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 Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2676 comments in total)
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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 (2676 comments in total)
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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 (2676 comments in total)
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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 (2676 comments in total)
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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 (2676 comments in total)
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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 (2676 comments in total)
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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 (2676 comments in total)
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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 (2676 comments in total)
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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
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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
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(unknown member): 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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HowaboutRAW: And it would be nice if switching back from white to black were easy over a slow interweb connection. But it's not. And yeah, people clear cookies.

So such arrogance.

You can bookmark it. I just did. It's a url. Since we're veering into the realms of tech support here I'm going to suggest continuing this somewhere outside the comments.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2016 at 14:27 UTC
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HowaboutRAW: And it would be nice if switching back from white to black were easy over a slow interweb connection. But it's not. And yeah, people clear cookies.

So such arrogance.

it's a link with an instruction in it telling the server to give you the black site without having to click. You can bookmark it. And I don't know what the AMLED point about defaulting to black is, so I can't really assess it's merit. SJ

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2016 at 04:06 UTC
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ecka84: Decisions like that should never be based on opinions from mostly ignorant majority (including me, in many cases).
I find this situation silly and even pretty offensive, specially when DPR administration comments are like - "you can keep the page black" or "this was driven by user demand, nothing else" - which are just as inattentively & negligently unconcerning, as if a drug dealer would say - "don't buy heroin, if you don't like it, I'm not the problem ... you are". Many people don't care to learn about what's bad for them. Others are just careless in many departments (trust me, I'm one of them/you), even health or comfort, which to them is like an unpredictable and unmanageable magic, or god's will. That's just wrong.
"The white page makes it easier to read" - Yeah, sure, for a year or two, and then you start not seeing anything without glasses. Followed by endless discussions about 'not seeing the difference between crop and FF'.

@smilergrogan do you actually believe that? That we went to all this effort so we could undo it all 'shortly'? because DPR is a 'big corporation'? What possible benefit could we get from that beyond driving at least half our most loyal visitors away forever? This isn't brexit it's a website stylesheet change. Sheesh.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2016 at 04:03 UTC
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(unknown member): Very surprising and interesting to read that generally there is 70/30 majority in favour of the light theme, and that people who do use that light theme spend twice as much time on the website. If you look at the comment section you get the impression this would be exactly reverse.

It makes me wonder what that means for the forum: what really keeps me away there is this default 'threaded view'.
It could be interesting to find out what the ratio really is of people preferring flat view/threaded view.
I would love to have an option there to never see that 'threaded view' again. I would read so much more there.

BTW: I like the light theme and the new font.

Really? More than half camera review websites / forums are white text on a black background? We must visit different sites. I only look at those relevant to my job.

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2016 at 23:45 UTC
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(unknown member): Very surprising and interesting to read that generally there is 70/30 majority in favour of the light theme, and that people who do use that light theme spend twice as much time on the website. If you look at the comment section you get the impression this would be exactly reverse.

It makes me wonder what that means for the forum: what really keeps me away there is this default 'threaded view'.
It could be interesting to find out what the ratio really is of people preferring flat view/threaded view.
I would love to have an option there to never see that 'threaded view' again. I would read so much more there.

BTW: I like the light theme and the new font.

@ecka84, if i'd written that you would be right to protest. But I wrote 'virtually all camera review websites and forums' - 'virtually all' =/= 'every'.

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2016 at 16:53 UTC
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