Simon Joinson

Simon Joinson

DPReview Administrator
Lives in United States Sunnyvale, CA, United States
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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On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1441 comments in total)
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Phil Askey: Ah this so reminds me of the Konica Minolta days...

Troll :)

Link | Posted on May 8, 2018 at 14:01 UTC
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thoth22: It's tricky corporatizing everything, it doesn't always work and people grow weary.

What does that even mean?

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2018 at 14:06 UTC
On article A letter from the Publisher (332 comments in total)
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Rick Knepper: "Simon Joinson, Barney Britton, and Allison Johnson listen politely as I attempt to explain something."

Their eyes look kind of glazed over. You must have gotten too technical for them. :)

that seems very unlikely...

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2018 at 19:57 UTC
On article Season's Greetings from DPReview.com (85 comments in total)
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Ryan Hill: Wishing all the staff at DP Review a very Merry Christmas from across The Pond! Thanks for all the reviews and articles (and the humour!). Think my favourite article from 2017 was Barney's coverage of the Boeing 737 Max 9's first flight - And I wasn't in any way envious...

@Simon - Thanks to you and Phil for all your hard work in the early days, it was your site that influenced me to purchase the Olympus C-5060W as my first digital camera back in 2004 (I still have it, it still works!). I wish you every success at Amazon.

@Phil - Wishing you every continued success at DP Review - Keep up the good work! :-)

Phil left dpr 7 yrs ago ;)

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2017 at 05:10 UTC
On article Season's Greetings from DPReview.com (85 comments in total)
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Rick Knepper: Hi Simon, you'll miss banning me. Good luck to you.

i still have admin rights...

Link | Posted on Dec 25, 2017 at 18:07 UTC
On article Shooting the solar eclipse at DPReview headquarters (57 comments in total)
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dash2k8: Ah ha, now we know where your headquarters are! It's... somewhere along the path of the eclipse between Oregon and S. Carolina...

i would've thought all the shots of Seattle that we publish would be a bigger clue :)

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2017 at 04:13 UTC
On article Canon EOS 6D Mark II Review (1109 comments in total)
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rz350: Why did you even bother to review? It doesn't have the DR and iso invariance of a Sony. It wasn't made by Sony. Why did you waste your time? It was made by Canon and therefore not worthy of your time and effort. All the Sony fanboys will agree. They all want Canon to fail. According to DPR, the only camera line worthy of consideration is Sony. What will be DPR's biggest complaint when Nikon finally releases the D850with whatever attributes that it has? It isn't mirrorless.

'According to DPR, the only camera line worthy of consideration is Sony' - where did you read that? I mean our top 10 highest scoring interchangeable lens cameras of all time contains 4x Nikon, 3x Canon, 2x Sony and 1x Samsung, which kind of suggests you're wrong (and 7 of those 10 were in the last 2 yrs).

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 17:58 UTC
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Scorehound_ca: I recall not too long ago the Sony a9 had one of its tests redone because of an error by DPR staff. Again, we have all these comments based on one person's use and not real world shooting in real situations.

I think it would be best to wait until real world reviews come out from photographers using retail shipped cameras.

out of interest, how will any of that change the measurable characteristics of the sensor?

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 18:52 UTC
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Scorehound_ca: I recall not too long ago the Sony a9 had one of its tests redone because of an error by DPR staff. Again, we have all these comments based on one person's use and not real world shooting in real situations.

I think it would be best to wait until real world reviews come out from photographers using retail shipped cameras.

I would like to assure you that both our lab and the beach you see in the sample shot are in the 'real world'. Also, we are totally transparent when it comes to correcting errors, and in 14 years have only ever had to retract a couple of test results. In this case we're 100% confident as this test doesn't require micron-level focus accuracy and everything else is fully controlled.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 17:19 UTC
On article Sony's Mavica FD71 liked floppy disks, hated magnets (81 comments in total)
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PedroReina: Mac-unfriendly? Simon: may be we should blame Apple when it is not up with the industry standards. I had no trouble with the Mavica.

neither did I, nor did I say I did. Serial transfer cameras on the other hand....

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 13:46 UTC
On article Sony's Mavica FD71 liked floppy disks, hated magnets (81 comments in total)
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WastingTime: This is the first digital camera that I remember.

@DarnGoodPhotos - almost! there was a short-lived mini Zip disk format (the Clik! drive) that was used in a single camera, the Agfa ePhoto CL30 Clik

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 22:18 UTC
On article Sony's Mavica FD71 liked floppy disks, hated magnets (81 comments in total)
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davesurrey: Nice bit of close parking on the house shot Simon. ;-)

London parking :)

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 16:51 UTC
On article Sony's Mavica FD71 liked floppy disks, hated magnets (81 comments in total)
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MrBrightSide: "...proves Sony can still teach the traditional camera manufacturers"
Funny that Sony still isn't considered a "traditional" camera maker even though it has long been a dominant player in cinema and broadcast cameras as well as consumer video and still cameras.

To be fair I was quoting something I wrote in 1998

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 16:49 UTC
On article Sony's Mavica FD71 liked floppy disks, hated magnets (81 comments in total)
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stratplaya: Next week on TBT; the Sony memory stick.

Memory Stick, like SmartMedia and xD Picture Cards, is a memory I've tried to wipe...

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 16:48 UTC
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fullstop: Looks as if DPR is expanding and moving away from being. still photographers site and is becoming more diverse ".........it is the only way to survive in this day and age

i think he means me

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2017 at 23:26 UTC
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AbrasiveReducer: I gotta say, I'm amazed that Sony and Amazon's lawyers okayed a video that involves igniting magnesium, in the L.A. sewer system, no less.

'It's easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission'

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2017 at 20:16 UTC
On article Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 Review (5 comments in total)
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dprived prev: the review was made in 2008, only three comments (including this one) made?
and the other two comments are relatively new too: one made only a month ago, the other one 7 years after the review's original date! how come?

because we didn't have comments back then!

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 01:01 UTC
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Geekapoo: DPR should spend more time with camera reviews versus iterative hype. Yes, the A9 does appear revolutionary for mirrorless..but DPR seems more focused on "click bait" than a well rounded site giving thorough reviews for cameras and lenses. Methinks it's more about hyping cameras that have the greatest potential to sell (hopefully by clicking to Amazon via DPR)

@Geekapoo If we were really trying to 'hype cameras that have the *greatest potential to sell* (hopefully by clicking to Amazon via DPR)' would we really choose to concentrate on a body that costs over $4500 and can't even be bought yet?

Link | Posted on May 2, 2017 at 16:23 UTC
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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 (488 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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