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 posted: Canon EOS 100D / Rebel SL1 review news story (366 comments in total)
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rsf3127: According to DPREVIEW.COM, this has the same score of the SLT a-57, which is a very fine piece of equipment.
But you can find it for 350 USD nowadays instead of the 649 USD of this mini Rebel.

right... yet when we reviewed the A57 it was $700. Pretty much all cameras fall in price over time, and we tend not to review things based on what they might cost a year later.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 26, 2013 at 21:10 UTC
On Just posted: Canon EOS 100D / Rebel SL1 review news story (366 comments in total)
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Tonkotsu Ramen: meh

more interested in the Sony A58, or NEX-5R, or NEX-3N, or EOS-M

or one of the other dozens of cameras you guys haven't tested recently

ok you three, can you do a quick check with the other customers (there's about 90 million of them around the globe) and send me a list of what they want next? You see, we base our decisions partly on the feedback emails we get (which I read all of), partly on the popularity of each camera on the site, and partly by reading the forums. And the SL1 was one of the cameras getting the most requests. Which I guess is like checking with your readers, just in a way that avoids having to individually contact them to check what we should do next... :)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 26, 2013 at 16:45 UTC
On Just posted: Canon EOS 100D / Rebel SL1 review news story (366 comments in total)
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Tonkotsu Ramen: meh

more interested in the Sony A58, or NEX-5R, or NEX-3N, or EOS-M

or one of the other dozens of cameras you guys haven't tested recently

i'll make sure we check with you next time we're deciding what to review:)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 26, 2013 at 06:04 UTC
On Just Posted: Pentax WG-3 GPS Review preview (67 comments in total)
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FreedomLover: Thank you for the good review and the beautiful and helpful samples, Jeff Keller.
The girl is great.

http://www.dpreview.com/misc/about

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2013 at 22:34 UTC
On DPReview launches GearShop news story (327 comments in total)
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Matt1645f4: @ Barney Britton. i appreciate DPR intentions are to benefit its members and users, but would it of not made sense to have offered a chance to vote on this rather than just do?

Also as the store is only open to US members and to quote the DPR announcement "In celebration of the launch, GearShop customers will be able to claim up to $150 in free accessories with select camera purchases now through July 27, 2013." Will those in other countries be offered a similar promotions as and when the Store opens up in the those Countries? Otherwise your smacking 2/3rds of this sites users in the teeth.

No, it wouldn't have made sense to poll a few thousand users about a major initiative designed for millions of our visitors (and thus reveal our plans a year early) . Yes we would of course expect any launch in a new country to include a similar promotion. So that's a yes then.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2013 at 19:00 UTC
On DPReview launches GearShop news story (327 comments in total)
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MarshallG: Surprised at the negativity. I greatly appreciate DPReview. Nobody else comes close in terms of usefulness and detail. I will buy something from GearShop in order to support all of the hard work.

Simon, try to look at the criticisms as people who absolutely love your work telling you that they want to keep doing what you're doing. I agree with that; it would be terrible to see this site sell out and become a rubber stamp for corporate PR machines. Keep up the fantastic, high-integrity work.

i totally, 100% agree with this: ' ...it would be terrible to see this site sell out and become a rubber stamp for corporate PR machines...', as do all our writers (who just love writing about cameras). I see this as a totally honest proposal. No hidden 'paid content', no 'advertorials', just a store that (sort of) pays us to let it use our content and to send customers to its front door. We, at dpreview, don't care which camera you buy, as long as we've helped you make an informed decision. How long do you think this site would last if we abandoned our principles and gave everyone tainted advice? Seriously, we send a lot of customers to Amazon and we have no idea what they buy, or whether they listen to us. And to be honest we don't want to know - we just want to produce great content and create cool site features, and both cost money!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2013 at 18:25 UTC
On DPReview launches GearShop news story (327 comments in total)
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IZO100: so the reviewers are now selling cameras , dpreview is so pathetic now...

I'm saying, Wayne, that the reviewers are not now selling cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2013 at 15:36 UTC
On DPReview launches GearShop news story (327 comments in total)
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mapgraphs: The altruistic "editorial integrity" line is heartfelt I'm sure, but DPR headed down a slippery slope back when it became a part of Amazon corporate. I'm sure there is a "hands off" approach from corporate at the moment. But all things corporate change.

At the bottom of every Preview and Review is a "Buy From Amazon" section, not a "buy from these selected retailers." Amazon corporate is opening up another potential revenue stream here, that's all. Is DxO going to get a line in the "Buy From GearShop" section that's going to be added to the Buy From Amazon, and will they get a cut? Will Adobe? Nikon? Canon etc.? The line here is a little more blurry than it was a year or so ago.

The people on the inside never think the change handed down by corporate has anything to do with them. And then, only a little. Then a little more...

actually until monday there were other retailers as well as amazon (and there's still other retailers in the amazon buy box). We're replacing those (which no one ever clicked on) with GearShop links. This initiative came from INSIDE dpreview (wasn't 'handed down by corporate) and is a direct response to the challenge we face keeping DPR in business. In case you hadn't noticed our industry is facing tough times (thanks in no small part to Smartphones), and since no one will pay for content we have to find ways to keep us in the black.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2013 at 15:34 UTC
On DPReview launches GearShop news story (327 comments in total)
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Matt1645f4: @ Barney Britton. i appreciate DPR intentions are to benefit its members and users, but would it of not made sense to have offered a chance to vote on this rather than just do?

