Simon Joinson

Simon Joinson

Lives in United States SEATTLE, WA, United States
Works as a Editor, writer, photographer
Has a website at www.dpreview.com
Joined on Jul 9, 2002
About me:

http://www.cff.org/

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nblaney: Is there some reason that the brand on all the totally obviously identifiable items in this are covered with gaff tape? I SORT of get it with street photography but what's the motivation here?

it means we don't need to get permission from the brand owners, which is really long-winded.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 01:02 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1049 comments in total)
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Sdaniella: looking forward to updates for better processing and newer PDAF of 7DMkII
still missing on 5DMkIII, 6D, 1DX

but add:

hoping Canon uses full sensor res dual-ISO (or beyond dual-ISO) without half-res line skipping to give us live realtime HDR stills and HDR video (long overdue since no mfr yet offers it*)

option for RAW RAWs, flatter profiles, not just slightly cooked peaky RAWs

*except Arri Alexa's Dual Gain Architecture (DGA) sensor wired to process two gain levels (two ISOs) instead of one from todays mfrs

Apologies, it was misunderstanding i think - re-reading, you were talking about live view dual pixel AF (which is really impressive and really helps video). In our tests of the tracking AF (not live view) - which I suspect is the most common use case for sports etc - we have found the 1DX to significantly outperform the 7DMk2. Will have some results to publish soon.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 01:01 UTC
On Sony Alpha 77 II firmware update improves AF speed article (150 comments in total)
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cgarrard: Nice! Now that's a fw update ;)

the A77 Mark II was/is a victim of the combined effects of review staff turnover, a photokina year and an ongoing initiative to improve the reviews, the tests and the processes behind them. We are winding up again, and the A77 II is being worked on. I suspect it'll be January.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 05:00 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1049 comments in total)
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Sdaniella: looking forward to updates for better processing and newer PDAF of 7DMkII
still missing on 5DMkIII, 6D, 1DX

but add:

hoping Canon uses full sensor res dual-ISO (or beyond dual-ISO) without half-res line skipping to give us live realtime HDR stills and HDR video (long overdue since no mfr yet offers it*)

option for RAW RAWs, flatter profiles, not just slightly cooked peaky RAWs

*except Arri Alexa's Dual Gain Architecture (DGA) sensor wired to process two gain levels (two ISOs) instead of one from todays mfrs

well you do state that he is 'emotionally committed to trashing the 7D2', which implies he is not being honest and is letting this imagined seething hatred of the 7D2 color his judgement. What I see is someone who has presented compelling data being accused by a lot of people (Canon fans) of having some other agenda. I didn't anywhere state that you said he was lying - I simply asked if you thought he was making false statements / was wrong about DR, and if you felt this imagined emotional response was behind it.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 01:04 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1049 comments in total)
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Sdaniella: looking forward to updates for better processing and newer PDAF of 7DMkII
still missing on 5DMkIII, 6D, 1DX

but add:

hoping Canon uses full sensor res dual-ISO (or beyond dual-ISO) without half-res line skipping to give us live realtime HDR stills and HDR video (long overdue since no mfr yet offers it*)

option for RAW RAWs, flatter profiles, not just slightly cooked peaky RAWs

*except Arri Alexa's Dual Gain Architecture (DGA) sensor wired to process two gain levels (two ISOs) instead of one from todays mfrs

i think you're projecting. There is nothing in what he has written that suggests he has any emotional relationship with a particular model of camera, simply that - in this one specific area of performance - there are measurably and demonstrably better sensor technologies available. So. Is it your opinion that his 'hatred' of the 7DM2 is driving him to make false statements about dynamic range being not as good as seen on some Sony sensors...?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 00:21 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1049 comments in total)
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Sdaniella: looking forward to updates for better processing and newer PDAF of 7DMkII
still missing on 5DMkIII, 6D, 1DX

but add:

hoping Canon uses full sensor res dual-ISO (or beyond dual-ISO) without half-res line skipping to give us live realtime HDR stills and HDR video (long overdue since no mfr yet offers it*)

option for RAW RAWs, flatter profiles, not just slightly cooked peaky RAWs

*except Arri Alexa's Dual Gain Architecture (DGA) sensor wired to process two gain levels (two ISOs) instead of one from todays mfrs

Rishi's job is to test cameras, not form romantic relationships with them

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2014 at 18:06 UTC
On Sony Alpha 77 II firmware update improves AF speed article (150 comments in total)
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cgarrard: Nice! Now that's a fw update ;)

And it was pretty good to start with!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 02:14 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1049 comments in total)
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grammieb14: I have a question for the Dpreview review staff. Why did the 70D get a gold award for a percentage rate 1pt lower than the 7D with a silver award. This is kind of confusing.

we score/award based on category. So a semi-pro camera is scored against other semi-pro cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 20:54 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1049 comments in total)
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HG South Africa: In section 13 of this review - to what degree does the differences in lenses used affect the results? The 7Dii was paired with an EF 50mm f/1.4 and the D7000 was paired with Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED...
At these focal lengths, and considering the different crop factors, adjustments would have had to be made to get similar rendering in the side-by-side comparison windows.

