Simon Joinson

Simon Joinson

DPReview Administrator
Lives in United States SEATTLE, WA, United States
Works as a Editor-in-Chief, DPReview.com
Has a website at www.dpreview.com
Joined on Jul 9, 2002
About me:

This is my work. My family is my life.

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Yxa: Is it SONY PR day to day DPR?

yeah because manufacturers are always paying us to promote decade-old products

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 17:38 UTC
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (495 comments in total)
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Irakly Shanidze: It is just too bad that nobody explained to the author that focusing with a rangefinder is faster and more reliable than AF when done right. All you have to do is to set the lens to infinity after each shot. That way, there is only one direction the focusing ring can go.

When it comes to guessing and zone focusing, the simplest and most reliable technique is positioning a standing person between horizontal frame lines and focusing on it. After that, any person of approximately the same height will be at approximately the same distance. No need to recompose.

@Irakly, as the owner of probably 30 manual focus cameras both rangefinder and SLR, i understand better than you think. But my point was simply about an autofocus SLR being faster than a rangefinder...

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 17:02 UTC
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esorensen: Never trust an article with portraits shot with wide angle lenses.

why?

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 19:18 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Our first cameras (391 comments in total)
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brianphoto: My first one that my parents let me take to science camp in 6th grade and use from then on? The Olympus XA-2. I LOVED that camera!

oh man i so wanted one of those

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 23:06 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Our first cameras (391 comments in total)
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runbei99: Ah, the DPR staffers broke in with newfangled crap!

I started with a Kodak Instamatic in 1963 - I remember a Vopo (Volkspolizei - People's Police) border guard in East Berlin who was interested in the camera and asked me about it. His partner, who resembled Brunnhilde - she was built like a truck - sneered at the camera and exclaimed, "Japanischer Kitz!" (Japanese trash).

In 1966 I borrowed my Dad's late-1930s-vintage Zeiss Ikon folding camera, as my first "serious" venture into photography. Now use a Canon 6D (not sorry).

i assumed so too :)

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 23:05 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Our first cameras (391 comments in total)
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runbei99: Ah, the DPR staffers broke in with newfangled crap!

I started with a Kodak Instamatic in 1963 - I remember a Vopo (Volkspolizei - People's Police) border guard in East Berlin who was interested in the camera and asked me about it. His partner, who resembled Brunnhilde - she was built like a truck - sneered at the camera and exclaimed, "Japanischer Kitz!" (Japanese trash).

In 1966 I borrowed my Dad's late-1930s-vintage Zeiss Ikon folding camera, as my first "serious" venture into photography. Now use a Canon 6D (not sorry).

none of us was alive in 1963... or 1966 for that matter :)

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 18:45 UTC
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (495 comments in total)
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Irakly Shanidze: It is just too bad that nobody explained to the author that focusing with a rangefinder is faster and more reliable than AF when done right. All you have to do is to set the lens to infinity after each shot. That way, there is only one direction the focusing ring can go.

When it comes to guessing and zone focusing, the simplest and most reliable technique is positioning a standing person between horizontal frame lines and focusing on it. After that, any person of approximately the same height will be at approximately the same distance. No need to recompose.

no one doubts a rangefinder will produce accurate focus, but do you really agree that focusing with a rangefinder is faster than AF?

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 16:56 UTC
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HowaboutRAW: Years ago, like at the time of the introduction of the Leica M8, I asked if they (the editors) ever planned to put files (raws) up on the website from cameras under review by the magazine.

