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#1541 LocalHero1953

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Posted Yesterday, 23:05

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I have always gained good value from Ming Thein's reviews. I've treated them with caution since he became tied to Hasselblad, but, from using products he has reviewed, I have learned to trust him to a certain extent. Given that I never give my trust fully to any reviewer, that's a reasonable commendation from me, FWIW. Steve Huff OTOH.......

 

I expect Hasselblad will learn something of value from him. On balance a good move for both, IMO.


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#1542 ramarren

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Posted Yesterday, 23:10

I only know Ming Thein (and Steve Huff) from their internet personae, and I don't read either of their blogs/sites/what have you on a regular enough basis to have more than a surface impression. Which means, with a little consideration, that I don't know them at all. I can't see ragging on people because you don't like their blog.

Whatever. I hope that Ming does well in his new position, whatever it is that a Chief Strategist does, and that both he and Hasselblad benefit from his efforts. Because if Hasselblad benefits, we all do.
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#1543 EoinC

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Posted Yesterday, 23:15

Thein is a photographer and actually sells his work along with the blog.

Huff sells his glowing reviews of gear on his blog along with ghost talkboxes.

Not comparable at all.

Ming Thein does a lot of other productive work, also (tutorials, workshops, printing...), and did not start life as a phoblogger.


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#1544 IkarusJohn

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Posted Yesterday, 23:19

I like Ming.  Most of his photographs aren't really to my taste - they lack any real subject matter or vision, but they are undoubtedly well executed.  At a personal level, I like the way he has given up on the corporate life and followed his passion.

 

He's also friendly and helpful.

 

Huff'n'Stuff conversely is just too EXCITABLE and too weird - all that talking to the dead nonsense.  Some of his contributors are interesting, but generally there's not much to be learned from his website, in my view.


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#1545 Peter H

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Posted Yesterday, 23:27

I like Ming too, but whether he has the necessary qualities for a successful "Chief of Strategy" is probably something not many of us are qualified to judge.


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Posted Yesterday, 23:29

Whatever the role actually is ...


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Posted Yesterday, 23:34

His bio says that he graduated Oxford at 16 and subsequently served in in M&A / Private Equity as well as a senior director with McDonalds.

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Posted Yesterday, 23:38

I like Ming too, but whether he has the necessary qualities for a successful "Chief of Strategy" is probably something not many of us are qualified to judge.

An interesting thought. I was part of strategic management and planning for my last years of employment; my view was that in such a case as this the job title was utterly irrelevant - it was all down to the particular individual and whether they have any particular qualities that are unavailable from any other source (and certainly cannot be defined by a job description that invokes measurable qualifications and skills).


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#1549 EoinC

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Posted Yesterday, 23:44

An interesting thought. I was part of strategic management and planning for my last years of employment; my view was that in such a case as this the job title was utterly irrelevant - it was all down to the particular individual and whether they have any particular qualities that are unavailable from any other source (and certainly cannot be defined by a job description that invokes measurable qualifications and skills).


Likewise, I am "Director of Strategic Planning" in the company I work with, and the focus is company-specific. The same title may be a completely different role at another company.
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Posted Today, 01:33

I can't help see it as a little bit desperate, a bit of a roll of the dice not unlike the misguided attempt of the previous CEO to position Hasselblad as some kind of luxury brand. I appreciate Ming Thein is no mug but this appointment, assuming it is a proper executive role and not an upgraded ambassadorial post, devalues the brand in my eyes.


Yes, it doesn't seem like the act of a confident company. The guy might not be a mug, but he's also not an especially credible photographer and has an unfortunate habit of peevishly raging online against those who don't take him seriously. It has the potential to tarnish Hasselblad's image.
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Posted Today, 02:49

For a company with such an amazing history, Hasselbad's strategy of the last few years has been wobbly at best. The X1D has put their products into reach of the photographic mainstream (such as that is).

Getting strategic direction from someone like Ming may well be useful for them. Their strategy to date has been rubbish.
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#1552 almoore

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Posted Today, 04:53

Getting strategic direction from someone like Ming may well be useful for them. Their strategy to date has been rubbish.

 

Even more useful for a niche company might be the sales generated by his followers.

 

Hasselblad have some wonderful photographers using their cameras, but what those photographers don't have is MT's following of cashed up amateurs ready to splurge for that extra bit of resolution that their hero tells them will make all the difference to their images. They have the hi-rez Nikons and Zeiss Otus lenses, but now they'll make the jump to medium format.

 

I'm not sure that Hasselblad's recent strategy has been rubbish. The development of the X1D has the potential to move them much closer to the mainstream and secure their immediate future.


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