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.

Comments

Total: 853, showing: 41 – 60
« First‹ Previous12345Next ›Last »
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2661 comments in total)
In reply to:

Al wants a bagel: I think people are still angry after the debacle that was the pixel shift test. And I don't know why pixel shift is a con in the first place. That's like saying all Fuji cameras are bad because raw developers for X-Trans are still wildly inconsistent, and in some cases, not supported. And it's uses are limited, that is clear, but isn't that something that should be a plus? That they offer pixel shift should be a bonus, not derided as a feature that cannot be used in some cases.

Deriding the menu system and AF points selection? That is awfully subjective. I've found that over time, those have become second nature, and with so many features available at the press of an actual button, easily I find this camera to be more user friendly compared to my D750. And yes, there are many useful features in this camera not available on the D750. Like the outdoor view button, that button has become invaluable for outdoor shooting in my experience. So is having a dedicated GPS and WIFI button also.

who said that pixel shift is a con? We certainly didn't. We did point out its limitations, but we think that's probably useful for people who are considering buying it based on this feature.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 00:55 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2661 comments in total)
In reply to:

BNapa: It is ironic, I agree with most of the findings of DPReview in general. Perhaps they are correct in most of their assertions. However, there is such a thing as filed testing and shooting in real life situations. When it comes to that K1 delivers with flying colors.

I own the K1. The images it produces are stunning. I have owned Canons for 12 years and shot plenty of Nikon bodies. Nikon has the edge in autofocus and tracking. I will not dispute that. Both Canon and Nikon offer plenty of bodies and lenses for every need. But $1,800 for a body the caliber of the K1... nobody touches that.

all reviews take about 4 weeks of actual work, sometimes more (especially if we hit problems). We try to get those 4 weeks to be consecutive, but it doesn't always happen, meaning reviews get delayed, but the total amount of work in them doesn't vary a great deal.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 01:23 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2661 comments in total)
In reply to:

Class A: Imaging resource write about the K-1:

"Autofocus performance was swift, comparing well with the Pentax K-3 II in my informal, real-world testing. (And our lab testing likewise found autofocus performance to be a strength of the Pentax K-1.)"

I own the K-1.

It is worth its weight in GOLD.

to be fair I didn't dismiss IR's review as 'swift'. Nor did i suggest that the bike test was a lab test (it's actually an illustration of our findings - we spend a lot of time with these cameras). I did point out that the rest of the COMMENT was purely anecdotal...

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 01:20 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2661 comments in total)
In reply to:

kalpeshmodi: Its disappointing to see that reviewer's at DPREVIEW were unable to maintain focus on person riding bike and resulting in blurry out-of-focus pics, There are plenty of pictures on Pentax forum from actual K-1 owners here at DPREVIEW getting excellent results shooting variety of action sports.
It is easy to blame on equipment than honning skill to use the equipment with proper skill set.

rule #1 is actually: 'Reviewers are always right when they say nice things about my camera and always wrong when they don't'

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 00:33 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2661 comments in total)
In reply to:

BNapa: It is ironic, I agree with most of the findings of DPReview in general. Perhaps they are correct in most of their assertions. However, there is such a thing as filed testing and shooting in real life situations. When it comes to that K1 delivers with flying colors.

I own the K1. The images it produces are stunning. I have owned Canons for 12 years and shot plenty of Nikon bodies. Nikon has the edge in autofocus and tracking. I will not dispute that. Both Canon and Nikon offer plenty of bodies and lenses for every need. But $1,800 for a body the caliber of the K1... nobody touches that.

slide duplicator, box of t-mounts. Works a treat.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 00:32 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2661 comments in total)
In reply to:

BNapa: It is ironic, I agree with most of the findings of DPReview in general. Perhaps they are correct in most of their assertions. However, there is such a thing as filed testing and shooting in real life situations. When it comes to that K1 delivers with flying colors.

I own the K1. The images it produces are stunning. I have owned Canons for 12 years and shot plenty of Nikon bodies. Nikon has the edge in autofocus and tracking. I will not dispute that. Both Canon and Nikon offer plenty of bodies and lenses for every need. But $1,800 for a body the caliber of the K1... nobody touches that.

what makes you think we didn't use do field testing or shooting in real life situations? Where do you think all the gallery images come from? Why do you think these reviews take so long?

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 00:11 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2661 comments in total)
In reply to:

Leandros S: Which other camera system have you ever performed the bicycle test with?

we would love to but we've been reviewing cameras for 17 years, and re-testing of older models is unfortunately something we can't afford to do, though we do have done so. The reviews are, as they always have been, designed to show the performance of a camera in relation to its current competitors, and in that respect the K1 falls a little short. Of course the 5D3 and D600 would probably fall short too, but the D600 is 2 generations old, and the 5D3 was dinged for AF too, just using a different test setup. let's see what the 5D4 does, if - and when - it appears!

