Simon Joinson

Simon Joinson

DPReview Administrator
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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On article Pride and joy: shooting the Olympus PEN-F in Austin (285 comments in total)
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acidic: I have a catalog of film scans of out of focus gray cards taken with various film stocks. Back in the earlier days of digital, I often added real film grain to some of my images by layering on one of these scans in photoshop. The reason was that a low-ISO digital image looked way too smooth and artificial and sterile.

So I see film grain is back in fashion. Is it just a retro/hipster thing?

You are the original hipster tedolf

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2016 at 19:02 UTC
On article Pride and joy: shooting the Olympus PEN-F in Austin (285 comments in total)
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acidic: I have a catalog of film scans of out of focus gray cards taken with various film stocks. Back in the earlier days of digital, I often added real film grain to some of my images by layering on one of these scans in photoshop. The reason was that a low-ISO digital image looked way too smooth and artificial and sterile.

So I see film grain is back in fashion. Is it just a retro/hipster thing?

it's only hipster if you shoot actual film. Using a toy camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2016 at 04:22 UTC
On article Nikon's New D5 and D500 Push the Boundaries of DSLR (733 comments in total)
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Cameracist: The reflections on the headline image are somwheat messed up:-D

when i find who did that I am going to uninstall photoshop from their computer.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2016 at 17:00 UTC
On article Opinion: Pour one out for Samsung cameras (323 comments in total)
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osv: if "DPReview was there in the hope of reporting on new photography-related products", why aren't we seeing any comments from samsung about the future of their camera lineup?

why go all the way to ces and then not ask the reps a few simple questions?

You're right - in all my years of knowing and working with phil he never once gave a snide reply.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2016 at 16:40 UTC
On article Opinion: Pour one out for Samsung cameras (323 comments in total)
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osv: if "DPReview was there in the hope of reporting on new photography-related products", why aren't we seeing any comments from samsung about the future of their camera lineup?

why go all the way to ces and then not ask the reps a few simple questions?

I hadn't realized DPR was obliged to follow Reuters' financial market reporting guidelines...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 23:48 UTC
On article Opinion: Pour one out for Samsung cameras (323 comments in total)
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osv: if "DPReview was there in the hope of reporting on new photography-related products", why aren't we seeing any comments from samsung about the future of their camera lineup?

why go all the way to ces and then not ask the reps a few simple questions?

We don't have to go all the way to CES - we know these people. Surprisingly, it has actually occurred to us to ask a few simple questions about this, many times. As yet we've nothing to publish except 'no comment'....

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 21:57 UTC
On article Happy Holidays from dpreview! (119 comments in total)
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Rick Knepper: Well Simon, some of us get banned more often than others for less provocation so you'll have to understand why some folks get upset.

My main criticism about your review contents is the comparison of the subject gear to gear from other competitors or even to other models within the same manufacturer's line-up. Surely, a piece of gear can stand or fail on its own merit. Of course, some discussion of other gear is unavoidable, crop vs. FF for instance, but this can be handled generically I believe.

There is no need to insert a blurb about Sony in every non-Sony review is there?

Merry Christmas to you too

Direct link | Posted on Dec 25, 2015 at 15:42 UTC
On article Happy Holidays from dpreview! (119 comments in total)
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belle100: I love the black background / white text. Keep it that way as the default please. I beg you.

don't worry, it'll be your choice, and will be remembered. That much I can tell you (and honestly, that's about all I do know right now :) )

Direct link | Posted on Dec 25, 2015 at 02:47 UTC
On article Fujifilm Finepix F31fd Review (2 comments in total)
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luisphan: This is the best digital camera what I've had :)

I've still got mine somewhere :)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 24, 2015 at 03:25 UTC
On article In Fine Detail: Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R In-Depth Review (668 comments in total)
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Richard Franiec: Lady #1 at Kentucky Derby: what is that new camera of yours?
Lady #2 at Kentucky Derby: you don't know? This is the highest megapixel Canon, my husband told me.
#1: I see, but according to DPR review it is lacking in dynamic range. Megapixels are the thing of the past. Dynamic range is the new mantra.
#2: Digital "rage" you've said?
#1: No, dynamic. I have no clue what it is but my new Sony A7 something will beat a cr.p of your Canon.
#2: but my Canon pictures always looks better than yours.
#1: Yes, I know, but this A7 something will change everything, according to my husband. My new camera won DPR's gold medal and can even use your Canon lenses. Maybe I can borrow some of them?

