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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EssexAsh: and you report it with some crap webcam image. are webcams the next step up or down from phone cams?

Sorry it was too far to get there and back from Seattle before lunch.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2014 at 22:53 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1496 comments in total)
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sierranvin: Why does dpreview dribble out their testing in pitiful fragments instead of presenting us with a complete review?
It is a habit that suggests, sloth, stupidity, understaffing... many possibilities, none correlating with competence or pride in a job properly done!
I'm f'in' sick of it!
(emits loud Brooklyn raspberry sound, followed with some quality Philly boos!!!)

I'm not sure where your reference to 'Google' comes from (we have no relationship with that company) and I'm sorry if you took offense at 'wrong-headed' but to put it in context, this was in reaction to your somewhat uncharitable characterization of our publishing philosophy as 'slothful, stupid and incompetent'.

Ultimately, if you want to wait for a full review before reading *anything*, you're entirely free to do so.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2014 at 22:52 UTC
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RobertSigmund: What about the Let it be album? Why shouldn't it count? Maybe you don't like it, but that's another question.

'Ringo' - it's a pretty great record, actually. Arguably among the best post-breakup solo efforts.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2014 at 18:39 UTC
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bigdaddave: I lived a couple of miles away and the original crossing went years ago, it's now in a different place..

Why on earth choose 45 years as an anniversary? Wouldn't 50 have been far far more sensible, if not then why not 37 or 42 years?

By the time the 50-year anniversary rolls around, Paul might *genuinely* be dead.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2014 at 17:33 UTC
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RobertSigmund: What about the Let it be album? Why shouldn't it count? Maybe you don't like it, but that's another question.

Weeeeeell.... so this debate has been going on for more than 40 years, but basically, Let it Be was almost entirely recorded before the sessions for Abbey Road, even though it was released later. And the last time all four Beatles played together was on Abbey Road.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2014 at 17:15 UTC
On Apple expands OS X Mavericks Raw compatibility article (86 comments in total)
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SpaceDoc: When will Apple eventually support the already old Fuji X10!!! :(

By the principle of Occam's razor, I think Reventant's explanation is probably the most reasonable.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2014 at 16:22 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1496 comments in total)
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sierranvin: Why does dpreview dribble out their testing in pitiful fragments instead of presenting us with a complete review?
It is a habit that suggests, sloth, stupidity, understaffing... many possibilities, none correlating with competence or pride in a job properly done!
I'm f'in' sick of it!
(emits loud Brooklyn raspberry sound, followed with some quality Philly boos!!!)

"please explain why you don't release full reviews, prompt and complete, rather than bits and pieces, spread across weeks?"

Because if we did that, you'd be waiting for quite a long time to read *anything*, meanwhile lesser competitors suck up all of the interest in the product and the final piece lands with a dull thud of more-or-less indifference.

As has already been (correctly) pointed out, our reviews represent a lot of work, and that work takes time. Our thinking is that we may as well provide you with as much as we can, in as timely a manner as possible.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2014 at 23:53 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1496 comments in total)
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sierranvin: Why does dpreview dribble out their testing in pitiful fragments instead of presenting us with a complete review?
It is a habit that suggests, sloth, stupidity, understaffing... many possibilities, none correlating with competence or pride in a job properly done!
I'm f'in' sick of it!
(emits loud Brooklyn raspberry sound, followed with some quality Philly boos!!!)

@sierranvin and StevenMajor - I totally fail to see how the timely delivery of studio and real-world samples, plus initial findings regarding handling and image quality could ever be regarded as a bad thing. As for the nonsense about 'creating copy' that's just sheer ignorance (each page is after all only published once...) and ditto 'advertising opportunities'.

If you really, really REALLY just want to wait for the full review, you're totally free to go ahead and wait. But characterizing this kind of content as 'pitiful fragments' is offensive and wrong-headed.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2014 at 17:23 UTC
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EricCul: Nice work. Creative. Thanks for sharing these.

Anyone who thinks these are odd or strange, well, you've seen something new. And that's not a bad thing.

Thank you.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2014 at 05:44 UTC
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sneakyracer: DPReview, don't play dumb, you guys signed NDA's many months ago about a few new and exciting Canon products coming up...

Nope.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2014 at 22:00 UTC
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Solar Ben: Try to keep things in perspective; Canada Post ships millions of parcels every day without any problems. Not sure why this story is even on dpreview. One time I heard some guy stole a camera, better write an article about it.

^^ what he said ^^

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2014 at 16:38 UTC
On Canon India teases 'something big' coming soon article (150 comments in total)
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BPLOL: If DPReview gave the rumor a Go, so they must have the camera/lens on their hands for a preview as we speak :)

It's not a rumor, it's a teaser, and we haven't heard anything.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2014 at 07:18 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1496 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?

@ Joe - Downsize the D800 'out of focus' shot to 12MP and I'd be prepared to bet it will look the same as the 'in focus' shot from the D3. The point being that 36MP is EXTREMELY demanding. Easy to forget, given that we're all in the habit of going straight to 100%.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2014 at 03:27 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1496 comments in total)
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AnHund: "This is good news, although for D800 shooters it might leave a slightly bitter taste in the mouth (there's really no reason why the D800's JPEGs couldn't look sharper, too with tweaked firmware)."

Despite a nice and fair review the above statement is complete nonsense imho. The jpgs can be very, very sharp from the d800, but I'm not sure who would ever shoot jpegs with any of the D8xx series, well yes, I think Ken Rockwell would :-)

JPEGs from the D800 are not as sharp and detailed as those from the D800E and D810, even at apertures where diffraction removes any distinction in raw image quality. We demonstrated this in our review of the D800/E.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2014 at 23:34 UTC
On Canon India teases 'something big' coming soon article (150 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 (1496 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 (1496 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 (1496 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 (1496 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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