Sen­si­tive is­sues

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There have been a few clas­sic N-Photo is­sues but per­son­ally I feel is­sue 64 (Oc­to­ber 2016) was the best so far. Ansel Adams’ stan­dard and dig­i­tal Zone Sys­tems were clearly ex­plained, in­clud­ing their prac­ti­cal ap­pli­ca­tions. While I un­der­stood this, I al­ways felt it was more dif­fi­cult to ap­ply when in the field. Now I know what to do and when.

As I say, it was a great is­sue and one that I’ll re­tain for ref­er­ence for some years to come. How­ever, I no­tice in the mod­ern pho­to­graphic press that com­mer­cially sen­si­tive is­sues aren’t dealt with, or are at best given a small three-liner tucked away some­where. While stir­ring a hor­nets’ nest for no rea­son is not rec­om­mended, I would dearly like to see a lit­tle more early in­ves­ti­ga­tion into is­sues that are re­ported by users (but un­con­firmed by man­u­fac­tur­ers), such as wide batch vari­a­tion in cer­tain lenses.

There are a num­ber of ‘ele­phants in the room’ that need ad­dress­ing, and surely this is the stuff of jour­nal­ism – good hon­est in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Ian Dou­glas, Ply­mouth, UK

We’re glad you en­joyed the is­sue Ian, and we hear what you’re say­ing about user-re­ported prob­lems. Al­though we don’t have a reg­u­lar news sec­tion, this is cer­tainly some­thing we could cover in more depth when we do lens re­views. We do talk about lens vari­a­tion, but as you rightly say, it’s usu­ally in a small three-liner. Watch this space!

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