2017 at 01:42 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

Um ... how's that Nikon line working out for folks now?

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2017 at 08:11 UTC
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vscd: <sarcasm>Those pictures were shot with an old Canon 5D Mark II (his flash-pictures mostly are).. how could he dare with this old junk low-DR gear? ;)</sarcasm>

Another proove it's not about the gear. Awesome video and pictures.

Apology accepted, VSCD.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2017 at 20:11 UTC
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vscd: <sarcasm>Those pictures were shot with an old Canon 5D Mark II (his flash-pictures mostly are).. how could he dare with this old junk low-DR gear? ;)</sarcasm>

Another proove it's not about the gear. Awesome video and pictures.

Nice theory isn't rude - or certainly wasn't meant to be.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2017 at 10:57 UTC
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vscd: <sarcasm>Those pictures were shot with an old Canon 5D Mark II (his flash-pictures mostly are).. how could he dare with this old junk low-DR gear? ;)</sarcasm>

Another proove it's not about the gear. Awesome video and pictures.

No need to be rude, vscd.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2017 at 08:27 UTC

This was shot with Micro Four Thirds gear - a Panasonic GH4 with a 7-14 f/4 lens at 11mm (22mm-equivalent), 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 1600.

I didn't think the photo was especially good until I downloaded it and viewed it large, at which point the in-focus baby bear stands out nicely.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2017 at 05:39 UTC as 5th comment
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dr8: how is this image any more the property of the named photographer than the 'monkey' image that copyright laws say is the property of the entity that initiates the image capture whether by shutter button or remote sensor??? strange how 2 of the same thing can end up in polar opposite worlds....

Yes, that's a very good point!

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2017 at 05:29 UTC
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vscd: <sarcasm>Those pictures were shot with an old Canon 5D Mark II (his flash-pictures mostly are).. how could he dare with this old junk low-DR gear? ;)</sarcasm>

Another proove it's not about the gear. Awesome video and pictures.

Nice theory, but the 5D II can only shoot 1080p video, and this was shot at 8K.

Even my little Micro Four Thirds camera can shoot 4k.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2017 at 05:12 UTC

Great stuff. Enjoyed this a lot, and watched it right through.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2017 at 05:09 UTC as 12th comment
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lickity split: They need to add a Long exposure calculator app to this list

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/long-exposure-calculator/id694553269?mt=8

Good call, bro.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2017 at 08:27 UTC

Brilliant article, thanks.

I downloaded several of these apps.

The best photography app I've ever used is The Photographer's Ephemeris, but it ain't free.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2017 at 08:26 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On article Ten expert tips for successful macro photography (130 comments in total)
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daddyo: I can reduce this to 4 tips:

Find bug.
Set your Olympus E-M1 with 60mm f/2.8 macro lens to Focus Stacking mode.
Select f/5.6-f/8 aperture.
Press shutter button.

PentaxNick: No, the Panasonic G85 does this as well. Check this out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmMNhOVLQ-w

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 20:12 UTC
On article Ten expert tips for successful macro photography (130 comments in total)
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daddyo: I can reduce this to 4 tips:

Find bug.
Set your Olympus E-M1 with 60mm f/2.8 macro lens to Focus Stacking mode.
Select f/5.6-f/8 aperture.
Press shutter button.

The latest Panasonic m43 bodies also allow photo stacking and image stabilisation.

I shoot an Olympus 60mm f/2.8 Macro on my Panasonic G85.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 05:40 UTC
On article Panasonic Leica DG 15mm F1.7 shooting experience (405 comments in total)
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soundknight21: I have this lens with my gx8 and I really like it but I don't think it warrants a re review.
Panasonic needs to update this lens with version in at f1.2 and a sharper image at f5.6. Having at f1.2 would open up better image quality to party and night street shooters.
They also need to improve the 25mm f1.4 - it's sharp but autofocus sucks sometimes.

What Kerensky97 said is true.

If you're looking for an f/1.2 lens in this focal length, Olympus is planning to announce a 17mm f/1.2 later this year.

It will likely be very big and heavy (by M43 standards).

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 03:23 UTC
On article Power Zoom: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100/TZ100 Review (358 comments in total)

Looks great on paper, but image quality falls a long way short of the little Panasonic GM5 that I currently use as a travel camera.

Hopefully the next version of this camera will have a better-quality lens and EVF.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 20:51 UTC as 9th comment
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.

Nothing comes close to replacing it?

You could try a Sony RX100.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 08:29 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Canon IXUS 50 / SD400 Digital ELPH (64 comments in total)

My first digital camera was the 4mp version of this camera, the IXUS 40 / SD300.

It was damn good and I really liked it - until it got dropped in a puddle in Paraguay after six years of faithful service ...

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 08:27 UTC as 14th comment
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NZ Scott: I'm using a three-year old 15" Macbook Pro and am not thinking of switching any time soon because it is still a very fast machine.

However, when the time comes, I will certainly consider switching - mostly because of the issue with ports.

I don't want to give the impression that I don't like my Mac - to be honest, I absolutely love the thing. But I do think the latest models are slightly less appealing.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 00:02 UTC
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NZ Scott: I'm using a three-year old 15" Macbook Pro and am not thinking of switching any time soon because it is still a very fast machine.

However, when the time comes, I will certainly consider switching - mostly because of the issue with ports.

Yeah, but I'm also one of the people annoyed by the loss of the SD card slot. I also think my machine could do with another USB port. I've never used either of the Thunderbolt ports, which were meant to be the next big thing.

Getting rid of stuff like the old CD-ROM drive made a lot of sense to me, but some of the things being removed now are annoying.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 20:09 UTC
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