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 IMGP0198-ACR photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

note that this is a replacement for the image originally uploaded, which was a work in progress and not the final output. My bad.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2011 at 02:45 UTC as 2nd comment
On Just published - a quick Pentax 645D sample gallery article (132 comments in total)
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Graystar: I was expecting much better results. The noise is terrible...even visible when full image is viewed. Disappointing...

i uploaded the wrong version of that file - it was replaced soon after. The noise is simply down to lifting the shadows (and the fact it was in the wrong colour space so appeared even lighter than i intended)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2011 at 02:44 UTC
On Just published - a quick Pentax 645D sample gallery article (132 comments in total)
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Tim F 101: Image quality is nice, but I cannot take Pentax seriously until they offer a body with wood burl technology.

did i say red? I meant white, obviously.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2011 at 02:42 UTC
On Just published - a quick Pentax 645D sample gallery article (132 comments in total)
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Tim F 101: Image quality is nice, but I cannot take Pentax seriously until they offer a body with wood burl technology.

i'm waiting for it in red, then i'm in.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2011 at 01:29 UTC
On Roundup: Third-party Lenses for Enthusiasts article (169 comments in total)
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Jogger: Nokton 25 0.95 should be on that list. Its certainly interesting.

its biased towards SLR users. Where's the clip-on iPhone lenses?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2011 at 01:28 UTC
On Just published - a quick Pentax 645D sample gallery article (132 comments in total)
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Graystar: I was expecting much better results. The noise is terrible...even visible when full image is viewed. Disappointing...

honestly, i doubt most MF users will care too much about high ISo quality (and most of these files are converted from raw with little or no NR)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 16, 2011 at 23:04 UTC
On Just published - a quick Pentax 645D sample gallery article (132 comments in total)
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D1N0: want!

i must admit, after using it I kinda want, too....

Direct link | Posted on Nov 16, 2011 at 23:03 UTC
On Just Posted: Sony SLT-A65 review article (159 comments in total)
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IcyVeins: So do the gold and silver awards just relate to best VALUE? In terms of price vs performance? And the score is just looking at all the features without considering price? That's what it seems like. Except it looks like price is included in the list of things that the score is based on. I think the ratings make sense if they are done the way I am guessing, but I am not sure if that is the case. Still not sure why the A77 only got silver when it has the 2nd best score of any APS-C camera ever and costs a lot less than a 7D and K-5 and D300s did when they came out.

actually a significant part of the score is based on image quality, and a significant part of that is quantifiable.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 16, 2011 at 06:07 UTC
On Fujifilm X10 Preview Samples Gallery article (113 comments in total)
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VadymA: Slightly disappointed. I find all images way too soft to my liking. Not sure if its aggressive NR or soft lens. Widely renown sloppiness of DPR samples could be a factor as well.

'Widely renown sloppiness'?....are you saying we can't be trusted to shoot some real-world pictures with a compact camera.... really?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2011 at 07:08 UTC
On Walker Evans: Cuba article (18 comments in total)
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DonInPgh: A book review! Whoopie...

another 'why isn't this a camera review' comment from DonInPgh! whoopee doo.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 14, 2011 at 05:05 UTC
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Franka T.L.: I was checking the result on full screen mode and I am seeing most of the test being focused on the bottle of Bailey instead of the Queen. I was wondering why is there that softness, and now I no longer wonder. Its not softness, its out of focus.

BTW, put the comparison on for Sony A77, NEX-5N and Panasonic G3 and the result is rather revealing ( on RAW )

the test scene is designed so that all the areas we look at are in the same plane of focus. I'll write an article describing it in more detail, but for now here's something from the day we launched it http://www.dpreview.com/news/0910/09101404newbox.asp

Direct link | Posted on Nov 10, 2011 at 05:14 UTC
On Canon EOS C300 launch: Interview with Larry Thorpe article (11 comments in total)
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QuarterToDoom: The last two C300 news stories would seem less like dpvertisements if DP actually posted news from other manufacturers with smiliar produts on a regular basis.

How come there's no news stories about problems at Olympus? I'm mean here we have an issue that could very well kill Olympus camera division and not a peep from DP?

we have covered the Olympus story (http://www.dpreview.com/news/1110/11101815olyceostory.asp) and we have covered similar product from RED today. All our news coverage looks like advertising if you consider 'reporting the launch of a new product' to be advertising. Visiting here and complaining about this is like turning on ESPN and shouting that's it's all just advertising for sports.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 4, 2011 at 20:53 UTC
On Red Digital Cinema releases Scarlet-X article (117 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: I guess Canon paid more to get their release announced the day before?

