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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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
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.

OK message heard! I presume you speak for everyone here? Great! Cutting most of the content will sure make our lives easier! By not posting this we could've saved several minutes of the news editor's time. Not that he does reviews of course...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 4, 2012 at 23:54 UTC
On Facebook adds higher resolution photo viewing article (70 comments in total)
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ninjawil: Great.

How about some more camera reviews?

i know! in the time it took our news editor to post this small story i'm sure he could've produced at least one 20 page review!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2012 at 16:37 UTC
On dpreview.com gets mobile article (110 comments in total)
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Baseman: You forgot to add the ability to let us sign in and participate. It's one thing to view the site, it's another to submit feedback. Digital Preview people, I know you recognize the need for the mobile site due to everyone being so mobile. Sure is a big oversight to also overlook everyone's ability to input while mobile as well ;-)

oversight? To quote the news story above: ' Forums and commenting support will come in later versions.'

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2012 at 04:18 UTC
On dpreview.com gets mobile article (110 comments in total)
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Lynn David Cole: Your development staff has a lot of work ahead before you should start bragging about your new mobile site. Personally I would rather that you develop a decent application for the Android platform.

It is very difficult to navigate the forums as it stands now.

Please keep trying. I know you will eventually get it worked out.

we haven't touched the forums yet. We're working on it.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2012 at 06:26 UTC
On dpreview.com gets mobile article (110 comments in total)
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Gazeomon: It was a lot quicker for me to navigate 'my stuff' on the old version. I don't get the point of THIS mobile edition. It may work for some who just scan headlines and enjoy advertising. Everybody else has to dig menus now. What a cr@p!

and yet it carries no advertising. Unlike the desktop site.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2012 at 06:25 UTC
On Uploading your avatar article (100 comments in total)
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jafo818: Not that we are owed an explanation, but why did you decide to host your own avatars?

we got daily complaints about gravatar (not working, being over-complicated, requiring another log-in) so we put 'host our own avatars' on the long list of minor fixes. It took 2 years to find its way to the top of that list ;)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 29, 2012 at 19:17 UTC
On Book Review: Vivian Maier, Street Photographer article (150 comments in total)
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Liberty555: I'm sorry - I like this site and am a die hard DPREVIEW fan-boy, but how on Earth is that considered a "Book Review"?

in what way could it not be considered a book review? Were you expecting graphs and charts?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2012 at 15:58 UTC
On Just Posted: Canon G1 X studio test samples article (220 comments in total)
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Aaron MC: It appears to be dead. I can't get it to load.

just fyi we've had to temporarily add most url shortners to our banned word list after spending way too much time fighting orchestrated spammers.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2012 at 04:47 UTC
On DPReview is looking for a Mobile Imaging Editor article (35 comments in total)
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Peiasdf: Not many people are buying cellphone based on camera. iPhone user will just but a new iPhone and anti-Apple people will just buy the closest thing to iPhone from their favorite carrier. Camera are usually not the deciding factor and most often the it phone is the same across carriers until the next it phone hits a few months later.

Ah ok. You've obviously put more thought into this than we have...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2012 at 04:44 UTC
On Preview:olympusEM5 (1364 comments in total)
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Bob Meyer: Why in God's name are you comparing this to the G3? It's natural competitor is the GH2, not the G3, in spite of the fact that they share (probably) the same sensor. The OMD and GH2 are both the top models in their respective lines, they both have lots of external controls (the GH2 ever more than the OMD, it would seem).

It looks like a nice camera, but I have to wonder what's happened to DPR. You guys are looking less and less knowledgeable with every preview and review you publish.

Erm. This is a physical (size and design) comparison in a preview. The OMD in fact uses the g3 sensor, not the gh2, and not only are the g3 and gh2 more or less the same size and shape, but the g3 is a lot more current. Wow, comments about our declining standards sure ain't what they used to be.

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 at 14:54 UTC
On Just Posted: Nikon 1 V1 and J1 review article (442 comments in total)
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Michael Klein: One last comment...is it just me or do those samples on the review...look like an amateur took them...and really washed out...could they make them any worse looking? The pics directly from the V1 look much better than that...and with a slight PP..they look amazing....come on dpreview....whats up with that?

we never PP out of camera JPEGs in our galleries. Why would me make an exception, after 13 years, for this camera?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2012 at 17:31 UTC
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avgcitizen: Is this DPReview's new ISO test subject?

Where's the variety? Where is fine text and smooth gradients to evaluate for noise reduction tricks at high ISO?

This French site has a better test target: http://www.focus-numerique.com/test-1354/compact-canon-g1-x-powershot-bruit-electronique-12.html

How about a DPReview Challenge for best test scene?! Winner gets used in all reviews!

(It does look like Canon has succeeded in beating the Four-Thirds competition for IQ, but not the larger NEX-5)

No

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2012 at 16:15 UTC
On Scores and ratings article (6 comments in total)
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widick: I am still unclear about the basis on which gold and silver awards are made. If they are not based on the numerical rating, what are they based on, purely subjective preference? Is a camera which recieives a gold award better than a camera which receives a higher numerical rating? I am still confused.

they are subjective, and in our opinion, yes a camera with a gold award would be better than one without.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 31, 2011 at 21:05 UTC
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