NZ Scott

NZ Scott

Lives in New Zealand
Works as a Hiker, writer, 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 am currently hiking the 3000km Te Araroa trail in my home country, New Zealand.
My latest work of fiction can be viewed here:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/444160

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On article All-in-one: ONA Capri bag review (169 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: For the same price you could buy two Billingham Hadley Small camera bags that are stylish, tough, weatherproof, weigh 30 per cent less, are made of canvas, leather and brass and are made in the UK (rather than the Dominican Republic).

The Billingham Hadley Small holds much more than an ONA Bowery. Into my Billingham Hadley Small I can fit the following: An E-P3 camera body, a GM5 camera body, 12-32, 40-150, 12-35 pro, 17/1.8, 7-14 pro, numerous filters, three spare batteries, a battery charger, white card, etc. That's a fair amount of kit. If you Google-search "Hadley Small versus Bowery" you'll find a Fuji forum comparitive review from a guy who owns both showing just how much more utilitarian the Hadley is over the Bowery.

Link | Posted on Dec 26, 2014 at 09:56 UTC
On article Starstruck: Adam Woodworth's nighttime photography (60 comments in total)

Great shots and some interesting tips.

I've been meaning to try astrophotography upon my return to New Zealand next October (currently living in smoggy Malaysia). It's disappointing to hear that you need f2.8 ultrawide and a big full frame sensor for this kind of photography - I'm shooting Micro Four Thirds and an f4 ultrawide, which is a total of about three stops behind.

Link | Posted on Dec 24, 2014 at 05:57 UTC as 7th comment | 2 replies

I like it.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 00:11 UTC as 82nd comment
On article All-in-one: ONA Capri bag review (169 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: For the same price you could buy two Billingham Hadley Small camera bags that are stylish, tough, weatherproof, weigh 30 per cent less, are made of canvas, leather and brass and are made in the UK (rather than the Dominican Republic).

... well, the Billingham Hadley Large, then.

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 07:38 UTC
On article All-in-one: ONA Capri bag review (169 comments in total)

For the same price you could buy two Billingham Hadley Small camera bags that are stylish, tough, weatherproof, weigh 30 per cent less, are made of canvas, leather and brass and are made in the UK (rather than the Dominican Republic).

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2014 at 23:01 UTC as 6th comment | 6 replies
On photo Nude in the Favorite photographer challenge (1 comment in total)

A lovely composition.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2014 at 05:08 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Maori Warrior in the -Unfriendly- (BW Faceshot +Border) challenge (1 comment in total)

Nice shot of a cuzzy.

S

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2014 at 05:07 UTC as 1st comment
On photo dragon flies bathing in morning sun in the Dragonflies #2 challenge (2 comments in total)

A lovely backlit shot.

Well done!

S

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2014 at 05:05 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Dragonfly Flight in the Dragonflies #2 challenge (13 comments in total)

These insect-flying shots are extremely difficult to pull off.

Well done!

S

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2014 at 05:03 UTC as 11th comment

it sounds like these Tiffens still produce a colour-cast. Tiffins are in fact notorious for this and are the main reason I gave up on the brand.

I started with Tiffen filters, then upgraded to HiTech/fFormatt, then upgraded again to Haida.

The Haidas are multicoated Schott glass and have no colour-cast whatsoever despite costing a fraction of the price of Lee. Even their 10-stop filter has no colour cast.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2014 at 09:43 UTC as 5th comment
On article Richard Franiec offers Canon PowerShot G7 X custom grip (112 comments in total)
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ThatCamFan: I do not trust a piece of tape to not fall off with time breaking the camera.

- Paul: Good to hear.

- Darngooddesign. The GX7 has a built-in non-detachable grip.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2014 at 00:31 UTC
On article Richard Franiec offers Canon PowerShot G7 X custom grip (112 comments in total)
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JohnHoppy: Whether or not manufacturers should design their cameras better - and they should - is a wasted debatte. Fact is, they don't listen. I have had a couple of Richard's grips, they do transform the camera (and take up no extra space). Delivered to Europe for around 27 bucks was okay for a 50% improvement in handling. He's a nice bloke, too! Get one for your GM1, it will transform the camera.

Hopefully the GM1 grip also fits the GM5.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 15:10 UTC
On article Richard Franiec offers Canon PowerShot G7 X custom grip (112 comments in total)
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ThatCamFan: I do not trust a piece of tape to not fall off with time breaking the camera.

Well, often I hold a camera solely by the grip - especially when I'm walking around with it and it's hanging by my side. I can fully understand Dheorl's concern. I'd rather not have to worry about a grip detaching and dropping $2000 worth of glass and electronics onto the concrete. It's one thing to glue a grip onto a compact camera, but when the grip is glued onto a 350g system camera with a 500g lens attached then personally I would be nervous. This trend of manufacturers to forgo proper grips on cameras in order to make them look nicer is a bad one. Olympus is one of the worst offenders. Sony manages to do it with its mirrorless NEX system, so there's no reason why other manufacturers can't do the same.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 15:04 UTC
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Clyde Thomas: Liquid lens... great for cold weather shooting I presume?

You came to the wrong place for chilled-out comments, Clyde.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 00:52 UTC
On photo Sun_and_Rain in the Storrmy Landscape challenge (12 comments in total)

Nice tones.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 08:58 UTC as 3rd comment
On photo Sand Swords in the Sand Patterns-2 Beaches & Rivers challenge (2 comments in total)

Nice.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2014 at 09:21 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Tricolored Heron in Quiet Reflection in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (27 comments in total)

Nice shot.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2014 at 09:19 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On photo In the Sea of Galilee - 2 in the Maritime Life challenge (6 comments in total)

Cool shot.
I also have the Samyang but don't use it much. Maybe I should.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2014 at 07:07 UTC as 4th comment
On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 (305 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: Looks awesome, with a couple of niggles:

1) I agree with DPreview that the focus-mode wheel should have been a control wheel.

2) I wish it had a flip-out screen.

3) It doesn't have a grip, although (if I buy one) it should be possible to jury-rig a grip out of Sugru.

I don't mind it not having IBIS as the IBIS on my current camera (Olympus E-P3) is next to useless anyway.

There's a good chance I'll buy one of these, although I'd like to handle one first.

Thanks for the heads-up about the Sunway. Unfortunately, while I do often use an Arca ballhead, I also use a smaller tripod and a Gorillapod that are not Arca-compatible so the Sunway would be no good. The Franiec grips look nice, but probably a bit shallow for me. I'll probably still use Sugra as I've seen some very nice Sugru grips, such as this one: http://sugru.com/gallery/make-a-grip-for-the-olympus-xz-1-camera

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2014 at 05:38 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Review (490 comments in total)
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Jurka: A 6000 is cheaper and has better DR, DOF, ISO, Colors. Try it with 35 1,8 oss lens!
Gh2 is good for video, but gh3 not, because it cannot shoot in shutter priority mode and auto iso. Auto iso always locks at high values and stay overexposed. This is reason why i sold gh3. Then i try a 6000 and stay with Sony. Pana is nothing close.

I think the comments are relevant. It is normal to compare a camera with its competitors - as indeed DPreview does in its reviews.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 07:12 UTC
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