No, Canon sent us a press release, Red didn't. We just saw this and we posted it as soon as we could. No one pays for news stories on dpreview, but some companies make more effort to get us information.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 4, 2011 at 18:42 UTC
On Video Interview: Vincent Laforet article (52 comments in total)
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FranchiseJuan: I don't feel this interview was very well done.This is a guy who is a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer who is now shooting mainly Video, but the interviewer did not expand on how the introduction of and wide adoption of HD DSLRs have changed the popular language of both video or photography in the last few years.

There was no discussion of how the ergonomics or feature-sets of cameras is being effected by the inclusion of video (as you might expect from a site firmly rooted still in in-depth review of cameras), nor anything else that a regular reader of this site might be interested in.

Instead this interview covered much of what has been covered with previous interviews with Vincent Laforet. It is great to see the site diversify content, but maybe instead of taking the IMDB approach of more is more, might it not be better to take the apple approach of carefully learning from the variety of content on the web and doing it better?

we bumped into vincent at a trade show and hastily arranged an impromptu interview in a meeting room. No prep, no agenda, just something we thought people might be interested in seeing. And yes, it's our first attempt, and yes of course we're aiming to improve and refine. But it's always nice to hear about the many and varied ways we get everything wrong ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 3, 2011 at 02:57 UTC
On Just Posted: Samsung NX200 Studio Comparison for JPEG article (108 comments in total)
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aeolos: I wish dpreview would bring back the simply noise comparison with the head/grey/black 100% crops.. that was the easiest to compare by far!

we still do it in reviews - this isn't a review

Direct link | Posted on Nov 2, 2011 at 15:55 UTC
On Just Posted: Samsung NX200 Studio Comparison for JPEG article (108 comments in total)
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CriticalI: Ouch - lots of high ISO smoothing even at 800!

yes, we're hoping to have raw files for you to see next week - should tell us a lot more.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2011 at 23:19 UTC
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digby dart: dpreview used to be a place were those interested in photography could catch up on the latest photography news and read impartial reviews of gear from a variety of manufacturers, that didn't seem to change much when Amazon bought the site some years back - however the recent push for this new Nikon system has really confirmed a change in the flavour of this site.

In short order the Nikon 1 system has been given its own forum, supported by a seemimgly endless series of articles advertising the system - articles now often followed by links to Amazon to purchase into that same system.

Most of the response to the Nikon offering has been negative, dispite this the push goes on undaunted. Disappointing.

so because the response to the initial launch was negative we should ignore a new system from one of the biggest names in photography? Did you complain about the coverage we gave to the Sony A77 around its launch? Or for that matter the NEX system or the Olympus PEN E-P1? And did you actually read/watch the (IMO very balanced) content before deciding it was 'advertising'? We've seen a ton of interest in this system and we'd be mad not to produce content to feed that interest. As for the 'support us by buying from' links - they've been there for a decade and you'll find them on every competitor site too. It helps cover the costs of producing a free-to-view website.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2011 at 16:08 UTC
On Samsung and Google unveil Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.0 article (132 comments in total)
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GeorgeZ: Wow, since when does dpr report on cell phones?
Especially the new super-high-end GN is a little disappointment camera-wise: only 5MP and no camera button. I know, 12MP isn't necessary (even if Nokia showed with the N8 it can be done well) but 5 is not a lot today. And the Galaxs S II has a very good 8MP sensor. And no real flash either....
So photography-wise I'm not so thrilled, all the rest is tops, but should not be relevant on this page.

Some software developers are proactive in sending out information, others aren't. We don't have the resources to go hunting down new releases of small plug-ins every day, so we feature those that send us press releases. I can categorically state that we do not nor would we ever, accept payment of any kind in return for running a news story.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 19, 2011 at 17:49 UTC
On Site updates: Gear List, forum articles and more article (25 comments in total)
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Absolutic: Is "Gear" list work in progress? It is missing many of cameras and lenses I've owned over the years and still do. For example it is missing venerable Fuji F10 and F30 camera (I have not checked if F11 and F31fd are on the list).

On the lens list, several discontinued lenses are missing, such as, for example, a very popular Nikon 28-105 F/3.5-4.5 AF-D, Nikon 70-210 F/4 AF, or Nikon 180mm 2.8 AF (although 180mm 2.8 AF-D is in the list). Did you guys only put lenses currently in production on the gear list?

there's a bug in the search box (which is being fixed).

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2011 at 19:32 UTC
On Site updates: Gear List, forum articles and more article (25 comments in total)
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Jeff Peterman: Please fix the "Gear" list. It is very hard to use. For example, if I type in "Can" to get to the Canon list, the items are shown in apparently random order, and there's no option to scroll down the list. Instead, I have to read everything shown, click on the next page option and look again, etc. It would be much nice if the window showing the list was sizeable, that the items were in alphabetical order and if I could select multiple items at once.

You can delete any item by putting your mouse over the name - you'll then see a little trashcan icon on the right hand side.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2011 at 19:31 UTC
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