In section 11, when comparing again to the D7000, where the Nikon is now mounted to a Nikkor 50mm lens, their is no difference under the 2 different light settings (in spite of the 7Dii not being perfectly focussed).

Anyway, DPR reviews are these days only good as a 'quick guide' on operation so that you can skip the manual, rather than a performance review. That is clear when you compare the 70D, D7100 and 7Dii Conclusions and ratings - 84% and Silver for the 7Dii..? Please.

for the purposes of illustrating dynamic range the lens is irrelevant

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 20:51 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1049 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: Is there even a Bronze award? Is there anything a camera company could do that would warrant Dpreview giving them the Bronze?

no

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 20:49 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1049 comments in total)
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Karen Casebeer: I've been looking forward to this review and it seems mostly excellent. However, I noticed the new 7D2 got an 84% and a Silver Award, but the 70D got 83%, and a Gold award. I'm not sure what the relationship is between percentage and whether a camera body gets a Silver or Gold award.

it's pretty simple. The scores are intended to be as objective as possible. The awards represent our opinion of the product. I can't imagine something getting 60% and a gold award, or 95% and no award. But there is some leeway for the reviews team to reflect those things that are unmeasurable.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 04:34 UTC
On Tamron 16-300mm Di II VC PZD real-world samples article (102 comments in total)
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Tord S Eriksson: A bit odd that some of the shots are taken with a FX camera, and some with a DX. The FX images are so much better, while the noise from the 70D is sometimes quite annoying!

all are taken on canon APS-C cameras. The noise is what you get when trying to shoot handheld at 400mm f6.3 in anything but bright sunshine :)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2014 at 04:09 UTC
On Real-world test: Nikon D750 at the Museum of Flight article (274 comments in total)
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Jogger: ... but, DPR commenters keep telling me that FF DSLRs are dead.

Huh?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2014 at 15:22 UTC
On Real-world test: Nikon D750 at the Museum of Flight article (274 comments in total)
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UncleLary: What, not text review?

Do not have the time, nor the patience for the video. Might be useful as a conclusive detail after analysis.

But not at first.

In my office we bill by the hour and every moment has value. And economically, we are the target audience for a camera like this ( or the D810 too ).

Nobody on our staff of 4,500 professionals wanted to view it either.

I only write this so that maybe you guys will go back the written reviews, with the video as augmentation. We like your tone. Approachable. Low key. Reasonable accurate-a rare thing in today's online world. We would like to continue to use DP for info. But life is short, and honestly, to many competitors that do give us the aforementioned format.

Hopefully, we will see the text back.

LG

1. This isn't the review. The text review is coming.
2. I do hope those 4500 people who don't have the time to watch a short video find the time to read a 25 page review...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2014 at 04:16 UTC
On Real-world test: Nikon D750 at the Museum of Flight article (274 comments in total)
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Apewithacamera: It's nice to see Nikon starting to catch up to Canon. Thanks for the video.

ah ok.. :)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2014 at 23:26 UTC
On Real-world test: Nikon D750 at the Museum of Flight article (274 comments in total)
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Apewithacamera: It's nice to see Nikon starting to catch up to Canon. Thanks for the video.

catching up in what respect?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2014 at 23:23 UTC
On ISO640-SAM_0535 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

it is *real* it's just very long dead, and stuffed...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 30, 2014 at 01:04 UTC as 1st comment
On Enthusiast mirrorless camera roundup (2014) article (298 comments in total)
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OneMoreComment: If the primary objective of this article, was to advertise (indirectly) Sony products, then the objective has been achieved.

P.S The main restriction when buying a product is the price, in this case the product(The GH4) is an overpriced average photo camera, the whole "2014 Enthusiast Mirrorless Camera Roundup" is at least .... unfortunate !!

please talk to the people further up the page who are arguing we are heavily biased against Sony, then let me know which we are, so I can take decisive action in one direction or the other :)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 29, 2014 at 01:24 UTC
On Real-world test: Going pro with the Samsung NX1 article (349 comments in total)
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Johannes Zander: This is a very infomativ video.
The camara is very interesting.

With what camera did you shout the underwater footage?

a Panasonic GH4

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2014 at 05:17 UTC
On Samsung NX mini Review preview (97 comments in total)
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sproket1: Well. Sorry guys but the RAW files are excellent for processing. I shoot photojournalism on occasion with it for major nyc weekly papers( not selfies) and no editor has ever complained. It is not FF RAW granted but the files are fine. The 17mm 1.8 is very sharp. For the intended marketed audience ( basically teens taking selfies for online posting) the camera is more than fine...a step up from a smartphone. It's unfair to say its not great for enthusiasts wanting manual control. Not the intended audience. Not by a long shot.

it's certainly a fair point that it isn't aimed at enthusiasts (though, importantly, this website writes for an enthusiast audience), but I think it's also pretty hard to get teenagers to buy a $450 selfie camera when they have their phones already.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 17:30 UTC
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