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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Review preview (397 comments in total)
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SulfurousBeast: Nice, some really good stuff from the likes of Pany, Sony and Fuji , Oly who are daring to innovate. I still wonder how long the big two will keep "milking" their customers with incremental updates and not truly innovating. i am a Canon user myself, but if it was not for the investments made already over 5K and I am a hobbyist, only thing preventing me to make the switch is my own inertia, sell the curent gear put together a new system etc. but always been amazed and lured to what Sony and Panasoic is doing in this place.

BTW, good review DPR though I almost did not care if GH4 was reviewed already or not.,.so late in getting this out.

to be fair the GH1 review was done before the studio comparison widgets were introduced. For example there are 7 pages of studio comparisons in the GH1 review (compared to 1 page for the widget in the GH4). This is also true for other parts of the review. We stopped doing 30 page reviews because no one was looking at pages 2-29... we do more testing than before but try to use smarter and more concise ways of presenting our results.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2014 at 16:47 UTC
On Tune in to DPReview Live this Thursday and Friday article (236 comments in total)
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Leandros S: So when is the Ricoh interview happening? I see that there's no slot scheduled for it.

11am. Obviously, since it's Pentax, we will be playing clown music in the background and the interviewer will be slapping john with large wet fish throughout.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2014 at 15:24 UTC
On Tune in to DPReview Live this Thursday and Friday article (236 comments in total)
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Mark Banas: You've got the names of all the photographers to be interviewed, and of the industry reps expected to chatter on about their wares... but what of the all-important list of DPReview staff that will be appearing?
Will Rishi expound on his ultra-macro work?
Will Simon make an appearance in between meetings?
Will Barney stroke his facial hair thoughtfully?
Will Allison be the hand model for a 1Dx?
And what about the coffee??!!?

I might just have to tune in...

i decided this time to leave it to those that are actually good on camera :)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2014 at 18:37 UTC
On Tune in to DPReview Live this Thursday and Friday article (236 comments in total)
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ericnats73: and there's no Pentax representative because...........(cue drum roll)

we couldn't get everyone, and Pentax was represented at the last event (unlike most of the companies we've got this time).

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2014 at 04:22 UTC
On Tune in to DPReview Live this Thursday and Friday article (236 comments in total)
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jimrpdx: Bummer - Pentax missed the train. Again. Guess the others can talk about AA simulation?

Pentax had a representative at the last DPREVIEW live event.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2014 at 02:31 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T (beta) real-world samples article (103 comments in total)
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princecody: Does it focus faster than the S? Better build quality?

'fake leatherette'?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2014 at 05:42 UTC
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Rod McD: These lenses have been discussed in the last couple of days in the Fuji Forum. There's a fair bit of interest in them.
One unresolved question is why the 90mm f2 is as big as it is. SLR 90-100mm f2 lenses from the film era had filter diameters of around 52-55mm. The AF Nikon 85mm f1.8 covers FF and still only has a 62mm filter. The Fuji 90mm will also be AF, but only has to cover APSC, yet it appears to be a monster of a lens with a filter size of 72mm. Unless there's some hidden technical reason within, it appears to be a bit over the top. Where's the APSC advantage? Certainly too big for me.

And no 1:1 macro lens with a FL longer than the current 60mm?

apparently the 90mm will be 'slightly smaller' than this mockup when it goes into production

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 13:26 UTC
On Opinion: Do we really need the Fuji X30? article (305 comments in total)
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brownie314: Is this camera so bad that DPreview needed a propaganda piece on it to try and excuse it for not moving to a 1" sensor like all of its competitors?

no

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 16:33 UTC
On Samsung NX3000 real-world samples article (143 comments in total)
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G1Houston: What is the size of a RAW file from this class of camera? It used to be huge ...

they're about 27MB

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 19:11 UTC
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Michael_13: Excellent sensor and lenses, but I think the camera handling suffers from size and lack of buttons. Tried it today in a store, but would rather take GM1 (if it had proper flash management).

I've used both the mini and the GM1 extensively and whatever you think about the gm1 control system it is way way better than the nx mini. The Samsung is great for point and shoot operation but /really/ isn't designed for serious photography. I don't often swear at cameras but I swore at this one.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 2, 2014 at 02:44 UTC
On What is equivalence and why should I care? article (2062 comments in total)
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Jack Fu: Good article. However, the idea about "equivalence of total light" is wrong.

