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 Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Real-world samples (beta) article (175 comments in total)
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IvanM: ok my mistake, I see there are some high iso samples. Thanks and my apologies for my misguided comment earlier!

Yessssss... I'd love to add that feature. It's on the list.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2014 at 17:30 UTC
On Inside RA001: World's first Boeing 747 'Jumbo Jet' article (95 comments in total)
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FujicaST605: BB - Were you allowed special access or is the interior now open to the public? Last time I was at the Museum of Flight, you could only look from the outside.

Actually, I'm wrong, I heard today that RA001 *is* now open to the public with the exception of the cockpit.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2014 at 07:20 UTC
On Inside RA001: World's first Boeing 747 'Jumbo Jet' article (95 comments in total)
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Mike C: I was in Quality Assurance as a Shake Down Inspector from 747 Unit two through about Unit 86 in Everett. In August of 1970, the Commercial Aviation lay offs hit. So, it was time to repurpose and become a System Programmer / Project Manager.

There are some great shots in my collection of a couple of flight tests. They were taken from a road above Seattle's Boeing Field. In one shot an AC 747 is taking an aggressive angle of attack on a northbound climb out. I was right across from it on the hill.

I'd love to see them!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2014 at 07:20 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Real-world samples (beta) article (175 comments in total)
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Ontario Gone: For the love of all that's healthy, how can we tell anything with smaller samples like that? Not to mention it's jpeg of course which further muddles the water. Considering it's a Canon sensor im not expecting miracles, but we know nothing till full size samples hit the web.

^^ what he said ^^

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2014 at 07:17 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Real-world samples (beta) article (175 comments in total)
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IvanM: I would have thought that the samples will include some high iso images...after all that's what we are all waiting to see - has the noise at high iso been improved or not? These images really don't tell us much.....all cameras perform pretty similar at 100iso, and that lens...is that the best we could do? And why shoot it wide open at all? Are these images supposed to show us the lens quality or the image quality? Come on Barney sharpen that pencil a bit more!

There are several high ISO images in this gallery. And I shot with two lenses - the (kit) 18-135mm and the new 16-35mm F4.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2014 at 07:16 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Real-world samples (beta) article (175 comments in total)
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IvanM: I had a look at some 'original' size images at max magnification, which I presume would be at 100%

Images have that typical 'mushy' and unsharp look of Canon's default jpeg processing. Some edges have a weird looking double line...

I am not really sure what the point of these images are and what insights we can get from them re Canons 'new and improved' sensor....

I know that the files can look much better but for that we need Raw and it's not available yet

Could our esteemed reviewers not have tweaked the jpegs a bit in post? Or is this the best they can do?

We never tweak JPEGs in post. But we will post adjusted Raw files once we have robust support for the files.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2014 at 07:15 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Real-world samples (beta) article (175 comments in total)
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IvanM: ok my mistake, I see there are some high iso samples. Thanks and my apologies for my misguided comment earlier!

No problem, our galleries can be a little unintuitive.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2014 at 07:15 UTC
On 7DII_beta_ISO100_030A9189 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (4 comments in total)
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Gochugogi: Kinzie Bunker at Fort Worden (Port Townsend WA)! This is one of my favorite places in the PacNW. Color looks a bit washed out.

That might be the mist coming in (thick) off the water.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2014 at 02:17 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Real-world samples (beta) article (175 comments in total)
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Joseph Black: At the risk of being contradictory, these comments sections are click bait. They only increase the amount of traffic this site can sell to advertisers, so complaining about the samples here accomplishes exactly the opposite of what you want to accomplish.
I appreciate the effort, DPR. I think comments are ruining your reviews and the trolls you plant and/or support in the forums only make things worse. I'm going to keep that in mind and try my best to support the site only by reading reviews. Clicking on reviews will force emphasis on what's important here. This place has really become a shameless caricature of its original self.
Keep it up Canon/DPR/conspiracy theorists -- you're supporting your own worst nightmare (despite it not really existing). Every click Canon gets here or in the forums the more you sell Canon cameras.

@ Joseph Black - I mean this with the greatest of respect because I know your heart is in the right place. I can reassure you that commenting contributes to our traffic in a negligable way, and is not part of any 'sell' to advertisers. Commenting was introduced because our readers wanted it. Meanwhile, our forums have generated as much or greater traffic than our reviews for almost as long as they've existed.

