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 CP+ 2014: Canon stand report article (59 comments in total)
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Greg VdB: off-topic nitpick of the day: the mineral shown in #19 is called "fluorite", not "flourite".

/mineral collector out...

this is a different mineral. It's mined under bakery floors.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2014 at 18:20 UTC
On Fujifilm X-E2 Preview preview (454 comments in total)
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srados: Ever since DPR was purchased by Amazon, things gone south on this website. I understand that reviews take time but doing review of the newest overpriced Nikon lens should not take precedent over the camera reviews...Elon are you listening?!?

it's funny but since DPR was purchased (7 years ago) we've more than tripled the size of the editorial team and significantly increased the number of cameras reviewed year on year. We don't really review P&S models any more (which used to take a week), but we review way more large sensor / ILC models. In 2006 (the year before we were bought) we reviewed 9 SLRs (total 35 reviews/previews including compacts).

In 2013 we reviewed 26 large sensor cameras / ILCs (out of a total of 112 cameras, lenses and (1) printers reviewed, previewed or group tested). I joined back in 2004 and remember being told regularly then that the site was going downhill. For some people it has literally been downhill all the way :)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2014 at 01:18 UTC
On Readers' Choice: Best Gear of 2013 Awards article (210 comments in total)
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itsmeavi: No love left at dpreview for Canon and Nikon :P

@BorisAkunin you might expect that, but you'd be wrong. The profit margin is decided by the retailer, is essentially the same for all cameras, and is razor-thin.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2014 at 18:07 UTC
On Readers' Choice: Best Gear of 2013 Awards article (210 comments in total)
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drummercam: Snippets: "I am glad that the value of Pentax is finally recognized. Now let's review it."

"So now the K3 has officially won the dslr section, can DPR finally spare a reviewer?"

Even in announcing that the Pentax K-3 won the poll, DPR could not resist pointing out that K-50 and K-500 "got no love." One might have expected that in the short three or four sentences spared for these announcements, that all the sentences would have been devoted to winning item. In adding the unnecessary smack-down of the K-50/K-500, DP Review simply further exposes their bias against the Giant Killer, Pentax. They just don't want the giants slain.

As for their upcoming review of the K-3, it can add nothing to what actual users of the K-3 already have discovered for themselves; namely, the reasons why it won this poll so convincingly (and please don't tell me that Pentax has more gearheads and fanboys that Canikon). DPR has already missed on this one.

I assume that you'll be taking out our Platinum membership to pay for all these people I'm supposed to hire.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2014 at 18:00 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1600 comments in total)
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SDF: Are we still going to get an A7R review or this is it?

touche... though i don't remember ever promising to post a D4 review at any time, soon or not.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 15:36 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1600 comments in total)
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SDF: Are we still going to get an A7R review or this is it?

i don't think 'forever' means what you think it does

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 06:06 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1600 comments in total)
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plasnu: Dpreview should publish the reviewer's name.

up at the top, where it says 'by' ?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2014 at 20:16 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1600 comments in total)
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luigibozi: DPR, which camera had ~40% clicks before Sony A7? Just curious.

we don't declare a camera of the year unless we've fully tested it. Not wanting to slight PopPhoto, but it is my understanding that they declared the A7r the camera of the year when they'd had it for a few days, and had not performed a full review. We will consider it for 2014. I find it hard to believe that you have any evidence to back up your suggestion that the majority of the hundreds of magazine and thousands of web reviewers declared the A7/A7R 'camera of the year' (not least because that's two cameras).

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2014 at 19:53 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1600 comments in total)
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luigibozi: DPR, which camera had ~40% clicks before Sony A7? Just curious.

I've not counted but I've read em all and would say the A7 defenders are in the vast majority in these comments. Not much sony bashing here. .

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2014 at 15:12 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1600 comments in total)
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Heaven is for real: Out of the 1100 comments, I can count how many agreed with the review because probably they never tried the camera, never owned this camera or hate Sony in general. On the other hand, probably close to 95% A7 owners disapprove of the findings by DP in regards to JPG quality. How could 95% be so wrong or maybe DP is wrong? It is like majority of scientists believe global warming is man made and a few it is not!

1) I love cameras, and i love photography. I have a fondness for many models, and I know some brands do certain things better, but none have my blind loyalty. And I do not 'love' or 'hate' any camera manufacturer. I've been working, independently, in this industry for well over half my life, and i've been lucky that I always had access to any camera I wanted. I own many cameras, some 100 years + old, some new, and have owned scores more. All the brands make some great, some good and a few terrible cameras. To suggest anyone that doesn't agree with your opinion is a 'Sony hater' is simply childish.
2) The S5 Pro review was almost 6 yrs ago, when storage was expensive. The complaint was valid (you can compress raw files losslessly)
3) The RX100 II is not perfect, but it got a high score, a silver award and was described as 'best in class'. It got our 'enthusiast compact of the year' award. I also own a Fuji X100, which is also far from perfect. Your point scoring is missing the point.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2014 at 02:33 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1600 comments in total)
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Heaven is for real: Out of the 1100 comments, I can count how many agreed with the review because probably they never tried the camera, never owned this camera or hate Sony in general. On the other hand, probably close to 95% A7 owners disapprove of the findings by DP in regards to JPG quality. How could 95% be so wrong or maybe DP is wrong? It is like majority of scientists believe global warming is man made and a few it is not!

