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 (2292 comments in total)
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ldog: I applaud Barnaby's honesty. As an owner of a Leica M240 I have experienced some of the frustrations that he addresses in the T review. Contrary to Ivan's assertion real shooters do buy and use Leica but it's usually a love-hate relationship. Unless the M240 is used with the machine age technology rangefinder it is too slow for dynamic professional use. The M240 EVF cycle time is nearly a full second making it nearly useless except for studio or landscape work. I shoot weddings and could never use this camera responsibly. I have just purchased a Sony A7s which is a joy to use with the Leica glass and is delivering what I'd hoped that the M240 would bring. The EVF is excellent, bright and it allows me to focus quickly and surely. The A7s's EVF cycle time is instant and the camera is fast, intuitive and a total joy to use. The A7s proves that a pro level mirrorless camera is possible and that Leica has no excuse for their sophomoric human interface. Way to go Barnaby!

Ironically I actually really like the 240 because it's not pretending to be something that it isn't. It's enough like my old M3 that I can just slip into using it without much effort. I dislike the T (in its current form) because it just feels unfinished, and I get the strong sense that it's been specifically manufactured to be an attractive *object* rather than a truly effective camera. Which is a shame, especially from a manufacturer like Leica.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 26, 2014 at 03:06 UTC
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Samuel Dilworth: Oh boy.

Yes it is...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2014 at 20:23 UTC
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Samuel Dilworth: Oh boy.

Yep. Useful for commercial portrait photographers though, I should think.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2014 at 19:25 UTC
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ENicolas: This is the same one they released two weeks ago.

So Russell.... every day we should email every manufacturer and ask 'Do yer got anything for our homepage today?' Rather than rely on their own PR people to do... PR?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 16:50 UTC
On DSC_8866 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (2 comments in total)
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win39: Beautiful images, Barney.

Very kind, thanks.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2014 at 23:04 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1092 comments in total)
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gonzalu: Not working for me. I don;t see the D810 in the drop down :(

Try again. Sorry about that.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2014 at 19:42 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2292 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.

Thankye, kind sir.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2014 at 04:28 UTC
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ENicolas: This is the same one they released two weeks ago.

Depends on whether or not the news is still news to you, I'd have thought....?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2014 at 00:26 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2292 comments in total)
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UnitedNations: Fuji X100T is coming out soon. With its expected improvement over the x100s, why even bother with a Leica camera anymore which is way over priced for what it delivers?

I'm sure that Leica would make the (entirely reasonable) point that the T has an interchangeable lens mount :)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2014 at 00:09 UTC
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ENicolas: This is the same one they released two weeks ago.

10th July, correct. We don't always get informed directly by PR, so sometimes we're a little late.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 23:18 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2292 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 (2292 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 (2292 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 (2292 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 (2292 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 (61 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 (618 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 (105 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 (61 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
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