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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On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system article (699 comments in total)
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Don10: Looks pretty but not as functional as the old layout.

we've tried hard to increase, not reduce functionality - please let us know what's been lost!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 22:07 UTC
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system article (699 comments in total)
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Doug Pardee: Is the loss of "Related Articles" in the right-hand sidebar permanent?

no that's what's technically known as an 'oversight'

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 22:06 UTC
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system article (699 comments in total)
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motobloat: Now just make flat view the default and you'll be up to date with the rest of the internet.

Seriously, is there anyone who uses threaded view and is under 50 years old? If so, are you on dial up? Be honest.

It's high time the small, but extremely vocal, minority of threaded-viewers got with the times. If they have to be dragged kicking and screaming, so be it.

Edit: Oh yeah, and PLEASE write some CSS for the WYSIWYG box so that when I quote people, I know what I'm quoting and how many levels deep each quote is. Something like

blockquote { color: red; }
blockquote blockquote { color: green; }
blockquote blockquote blockquote { color: blue; }

would return the old forum colored quoting system. I'm sure you guys know how to do that of course. Right...?

this was a bug (the quoting in the reply box not showing up) - being fixed now.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 21:55 UTC
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system article (699 comments in total)
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PC Wheeler: I always read in Flat View, never threaded. But now I find that if I look at an image, do a reply, etc. it kicks me back to Threaded view. So I have to reselect Flat view.

Can this be fixed?

Phil

yes

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 21:50 UTC
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system article (699 comments in total)
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Octane: Looks great. But everything takes about twice as much screen space now without giving you twice the amount of information. Especially the old tight and compact list of threads was great, but now is a long 'padded' list. Not sure that's really an improvement.

view mode>collapsed

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 21:37 UTC
On Coming soon: Lens Reviews to return to dpreview.com article (272 comments in total)
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Jogger: How about DXO sensor measurements as well.. e.g. instead of factory default jpgs for testing dynamic range.

We will be working with the new lab to add some sensor measurements to our camera reviews. Watch this space.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 16:32 UTC
On Coming soon: Lens Reviews to return to dpreview.com article (272 comments in total)
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EmmanuelStarchild: I'm a little confused here. Dxo pretty much slammed the Canon 70-200 2.8 IS II, while you guys gave it your 'gold' award. How exactly is the merging of your reviews going to rectify such a huge difference of opinion?

we're not merging reviews. We're using test data which we will be carefully checking and managing. If that data doesn't agree with our findings we won't just publish (in fact this process will undoubtedly improve DXO's lens tests by more readily identifying sample variation outliers).

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 04:14 UTC
On Coming soon: Lens Reviews to return to dpreview.com article (272 comments in total)
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Lee Jay: Isn't this what SLRGear already provides?

no

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 03:48 UTC
On Coming soon: Lens Reviews to return to dpreview.com article (272 comments in total)
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Lee Jay: By the way, in my opinion, lens resolution tests are all entirely invalid if they are shot through an AA filter.

In which case all our lens reviews are, in your opinion, invalid, and will continue to be so when we relaunch them.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 03:48 UTC
On Coming soon: Lens Reviews to return to dpreview.com article (272 comments in total)
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jenbenn: DXo lens test do not conform to real world experience. Just check their test of the Canon 16-35 II lens. They claim the corners at 16mm are sharper at f/2.8 than at f/5.6. Thats obviously rubbish. The lens (like most, if not all, non-diffraction limited lenses) sharpens up when stopped down. (No wonder photozone, slrgear and a dozen other test sites unanimously disagree with DOX on this point). Of course the lens doesnt get real sharp in the corners at 16mm but its sharper at f/5.6 than at f/2.8!!!

Repeated, polite request to DXO to explain their weird findings have been answered with ignorance and silence. Thus, I must conclude that DXo has not made a genuine mistake or used a bad sample but considers its measurement true and accurate. Something they obviuoly wouldnt, had they even taken the lens out of the lab and snapped a few shots or compared their results to other tests.

So please dpreview, assure that lenses are tested in the wild, on 3D subject by real photographers.

we will not publish any data we cannot verify, and we will be working with more than one copy of each lens. Andy will be working closely with DXO to ensure his findings in the field match theirs in the lab. This will improve both reviews.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 00:28 UTC
On Coming soon: Lens Reviews to return to dpreview.com article (272 comments in total)
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Scales USA: I am a bit concerned. Some of their conclusions regarding lenses just do not seem to be valid.

Like all others, they test lenses mounted to cameras, and then, only a small sample. The lens to lens variation and camera to camera variation leaves me wanting a real test of a lens. I am interested in seeing more information about their testing, but the single resolution figure for a lens on their site leavs me wondering.