The answer that I got from some editor didn't suggest to me that the magazine understood this internet thing real well.

username checks out

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2017 at 02:47 UTC

My condolences go out to a great group of talented people. Such a sad end to 80 amazing years.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2017 at 02:02 UTC as 165th comment | 1 reply
On article Extremely dramatic video touts Canon's CMOS technology (196 comments in total)
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Michael Engelen: Why most comments here are so negative? This is OF COURSE a commercial video showcasing Canon technologies and products. Not more and not less. What really is a bit strange (at least in my eyes) is the headline here on dpreview...that's basic tabloid language with almost no context to the video. Or did anyone see something "extremely dramatic"?

this isn't clickbait, it's clearly sarcasm

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 15:58 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2016 (270 comments in total)
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TN Args: Part 2
2. It's a sexist, 'boys-own' choice, and for that I strongly criticize DPR. Its forte is BIF and sports action, for which a minimum lens to reap the AF reward is something like the Nik 200-500 making a 3.2 kg / 7 lb package. That is not acceptable IMO and I discount macho stories of hand-holding such a combo for any length of time (and it is a minimum practical zoom for the job, many weigh much more). The occasional dedicated female staffer's willingness to tote such a weight is not an effective counter to the core seriousness of this problem. Far too many female photographers would be unable to consider this camera practical for hand-held use, and adding a tripod of the substance needed for this type of combo is actually an exacerbation, not a solution. The effective exclusion, or discounting, of the needs of female photographers (and by extension many male photographers too -- like I say, I discount macho/hero tales of strength and endurance) is sexist. It's as simple as that.

typical women's generalization ;)

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2016 at 02:42 UTC
On article Happy Holidays from DPReview (150 comments in total)
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Ravitej Khalsa: Hey there. All GenXers! Any of the oldsters that started DPR still around? The best reviews. Have followed since inception. Now with great coverage of accessories. Have recommended DPR to so many people. Keep up!

No oldsters, not at all. None.

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2016 at 00:41 UTC
On article Happy Holidays from DPReview (150 comments in total)
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princecody: How long on average does it take you guys to write a review?

about 3 weeks

Link | Posted on Dec 26, 2016 at 19:56 UTC
On article Happy Holidays from DPReview (150 comments in total)
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Rick Knepper: So, no pic of Simon? Is he still running the show?

http://toknowwearenotalone.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Im-still-here-big.jpg

Link | Posted on Dec 25, 2016 at 18:06 UTC
On article Happy Holidays from DPReview (150 comments in total)
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Rick Knepper: So, no pic of Simon? Is he still running the show?

Did you not get to the 2nd paragraph?

Link | Posted on Dec 25, 2016 at 17:19 UTC
On article 2016 Holiday Gift Guide: up to $100 (31 comments in total)
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AshMills: Do amazon sell all these things? ;-)

are you suggesting we shouldn't pick things Amazon sells? With over 480 million unique items for sale on the US site alone it's hard to avoid them.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2016 at 17:29 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Fujifilm F10 (122 comments in total)
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sportyaccordy: " In 2006 Fujifilm launched the FinePix F30, which offered even better low light performance at up to ISO 3200, and is considered by many to be one of the few ‘classics’ produced during consumer digital photography’s frenetic first decade."

I kind of wish this article were about the F30 instead.... is there a TbT about it coming?

i have one here on my desk!

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2016 at 22:24 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Fujifilm F10 (122 comments in total)
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sportyaccordy: " In 2006 Fujifilm launched the FinePix F30, which offered even better low light performance at up to ISO 3200, and is considered by many to be one of the few ‘classics’ produced during consumer digital photography’s frenetic first decade."

I kind of wish this article were about the F30 instead.... is there a TbT about it coming?

Yes

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2016 at 17:06 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Fujifilm F10 (122 comments in total)
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Alcala John: Quote ' "Fast forward to the mid-2000’s ..." - that'd be around 2500 then!

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2000s_(decade) ;)

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2016 at 15:32 UTC
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DavidsfotosDotCom: Ok, so for non GoPro users, which is better?
Tell us why this Rollei is better or why it's not. A journalist's job is to also do research!
You need to know what your talking about & not just re-post company propaganda.

It's kind of hard to tell you if it's better than a go pro without using it. This is a show report not a camera review.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 12:16 UTC
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