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 Just Posted: Pentax K-01 review article (355 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 article (355 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 article (355 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 article (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 article (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 article (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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peevee1: The whole dpreview desperately waits for in-depth reviews of D4, D800, 5D3, E-M5, K-01, X-Pro 1, NX20, X-S1... and you choose to review just another P&S first?

except if you read the story you'd see *we* didn't review it, Jeff @ dcresource did.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 27, 2012 at 14:29 UTC
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Shunda77: The new Fuji is hopeless for orb photography *worst update ever* ;)

i'm sure Instagram will offer an Orb fiter soon

Direct link | Posted on Apr 27, 2012 at 04:19 UTC
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FRANCISCO ARAGAO: Please more reviews like this.

More coming soon :)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 27, 2012 at 01:21 UTC
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IljaM: Please, if you redesign the page, change the black background of the page, after 2 minutes of reading the text on your page, I have already really serious problems with my eyes, I need to stop to read...
This is the reason why I still less and less visit your page, because I have fears that I will read something a little bit longer and my eyes are are in pain...
White text on the black background is hell!

although phenomenally more complicated for a site like DPR than your comment suggests, this is actually obvious enough that it's already in the plan. Just don't hold your breath :-)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2012 at 20:52 UTC
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CameraLabTester: I searched for Barny.

It gave back 106 results.

The first two entries were FUJI Orbs.

Doh!

.

Google we are not

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2012 at 12:11 UTC
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IljaM: Please, if you redesign the page, change the black background of the page, after 2 minutes of reading the text on your page, I have already really serious problems with my eyes, I need to stop to read...
This is the reason why I still less and less visit your page, because I have fears that I will read something a little bit longer and my eyes are are in pain...
White text on the black background is hell!

i agree with you, but last time we polled our readers (July 2011) we got 61% wanting us to leave it as it is, 20% wanting black on white. Pretty decisive.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2012 at 22:06 UTC
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SiPat: I too hate the new search -- the old one lacked a lot of parameters but I always managed to pinpoint exactly what I was searching for -- no longer.

It seems that the more effort put into improving (I use the term loosely) DPR forum the less intuitive it gets.

It's like Coca Cola trying to replace original Coke with a funny tasting raspberry version.

the old search didn't even index half our content, so I'm assuming you were lucky before :-)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2012 at 20:54 UTC
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itchhh: Constructive feedback? Rather than re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic why not focus development efforts in more practical areas? The user interface is not as intuitive as it could be. What once worked years ago and through "feature-creep" this site has become somewhat daunting for a new user to navigate. Stabilize... the back end appears to crash and have to reset on a somewhat regular basis.

Just an honest non-emotional opinion.

we're working on both these areas (stability is a lot better now, a fundamental redesign of the UI is an enormous task, but it is one we're tracking towards). A lot of the stability issues came from 'under the hood' work needed before we can start work on the UI.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2012 at 19:57 UTC
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Len Schweitzer: If you really want to improve your web site, why not render it with black type on a white background (or similar variation) to tat it can be read without strain. Your emphasis on graphics trumps visual comfort. I routinely use "Readability" to avoid eyestrain at dpr.

i agree with you, but last time we polled our readers (July 2011) we got 61% wanting us to leave it as it is, 20% wanting black on white. Pretty decisive.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2012 at 19:54 UTC
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CameraLabTester: I searched for Barny.

It gave back 106 results.

The first two entries were FUJI Orbs.

Doh!

.

what would you expect a search for 'Barny' to produce?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2012 at 17:57 UTC
On Dan Chung posts 5D Mark III vs. D800 video shootout article (203 comments in total)
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lindner: You guys should test less cameras and test those quick. Huge amounts of previews (and 'overviews' and shootouts and whatnot) in the 'recents' but very few actual reviews. Fewer but actual 'reviews' would be So Much Better.

'the yanks' took over 5 years ago, and I would be really interested to know in what respect it has 'gone downhill' since? I mean i know we've added tons of new features (inside and outside the reviews), and have hugely increased the amount of content (lens reviews, btw, came after the 'Yank takeover'), and I'm pretty sure Phil wasn't famous for his reception to criticism in the good old days. But I struggle to see how 'publish less stuff' is sensible criticism, or that by reducing considerably the amount of content published we would be in any way serving those who use the site (since the content we do publish gets lots of traffic I would suggest at least some of those people approve of what we're doing).

Direct link | Posted on Apr 6, 2012 at 21:47 UTC
On Dan Chung posts 5D Mark III vs. D800 video shootout article (203 comments in total)
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lindner: You guys should test less cameras and test those quick. Huge amounts of previews (and 'overviews' and shootouts and whatnot) in the 'recents' but very few actual reviews. Fewer but actual 'reviews' would be So Much Better.

i'd love to do reviews but I just don't have the time. And I'd like to clarify that previews DO NOT affect review productivity (since the content is part of the review the truth is quite the opposite). More importantly, in this case, we didn't do anything except post a link to a story on another site.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 5, 2012 at 01:03 UTC
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