--quote--
And this means that, for the same shutter speed, F-number and ISO, the camera with the largest sensor will have more total light to measure. And, unless the large sensor is significantly worse than the smaller one, it will produce a cleaner, less noisy image. It's likely that the large sensor camera will be bigger, heavier and more expensive, but it should provide cleaner images.
--end of quote--

Let's say I take my Nikon D600 under low light, with same shutter speed, F-number and ISO, I take a picture at FX mode with 50mm 1.4, then I take another picture at DX mode with 35mm 1.4. Do you think the first one is "cleaner, less noisy"? Or, I take two pictures with 35mm 1.4, one in FX mode and one in DX mode, the one I take in FX mode would be "cleaner, less noisy"?

NO!

The key factor here is the density of pixels, and we knew it since long time ago.

In your first example, if you normalize the FX and DX shots (to the same pixel dimensions) then yes, the FX will be fractionally cleaner/less noisy. In your second example you are no longer comparing apples with apples, and to get the same framing in FX mode you would need to move significantly closer to the subject, which would reduce DOF (obviously this is less relevant when shooting at or near infinity). Again, once normalized to the same resolution the FX version would be marginally cleaner.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 16:35 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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Lab D: Richard, I hope a "not" is missing in the sentence about watching video.
"but it's too shabby at 2560 x 1440"

you can never be *too* shabby

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 02:23 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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Markol: I've been a huge fan of Jeff for many years but the final thoughts he put together destroy much of his reputation IMHO.
While I'm not at all against this camera, an enthusiast would never argue that he doesn't print large anyway so the inferior IQ is ok when going on a once in a lifetime holiday.
But amazon will be happy with the text, that's for sure.

Or maybe, just like somebody who doesn't think he speaks for every 'enthusiast' in the world when stating that he finds certain compromises acceptable when balanced against other, significant advantages (like speed, portability, versatility etc)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 23:52 UTC
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patcam7122: Did I strike a nerve, Simon? If you look at other comments here you'll see I'm certainly not alone in finding this article was a waste of space.

I didn't even say I didn't agree with you. I simply questioned your ability to make definitive statements on behalf of 'the majority of viewers on this site' (which is millions of people)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2014 at 17:08 UTC
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patcam7122: My God, is DPReview so desperate for material to fill space that it searches the globe for dull, boring nonsense like this? Instead of displaying mediocrity like this why not spend more time and space on something actually useful to the majority of viewers on this site?

I assume patcam7122 was elected to speak for everyone who visits this site when I was out of the office yesterday.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2014 at 02:14 UTC
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foto guy: Who cares? These and other cameras can shoot a decent pic at quite high ISOs. Do you think you folks could focus on something important for a change? Perhaps photography, for instance.

Ever get the feeling you just can't win?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2014 at 00:32 UTC
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lowlightSam: I think you meant to say summer DAYS are long in Seattle!

correct, and corrected; thanks!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 22, 2014 at 17:40 UTC
On Olympus Stylus SP-100EE Real-world Samples article (17 comments in total)
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Fogsprig: Yep, the detail in full resolution is more or less typical for superzoom sensor, BUT all you need is downsizing it in RAW.

It doesn't have a raw mode, unfortunately.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2014 at 14:27 UTC
On 2014 iPhone Photography Awards winners announced article (102 comments in total)
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Just another Canon shooter: I can understand the interest in cellphone photography ... but i-only photography competition is an advertising campaign. I hope that dpreview gets paid for posting those pictures.

we do not, of course.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 15, 2014 at 22:53 UTC
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Bexter: This site is going downhill with these silly articles and multiple previews.

you do realize this one is more than a little tongue in cheek, right? Not sure what you mean by 'multiple previews'...
And HowaboutRAW: site traffic is important to us, just as it always has been, even when we weren't owned by our parent company. Any commercial website that says it doesn't care about traffic either (1) is lying, (2) doesn't have any, or (3) is behind a paywall (and that's being generous because they care too).

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2014 at 17:32 UTC
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