I would have answered without you asking, but since you do, here my position:
I refer to my very first presentation post, when I joined the LL forum, in december 2006, here:http://luminous-landscape.com/forum/index....&hl=thsinar
Among others, I said following:
"You will therefore "see" me from now on, intervening or posting whenever I feel it necessary, or when specifically asked a question, under the user name "thsinar", although not officially appointed by and in the name or on behalf of Sinar AG, but as an individual and with the knowledge and agreement of my management
I wish to repeat here that this is still the case: nobody at Sinar is asking me to do this. I guess that in the meantime more or less everybody at Sinar is aware of my presence on the forums, but am not even sure about it. I have been given no orders or limits, as per now, nor was I ever briefed or "called-in" for any of my post or answers. I was the same way never forbidden to speak about certain issues. Would it be so, I am not certain if I would continue to intervene here and elsewhere. I am motivated by the product and the passion of photography, thus doing this with fun "in my free-time". I can therefore only be grateful for the "liberty" given to me and for the trust coming from Sinar.
I guess my mandate is therefore very clear: I have NO mandate from Sinar or whatsoever.
This being said and clarified, it is obvious that I know myself where are my "limits": I am able to "censor" or control myself, and I have some very few but strict rules which I follow.
I won't for sure tell that Sinar is "crap", but I again refer to all of my past posts and words to check on the veracity and accuracy of my interventions and ask to be judged from this. I won't for sure speak about all and anything before checking my facts or trying to find the right response, nor will I ever disclose sensitive information (this being said, I do not have all sensitive information) or break a specific NDA (some here having contacted me via PM and having tried to find out more from me could easily confirm this).
The answer to the second question is therefore clear as well: I have the full freedom of my speech BUT with my own limits.
I hope this helps clarify, if it was not yet clear, and I guess everybody can understand this easily.
A welcome from me too. It is nice to see that there are some representatives now with direct links to MF(DB) manufacturers. Still, I have a bit of a problem with it too, since these representatives not only will give neutral information, but also try to defend and promote their employers/brands.
I would like to know what the exact mandate is that is given to you by Hasselblad and how you are supposed to deal with "difficult" questions. This kind of disclosure would help us all to correctly interpret possible fuzzy talk. And just to get everything clear in one thread I would like to invite Thierry, Yair, Steve and any other formal representatives here to tell us what freedom they have to answer in full earnest. (Possibly the "rules" that each have to stick to may be different from one company to another, defeating the "equality of arms" principle.)
For those who now wonder about me: I am not committed to any company and I only represent myself and my personal opinion here. I am not bound to any non-disclosure agreements for the subjects I talk about here. My point of view is that of a photographer who earns his income with his imaging works.