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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facedodge: Who are these people taking photos? Horrible

What do you think the purpose of this quick gallery is? To give you a first look at the camera's image quality or to showcase the photographer's artistry? Is there anything in the news story above to give you a hint? This stuff is about the camera/lens, not the photographer.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 5, 2012 at 15:59 UTC
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Graystar: So DPReview is outsourcing reviews of compacts and cameras like the Pentax K-01 (outlier mirrorless, for lack of a better term) to concentrate on DSLRs, CSCs, and...cell phones??

i guess i mean that taking a few pictures with and writing a couple of pages about a truly innovative camera/sensor (on a phone) hardly constitutes a change in what we're 'concentrating on'. Compact camera reviews all but disappeared from DPR years ago (thanks to feedback from our audience and traffic trends). Outsourcing part of the review process lets us add them back in without sacrificing our ILC reviews, which we've been doing more of every year since 2001.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2012 at 03:48 UTC
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Graystar: So DPReview is outsourcing reviews of compacts and cameras like the Pentax K-01 (outlier mirrorless, for lack of a better term) to concentrate on DSLRs, CSCs, and...cell phones??

with the exception of the last 3 words, you're spot on.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2012 at 01:43 UTC
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Sam Carriere: Does anyone else think this is beyond ridiculous? Is anyone else wondering more and more how DPreview choses articles? Does anyone know a good photography site that is not dependent on advertising from the industry?

"if..companies are paying to have news stories written about them and the site doesn't clearly state that that is the case, it's a reduction of journalistic integrity and raises ethics questions."

Let me make this crystal clear. We do not, will not, have never, nor will ever accept payment to write editorial content of any type on dpreview. Yes, if we did those things without the full disclosure that we'd be legally and ethically obliged to make, it would be bad. But we don't. So your totally speculative and baseless comment is simply redundant.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2012 at 06:14 UTC
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Sam Carriere: Does anyone else think this is beyond ridiculous? Is anyone else wondering more and more how DPreview choses articles? Does anyone know a good photography site that is not dependent on advertising from the industry?

to my knowledge we've never carried advertising from Intel. Oh, and in answer to your question. No. We carry advertising because, like you I guess, our staff needs to be paid every month.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2012 at 04:50 UTC
On Technique: Digital Photo Collages article (107 comments in total)
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Zafar Kazmi: col·lage
   [kuh-lahzh, koh-] Show IPA noun, verb, col·laged, col·lag·ing.
noun
1.
a technique of composing a work of art by pasting on a single surface various materials not normally associated with one another, as newspaper clippings, parts of photographs, theater tickets, and fragments of an envelope.

What is described here is image stitching/panorama, not collage.

'What is described here is image stitching...'
Really?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2012 at 03:21 UTC
On Technique: Digital Photo Collages article (107 comments in total)
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balico: Beside an issue with memory and diskspace, I don't see any reason to reduce resolution and/or shooting jpg during the shoot.

My advise is to shoot every shot at maximum resolution and in raw in every case as resolution can be scaled down on the computer (before merging) when needed but still offers flexibility to use the larger resolution files later on.
Raw should be used at any time to give more flexibility with adjusting white-balance, highlight / shadow detail etc. As you capture a wide scene there is a big chance that the dynamic range is larger as well, which can be better taken care of with raw files.

But this isn't about merging. It would be a poor explanation of merging if it were about merging, I'll give you that. And if it were about merging it would be remiss to leave out reference for the need to allow 10-40% overlap. But it isn't about merging.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2012 at 03:14 UTC
On Just Posted: Pentax K-01 review news story (358 comments in total)
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mgm2: Can someone please explain the rating process? Example:

Canon G1X: Pros 13, Cons 14 listed as having a "relative small portable body" Score 76 (Silver)
K01: Pros 14, Cons 9 listed as being bulky" and "chunky". Score 69

Yet the Pentax has a larger sensor, better output, more features, large number of available lenses. The cameras are practically the same size and price. Does any of this make sense?

there's a difference between an explanation and an excuse

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2012 at 17:25 UTC
On Just Posted: Pentax K-01 review news story (358 comments in total)
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mgm2: That's fine, it is your rating system after all. So I guess in theory the Pentax Q could get a higher rating in image quality than the 645D even though the image quality is not as good? I am having trouble getting my hands around the less is more concept and the fact that standards for things like resolution and noise are not fixed objective standards across all ranges of cameras.

do you really think it would help someone choosing a $200 superzoom compact to see they all got 1/10 for image quality merely because of the existence of the 645D? Is it really so hard to see that if I'm buying a van to transport my extended family around it makes no difference to me how its performance compares to a Ferrari 599 GTO, only how it compares to its peers? That's how we score (and your requirement - the ability to compare apples and oranges is why we have all those comparison widgets).

