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In an exclusive interview, Simon Stafford, Technical Editor, Nikon Owner magazine, asks senior subscribers of Nikon’s R&D team about future product plans.
Mr Yojiro Yamaguchi
During their recent visit to the UK, Mr. Tetsuro Goto (TG), Head of Research & Development (R&D) for Nikon SLR cameras, and Dr. Zhehong Chen (ZC), Research Executive for Colour Management in Digital Imaging expressed a wish to learn more about the Nikon Owner. The magazine's founder, Gray Levett, and I had the pleasure of meeting them, together with Mr. Yojiro Yamaguchi (YY), Managing Director of Nikon U.K. Limited, and Mr. Yasuhiro Nozaki (YN) Liaison Officer at Nikon U.K. Limited.
Mr Tetsuro Goto
Mr. Tetsuro Goto obtained his degree in electronics from Chiba University, and joined Nikon in 1973. He is currently the General Manager for R&D of digital and film SLR cameras, Speedlight flash units, and software, including Nikon Capture, View, and Scan. In the past he was a member of the team that designed the electronics for the Nikon F3, and he lead the team that developed the electronics for the Nikon F4 and Nikonos RS. More recently he was responsible for the planning and development of the entire Nikon F5 system.
Dr Zhehong Chen
Dr. Zhehong Chen holds a BSc, MSc, and PhD in Applied Optics all from Osaka University, and joined Nikon in 1996. At present he is the Research Executive for image processing algorithms and colour management for Nikon digital SLR cameras. Previously he was responsible for the design of the optical Low Pass Filters and image processing algorithms for the D1 series, D100, and the development of Nikon Capture software.
Our meeting was a unique opportunity to ask two of the most knowledgeable and experienced subscribers of Nikon’s R&D department some questions concerning Nikon’s future plans for imaging products.
During the interview Mr Goto, Dr Chen, and Mr Yamaguchi discuss, amongst other matters, the technical innovations currently under consideration for Nikon cameras, including the size of CCD to be used in forthcoming digital SLR cameras, the future design of Nikkor lenses, the Nikon TTL flash system, and company policy of provision of spare parts.