Just a humble attempt on satire, that's all.

i didn't say anything about the relative performance. But i know how much work goes into our reviews, and into comparing performance, and I don't see the same rigor being applied in the camera store video blogs you cite (and it's probably best I don't talk about TN at all). I will tell you that I am still a DSLR user, not a mirrorless user, but I have no horse in this race (neither does Rishi - his 'bias' is based on our findings, not his preference for a specific brand).

Direct link | Posted on Dec 24, 2015 at 03:24 UTC
On article In Fine Detail: Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R In-Depth Review (668 comments in total)
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Richard Franiec: Lady #1 at Kentucky Derby: what is that new camera of yours?
Lady #2 at Kentucky Derby: you don't know? This is the highest megapixel Canon, my husband told me.
#1: I see, but according to DPR review it is lacking in dynamic range. Megapixels are the thing of the past. Dynamic range is the new mantra.
#2: Digital "rage" you've said?
#1: No, dynamic. I have no clue what it is but my new Sony A7 something will beat a cr.p of your Canon.
#2: but my Canon pictures always looks better than yours.
#1: Yes, I know, but this A7 something will change everything, according to my husband. My new camera won DPR's gold medal and can even use your Canon lenses. Maybe I can borrow some of them?

Just a humble attempt on satire, that's all.

Ahh yes, 'real world use'. 'Real' YouTube people taking a few shots in the 'real' world then making real, albeit unsubstantiated statements about 'real world' performance. Not like our fantasy world use... Maybe you're showing a touch of confirmation bias in citing anecdotal digitalRev-type comments to disprove the results of our extensive testing (in...guess what...the 'real world')?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 23, 2015 at 16:02 UTC
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Ivan Glisin: One thing that caught my eye is "zooming with your feet" concept, which is mentioned twice in the article but it is actually impossible thing to do. Namely, moving towards/away from the subject without changing focal length *changes* perspective and relative sizes of all objects in the frame. Unlike that, optical zooming is equivalent to cropping which *preserves* perspective and relative sizes of all objects in the frame. These are two completely different things, both are valid techniques but not interchangeable, using them require different ways of seeing and thinking and will in the end produce distinctly different results.

This should be taken into account while selecting a camera, because presence or absence of a zoom lens does not have to do with the way we walk, but with the way we see.

it's not meant to be taken literally - it's just a saying (I can remember people were saying it to me 30 years ago when I started in this industry). It's basically a euphemism for 'you can't zoom'.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 21, 2015 at 17:58 UTC
On article DPReview recommends: Best Cameras for Kids 2015 (103 comments in total)
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Teila Day: Articles like this make me gag. It's essentially saying "hey, your kid is dumb as a bag of rocks, so instead of getting your kid a camera s/he can learn shutter speed, aperture, iso relationships and change lenses, let's let them be cute and amuse us as they wallow in ignorance with their new toy..."

The best camera for kids to use are cameras like an old Pentax K1000 if they're the type of kid that wants to experiment and be surprised later after the film is developed, and old DSLR and a lens or two. Even an old used cheap view camera is an option.

This article demonstrates the same mentality that makes public schools so behind the times.. The take away here for me is that this article should demonstrate to parents that you have to take charge of your kid's life; as opposed to being directed by those who are clueless.

And so small and lightweight too! Perfect for tiny hands.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2015 at 19:22 UTC
On article DPReview recommends: Best Cameras for Kids 2015 (103 comments in total)
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Teila Day: Articles like this make me gag. It's essentially saying "hey, your kid is dumb as a bag of rocks, so instead of getting your kid a camera s/he can learn shutter speed, aperture, iso relationships and change lenses, let's let them be cute and amuse us as they wallow in ignorance with their new toy..."

The best camera for kids to use are cameras like an old Pentax K1000 if they're the type of kid that wants to experiment and be surprised later after the film is developed, and old DSLR and a lens or two. Even an old used cheap view camera is an option.

This article demonstrates the same mentality that makes public schools so behind the times.. The take away here for me is that this article should demonstrate to parents that you have to take charge of your kid's life; as opposed to being directed by those who are clueless.