Direct link | Posted on Jun 2, 2012 at 21:42 UTC
On Just Posted: Pentax K-01 review news story (358 comments in total)
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mgm2: Can someone please explain the rating process? Example:

Canon G1X: Pros 13, Cons 14 listed as having a "relative small portable body" Score 76 (Silver)
K01: Pros 14, Cons 9 listed as being bulky" and "chunky". Score 69

Yet the Pentax has a larger sensor, better output, more features, large number of available lenses. The cameras are practically the same size and price. Does any of this make sense?

You conveniently ignore the size difference if you include a lens equivalent to the G1X's 28-112mm F2.8-5.8 on the K-01. Putting aside the awards (which are our 'opinions'), scoring is 'per category' - the K-01 and G1X are in different categories.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 2, 2012 at 16:02 UTC
On Just Posted: Pentax K-01 review news story (358 comments in total)
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D1N0: The score on ergonomics and handling is too low. Sure it isn't the best, but give it some leeway, for it's off beat design. Which you are simply not used to. Also the value score is too low. The picture quality it delivers is way above par and pricing? €829 is not realistic. In Holland you van buy it voor €200 less.

Also I do not think blaming it for poor AF on old or cheap tele zooms is fair, since those behave poorly on any dslr and are not available on other system camera's anyway. You are beating it up for a drawback from a big advantage of the camera, but dismiss this advantage (K-mount almost all together) Quality glass will always deliver better AF (and there is plenty of that around from Pentax, sigma, Tamron and some other brands.) Focus peeking will also be great for MF, which is a great advantage because of the huge amount of hight quality but cheap glass from the 70's en eighties you can get for almost nothing.

living near a camera store and using a camera exclusively for a month or more are not the same thing. I am not wedded to 1970's design. As i mentioned I liked the K-01's design, which ironically look to my eye to be highly influenced by Deiter Rams' work for Braun in the 1970s. The big difference is that Rams put as much emphasis on the functionality of the product as he did on the aesthetics. The point about lenses 'not designed for it' is somewhat disingenuous since there's only one lens 'designed for' the K-01. If pentax didn't intend it to be used with K-mount lenses why didn't they introduce a new mount with a shorter flange-back distance?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 1, 2012 at 01:28 UTC
On Just Posted: Pentax K-01 review news story (358 comments in total)
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Izu: I strongly suggest DPReview staff to be less sarcastic, especially Mr. Britton: reader's complaints are much valuable because even if some of you think like "if you don't like don't read", in the end your salary depends on readership, even if we don't pay directly the "magazine" called DPReview.
C'mon guys, in your about page you say that the staff is made of 8 (eight!) editors, and you say you can't manage to publish 8 full reviews per month? 8 editors it's a huge staff, I'm in the publishing industry and I know that many magazines are made of far less editors, what's going on? You don't have the resources to make a single review per month per editor?
I mean, if we had 8 full review per month plus Jeff's reviews it would be great, but Jeff's reviews are published because 8 of you can't do what he do alone!

in what way do the scores and awards serve a commercial purpose?

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2012 at 23:29 UTC
On Just Posted: Pentax K-01 review news story (358 comments in total)
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Izu: I strongly suggest DPReview staff to be less sarcastic, especially Mr. Britton: reader's complaints are much valuable because even if some of you think like "if you don't like don't read", in the end your salary depends on readership, even if we don't pay directly the "magazine" called DPReview.
C'mon guys, in your about page you say that the staff is made of 8 (eight!) editors, and you say you can't manage to publish 8 full reviews per month? 8 editors it's a huge staff, I'm in the publishing industry and I know that many magazines are made of far less editors, what's going on? You don't have the resources to make a single review per month per editor?
I mean, if we had 8 full review per month plus Jeff's reviews it would be great, but Jeff's reviews are published because 8 of you can't do what he do alone!

