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:

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On Nikon D750 Review preview (422 comments in total)
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ThePhilips: Considering the cons, hardly a gold medal material.

Or other FF cameras are even worse in the aspects?

i lose track. Is DPR currently in Canon's pocket or are we biased towards Nikon? I know that for many years (when Canon had the edge over Nikon technology-wise) we were Canon biased. Now apparently we've always been Nikon biased. I wonder what changed?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2014 at 19:15 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1111 comments in total)
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Peet van den Berg: I have now read the review for the 6th time from start to finish plus all the comments. My emotion: disappointed! In the camera? NO! You will have to tear it from my stone cold dead hands to get it from me. (And I only have it for 3 weeks now) My disappointment stems from what I perceive as flawed (or even biased) arguments and apportioning weight to the lack of or the abundance of features in the 7d2 by the reviewers. More so the explanations by the reviewers in the comments section strengthens my conclusions about this. Especially Simon's take on iTR. Why say it's a "pro tool" and then mark it down because it is a complex machine relative to e.g. Nikon's offering (3D with less customisation)

I have put a lot of trust in DP Review's reviews of cameras in the past.

I do not any more.

It wasn't marked down because it's *complex*, it was marked down because, unlike 3DAF, it *needs* all those options to allow you to to deal with a wide range of shooting scenarios. It was also marked down because it doesn't work as well (yet).

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2014 at 18:14 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (422 comments in total)
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jonrobertp: Dpr continues to slide downhill with its ratings. Credibility? Keep looking.

i noticed something kind of like a pattern developing in your comments. When we gave the Canon 70D (your camera) a gold award you congratulated us - 'love the review...like the cam a lot...' But when we chose not to include the Canon G7X in a recent roundup you commented that it showed our 'Credibility diminished.'

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2014 at 05:29 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (422 comments in total)
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Valiant Thor: Amazing - another incrementally updated DSLR camera!

Nikon: how about a nicely designed compact mirrorless that looks like the Df and is compatible with micro four-thirds lenses. Then we be talkin'! Maybe a cross between the Sony A7 and the Olympus E-M1 with a little GH4 video mojo thrown in.

i think you might be waiting a long time for a Nikon with a MFT mount...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2014 at 04:25 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1111 comments in total)
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Peet van den Berg: "iTR struggles to accurately track moving subjects, especially fast ones" I have found exactly the opposite - its fast and spot on in half a heartbeat! Are the reviewers used to taking BIF pictures? Love this beast already!

Well we *do* know that the Nikon system works better (incidentally so does the 1DX) and you don't have to 'customize' it according to subject matter. We've been testing these systems extensively for a couple of months. Side by side. From low light portraits to high speed sports. The 7DII has an amazing AF system, but iTR is first generation, whereas Nikon has been doing 3D focus tracking for quite some time. As with all these things, we're talking pretty small differences, and taken as a whole these are all amazing photographic tools with slightly different balance of strengths and weaknesses. Brand fans might not want to hear it, but no manufacturer gets everything right.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2014 at 01:39 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1111 comments in total)
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Peet van den Berg: "iTR struggles to accurately track moving subjects, especially fast ones" I have found exactly the opposite - its fast and spot on in half a heartbeat! Are the reviewers used to taking BIF pictures? Love this beast already!

I didn't say you could uncouple them - iTR *is* tracking (that's what the T stands for). Canon does not claim iTR predicts movement but that it uses scene analysis to follow a subject as it moves around in the frame (and is tailored for colors and faces). iTR is about which focus point is used, nothing else. Look at canon's own example here http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/slr_cameras/eos_7d_mark_ii#Features - it's a dancer moving around the frame. iTR is pointless if you do manage to keep the subject exactly in the same position in the frame thanks to your ninja panning skills. The whole point is that as the subject moves around the frame the camera can keep track of where the point you originally focused on is. And the 1DX does it a lot better. As does the D750. A question for you: the Nikon D750 has way fewer (customization) options for its 3D tracking than the 7D2. Does that make the 7D2 better?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2014 at 23:20 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1111 comments in total)
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Peet van den Berg: "iTR struggles to accurately track moving subjects, especially fast ones" I have found exactly the opposite - its fast and spot on in half a heartbeat! Are the reviewers used to taking BIF pictures? Love this beast already!

according to Canon: 'The EOS 7D Mark II's iTR AF focusing system uses colour and face information to recognise and track subjects as they move around the frame'. And yes, the reviewers tested this system side by side with the 1DX and other cameras in a wide variety of shooting situations. We will be publishing more soon. Our comments are about iTR, not predictive AF.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2014 at 22:35 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1111 comments in total)
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Peet van den Berg: "iTR struggles to accurately track moving subjects, especially fast ones" I have found exactly the opposite - its fast and spot on in half a heartbeat! Are the reviewers used to taking BIF pictures? Love this beast already!

i'm sorry i really don't understand what you are trying to say or how exactly we are abusing a system that's supposed to be able to deal with exactly this kind of situation. What exactly is the difference to a tracking / scene recognition system between a moving subject and static camera and a static subject with a moving camera?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2014 at 19:31 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1111 comments in total)
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Peet van den Berg: "iTR struggles to accurately track moving subjects, especially fast ones" I have found exactly the opposite - its fast and spot on in half a heartbeat! Are the reviewers used to taking BIF pictures? Love this beast already!

1. It's not a test it's an illustration of our findings in the field
2. Have you ever photographed people using a very wide aperture? They tend to move, making it challenging to nail the focus on the eye. This is no different to the illustration we used.
3. Other cameras such as the nikon d750 and canon's own 1dx do this a lot better.
Not all challenging AF situations involve flying birds or sports... Ask any wedding photographer, or anyone photographing young kids.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2014 at 17:08 UTC
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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 (1111 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 (153 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 (1111 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 (1111 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 (1111 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 (153 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 (1111 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 (1111 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 (1111 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 (1111 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
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