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The entire team at dpreview would like to wish all our readers Happy Holidays, Season's Greetings, Merry Christmas or whatever you say in your part of the world. As we celebrate our 14th anniversary we're thrilled what we've achieved in 2012 and are looking forward to another exciting year in 2013, with even more new features in the pipeline, even more of the high quality content that made this site what it is today, and some exciting new additions to the team. Whatever you're doing today, enjoy yourselves and thank you for being a part of dpreview.com!
Maybe it was the delays wrought by the devastating earthquake in Japan and flooding in Thailand, maybe it was because it's a Photokina year, maybe it's just that product cycles are getting more and more stretched. But whatever the reason, the result was that 2012 was a bumper year for new products in the enthusiast photography world. I can't remember a year where we saw quite so many products that we could genuinely get excited about, and get excited about being able to tell you about. And all this despite the photographic industry continuing to struggle with the challenges of a declining market, poor economy and increasing pressure from the smart phone on the point and shoot sector.
Here at dpreview.com we've had an incredibly busy year, trying to keep up with the deluge of exciting product to cover, launching a completely new site, relaunching lens reviews and completely overhauling the forums software. And of course a lot more work under the hood and behind the scenes - work that you may never see, but that will ensure that dpreview keeps going for another 14 years, and more.
As a result of some of the initiatives launched this year (and some coming next year) we've been able to add to our editorial team for the first time since 2010, and are incredibly excited to have Shawn Barnett (until recently Senior Editor with our friends Imaging Resource) and Jeff Keller (founder of dcresource.com) joining our reviews team in the new year (more on that soon). We will continue to invest in high quality content for as long as we can afford to, and I am 100% confident the new recruits will allow our over-worked (and often under-appreciated) editorial team to make dpreview.com an even more indispensable resource for the photographer in 2013.
I was going to write a lot more but it's 10pm on Christmas Eve and I have gifts to wrap. So, until we return to normal operations on Jan 2nd (just in time to haul our collective asses to CES in Vegas) let me wish you a peaceful, happy holidays.