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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TangoMan: Why are the photos so small? 442x448 pixels for the first one. That is 9.5% of my monitor's available pixels. Can we get a full screen mode please?
I can't tell for sure, but they look like very interesting pictures.

We're working on a nicer 'full-screen' lightbox viewing mode but something to consider is that often, a photographer/institution is much more comfortable with us using images smaller, as opposed to high/full-resolution so we have to be mindful of that.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2014 at 16:05 UTC
On LensRentals tests Lomography's Petzval lens article (28 comments in total)
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G Sciorio: It's a beautiful lens. Shame they don't make one with a native M43 mount. I ended up buying the parts and built my own which cost me about $150 and a few days of time. Mine is not as pretty, nor does it have aperture control but the bokeh rocks like nothing else.

Sounds like a fun DIY project! Would you care to post it in our new DIY forum, perhaps? We're actively trying to find and showcase interesting reader projects.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2014 at 00:47 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 stock shortage prompts official apology article (288 comments in total)
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Scottelly: Dear DPreview . . . why no review of the V3?

Our review is in the final stages of creation, we should be publishing it within a few days.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 17:03 UTC
On Nikon D810: What You Need to Know article (137 comments in total)
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Aaron Shepard: It's weird that DPReview keeps claiming that Face Recognition through the OVF is new -- it was there in the D800 -- and that so is the Small Raw -- which the D4s introduced.

Face recognition is part and parcel of the Scene Recognition System, so yeah - not new. New is being able to switch it on/off.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 00:15 UTC
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abluesky: This was the worst article I've ever read on DPR.

Interesting, and good to know. Still puzzled by your tone though Andrew.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2014 at 17:34 UTC
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Antony John: Seems that many posters are upset that Nikon has dared to upgrade' the D800.
If current users don't need the benefits of the D810 then I don't understand why they should be so animated.
Relax.
In a couple of years there'll be a D810 upgrade (D820 presumably) that will be "The best of the best - with honors" (courtesy of MIB #1).
That Nikon are 'refining' an already excellent camera should be applauded not denigrated. It shows that there was little that needed modification on an already excellent camera with currently available technology.

@ Anthony - "I don't have a problem with DP Review serving its owners and advertisers" - this is the kind of insinuation I have a real problem with because - honestly - it's lazy and an insult to everyone who works on this site.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2014 at 15:21 UTC
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patcam7122: Did I strike a nerve, Simon? If you look at other comments here you'll see I'm certainly not alone in finding this article was a waste of space.

@patcam7122 - you realise that it's almost impossible to 'waste space' on the Internet, right? But seriously, if you *really* don't like lightweight picture-lead weekend stories, come back Monday morning.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2014 at 17:11 UTC
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123Mike: Nikon is a very special sponsor. It's how they've manipulated exposure since day one.

Just a few weeks ago we were being bashed for Sony bias. How things (don't) change...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2014 at 17:07 UTC
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abluesky: This was the worst article I've ever read on DPR.

@ EOSHD - Surprised that you're so comfortable trashing someone's writing on dpreview, to be honest but where are you finding the 'flat' pic control mode on the D800? I have one here and I'm drawing a blank (I am completely happy to be proven wrong).

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2014 at 17:06 UTC
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Tom Nokin: What a silly comment regarding the new base ISO of 64 instead of 100: "Now we can more easily use fast aperture lenses wide open in daylight hours to enjoy the dramatic separation of extremely shallow depth of field and selective focusing." First of all it is by no means clear whether the ISO 64 is so much better than the Low 0.3 or 0.7 that the D800 already has. More importantly, this is 2/3 of one aperature stop. With speed up to 1/8000 sec you can use any aperature in any lighting situation. Under what circumstances is 1/8000 sec when you want to use 1.4 or 1.8 not enough? Also the difference between 100 ISO and 64 is roughly the differnce between 1.4. or 1.8. I would argue that no can say by looking at a real picture whether 1.4 or 1.8 has been used. So this "advantage" is nearly pointless in the real world.

