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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On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2047 comments in total)
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Marty4650: If someone tried to give me this camera as a gift, I would take it.

Then I would put it on ebay, and sell it for $1,850, since it is currently out of stock at Amazon. Then, I would use the part of the money to buy an Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens, and put the other thousand dollars in my pocket.

I would send a nice thank you note to the kind person who gave me that gift.

And Barney would take the camera too, if it wasn't for Simon's rule about accepting gifts from camera companies. In fact, I'd guess that Barney's own sense of integrity would prevent him from taking it without a rule forbidding it.

Yeah the 'gift' thing is hypothetical. And it's not Simon's rule, it's pretty much just common sense :)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 21:11 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2047 comments in total)
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whywefight: "The pricing is bonkers by anyone's standards..." So please, what does this have to do with the shooting experience?

Start up time and selection of the autofocus point!? That's all!? No other complaints? This review would be a lot more convincing if it both mentioned pros and con's of the interface. But it is written with so much anger and so one sided that it cannot be taken serious. Someone appears to have chosen to dislike the camera because he cannot afford it. This is my clear impression.

I extensively tested the camera in a Leica store. Anyone who claims he cannot tell apart the two rear dials must be bonkers by anyone's standards. Please get real. Since the interface of this camera is completely new and vastly different from usual cameras, I expected a thorough discussion of the pros and con's. Instead you get to read this childish rant. I am very disappointed.

This is not a review.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 20:59 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2047 comments in total)
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quezra: How is making it so reliant on touchscreen in any way bold? Sony NEX-5N did it years ago. Samsung Galaxy NX did it the most recently. Even the upcoming Lytro camera is going to do it. I think DPR were desperate to say something nice about Leica, but honestly this isn't bold. It's a design choice that many have tried, and eventually rolled back in favor of more physical controls which a VF necessitates for tactile feedback.

It's bold *for Leica*.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 20:45 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2047 comments in total)
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Deardorff: How does the touch screen work with gloves or mittens and 20 below zero temperatures?

Honestly I haven't tried it (will do so though) but it's capacitative not pressure-sensitive. As such it'll likely work sometimes, with some *very thin* gloves. There are plenty of gloves on the market which are designed to work with touchscreen devices though.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 19:41 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2047 comments in total)
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realmadeira: brave review. I guess no more Leica's for you to review any more

A firmware update could make this camera so much more effective and enjoyable to use. We're optimistic. The IQ is great though, and we'll have some studio work done pretty soon.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 19:34 UTC
On Mountain Magic: Shooting in the Lofoten Islands article (56 comments in total)
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maikD: Dear DP, you need a website redesign. The width of the photogallery is 590px, the photos are too small. We are in 2014, not in 2004.

@bford - dark gray is one of the worst backgrounds for legibility, unfortunately.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2014 at 00:27 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (600 comments in total)
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ThePhilips: DPR, now you are obliged to at least test IQ of the Samsung NX Mini.

We have until recently only had access to the 9mm lens for that camera... but it's on the list.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 19:04 UTC
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Steve Wilson: The value of this image, and the camera, seem greatly diminished when you know it was a staged shot that occurred days after the actual event.

As such it is part of a long and proud (ish) tradition :)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 17:24 UTC
On Updated: Nikon releases Capture NX-D 1.0.0 software article (103 comments in total)
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qianp2k: Will be free or you need to pay for a prod version when it's officially released?

This announcement is for the 'production' (non-beta) version and it's free.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2014 at 18:38 UTC
On Mountain Magic: Shooting in the Lofoten Islands article (56 comments in total)
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maikD: Dear DP, you need a website redesign. The width of the photogallery is 590px, the photos are too small. We are in 2014, not in 2004.

The only thing I would say here (mentioned somewhere else in the comments) is that on occasion, dpreview using the images at low-resolution is a condition of getting permission to use them at all. But we will always aim to publish the highest-resolution images we can.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2014 at 15:25 UTC
On Ricoh announces Pentax XG-1 superzoom article (194 comments in total)
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petemod: CORRECTION:

"(bested by the Sony Cyber-shot HX400V with its 1500mm equivalent reach)"

I just clicked on your Sony HX400V link and you state in the specs that it has a 24-1200mm lens.

You are correct, sorry about that. (reference removed).

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2014 at 05:16 UTC
On Ricoh announces Pentax XG-1 superzoom article (194 comments in total)
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Zigadiboom: Hmmm if this camera had a constant f1.2 aperture throughout the entire zoom range where it could just slip into your pocket it might have maybe had half a chance against the likes of the Panasonic FZ-1000 and Sony RX10.

It would also be vastly bigger, and exponentially more expensive :)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2014 at 03:17 UTC
On Mountain Magic: Shooting in the Lofoten Islands article (56 comments in total)
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maikD: Dear DP, you need a website redesign. The width of the photogallery is 590px, the photos are too small. We are in 2014, not in 2004.

Working on it!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2014 at 17:16 UTC
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TangoMan: Why are the photos so small? 442x448 pixels for the first one. That is 9.5% of my monitor's available pixels. Can we get a full screen mode please?
I can't tell for sure, but they look like very interesting pictures.

We're working on a nicer 'full-screen' lightbox viewing mode but something to consider is that often, a photographer/institution is much more comfortable with us using images smaller, as opposed to high/full-resolution so we have to be mindful of that.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2014 at 16:05 UTC
On LensRentals tests Lomography's Petzval lens article (28 comments in total)
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G Sciorio: It's a beautiful lens. Shame they don't make one with a native M43 mount. I ended up buying the parts and built my own which cost me about $150 and a few days of time. Mine is not as pretty, nor does it have aperture control but the bokeh rocks like nothing else.

Sounds like a fun DIY project! Would you care to post it in our new DIY forum, perhaps? We're actively trying to find and showcase interesting reader projects.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2014 at 00:47 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 stock shortage prompts official apology article (287 comments in total)
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Scottelly: Dear DPreview . . . why no review of the V3?

Our review is in the final stages of creation, we should be publishing it within a few days.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 17:03 UTC
On Nikon D810: What You Need to Know article (137 comments in total)
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Aaron Shepard: It's weird that DPReview keeps claiming that Face Recognition through the OVF is new -- it was there in the D800 -- and that so is the Small Raw -- which the D4s introduced.

Face recognition is part and parcel of the Scene Recognition System, so yeah - not new. New is being able to switch it on/off.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 00:15 UTC
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abluesky: This was the worst article I've ever read on DPR.

Interesting, and good to know. Still puzzled by your tone though Andrew.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2014 at 17:34 UTC
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Antony John: Seems that many posters are upset that Nikon has dared to upgrade' the D800.
If current users don't need the benefits of the D810 then I don't understand why they should be so animated.
Relax.
In a couple of years there'll be a D810 upgrade (D820 presumably) that will be "The best of the best - with honors" (courtesy of MIB #1).
That Nikon are 'refining' an already excellent camera should be applauded not denigrated. It shows that there was little that needed modification on an already excellent camera with currently available technology.

@ Anthony - "I don't have a problem with DP Review serving its owners and advertisers" - this is the kind of insinuation I have a real problem with because - honestly - it's lazy and an insult to everyone who works on this site.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2014 at 15:21 UTC
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patcam7122: Did I strike a nerve, Simon? If you look at other comments here you'll see I'm certainly not alone in finding this article was a waste of space.

@patcam7122 - you realise that it's almost impossible to 'waste space' on the Internet, right? But seriously, if you *really* don't like lightweight picture-lead weekend stories, come back Monday morning.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2014 at 17:11 UTC
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