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 00:08 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2661 comments in total)
In reply to:

Leandros S: Which other camera system have you ever performed the bicycle test with?

so we should never add to or improve the testing we do on cameras? I mean there's been a lot of changes over the years.... Also, those cameras are 3-4 years old, and the two that matter (the FF SLRs) were both dinged for AF (and tested - we just hadn't standardized the test at that point)...

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 23:31 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2661 comments in total)
In reply to:

ttran88: The Samsung NX1 got 87% with a Gold award and it still failed. Cheer up pentaxian you have a great camera and any K mount shooter already knows it and doesn't need dpr's approval.

from the very last sentence of the review: 'the K-1 is well suited to serve enthusiast, landscape, still life and some studio photographers with outstanding image quality and a number of fantastic features that simply can't be matched at this price point' - doesn't sound like it needs our approval because it already has it.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 23:28 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2661 comments in total)
In reply to:

Class A: Imaging resource write about the K-1:

"Autofocus performance was swift, comparing well with the Pentax K-3 II in my informal, real-world testing. (And our lab testing likewise found autofocus performance to be a strength of the Pentax K-1.)"

I own the K-1.

It is worth its weight in GOLD.

to be clear, IR doesn't 'lab test' anything except single AF acquisition speed in a studio (i.e. how fast the lens can acquire and set focus in single AF mode). This tells you nothing about tracking, C-AF etc. The rest is purely anecdotal.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 23:27 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2661 comments in total)
In reply to:

onlooker: Why in heaven's name is DPR aggregating 1000 comments from as far back as 5 months ago into this comment section? Some of us still like to read comments before posting, meaning we go from top to bottom. Now that has been crippled. I guess DPR really considers the comment section to be useless and write-only, a click-bait if you like.

this 'idiotic upside-down flow' (reverse chronological order) is also how the comments are displayed on every website i visit. Oh and it's also how all blogs and content websites are arranged ('latest news at the top') - otherwise you'd be scrolling through pages and pages to see what's new. For those that like to read in chronological order from oldest first, we offer the 'oldest first' tab at the top. Or am I missing something?

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 21:37 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2661 comments in total)
In reply to:

Leandros S: Which other camera system have you ever performed the bicycle test with?

it's a standard part of our testing, has been for about 18 months IIRC

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 21:32 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2661 comments in total)
In reply to:

PKDanny: Hmmmm....

DPREVIEW say eat is 84%

Pentaxforums Review say rate is 90%

Hmmm... Theyy are not match review.

Scratch head!!!

there isn't an international standard for camera review scoring. Obviously we're a lot more partisan about Pentax cameras than a review from 'pentaxforums'... ;)

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 21:31 UTC
In reply to:

olegfyodorov: You say "for new users".
And what if I'm just not logged in?

If you select a theme it will be remembered even if you're not logged in

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 13:49 UTC
In reply to:

Petrogel: Dear DPReview, why don't you leave the black theme as a default ....... for good old times sake, and let the rest of them users to switch to white if they feel like it ?

How do you know?

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 04:31 UTC
In reply to:

Dash29: Just give the opinion to save the chosen theme with your login rather than having to turn the blasted white off all the time.

it is stored on our servers in your user prefs. But if you refuse or aggressively delete cookies we have no way of knowing it's you until you actually log in (then you'll see your preferred theme). So we are doing exactly what you suggest.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2016 at 15:35 UTC
In reply to:

Baenwort: Can you please make the theme choice save in the user preferences?

I kill cookies after every session and I'd like to have a way to retain my preferences.

For registered members the theme choice is stored in your user preferences on our servers (it's also stored locally in a cookie for when you're not logged in). If you log in to DPR you'll see your chosen theme. If you delete all cookies we have no way of knowing it's you unless you log in, so in either case you're going to see the white theme first if you kill cookies and log out of DPR every session.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2016 at 15:34 UTC
In reply to:

Leonp: I would like to have a direct URL to the dark-themed homepage to put in my bookmarks, to avoid having to click Dark every time. Is there such a URL?

Please don't tell me to keep cookies.

http://www.dpreview.com/?theme=dark

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2016 at 15:31 UTC
In reply to:

mosc: I understand the two themes completely. I DON'T understand making the "light" theme the default. These are two completely different decisions DPR has made and they'er lumped together here.

Choice is great but defaulting to light is giving the wrong perception of comparative preference. Set it to dark default and see what percentage of people actually change it to light.

Which is exactly what we're doing. Though we are doing more than just looking at the number of style swaps people make. Sorry for not going into the full detail of our testing, I was trying to be concise.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2016 at 15:30 UTC
In reply to:

mosc: I understand the two themes completely. I DON'T understand making the "light" theme the default. These are two completely different decisions DPR has made and they'er lumped together here.

Choice is great but defaulting to light is giving the wrong perception of comparative preference. Set it to dark default and see what percentage of people actually change it to light.

we're testing the white default for 30 days. We'll then have a better picture of what people prefer. If we chose wrong we'll switch back.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2016 at 21:55 UTC
Total: 853, showing: 41 – 60
« First‹ Previous12345Next ›Last »