Barney Britton

Barney Britton

DPReview Administrator
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 Hands-on with Nikon D7200 article (52 comments in total)
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RichRMA: The D300's "litter runt" edition 3 is born! BTW, why use a wide angle shot to make the 18-135mm lens look so much bigger than it is?

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Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2015 at 21:34 UTC
On Nikon D7200 First Impressions Review preview (616 comments in total)
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armandino: Nikon never really built a direct competitor to the Canon 7D series, and this is no change. I am surprised Preview has this so wrong. To be honest the 7D has no direct competitors. It is a dedicated sport camera. D7xxx is more inline with the other brands competitors. Canon 70D is more like the Canon competitor that really needs to step up IQ in order to compete.

@ MAC - I shot sport with the a6000, it did VERY well, therefore in my opinion it is a good camera for shooting this kind of activity. So far so logical (and FYI, there really isn't much DOF at the long end of a 200mm at F4, even on APS-C. This is not my first rodeo).

Pro is as pro does - aside from making money from the images, there's no universally applicable definition of 'pro'. As such, your obsession with what pros do, and what pros want - specifically in relation to what ONE pro, Peter Miller does and wants, seems like a red herring. Meanwhile you're apparently comfortable dismissing the opinions of other pros (and in rather a patronising way, I must say).

Can we just agree that nobody speaks for everyone? Seems like we're getting off-track here.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2015 at 21:28 UTC
On Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II article (274 comments in total)
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Richard Murdey: dpreview starts using the "ten things you need to know about..." clickbait titles.

E tu, brute?!

I did! Yes indeed I did. Oh well. Hopefully the point came over.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2015 at 17:35 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7S Review preview (355 comments in total)
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ZeneticX: nice review

will there be an A7 II review after this?

Yes! Working on that one right now.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 17:58 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7S Review preview (355 comments in total)
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(unknown member): The Prophecy was true: all current and future Nikon/Sony cameras here will get a Gold Award, and all current and future Canon cameras here will get a Silver Award or no award at all (Bronze is not on the menu). Hmmm...

Did you read the review before posting that comment?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 17:58 UTC
On Nikon D7200 First Impressions Review preview (616 comments in total)
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armandino: Nikon never really built a direct competitor to the Canon 7D series, and this is no change. I am surprised Preview has this so wrong. To be honest the 7D has no direct competitors. It is a dedicated sport camera. D7xxx is more inline with the other brands competitors. Canon 70D is more like the Canon competitor that really needs to step up IQ in order to compete.

There are plenty of good cameras for shooting sports and only a few good cameras *for pros* who shoot sports. I know a pro who isn't taken with the 7D II because it can't record voice memos, which makes her life harder when it comes to sending selects to the picture desk. I'm not disagreeing with you, I'm just saying - pros use what works for them. And I have zero reason to think that the D7200 won't be able to keep up with the action for most sports, given a decent lens on the front. But we'll find out!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 17:18 UTC
On Hands-on with Nikon D7200 article (52 comments in total)
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RichRMA: The D300's "litter runt" edition 3 is born! BTW, why use a wide angle shot to make the 18-135mm lens look so much bigger than it is?

IT'S A CONSPIRACY!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 17:13 UTC
On Hands-on with Nikon D7200 article (52 comments in total)
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Art Campbell: Will the MB-D15 Multi-Power Battery Pack for the 7100 fit the 7200?

There's no reason to think it won't, but we can confirm.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 17:12 UTC
On Nikon D7200 First Impressions Review preview (616 comments in total)
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armandino: Nikon never really built a direct competitor to the Canon 7D series, and this is no change. I am surprised Preview has this so wrong. To be honest the 7D has no direct competitors. It is a dedicated sport camera. D7xxx is more inline with the other brands competitors. Canon 70D is more like the Canon competitor that really needs to step up IQ in order to compete.

Agreed on framerate and body construction but AF performance (specifically I'm thinking object tracking) is far from subjective, and our own tests have repeatedly shown the superiority of Nikon's 3D AF tracking over Canon's iTR. The 7D II's AF system is excellent, and I've been very happy with it, but Nikon has nailed subject tracking with its latest AF systems. That said, the D7200 has fewer pixels in its tracking sensor than we'd like, so we'll just have to see how it pans out in real-world testing. This is a good time to be a photographer - that's for sure.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 06:30 UTC
On Nikon D7200 First Impressions Review preview (616 comments in total)
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armandino: Nikon never really built a direct competitor to the Canon 7D series, and this is no change. I am surprised Preview has this so wrong. To be honest the 7D has no direct competitors. It is a dedicated sport camera. D7xxx is more inline with the other brands competitors. Canon 70D is more like the Canon competitor that really needs to step up IQ in order to compete.

@MAC - that's pretty disingenuous... A 51-point AF system capable of focusing down to -3EV with industry (not just class) leading 3D tracking and a decent buffer in Raw and JPEG seems like a pretty good little sports camera - no?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 06:12 UTC
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Papi61: So, this is a British national pride issue. To hell with the FACT that the photographer was actually Swedish... Priceless.

