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.

NZ Scott's current gear

Olympus PEN E-P3
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 (Lumix DMC-G80)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5
An all-round brilliant street-shooting camera, especially when kitted out with a VF-4 viewfinder and MCG-2 grip, the only problem with the ageing E-P3 is the fact that it has the older 12mp sensor. Still, I prefer this camera to the E-P5, which does not have a removable grip. The E-P3 is a snappy performer and never shows any lag through the viewfinder or on the back screen, although it would be nice if the startup time were quicker. All native lenses focus lightning-fast on its little metal body. Despite the introduction of newer and supposedly much better Olympus cameras (E-P5, E-M5, E-M10, E-M1), I have not found one that I prefer enough to lure me into upgrading. The E-P3 just seems to hit a sweet-spot in terms of speed, weight and handling.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm 1:1.8
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 25mm F1.8
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45mm F1.8
Early reviews slated this lens for being less sharp than the Panasonic 20/1.7. However, it was probably fairer to say that this lens is sharp while the Panasonic is ESPECIALLY sharp. So why choose this over the Panny? The main reason is that the little 17/1.8 has blazing autofocus. Lenses in the 12mm-25mm range on m43 cameras are natural street-shooters, and to get the most out of them they really need to be snappy. The 17mm is quick - and then some. It is surprisingly light-weight, creates pleasing bokeh and renders colours nicely (slightly warmer than my main zoom, the Panasonic 12-35). It handles CA quite well and flare very well. The much-touted focusing clutch has too much play and gives the impression of being gimmicky. Still, if you're after a classic 35mm-equivalent prime, then this should be your first choice.
An excellent short telephoto at a bargain (by m43 standards) price. It's very sharp and contrasty with pleasing bokeh, and it seems to consistently produce nice images. It's an almost perfect portrait lens for the smaller m43 cameras. Negatives? I do wish that it would focus a bit closer, as I often find myself restricted by the half-metre minimum shooting distance. Perhaps for this reason, I find myself using the M. Zuiko 60mm f2.8 Macro more often.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm 1:2
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm 1:2.8 Macro
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm F1.7 ASPH
A very good little wide-angle prime lens, this featherweight metal wonder spends more time on my E-P3 than any other lens. It's quite sharp and controls optical aberrations well, although it does exhibit a bit of CA now and then. One strength is its outstanding resistance to flare. The main problem with this puppy is its price-to-performance ratio, as it typically sells for around USD $700-equivalent. For that price I think that it should perform a little better optically and should be weather-sealed. I've also found the highly-touted clutch focus ring to be gimmicky, as the few markings on the lens barrel are too close together. Still, it is a handy landscape lens when stopped down a bit and the f2.0 aperture is nice when street-shooting in dim markets and alleyways.
Easily the best of my Micro Four Thirds lenses in terms of optical performance (except, perhaps, for the Samyang fisheye), this superbly sharp and contrasty macro lens doubles as an excellent medium-telephoto for portraits and landscapes. It's priced about right and is weather-sealed to boot. The only negatives are its slightly unwieldy length (on a PEN) and its tendency to hunt in low light (athough this rarely seems to be a problem when shooting bugs). Highly, highly recommended.
Panasonic Leica Summilux DG 25mm F1.4
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 35-100mm F4.0-5.6 ASPH Mega OIS
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm F4 ASPH
Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 12-32mm F3.5-5.6 Mega OIS
Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH Power OIS
Samyang 7.5mm F3.5 UMC Fisheye MFT
I've only owned this lens for a short time and have paired it with an Olympus E-P3. On that camera, the lens exhibits an unacceptable amount of purple fringing in high-contrast situations. However, in other respects it is very good. The image stabiliser is noticeably more effective than Olympus's 2-way IBIS, it's a snappy focuser, and it's sharp. I opted for this lens over the M. Zuiko 12-40 because it's a bit smaller and lighter. I'm glad I did, because anything bigger than this would be a too heavy for a walkaround lens on my E-P3. I have enough confidence in this lens to take it with me on vacation to Vietnam later this month while leaving my other eight lenses at home. The Panny's f2.8 aperture means that I can do without my primes.
A great fisheye - cheap and sharp. The only problem with it is that it doesn't autofocus. A lot of people say that this is a non-issue with a fish because they have such deep depth of field, but I have been disappointed to find some subjects clearly out of focus when using hyperfocal shooting methods. Still, the lens is very sharp and exhibits remarkably few optical aberrations.
Other gear:
  • Sigma 28-200 (SA Mount)
  • Sigma SA-300N Film SLR

NZ Scott's wish list

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Sony a6400
Nikon Z7
Sony a7R III
Nikon Z6