I would certainly make sense those who agree with the conclusion are uninformed 'Sony haters', whereas those folks who spent the best part of two grand on this camera or are heavily invested in Sony are totally nonpartisan. I used the camera, agreed with the review conclusions and yet I just ordered an RX100 II and use several NEX models regularly. I don't love or hate Sony, mainly because I struggle to form an emotional bond with a giant multinational conglomerate corporation, even if they make some great products.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2014 at 01:33 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1600 comments in total)
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Jonath: This is honestly not a cynical comment and is aimed more at Sony than DP, but I recall that Sony restricted sale of the A7 and particularly the A7r to its own store and selected retailers which didn't include Amazon for several months, certainly in the UK. Will the next version be sold through Amazon from launch in future? Will be interesting to see...

I'm pretty sure it was available from Amazon in the US from day one.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2014 at 23:34 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1600 comments in total)
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fahfah: If this doesn't convince you that DP has a ridiculous bias AGAINST Sony, nothing will.

and yet we named the RX100 as Best high-end pocketable compact, the RX100 II as Best enthusiast compact camera a couple of months ago

Of the 32 Gold awards we've ever given, Sony is in second position:

Canon 8
Sony 7
Nikon 5
Olympus 3
Pentax 3
Panasonic 3
Fujifilm 3
Ricoh 1

Sony is also tied for number 2 (with Nikon) in the Silver Award leaderboard, at 14, (Canon has 17).

Explain to me exactly how the decision to give this particular camera a silver award shows evidence ridiculous bias?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2014 at 17:03 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1600 comments in total)
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Max Savin: I have had mine for a month now. Of the 15 "CONS" listed in the review, only the slow start up has any meaning for me. All of my systems lenses can be used on this body. My large dslrs and M8 have been unused since it's arrival and I am considering an A7r for back up or primary body.

for 15 years we have been listing the good points and the bad points in as much detail as possible in order for readers to make an informed decision. The cons listed do not, of course, have equal weight. Does 'fiddly battery cover' carry as much weight as 'worst in class image quality'? Of course not. We list everything we find and it's up to you to decide if it matters. If you only shoot raw you can ignore all comments on JPEGs, for example. If you only shoot manual exposure you don't need to worry about comments about auto modes. We have a large, broad audience, and we try to offer as much information for everyone as we can. We also offer a lot of context to our criticisms, including here, where we are at pains to point out that these are not big issues, can in part be mitigated by changing default settings, and will not be relevant to most users.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2014 at 03:12 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1600 comments in total)
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Sam147: Are these reviewers having a laugh? Why would you buy such a camera if you are going to re edit the jpeg files and save them again? Thats how you judge a camera of this class? Baffling

"The processor Sony seems to work with very efficient algorithms, superb control of noise and minimal loss of detail, much better than Nikon in this respect, increasing the sense of sharpness and overall contrast." - Photomagazine

Gordon Laing: “…the out-of-camera JPEGs from the A7 looked superior to the 5D3, at lower sensitivities anyway. In the 20-24 Megapixel class, I’d say the A7 is an excellent performer.”

Imaging Resource is even more emphatic: “Sony seems to have finally gotten a handle on their in-camera JPEG processing, to the extent that they now lead the field, in our estimation.”

just to be clear harold1968, you are suggesting that we are lying to our readers and probably breaking US laws? I'm sure the FTC would be very interested if you're right. Although if you are right, the guy further down the page who says we gave it an award because we want to sell more must be wrong... or maybe you're both right and it's a huge double-bluff!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 07:19 UTC
On Reminder: Vote now for your product of 2013 article (64 comments in total)
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timo: Boring.

'Clickbait', as someone said in another post.

And perhaps a desperate ploy to get Canon or Nikon back in the headlines ...

By publishing a poll that doesn't mention them? That's not desperate that's almost surrealistically subtle.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 18, 2014 at 17:42 UTC
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peevee1: Looks like DPR staff is on vacations again, and old pre-prepared content is being gradually released to keep appearance of an active site.

erm, no.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2014 at 20:56 UTC
On Integrating the MacBook Air into a pro workflow article (353 comments in total)
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Frank C.: I wish DPR would spend more time reviewing cameras and lenses rather than worry about satisfying/plugging their sponsors, I miss the DPR of old with Phil Askey running the site... oh well I

i'm sure the 15 minutes spent looking at it will be recovered somehow.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2014 at 03:23 UTC
On Integrating the MacBook Air into a pro workflow article (353 comments in total)
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SergioSpain: Yet more free advertising for Apple, and they need it cause let's face it, they're a poor struggling company.

*Given this the only laptop review on DPR, done in a non-systematic way, and there are no plans to test any others.. then, yes, this screams advertorial. Its certainly generating a lot of click revenue.* - Jogger, this isn't a review, it's an article about travel photography workflow... and why is it a bad thing if content gets lots of interest / traffic? For us that's a good thing, though obviously only content that no one reads has any integrity. Finally, I'll say it again. Ethically, legally and by our own corporate policies, paid content (which we don't run) advertorials have to be clearly and prominently marked as such. Now either you genuinely believe us to be dishonest liars, or you're just making trouble. Which is it?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2014 at 01:46 UTC
On Integrating the MacBook Air into a pro workflow article (353 comments in total)
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Frank C.: I wish DPR would spend more time reviewing cameras and lenses rather than worry about satisfying/plugging their sponsors, I miss the DPR of old with Phil Askey running the site... oh well I

well, we review a lot more cameras / lenses than in the 'good old days', we haven't had a penny in advertising from Apple since the days when Phil owned the site and this was written by a freelancer, thus had no effect on our core content. But yeah, you're right.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2014 at 01:41 UTC
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