But then again, these are the same people who used to claim that Egyptian obelisks and artifacts retrieved from archeological sites were rightfully theirs... (and even though they might have changed mind on that, I don't think they're going to return anything any soon...)

Just to be clear, I'm against all forms of stupid nationalism. Yeah, I'm perfectly aware that the latter is tautology... :)

Human art belongs to all humans, regardless of nationality.

You've never met an irresponsible human, clearly...

What's better - artworks kept locked away by private collectors, or artworks kept by national museums and archives, carefully preserved and made available to millions of people (for free, in many cases)?

I'm assuming of course that this export ban only applies to sale to private collectors and not some or other prestigious Swedish museum.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 27, 2015 at 01:37 UTC
On Lytro sheds jobs as it shifts focus to video article (422 comments in total)
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AbrasiveReducer: This move makes sense to me and laying people off is frequently a sign that a company is moving into the big time.

As noted in the story, the company is also *hiring*. The layoffs in one area and new hires in another area reflect the change in focus. This is normal.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 20:28 UTC
On Lytro sheds jobs as it shifts focus to video article (422 comments in total)
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ThatCamFan: "The potential of light-field is hard to explain to traditional stills-oriented photographers"

No, you are just terrible at marketing, talked only about "megarays" which have no effect on the pixel resolution of the image and you refused to give that up because you dont know what you are doing.

Just run into the ground already Lytro, we are tired of your BS.

Tell us what you really think!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 00:45 UTC
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Horshack: Roger Cicala posted an evaluation of the lens today on his blog, including a comparison with the Nikon 14-24mm and Canon 16-35 f/2.8

http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2015/02/just-the-lenses-tamron-15-30mm-f2-8

I no longer understand your point - we're saying that we don't just use only one sample when we identify strange or unexpected results. So your assertion that we do - that we only use one sample - and as such our tests are unreliable, is just plain wrong.

I'd never claim that there's no such thing as sample variation, but as Rishi correctly points out, almost all of the time if you take a bunch of samples of the same camera or lens, you're looking at 99% 'pretty much the same' and 1% 'clearly faulty'. Practically speaking. Anyone who buys a ton of gear I'm sure would tell you pretty much the same thing.

So we do the sensible thing. We get additional samples and query and re-do tests *when we need to* based on experience and data.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 23:56 UTC
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Horshack: Roger Cicala posted an evaluation of the lens today on his blog, including a comparison with the Nikon 14-24mm and Canon 16-35 f/2.8

http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2015/02/just-the-lenses-tamron-15-30mm-f2-8

What Rishi said. On occasions when we have had serious issues with a product (camera or lens) we always get hold of at least one other sample, but this is actually *extremely* rare, these days.

Any major discrepancies in our analysis of performance on a hypothetical bad or ultra-good copy of either a camera or lens would quickly be shown up by user experience from our community and the Internet at large.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 19:31 UTC
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Horshack: Roger Cicala posted an evaluation of the lens today on his blog, including a comparison with the Nikon 14-24mm and Canon 16-35 f/2.8

http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2015/02/just-the-lenses-tamron-15-30mm-f2-8

@ lacikuss - you are wrong.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 17:30 UTC
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rfsIII: Your boy Dan B shot the shizzle out of that lens, he's a great photographer; you need to let him out of the office more often—he's a picture maker, rather than a picture maker. And even though brick wall shots are extremely annoying, they are very useful for a lens like this. Thanks...

Dan - can you tell your mum to stop commenting on your galleries? Tx.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 17:30 UTC
On New samples from the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens article (218 comments in total)
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AbrasiveReducer: I presume that when you do get a lens to test, one that has actually been "produced", it will be purchased anonymously so as to be representative of what a customer might receive. Even better and fairer to all, would be several examples. The same would apply to any lenses that the Sigma is being compared to.

We use DXO test data for our full lens reviews, and I can't speak for that company, but at dpreview, tests / image samples are taken with lenses loaned from the manufacturer. Purchasing multiple copies of a lens (often in a time period where they're backordered) would be prohibitively expensive and impractical.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 20:45 UTC
On New samples from the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens article (218 comments in total)
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Scottelly: Too bad there are no "real" architectural images in the samples gallery, which really show the capabilities of the lens, with regard to distortion. I wonder if that was done on purpose.

These images were taken in a couple of hours and I was lucky to be able to take them at all on a pre-production lens.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 22, 2015 at 20:39 UTC
On New samples from the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens article (218 comments in total)
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FamlilyPhotographer: ok sigma...shut up and take my money !!!!!!!

Seriously. I just this morning took advantage of the (for once) favorable exchange rate and bought the 50mm F1.4 to bring back to the states. Sigma is on a roll with the 'A' series.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 04:56 UTC
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