Camera and Lens Rumours

Camera and lens rumours abound on the internet. There are a number of websites that specifically focus on this type of content.

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NIKON 1 V2 + 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110 mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 69 mm, ISO 800, 1/60, f/7.1

I recently deleted a reader comment that dealt with a current lens rumour. The comment had a respectful tone, but we simply do not allow comments that promote or disseminate camera and lens rumours.

Rumours, by their nature, are often not based in fact and can be highly speculative. Due to their speculative nature, rumours can also attract aggressive readers and fuel negative interpersonal online behaviours.

NIKON 1 V2 + 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 291.4 mm, ISO 800, 1/500, f/5.6

After deleting the recent lens rumour reader comment, it occurred to me that many of our newer subscribers may not be aware of our approach to content management on our website.

Our objective from the first day that this website went live almost six years ago was to create and maintain a respectful environment for our readers. We do not allow aggressive, attacking or condescending comments of any kind.

If some people want to insult each other… they are free to do that somewhere else.

NIKON 1 V2 + 30-110 mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 110 mm, ISO 3200, 1/500, f/5.6

Our website is not one that focuses on camera gear reviews or news about upcoming new products. There are plenty of other websites that publish a huge amount of content of that nature.

From time to time we do publish our hands-on experiences with cameras and lenses. These are typically limited to gear that we actually own and use.

This website focuses on images captured with smaller sensor cameras and shares our experiences using this type of camera gear. We also publish articles with subject matter that has broader appeal such as various genres of photography (e.g. travel, macro, flower, birding/nature etc.), composition, post processing… and the odd philosophic piece from time to time.

Nikon 1 V2 + Nikon 1 CX 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300 mm (efov 810 mm), f/5.6, 1/3200, ISO-720

Originally we did have some content that was created with full frame Nikon equipment. When we changed the focus of this website a little over a year ago, the vast majority of those full frame focused articles were removed from this website. Since I sold all of my full frame gear back in July 2015 it didn’t make much sense to keep most of that content on the website.

We all have different needs when it comes to camera equipment. There is no such thing as a perfect camera. Every camera or lens comes with some kind of trade-off. We use camera gear that best meets our needs. It may not be the best fit for other photographers.

Nikon 1 V2 + Nikon 1 30-110 mm f/3.8-5.6, 90 mm, f/5.6, 1/400, ISO-2800, Movo extension tubes

Our primary intent is to celebrate the joy of photography… by sharing our experiences and images with our readers. And, we encourage our readers to share their experiences with others, in a respectful and considerate manner.

Sometimes we can drift away from photography and our gear can start to collect dust. Our creative spark can dim. If articles that we publish here can help reignite or compliment a reader’s interest in photography, then we have met our goal.

Technical Note

Most photographs were captured hand-held using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. All Images were produced from RAW files using my standard process.

Nikon 1 J5 + Nikon 1 30-110 mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 110 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO-220, Vello 16 mm extension tube

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9 thoughts on “Camera and Lens Rumours”

  1. Thank you for stating the rules and regulations of this website. It will keep this site a worthy and fair site to visit. On another note: people speaking about their purchases of cameras have never mentioned that the camera they purchased is the first one that they laid eyes on, picked up and felt they could work with. Since so many folks are saying that so many cameras on the market are relatively the same, the only reason to look for a ‘special’ camera is if there is a particular form of photography one wants to pursue. This is especially true if it is someone who is entering photography.

    1. Thanks for adding to the discussion Lewsh!

      As far as camera choice goes I would agree that many camera are quite similar and can meet the needs of a variety of photographers. The more specific the photographer’s needs and the conditions under which they will be creating images, the more unique the attributes of a camera will need to be to meet their needs.


      1. I guess what I was leaning towards is the idea that many photographers can use any camera and can be sold many different models and makes by a successful sales person.

  2. Hi Thom
    Can you please, let us know how you do with a small sensor camera to be able to blur background effectively?

  3. “Our primary intent is to celebrate the joy of photography”.

    A well-said and concise mission statement. This is why I subscribe. Keep up the good work and thanks.

  4. There is an old song from 1970 (71?). The title is “Love the One You’re With.” Cameras to many people are like that. “I prefer brand X because BLAH BLAH BLAH.” Brand loyalty is fine, but when people ask me why I use Nikon instead of Canon, my answer is simple: When I got back into photography, after an absence of many years, Nikon offered a camera that had what I wanted, and was available without a wait. I could just as easily have chosen Canon.

    There are not that many differences between camera models. The main things to me are: Does it do what I want, when I need it to do it? Is it affordable? How does it feel in my hands?
    There are other questions, but I start with them. Cameras are a tool, so got out there and use your tools. Take some pictures. If you aren’t happy with the results, it may be technique, opportunity, equipment, lack of vision, wrong angle, etc.; or any possible combination of those.

    Enjoy the experience of being able to take pictures; and if no one else likes them, so what? There are tens of millions of people who drive cars, and only a few that race them at NASCAR. The same with cameras; only a few photographers become famous. My goal is simple: Take the best pictures I think I can, with what I own, and be happy about it. Would I like to drive a Ferrari? Yes. Would I like to own the best in camera gear? Yes. But neither of those wishes will make me a race car driver, or a better photographer.

    I enjoy this site for what it offers: Great pictures and insightful tips (among other factors). May we all do the same.

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