Simon Joinson

Simon Joinson

DPReview Administrator
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:

This is my work. My family is my life. Dedicated to keeping my baby girl alive and free from the effects of Cystic Fibrosis as long as I can. http://www.cff.org/

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On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2016 (271 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 (149 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 (149 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 (149 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 (149 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 (121 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 (121 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 (121 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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ZeneticX: I always love reading and watching interviews with Toshihisa-san. No marketing jargons or BS, just straight to the point on what consumers need to know

He's one of the good guys for sure.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 12:14 UTC
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photopro888: Looks really interesting, hoping the price is not to high!! *** in pic #5 is that Elia Locardi in the red shirt... it looks like it...

I think it was.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 00:21 UTC
On article Canon EOS 5D IV: What you need to know (181 comments in total)
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yabba dabba doo: Does DPR purchase their sample cameras or does Canon give them to them?

oh yeah i agree on that one.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2016 at 19:19 UTC
On article Canon EOS 5D IV: What you need to know (181 comments in total)
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yabba dabba doo: Does DPR purchase their sample cameras or does Canon give them to them?

Based on the number of times we have to ask for (or buy) a replacement due to some fault with the one the manufacturers sent I'm certain we don't *always* get golden samples.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2016 at 16:37 UTC
On article Canon EOS 5D IV: What you need to know (181 comments in total)
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yabba dabba doo: Does DPR purchase their sample cameras or does Canon give them to them?

@SmilerGrogan
Whilst it might be true that people are less critical of 'gifted' things, that simply isn't the case here. We are lent cameras for a set period of time, after which they go back to the manufacturer. No gifting, ever (even if they were gifted, we're not allowed to keep them per company policy). We also sometimes buy cameras at retail.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2016 at 04:07 UTC
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cbphoto123: Seriously? For a site that has earned truly the largest RESPECT, year after year for so many... I fear the direction DPR has taken, is leading to a place... where you will have to struggle to regain what you are quickly loosing.

*losing*

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2016 at 04:01 UTC
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studiopwp: That's a Canon commercial, pure and simple.

honestly, if we get accused of producing Canon commercials and (see 'rolling shutter' video) intentionally trying to destroy Canon on behalf of Sony - in the same day - we're probably doing something right!

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2016 at 17:56 UTC
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tex: As others have noted, a rather incomplete and idiosyncratic list....

@photouniverse, i wasn't being defensive, i was simply pointing out that we made no such claims. Funnily enough i just read an article called '30 albums we can’t believe turn 20 this year' - It too was an incomplete and idiosyncratic list that ignored virtually every album released in 1985, including my favorites, which I strongly believe would've been a better choice. :)

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2016 at 21:10 UTC
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tex: As others have noted, a rather incomplete and idiosyncratic list....

I'm pretty sure that the title '11 Photoshop Alternatives' doesn't imply either a 'complete' or a 'definitive' list.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2016 at 17:17 UTC
On article Rebel in your pocket: Canon EOS M3 Review (464 comments in total)
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Achiron: This is a neat review, I don't mind the timing at all. Good to know how good or bad cameras are.

The thing I don't like is that you didn't address the battery life. The CIPA rating is not really accurate. I for example use E-PL7 that is rated with 300-350? I got more than one battery, and I had the pleasure of replacing battery mid-shoot (took like 10 seconds), but I can say that up to that moment it took maybe 500 raw files and more than an hour of 1080p video. IDK how CIPA do their calculations, but I can only assume it refers to shots with flash at 100%.

My question is, in real world use, how many shots does the battery last?

Cipa numbers are not 'accurate' (because there are so many variables involved, from flash usage to ambient temps) but they are consistent and can be used to compare products reliably. Our experience is that if you don't use built in flash much and don't use live view for 5 mins between shots, you'll get way more shots than the cipa number suggests.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2016 at 21:02 UTC
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