I am hoping that they obtain the technology to first properly adjust a lens before testing it, as well as test a significant sampling. Otherwise, its just one data point, and not worth making a big deal out of it.

why would DXO be paying us?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 00:26 UTC
On Coming soon: Lens Reviews to return to dpreview.com article (272 comments in total)
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Scales USA: I am a bit concerned. Some of their conclusions regarding lenses just do not seem to be valid.

Like all others, they test lenses mounted to cameras, and then, only a small sample. The lens to lens variation and camera to camera variation leaves me wanting a real test of a lens. I am interested in seeing more information about their testing, but the single resolution figure for a lens on their site leavs me wondering.

I am hoping that they obtain the technology to first properly adjust a lens before testing it, as well as test a significant sampling. Otherwise, its just one data point, and not worth making a big deal out of it.

we are simply using their test data. Go look at any of our lens reviews from a couple of years ago. Now imagine them pretty much the same, but with a DXO logo on the lens test data widget. That's what to expect.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 00:05 UTC
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Jonathan F/2: I miss Phil Askey's sample shots. At least you get proper people photographs every time he took pictures of his wife/gf. What's up with these samples? Who gets a fast 70-200 2.8 equivalent lens and then goes off shooting land/cityscapes?

Dpreview, you should go check out this Korean photo site which did a much better preview on the 35-100 and a proper one at that with a real model!

http://www.popco.net/zboard/view.php?id=dica_review&no=829

why complain? - you now have both - endless shots of a 'real' model in different poses, and some city / landscapes. The internet is great like that. We never publish reviews without portraits.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2012 at 23:56 UTC
On Coming soon: Lens Reviews to return to dpreview.com article (272 comments in total)
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Absolutic: so you guys in Dpreview are buying into DXO's analysis I gather???

actually we're using their test data, which is subtly, but crucially different

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2012 at 18:40 UTC
On Coming soon: Lens Reviews to return to dpreview.com article (272 comments in total)
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hansolo82: Great news IF you don't use their mystical "DxOMark Score" and put that in the front page of your site (i.e. meaningless because using only one data point on the overall test, and that's for lenses AND sensors). Anyone who digs a bit deeper in their tests (and other's) will soon see that it takes more than one number to caracterize a lens (especially zoom) or a sensor. Take the canon 70-200mm f/2.8 I & II for reference.

That's why my No1 reference for lenses is now Roger Cicala's lensrental blog because :
1 - he tests as many copies as he can because he knows sample variation is important, even for a 50 000$ cinema lenses.

2 - tries to test at different focal length

3 - Gives the (average) resolution for the center and for an average over the entire coverage (although he should also gives the maximum and minimum he got in a batch)

Just unfortunate that he does really have the time to test everything he got (but at least seems to test everything that's new).

we will be publishing our own conclusions

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2012 at 18:25 UTC
On Coming soon: Lens Reviews to return to dpreview.com article (272 comments in total)
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Yanko Kitanov: And what about lab measurement section by DxO in the camera reviews? This will be really cancelling any bias and will be even more welcome by even more readers!

we'll be working with DXO on enhancing camera reviewing in the near future - watch this space.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2012 at 16:53 UTC
On Coming soon: Lens Reviews to return to dpreview.com article (272 comments in total)
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Dave Oddie: DPR has already outsourced some reviewing to Jeff Keller and now the lens reviews are going to be done by DXO labs.

What next for outsourcing?

actually we're not outsourcing the lens reviews, we're outsourcing some of the lab testing. We're just trying to provide our visitors with a better service - is that really so bad?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2012 at 16:53 UTC
On Coming soon: Lens Reviews to return to dpreview.com article (272 comments in total)
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Jim Yount: Does this mean that Andy is moving/has moved to Seattle? If so, welcome Andy!

(I've followed your work for some time...)

Jim

actually no, andy will remain in london.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2012 at 16:26 UTC
On Quick Review: Apple iPhone 5 article (217 comments in total)
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ChrisKramer1: I must say Apple have outdone themselves by getting their smart phone reviewed on a photography website! When can we expect to see the review of the Samsung Galaxy 3, the HTC One or the hundreds of other smart phones out there? After all, DPReview would not want to be seen giving favour to Apple would they?

Incidentally, where is the review of the Pentax K30?

well we already reviewed the Nokia 808, and are working on the Samsung G3 and HTC One. Because no, we wouldn't want to give favor to one manufacturer (we gave up caring how we were 'seen' long ago).

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2012 at 16:15 UTC
On Coming soon: Lens Reviews to return to dpreview.com article (272 comments in total)
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Renzokuken: there's a group of people who claims that dxo labs as bias. I'm not sure what this partnership will bring.

there's an even larget group who claim DPReview has bias. Maybe we'll cancel each other out

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2012 at 16:13 UTC
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