we have 3 full-time camera reviewers, not 8. Most reviews involve several of our editors and take many weeks to complete. We're constantly beating ourselves up about getting more reviews out faster, and are looking at many options. Ultimately however, what we won't do is to drop our standards, and that means there's only so much faster we can do them.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2012 at 21:41 UTC
On Just Posted: Pentax K-01 review news story (358 comments in total)
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mgm2: Regardless of the rating, DPR using a DCR review is unconscionable. They can try to rationalize it all they want but it's just wrong. The end result is that there is an appearance of "two" reviews out there in the market place when there is in reality just one. It's not fair to the manufacturer or the buying public.

People complain there's not enough reviews. People complain if we try to pay for more in-house writers to produce those reviews by selling advertising (every time we increase the amount / size of ads for a day the comments switch from 'you're not doing enough' to 'here's how to block ads'). We decided to syndicate and expand on Jeff's excellent reviews to cover products that would have otherwise slipped the net. This was done for all the right reasons, and to describe it as 'unconscionable' is unfair.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2012 at 16:18 UTC
On Just Posted: Pentax K-01 review news story (358 comments in total)
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D1N0: The score on ergonomics and handling is too low. Sure it isn't the best, but give it some leeway, for it's off beat design. Which you are simply not used to. Also the value score is too low. The picture quality it delivers is way above par and pricing? €829 is not realistic. In Holland you van buy it voor €200 less.

Also I do not think blaming it for poor AF on old or cheap tele zooms is fair, since those behave poorly on any dslr and are not available on other system camera's anyway. You are beating it up for a drawback from a big advantage of the camera, but dismiss this advantage (K-mount almost all together) Quality glass will always deliver better AF (and there is plenty of that around from Pentax, sigma, Tamron and some other brands.) Focus peeking will also be great for MF, which is a great advantage because of the huge amount of hight quality but cheap glass from the 70's en eighties you can get for almost nothing.

i've used every DSLR/ILC since 1996 and the K-01 (which I confess I actually quite like the look of) has some of the worst ergonomics and most annoyingly slow autofocus I can remember. It's usable with the pancake lens but I found myself cursing it when using a zoom (and when trying to use the screen in bright light). And this is a camera I really wanted to like. If nothing else it serves to remind me why we liked the K5 so much. I do like the IQ with the 40 tho.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2012 at 16:06 UTC
On Just Posted: Pentax K-30 video preview news story (37 comments in total)
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wy2lam: Nice review, however, I still like actively reading way more than being passively force-fed a video because I can flip back and forth. Text wins, video loses.

http://www.dpreview.com/previews/pentax-k-30/

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2012 at 04:27 UTC
On Just Posted: Olympus OM-D E-M5 review news story (577 comments in total)
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nawknai: That's the worst "con" list I've ever seen on DPReview.

Just say the camera is incredible and leave it at that.

A 4 word review would certainly be a lot easier to produce. Maybe this is the answer to the constant complaints about our reviews taking too long!

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2012 at 14:56 UTC
On Just Posted: Olympus OM-D E-M5 review news story (577 comments in total)
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peevee1: @dpreview: In 2 hours this review got more comments than "Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 (Lumix DMC-TZ30)" got in 3 days! And about the same as D3200 in 2 days! Hint, hint.

so, now maybe you can see why we outsource compact camera reviews so they have negligible impact on the production of reviews such as this one. It's almost like we think about these things...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2012 at 15:37 UTC
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GeorgeZ: Jeff Keller reviewing for dpr- that's interesting.
I won't say more otherwise my post will be deleted again (very classy btw).
Suffice to say I think the guy knows his stuff and concentrates on the important things.

it was deleted because as usual you dragged the conversation off-topic, and we delete off-topic comments. Your opinions on the myriad ways we do things wrong are noted, I assure you. I just ask that you try to keep your comments relevant to the content.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 27, 2012 at 20:30 UTC
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GeorgeZ: Jeff Keller reviewing for dpr- that's interesting.
I won't say more otherwise my post will be deleted again (very classy btw).
Suffice to say I think the guy knows his stuff and concentrates on the important things.

this is your first comment on this story...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 27, 2012 at 17:13 UTC
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