I have a (very petite) just-turned-5 year old. She wants a camera, and it has to be pink and be able to shoot movies. Pretty sure she'd be pretty disappointed to get a pentax K1000 or a 5x4 view camera on xmas morning.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2015 at 00:15 UTC
On article Video: a look at the Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II (125 comments in total)
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JaeLee: UGH.... what happened to DPReview? It seems like they are loosing their touch with photography. The carious little quirks outweigh the fact that this compact, tiny camera can shoot better photos than a 5D Mark III or Nikon D750?

COME ON DP REVIEW! GET BACK TO YOUR ROOTS!

i would argue that exactly the opposite is true, and that DPR is finally, after many years, 'getting in touch with photography'. I started here in 2004 and it was all about the tech, all about the cameras, very little about the photography. But that's just me...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2015 at 21:48 UTC
On article Inching forward? Canon PowerShot G5 X review posted (384 comments in total)
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damian5000: Jeff may have a point re lens, but what most people fail to understand is that it's *moot*.

Nearly literally, it means nothing, because these differences in sharpness don't show until making big crops or pixel peeping or looking very very hard at corners and comparing the two side by side SOOC.

Very unfortunate these sad reviews of g7x and g5x. Fine, mention it, but criminal to not also put it in the appropriate light (context, not literal light). Jeff should be ashamed.

it's our job to report what we find - yours is to decide how much you care.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2015 at 02:16 UTC
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snapa: I don't think the X-A2 comes close to the IQ of the a5100 for the same price, and it's a lot smaller. The a5100 also has much faster AF, higher resolution and the video quality blows it away. I do think for the price, the X-A2 is better than any P&S, but also much larger with the kit lens.

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/image-comparison?attr18=daylight&attr13_0=fujifilm_xa2&attr13_1=sony_a5100&attr13_2=canon_eos5dmkii&attr13_3=canon_eos5dmkii&attr15_0=jpeg&attr15_1=jpeg&attr15_2=jpeg&attr15_3=jpeg&attr16_0=200&attr16_1=200&attr16_2=200&attr16_3=200&normalization=full&widget=1&x=-0.5317278232988955&y=-0.829060010621349

There is no comparison in IQ, the a5100 is simply much better, no contest.

they're exposure matched in that they are given (as near as we can get to) identical exposure. We do not use the camera's meter. I say 'as near as we can get to' since we have to make some assumptions about shutter speed / aperture accuracy and lens absorption. In the latter case i'm assured that the modern primes we use all exhibit similarly high transmission, so f-numbers are a good (and consistent) analog for T-stops, and we're confident our margin of error is within 0.3 EV. So we do what you describe, except without the 'using the same lens on them all' bit (for other reasons we don't do that).

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2015 at 17:50 UTC
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snapa: I don't think the X-A2 comes close to the IQ of the a5100 for the same price, and it's a lot smaller. The a5100 also has much faster AF, higher resolution and the video quality blows it away. I do think for the price, the X-A2 is better than any P&S, but also much larger with the kit lens.

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/image-comparison?attr18=daylight&attr13_0=fujifilm_xa2&attr13_1=sony_a5100&attr13_2=canon_eos5dmkii&attr13_3=canon_eos5dmkii&attr15_0=jpeg&attr15_1=jpeg&attr15_2=jpeg&attr15_3=jpeg&attr16_0=200&attr16_1=200&attr16_2=200&attr16_3=200&normalization=full&widget=1&x=-0.5317278232988955&y=-0.829060010621349

There is no comparison in IQ, the a5100 is simply much better, no contest.

check out our raw comparisons - these are all exposure-matched.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2015 at 17:32 UTC
On article 2015 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $1200-2000 (325 comments in total)
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darngooddesign: "It's beautifully made, with a body hewn from a single block of aluminum."

Pedantic comment of the day... the body is milled, not hewn.

Actually these bodies are fashioned from a block of aluminium by a specially trained team of ax-wielding Bavarian lumber-squirrels.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2015 at 16:40 UTC
On article 4K video: What you need to know (285 comments in total)
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eno2: It's "sponsored" but I like it.

This is the exact opposite of what you did with the "sponsored" and not very transparent Canon XC-10 articles.
Anyway, I'm glad you learn and adapt.

Best regards.

you are wrong. I guess you assume every newspaper, blog, website and TV station in the world is paid by Apple when a new iPhone is announced?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2015 at 22:30 UTC
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