Also as the store is only open to US members and to quote the DPR announcement "In celebration of the launch, GearShop customers will be able to claim up to $150 in free accessories with select camera purchases now through July 27, 2013." Will those in other countries be offered a similar promotions as and when the Store opens up in the those Countries? Otherwise your smacking 2/3rds of this sites users in the teeth.

no, and yes..

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2013 at 15:30 UTC
On DPReview launches GearShop news story (327 comments in total)
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Octane: Kind of funny trying to make it sound like editorial and Gear Shop are separate and independent when they are run by the same upper management. Neither editorial not GS make big decisions anyways, both report to the exact same management.

I'm sure Jeff has seen it somewhere in a report. But my point was he's hardly going to be sat upstairs pulling the strings to tell us which cameras to review or what to say. DPR and GearShop represent a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the business.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2013 at 14:39 UTC
On DPReview launches GearShop news story (327 comments in total)
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C1in: might as well make it as trade platform for user here, rather than trying to open a store...

Snark all you want, but tell me what is untrue about Barney's comment.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2013 at 14:29 UTC
On DPReview launches GearShop news story (327 comments in total)
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gnewsch: What's the deal with the US shipping only? You'd think that an e-commerce giant like Amazon would have the know-how to help set up an international shop from the start. That would have been vastly more interesting than this test run in a market that is already saturated with a lot of good online shopping camera stores.

there is something of a contradiction in stating 'it's because they don't want you to get the lower price' in the same post as 'it would be more expensive to import'. There are many reasons GS doesn't offer shipping outside the US, but this isn't one of them.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2013 at 00:41 UTC
On DPReview launches GearShop news story (327 comments in total)
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Josh152: The thing about this is that what matters most isn't how objective DPR's reviews actually are, it is how objective they are perceived to be by the readers and users and frankly if the comments here are any indication DPR has a real problem on their hands. Now every positive review of a product the gear shop sells will be colored with the suspicion that it got a good score because DPR wants to sell it in their gear shop no mater how much DPR claims that isn't the case or whether it actually is or not.

time will tell, won't it?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2013 at 00:36 UTC
On DPReview launches GearShop news story (327 comments in total)
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Octane: Kind of funny trying to make it sound like editorial and Gear Shop are separate and independent when they are run by the same upper management. Neither editorial not GS make big decisions anyways, both report to the exact same management.

they are not 'run' by the same upper management. These are totally separate orgs. Go far enough up the chain and ultimately you get to the CEO (who probably doesn't even know about GearShop), but that's the only point our orgs intersect.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2013 at 00:27 UTC
On DPReview launches GearShop news story (327 comments in total)
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IZO100: so the reviewers are now selling cameras , dpreview is so pathetic now...

Are they though? Because i'm pretty sure they're not... it's almost like you didn't read anything beyond the first two lines, then rushed to hate in the comments. Which I'm sure has never happened on the interwebs before.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2013 at 20:35 UTC
On DPReview launches GearShop news story (327 comments in total)
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wetsleet: Is there not a risk of alienating adveritisers, and so finding that profits made through GearShop are offset by advertising revenue lost. After all GS will be seen to have 'privileged' status, and can only really take sales away from existing advertisers, so lowering the value of advertising on DPR.

it may surprise you to hear that some thought went into this initiative...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2013 at 20:13 UTC
On DPReview launches GearShop news story (327 comments in total)
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JonB1975: For a site that started in the UK starting this in the US only? SHAME!

make your mind up! Did it start going downhill in 2007 or 2010? And in what way (apart from not featuring sample galleries taken near where you live)?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2013 at 20:13 UTC
On DPReview launches GearShop news story (327 comments in total)
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Mr Fartleberry: OT - Objective reviews? One only needs to look at Pop Photo's farcical camera of the year to see what goes on. I'd believe DPR long before a lot of others out there.

if every visitor paid a dollar per year to visit DPR we could get 10x more writers and still keep the accountants happy!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2013 at 18:22 UTC
On DPReview launches GearShop news story (327 comments in total)
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pistachioShell: Is there an example we could see for comparison? What organization has published product reviews, and sold products, and maintained a firewall between the two? If there are good examples, then we could compare the details to build confidence going forward. If there are no examples, then DPR is trying something that no one else has ever accomplished and it will be that much harder to build confidence going forward.

i'd like to reiterate that we (as in the dpreview team) don't sell any products beyond a couple of teeshirts. GearShop is a totally separate business unit, run by a separate team, with totally separate accounting. We provide (programatically) some content for GS pages, lend our name, and traffic (via links), to the site. DPR doesn't directly get a penny from GearShop sales, but if the store does well, it will make it a lot easier for me to argue for more resources (writers) and to say no to overly disruptive advertising. This site would close tomorrow if advertisers stopped advertising. By indirectly generating revenue (by sending a small proportion of our visitors to GearShop) we actually reduce the commercial pressures on DPR, not increase them - and hopefully help build a great store too. If all our visitors paid us a dollar a year we'd make far more money than we'll ever make from advertising or selling cameras, but the internet is free, right?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2013 at 18:15 UTC
On DPReview launches GearShop news story (327 comments in total)
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Matt1645f4: Another Large nail in DPR coffin!!

that coffin must weigh a ton by now, the number of nails i've seen people talk about in the last 10 years.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2013 at 16:21 UTC
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