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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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 11th 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 224th comment | 1 reply
On article Don't buy another lens, buy a flash instead (336 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 25th 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

I enjoyed the videos despite, rather than because of, all the red lines and graphs and arrows etc.

I was struck by how soft, out of focus and grainy most of the images were. Something to bear in mind when pixel-peeping test photos from modern cameras at ISO 25,600.

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2017 at 05:50 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
On article How to buy used gear (and not get burned) (141 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 (457 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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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.
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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 23rd comment | 1 reply
On article 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $900-1200 (483 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
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