ISO 64 in the D810 is a true 'base'. There is no loss of DR (It's mentioned in the preview and the feature highlights articles). ISO 32 *is* an extension setting though so we'd expect reduced DR.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2014 at 17:03 UTC
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Antony John: Seems that many posters are upset that Nikon has dared to upgrade' the D800.
If current users don't need the benefits of the D810 then I don't understand why they should be so animated.
Relax.
In a couple of years there'll be a D810 upgrade (D820 presumably) that will be "The best of the best - with honors" (courtesy of MIB #1).
That Nikon are 'refining' an already excellent camera should be applauded not denigrated. It shows that there was little that needed modification on an already excellent camera with currently available technology.

Anthony - this is an 'Opinion' piece, clearly marked as such, written by one of the longest-standing editorial voices in the European photographic industry. Take it or leave it - there's a review on the way in case you were worried.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2014 at 17:02 UTC
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RedFox88: How much is nikon paying DPR for these "what you need to know" articles? This is the second one in 24 hours!

@ lenseye - You're talking absolute nonsense.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2014 at 07:05 UTC
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RedFox88: How much is nikon paying DPR for these "what you need to know" articles? This is the second one in 24 hours!

@steve23 - no we do not.

Starting with the FZ1000, we are changing how we deal with launch content around new products. If an A7X were released tomorrow (you heard it here first) we'd aim to publish at least 4 pieces of content over a couple of days. Accusations of bias are baseless and (with respect) they are lazy. And anyway, as regards the A7-series, we've actually produced a heck of a lot...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2014 at 01:46 UTC
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RedFox88: How much is nikon paying DPR for these "what you need to know" articles? This is the second one in 24 hours!

It's safe to assume that will happen :)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2014 at 01:23 UTC
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Zvonimir Tosic: Is this DPR article apologetic, or is supposed to be educational?
I ask that because I never see similar explanatory/apologetic articles delineating "life-enhancing changes and wise decision of the manufacturer to take exactly this way of development" for cameras from say, Sigma, Leica or Pentax.

"Life-enhancing changes", article says. For whom? For the owners of the D800, or for the owners of other cameras? Are owners of the D800 supposed to sell their camera in order to buy a new and enhance their lives, or users of others cameras have had quite a dull life so far, but which D810 can turn into an enhanced experience?

Sort of true - basically as the functionality of our forums has been fleshed out (the much improved method of showing off images, and so on) there's less need for the articles platform as its own distinct content creation system. On the 'admin' side, we recently removed the distinction between 'news' and 'articles' on the main site, too.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2014 at 00:54 UTC
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Jonathan F/2: Nice ad (masquerading as an article) to help bolster Amazon pre-orders.

What he (GlobalGuyUSA) said. The reflexive 'this is an ad!' line about content which blatantly isn't, is getting a little tired...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2014 at 00:33 UTC
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Zvonimir Tosic: Is this DPR article apologetic, or is supposed to be educational?
I ask that because I never see similar explanatory/apologetic articles delineating "life-enhancing changes and wise decision of the manufacturer to take exactly this way of development" for cameras from say, Sigma, Leica or Pentax.

"Life-enhancing changes", article says. For whom? For the owners of the D800, or for the owners of other cameras? Are owners of the D800 supposed to sell their camera in order to buy a new and enhance their lives, or users of others cameras have had quite a dull life so far, but which D810 can turn into an enhanced experience?

As a previous commenter has said, this is 'opinion' but articles like this are part of a broader site goal to create more content around high-profile new products around the time of launch.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2014 at 00:31 UTC
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RedFox88: How much is nikon paying DPR for these "what you need to know" articles? This is the second one in 24 hours!

We're a gear site, we create content around high-profile new gear. Always have.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2014 at 00:30 UTC
On Nikon D810: What You Need to Know article (137 comments in total)
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rhlpetrus: Thanks, this is what one expects from DPR, an a analysis of the new features, well-done (and a much better approach than the one in the "first impressions review" published yesterday, with some out of place negative comments, implicit in the title "a bit better"). This is actually a very welcome update in many aspects, especially for those that did not go for the original versions.

Oddly, both were written by the same person...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 18:45 UTC
On Nikon D810: What You Need to Know article (137 comments in total)
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phoman: I see no mentioning about s-raw?

My mistake (I knew I'd missed something). It's in there now.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 16:25 UTC
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