As for comments 'ruining reviews' I don't recognise that analysis. The review must exist for anyone to comment on it.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2014 at 02:13 UTC
On Inside RA001: World's first Boeing 747 'Jumbo Jet' article (95 comments in total)
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Rich Sander: When I was in high school in the early 70's, my uncle, who worked for Pan Am, gave me a tour of a 747 at JFK. I was awed. The photos bring back the memories. Thanks, and BTW, as noted in earlier comments, photo 11 indicates approximately 120 deg., not 12 deg.

Quite right, I'll fix. Thanks!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2014 at 21:52 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Real-world samples (beta) article (175 comments in total)
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Lan: Please can you make the ACR conversions more apparent from the filenames?

Usually you give us IMG_0123_ACR, or IMG_0123; you haven't here (as far as I can see) so it's impossible to tell in the gallery which are ACR and which are JPEG SOOC in this set.

After looking at a couple of the JPEGs there's no point in looking at any more, as they show the excessively wide radius sharpening and excessive NR that the JPEG engine(ers) chose for all recent Canon cameras...

For those of us shooting RAW the ACR results are far more interesting (and relevant!). Please can you make them easier to locate?

There are no ACR conversions in this gallery - there is no ACR support available yet for the 7D II.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2014 at 21:49 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Real-world samples (beta) article (175 comments in total)
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Israel119: Does this camera have any other ISO settings thn ISO 100? Just curious.

@completelystuff - I shot multiple frames of the images that (I think) you're referring to and I'm confident that the softness is NR, or the images would not have been included in the selection. The IS on both the 16-35mm and 18-135mm lenses that I was using is very effective.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2014 at 21:28 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Real-world samples (beta) article (175 comments in total)
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Israel119: Does this camera have any other ISO settings thn ISO 100? Just curious.

You missed all the ones taken at other ISOs, I take it? There are 46 images in this gallery.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2014 at 21:19 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Real-world samples (beta) article (175 comments in total)
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mikesco: I don't think the 7D is quite that old, it was announce in 2009 not 2007.

I'm sorry that you learned absolutely nothing from this gallery. Any follow-up constructive feedback would be welcome.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2014 at 21:09 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Real-world samples (beta) article (175 comments in total)
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ThePhilips: One of the best sample galleries I've seen here recently. Kudos, DPR. Go on vacations more often! ;)

I wish!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2014 at 20:11 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Real-world samples (beta) article (175 comments in total)
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KBStudio: Is the camera not set to the current date and time?
According to the time stamp, these shots were done in January of 2014. Is that accurate?

It's a beta camera, fresh from the factory. These were taken this weekend.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2014 at 20:04 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Real-world samples (beta) article (175 comments in total)
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Wedding photographer: Very poor samples gallery. All photos in this gallery have been taken with static objects, family portraits and etc. This camera can shoot at 10 frames per second and examples above don't reflect the "substance" and design of 7D. Thanks.

The pictures in this gallery were taken during a 48-hour period on a pre-planned trip. I opted not to cancel the weekend and go to a sports game instead... we've been working with a sports photographer and should have some images and impressions to share soon.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2014 at 19:08 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Real-world samples (beta) article (175 comments in total)
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Mr Gadget: I was hoping to see some action shots, sports, BIF, dog running toward the camera? Sequences? Low light, high ISO action? This camera is targeted towards that market segment. I have been waiting for a D300 replacement and it looks like Nikon wont be providing one, so I am thinking of moving to a 7DmkII. Your help would be appreciated!

The pictures in this gallery were (with the exception of one single image) taken over the course of a single (pre-planned) weekend. We have been working with a professional sports photographer to get some more work done with the camera, and you should see the results of that collaboration soon.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2014 at 17:56 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Real-world samples (beta) article (175 comments in total)
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mikesco: I don't think the 7D is quite that old, it was announce in 2009 not 2007.

Quite right, that's an error in our database summary. I shall fix.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2014 at 17:46 UTC
On Photokina 2014: Quiet but significant article (136 comments in total)
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Peter K Burian: In a week at photokina you only got a single photo of the buildings? (at the start of this article). And that was taken before the show started.

I'm sure there were hundreds of people outside the building, not three or four. A photo like that would provide a feel for the event.

Honestly, we were more focused on what was going on inside.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2014 at 17:33 UTC
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