Barney Britton

Barney Britton

Lives in United States Seattle, United States
Works as a Editor
Has a website at www.dpreview.com
Joined on Nov 2, 2009
About me:

I'm in charge of the editorial content of dpreview. I joined dpreview when it was based in London in November 2009, after several years as a print journalist in the UK specialist photographic press. I moved from London to Seattle, USA, a year later and I've been here ever since.

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ThePhilips: Wait what

You have tested the Sammy NX1 with the 16-50mm zoom?

... and I have complained that you test the m43 cameras with the plastic fantastic 45mm...

So you basically pick THE best lenses for some systems (Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Sony) and the rest is just "whatever"?

^^ what Sam said ^^

Direct link | Posted on Dec 22, 2014 at 20:03 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1052 comments in total)
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NeilSDPR: Looks like a very good camera, however for the reviewer to state that the 5D lll AF system is behind the times

I don't think so

@ NeilSDPR - it depends on what you're trying to do. The 5D III's AF system is excellent for normal use, but specifically, it's subject tracking is poor compared to Nikon's 3D AF tracking.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 21, 2014 at 18:45 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1052 comments in total)
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rsf3127: Came here just to say again how exasperating is the delay to review the A77II.

Noted.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 21, 2014 at 06:51 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1052 comments in total)
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Segaman: So NIKON as their 90% rating......
It must feel really good to Nikon FANS...they got a rating they wanted.
NOW GO OUT AND SHOOT AND LEAVE THE CANON FORUM AND BASHING FOR A WHILE....

SONYAL and the whole team put a big effort in doing this review.
Now how about a PLATINUM award!!!!

;););)

And it's 'Sanyal'. Not that it seems you're particularly interested in respect...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2014 at 19:30 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1052 comments in total)
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James Bligh: I cannot find a word about internal reflection and shutter shock issues of D750 in this review. Please point me to it if I missed it. When dpreview never even mentions (not to say evaluate) the issues, you can no longer say dpreview review is a comprehensive review which I think is a shame. Once renowned for its objective reviews and a comprehensive source of information about camera gears I am afraid dpreview has fallen into the realm of mediocrity many review sites share. The present generation of dpreview staffs may have wasted their talent and ruined the reputation of dpreview. Phil Askey will lament over it seeing the prestige he has built up tainted.

You're very welcome. The credit must be shared though, and I'll pass it on.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2014 at 19:24 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1052 comments in total)
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Steve_: Might want to remove the tl;dr (pg. 7). Editors are always right.

That's meant to be in there - it's intended as a short summary of the key points for people who get headaches reading so much white text :)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2014 at 19:23 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1052 comments in total)
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James Bligh: I cannot find a word about internal reflection and shutter shock issues of D750 in this review. Please point me to it if I missed it. When dpreview never even mentions (not to say evaluate) the issues, you can no longer say dpreview review is a comprehensive review which I think is a shame. Once renowned for its objective reviews and a comprehensive source of information about camera gears I am afraid dpreview has fallen into the realm of mediocrity many review sites share. The present generation of dpreview staffs may have wasted their talent and ruined the reputation of dpreview. Phil Askey will lament over it seeing the prestige he has built up tainted.

We'll continue to look for it, but this has not been an issue in our testing.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2014 at 19:22 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1052 comments in total)
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jkokich: Those shots on the conclusion page aren't very impressive.

Plenty more in the sample gallery and scattered through the rest of the review.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2014 at 18:27 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1052 comments in total)
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James Bligh: I cannot find a word about internal reflection and shutter shock issues of D750 in this review. Please point me to it if I missed it. When dpreview never even mentions (not to say evaluate) the issues, you can no longer say dpreview review is a comprehensive review which I think is a shame. Once renowned for its objective reviews and a comprehensive source of information about camera gears I am afraid dpreview has fallen into the realm of mediocrity many review sites share. The present generation of dpreview staffs may have wasted their talent and ruined the reputation of dpreview. Phil Askey will lament over it seeing the prestige he has built up tainted.

