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 India teases 'something big' coming soon article (68 comments in total)
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Jane79: Does the DPReview editorial team have any information about not yet announced Canon products? (under NDA obviously)

We have no information about any forthcoming Canon product/s at this time. And for Photokina announcements (if any) we wouldn't expect to quite yet.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2014 at 18:35 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1274 comments in total)
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AllOtherNamesTaken: All that and not a word about autofocus, perhaps the D810's most significant improvement? Did I miss something?

"it's widely regarded as having one of the worst performing autofocus in recent memory"

This is simply untrue.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2014 at 17:46 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1274 comments in total)
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h2k: Some interesting findings here and i enjoyed the comparisons with 2 or 3 different versions of an image. Still i would have loved to see 100 % crop comparisons of D800 vs D810 to appreciate how the "veil is lifted" from the D810's AA-filterless images.

I thought the examples for shadow retrieving (yellow plane, rusted oldtimer) looked exaggerated, slightly HDRish.

I didn't mess with clarity at all... I didn't think it was all that important :)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2014 at 16:48 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1274 comments in total)
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AllOtherNamesTaken: All that and not a word about autofocus, perhaps the D810's most significant improvement? Did I miss something?

We're actually looking at AF right now (Rishi is shooting at a wedding with the D810 and fast lenses) so we should have some findings soon. I was one of those people who never had an issue with the D800 bodies that I used, and the D810 gives identical-feeling performance, to be honest. We'll do more work on this, but for now the addition of the group-area AF mode is the only major change that we've noticed. Naturally though, we haven't yet had time to point the D810 at a particularly wide range of subjects.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2014 at 16:37 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1274 comments in total)
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h2k: Some interesting findings here and i enjoyed the comparisons with 2 or 3 different versions of an image. Still i would have loved to see 100 % crop comparisons of D800 vs D810 to appreciate how the "veil is lifted" from the D810's AA-filterless images.

I thought the examples for shadow retrieving (yellow plane, rusted oldtimer) looked exaggerated, slightly HDRish.

You can take a look at the studio scene comparison and simply add the D800 against the D810. The difference is most visible in JPEG.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2014 at 07:40 UTC
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JimmyDP: There is actually a fascinating story behind the production of this aircraft. One of the shortest times between concept (PanAm) and flight, and a funny episode where the test pilot demonstrated to the pres of Pratt & Whitney, that there was an engine problem: He deliberately blew up one engine (in flight, the P&W pres on board) then another. P&W got the problem fixed very quickly after that. They may have need a little housekeeping to clean up the pres's seat.

There's also a great book called 'Wide-body' which is out of print but amazingly well written and researched, that covers the lineage and birth of the 747. That (oft-told) anecdote and many others are described within it. I forget the author but the book is available online in various places.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2014 at 06:28 UTC
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Rodrigue Zahr: Ho you guys missed shooting the "iconic spiral staircase" ?!

You know, you're quite right... I'll fix that.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 16:43 UTC
On Canon EF-S 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 sample gallery article (90 comments in total)
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peevee1: Are those OOC JPEGs or processed from RAWs?

Some (marked with '-ACR') are from raw. All others are OOC JPEGs.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 16:19 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2295 comments in total)
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SPerez: (1) It is evident that you are angry with Leica, because they have sent a unit of the Leica T much after that to almost any other photography site. Please improve your relations with them. Your customers will be grateful.
(2) Center your report in the main aspects of the camera: the quality of the pictures you can take with it, and the quality of its construction . In your report, you have been looking for the worst attributes of the Leica T. Again, please meet your customers demands and forget your little quarrels with Leica. My experience with the Leica XV and now with the Leica T: gorgeous photos, sharp from edge to edge and splendid colors. And both are built in a superb quality. Nothing in common with any other camera I have owned before.
(3) Read carefully the instructions of the camera to avoid mistakes in your report. Check how to manual override the camera in order to focus manually with Focus set to AF mode; it is possible and very easy to do Post rectifying your mistake

@SPerez - I seem to recall praising the image quality *and* the construction... it's the laggy operation, slow startup time and broken AF operation when the EVF is used which I dislike (as stated clearly in this article). As for manual focus override, you are right - through trial and error we have discovered that yes! It is possible. Not that useful, though. I'll edit accordingly.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 00:34 UTC
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makofoto: @ Tilted: Note where Boeing is in relationship to DpR's offices :-)

I just saw the doc on the development of this plane. I'm wondering why it would be "restored?" It WAS not a fully developed, polished plane when it was built. It WAS the original test air frame ... so shouldn't it be just cleaned up, not restored. OK, I suppose restoring means to refinish it to it's orginal paint, etc.

No, I'm told they're aiming to restore it to the configuration in which it ended its life. Externally though it has (almost) always looked pretty much the same. Volunteers have tried to find a refueling boom to retro *retro* fit to the tail but apparently they've come up short :)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 00:10 UTC
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makofoto: @ Tilted: Note where Boeing is in relationship to DpR's offices :-)

I just saw the doc on the development of this plane. I'm wondering why it would be "restored?" It WAS not a fully developed, polished plane when it was built. It WAS the original test air frame ... so shouldn't it be just cleaned up, not restored. OK, I suppose restoring means to refinish it to it's orginal paint, etc.

Exactly. The aim is to restore it to basically the configuration in which it ended its days as a test airframe.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2014 at 17:46 UTC
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Tilted Plane: boring pictures...how do some people get included and not others? seems like an editorial slant (probably by accident?)...anyway, it makes the site seem a bit amateurish, frankly. and dpreview is the BEST...don't get me wrong.

Just something I happened to be doing with my free time and thought I'd share. And I like Jordan's pics, too.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2014 at 17:24 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2295 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 (1274 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 (2295 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
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