Clarification on Attributed Comments

I had a reader contact me this week, asking if I had any more information stemming from a meeting I (supposedly) had with Nikon executives at their headquarters, and their ‘hint’ regarding the potential of a 1.8X crop sensor mirrorless camera being developed.

My answer to our reader was pretty simple. I had no idea about what she was talking. I have never had such a meeting with Nikon executives at the Nikon headquarters, nor had anyone from Nikon ever made any mention to me about their product plans, let alone ‘hint’ about the potential for a 1.8X crop sensor mirrorless camera.

I certainly appreciated our reader advising me about this comment that was attributed to me, especially since the event as described in an online comment posted by someone else, never happened.

From time to time people do get misquoted, or information is erroneously attributed to them as being the source. This is understandable as it can be difficult to keep such details straight with all of the information that is available on the internet. I choose to believe that the majority of people are honest, and that these types of misquotes are simple errors not done with any malicious intent.

If any of you ever see me quoted in a way that does not seem correct, or if you see comments attributed to me that you would like clarified, I would encourage you to contact me directly. I do my best to respond to readers promptly and personally.

So, to set the record straight, I did not attend a meeting with Nikon executives at the Nikon head office where product plans were discussed, and no one at Nikon has ever ‘hinted’ to me about the potential of a 1.8X crop sensor mirrorless camera being developed.

There are a few other small issues that I can also clarify in this posting.

Durability of 1 Nikon equipment.
I understand that it has been reported that I have only had one small issue with one of my 1 Nikon lenses. I have had four 1 Nikon lens issues. I sent my three 1 Nikon 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 non-PD lenses into Nikon Canada as part of a service recall. Two of those lenses were repaired by Nikon. I have also had my 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 zoom lens repaired twice under warranty for an auto-focus ‘chatter’ that prevented the lens from acquiring focus at a specific focal length. I also had one of my Nikon 1 V2 bodies repaired by Nikon Canada when the rear screen of the camera died during a trip to New Zealand in the fall of 2016. In all cases the service support provided by Nikon Canada was excellent.

Using exposure compensation.
I understand that it has been reported that I ‘regularly use’ exposure compensation with my Nikon 1 gear. This is inaccurate. While I have experimented with exposure compensation a few times in the past I almost never use exposure compensation as I do not like how my files come out using it. Instead, I regularly ‘double bump’ both the highlights and shadows of my files during post processing. This was noted in my Nikon 1 eBook, The Little Camera That Could.

Using selective sharpening.
Readers have also told me that it has been reported that I use selective sharpening with my images, specifically applying sharpening to main subjects (e.g. bird images) and not applying any sharpening to the background areas of my images. This is inaccurate. I have never used selective sharpening with any of my images.

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2 thoughts on “Clarification on Attributed Comments”

  1. Thanks for setting the record straight. I vaguely remember that I read somewhere that you did use exposure compensation and had access to sources within Nikon about product develpment.
    Online attributions really are like gossip. It used to be confined but now is rampant and it is very hard to know what to believe as “true” anymore.

    1. Hi Pam,

      I agree that it can be difficult to know what is ‘true’ or not these days. I have been aware of a number of other small issues that were attributed to me in the past that were not factual. In my mind these earlier inaccuracies were not materially significant so I let them go.

      I felt I needed to make a public statement about a ‘hinted’ 1.8X crop factor mirrorless camera as many people are very interested in Nikon mirrorless camera development. I thought it was important for readers to know that the claimed meeting between Nikon execs and myself at Nikon HQ never happened, and was pure fantasy on behalf of the poster of the comment. I received an email from Nikon Canada today thanking me for clarifying things with my readers regarding the misinformation.


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