^^ what Marty said ^^ Claims that our reviews are influenced by Amazon's particular interests in or margins on specific camera models are entirely false and it's annoying to see them CONSTANTLY restated.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2014 at 18:25 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1052 comments in total)
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jonrobertp: Dpr continues to slide downhill with its ratings. Credibility? Keep looking.

Couldn't resists - sorry. And no offense intended to Pentax lovers.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2014 at 18:20 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1052 comments in total)
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jonrobertp: Dpr continues to slide downhill with its ratings. Credibility? Keep looking.

Where is the Pentax K-3 review?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2014 at 05:45 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1052 comments in total)
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RedFox88: A bit of a contradiction, DPR: you can't have a Pro being "best in class burst mode" but a Con being "limited buffer affects continuous shooting". They cancel each other out. Fouls on both teams: replay the down.

@ RedFox - it's two different things. There are plenty of situations where you might not need to shoot *a lot* of frames at 6.5fps. And 44 frames in JPEG mode isn't terrible. That's almost seven seconds of shooting continuously.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2014 at 05:44 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1163 comments in total)
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kitsios_spyros: Come on dpreview, you must be joking, right??! D7100 the king of DR? How can you ignore the class leading result of K5 series cameras which actually bests FF cameras? Do you need a link to DxOMark tests?
I am a regular member in your site, but more because of the quality of the participants in the forums I participate than because of your articles.
I believe that most of the complaints you receive in the comments of your articles the last couple of years are more and more valid.
I am impressed with the AF improvements of 7Dii, But the big two should not get any favours.
I would just like to see their cameras get reviewed with the same delay as Pentax cameras, thus comparing 7Dii with K3 replacement. Because this is what actually happens with smaller manufacturers.
I would love to see your response.

The D7100 may use a Toshiba sensor - we do know that the 5300 uses a Sony sensor though, which doesn't have the same banding issues reported by some D7100 users.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2014 at 02:56 UTC
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HFLM: In the video it is said that the sensor is effectively a 24MP sensor. Certainly not. You have a different CFA and need other demosaicing algorithms being able to prevent moire a little better, but you cannot magically increase resolution in all color channels.

"In the video it is said that the sensor is effectively a 24MP sensor. "

That's not what I said at all. I said that in terms of effective resolution, the moire-free 16MP X-Trans punches above its weight and isn't too far behind conventional 24MP sensors.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2014 at 19:57 UTC
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fleckster48: Great video. I have a question when shooting with studio flash. When you use your flash meter to determine the exposure, you basically set the shutter to X sync (you set the meter based on the closest value to what the X value is for your camera. Then you set your f stop. The problem here is that in manual mode the camera does not let you view the image easily with the lens wide open. The modeling lights are not powerful enough for you to see the image or am I missing something.

what historianx said.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2014 at 19:56 UTC
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HansN46: Barney, I hated your interview of the Nikon rep after the Photokina, not asking him straight away about his plans with pro-DX. (Nikon is still "studying", I guess.....).
But you did a good job this time. Slowly but surely also professionals are noticing the benefits of the mILC systems and acknowledging the quality. As I stated before, the system of the future, one way or another.
I hope Nikon will see that too, in time.

Thanks, I guess....? And as stated on multiple prior occasions, there is no value whatsoever in asking any company representative south of CEO level what their company's plans are for any specific product or product line. You'll just get 'no comment' and the segment you mention was shot live and so time-limited that it would have been a waste.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 21:54 UTC
On 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: $25-100 article (16 comments in total)
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Duckie: Unexpected items from a supposedly photography site? I am confused! I'd better wonder off to proper shopping sites!

How so?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 18:09 UTC
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dgrogers: Videos are long and boring and there are no sample images from this shoot.

Noted.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 18:06 UTC
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Tap0: DP Review, why is the 7D Mark II review out already while the XT1 , D810 and the D750 reviews are still taking time ? Is it because the 7D is easier to test ?

The Xt1 review has been out for months. The d750 review is days away and the d810 will follow in early January.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 05:27 UTC
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nblaney: Is there some reason that the brand on all the totally obviously identifiable items in this are covered with gaff tape? I SORT of get it with street photography but what's the motivation here?

@ RadPhoto - Sssssshhhhh...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 03:17 UTC
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