Barney Britton

Barney Britton

DPReview Administrator
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 Video Field Test: Tamron SP 15-30mm F2.8 Di VC USD article (84 comments in total)
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Peiasdf: Why is the Nikon logo and D810 tag taped over? Are you guys reviewing some unreleased camera? Also, you have a 36mp FF DSLR in the Pacific northwest forest but no photo of bigfoot? Why is it that only people using a 80s' camcorder can capture bigfoot? Haha

Good lens and good review. Tamron should make one for the alpha-mount.

The only time (unless my memory is seriously failing) we've ever written about the 15-30mm in prototype form is from Photokina last year when we handled a non-final beta sample. That was just a hands-on piece from a tradeshow. No samples or analysis.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2015 at 01:20 UTC
On Video Field Test: Tamron SP 15-30mm F2.8 Di VC USD article (84 comments in total)
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88SAL: Can we qualify uniquely in its class for stabilization? Nikon and canon both offer wide zooms with VC. Do you mean being 1mm shorter than Nikon/Canon lenses or the fact its a 2.8 zoom?given it stretches out to 30mm, i think its more like the nikon 16-35 than the nikon 14-24. Just wkndering where the destinctions are coming in?

F2.8 compared to F4.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2015 at 01:19 UTC
On Video Field Test: Tamron SP 15-30mm F2.8 Di VC USD article (84 comments in total)
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Peiasdf: Why is the Nikon logo and D810 tag taped over? Are you guys reviewing some unreleased camera? Also, you have a 36mp FF DSLR in the Pacific northwest forest but no photo of bigfoot? Why is it that only people using a 80s' camcorder can capture bigfoot? Haha

Good lens and good review. Tamron should make one for the alpha-mount.

We were given an early production sample, not a prototype. We're almost never allowed to analyze results from prototype products (for obvious reasons). And in my decade of reviewing photographic hardware, I've never seen any evidence of 'optimizing' review samples.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2015 at 23:30 UTC
On Video Field Test: Tamron SP 15-30mm F2.8 Di VC USD article (84 comments in total)
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Peiasdf: Why is the Nikon logo and D810 tag taped over? Are you guys reviewing some unreleased camera? Also, you have a 36mp FF DSLR in the Pacific northwest forest but no photo of bigfoot? Why is it that only people using a 80s' camcorder can capture bigfoot? Haha

Good lens and good review. Tamron should make one for the alpha-mount.

Same lens - and what makes you think that it has been 'optimized'?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2015 at 20:49 UTC
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steelski: I posted this to Siomn Joinson at DPReview over a month ago. Thank you for actually getting around to posting something about this.
Also, This is a Ricoh initiative.
You guys mention Ricoh twice in the whole article, and not in the headline.
I really am starting to believe that there is something that you guys have against Ricoh Pentax.

Of all places, really - you're brand-trolling us on *this* article? Don't you think that's a little tasteless?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2015 at 20:41 UTC
On Video Field Test: Tamron SP 15-30mm F2.8 Di VC USD article (84 comments in total)
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Peiasdf: Why is the Nikon logo and D810 tag taped over? Are you guys reviewing some unreleased camera? Also, you have a 36mp FF DSLR in the Pacific northwest forest but no photo of bigfoot? Why is it that only people using a 80s' camcorder can capture bigfoot? Haha

Good lens and good review. Tamron should make one for the alpha-mount.

It's not about the camera. It's a lens field test. It's pretty obvious which camera it is we're using ;)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2015 at 18:18 UTC
On Video Field Test: Tamron SP 15-30mm F2.8 Di VC USD article (84 comments in total)
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Megaframe: I'd really like to see some stress on how low of a shutter speed one can go with this lens. 1/8th burst is easy for a 17-40mm non-stabilized lens. How about 1 or 2 second exposures?

Around 1/5sec at 15mm on a 36MP body, while crouching on a cold day was about as good as we could manage. But on a lower-resolution body (or if you don't mind down-rezzing the files) I'm sure you could get away with slower speeds.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2015 at 18:04 UTC
On Video Field Test: Tamron SP 15-30mm F2.8 Di VC USD article (84 comments in total)
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MGJA: I'm really enjoying these videos. It doesn't hurt that Rishi is plain mean behind that viewfinder, too.

Although Barney... rolled up trouser legs are an offense against everything that fair and just in this world. Immediately vaporizes any accent-derived cultural goodwill that might otherwise accrue. Just sayin'.

Other than that... kudos. Oh, and third part manufacturers? Start working on a filter holder for this puppy, please.

Late growth spurt.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2015 at 17:51 UTC
On Video Field Test: Tamron SP 15-30mm F2.8 Di VC USD article (84 comments in total)
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Jon Stern: For those of us that prefer to read, what's the conclusion?

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/4651324149/tamron-15-30-f2-8-vs-nikon-14-24-f2-8-shootout

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2015 at 06:37 UTC
On Video Field Test: Tamron SP 15-30mm F2.8 Di VC USD article (84 comments in total)
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G1Houston: What camera did you use to shoot the video? Very nice.

As with the other recent field tests, we're using a Sony a7S 4K system.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2015 at 05:09 UTC
On Nikon D5500 Review preview (325 comments in total)
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dynaxx: Re the long debate below about DPR's policy on the prioritisation of camera reviews ; what happened to the old pre-commercialisation DPR's aim to be a leader of opinion not a follower ?

When DPR staff/journalists say they are responding to the volume of interest from their followers it is a feeble cop-out when most photography enthusiasts urgently want to know about the groundbreaking/state of the Art cameras to keep in touch with developments in the industry. Devoting all that time and effort to reviewing re-hashed Canikons must be as frustrating for the journalists as it is for the bloggers.

The point is that the lesser lights in terms of camera sales ( Sigma, Samsung, Pentax, etc. ) have no choice but to innovate to grow their market shares forcing them to differentiate their products by innovating.

( when this comment finds its way into the DPR stat's it will give another "tick" to Nikon !!! )

@ dynaxx - fortunately, talking in circles with you isn't the only thing that I have to do, day to day. Honestly I stopped understanding what you were driving at two posts ago. So I got on with other things, like editing and posting content. Feel free to PM me. I really have no idea what you're asking me to tell you at this point.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2015 at 05:06 UTC
On Video Field Test: Tamron SP 15-30mm F2.8 Di VC USD article (84 comments in total)
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steelhead3: Barney, do you have any thoughts or reasons why Tamron refuses to give a choice to Sony users on VC?

I should imagine as with all things of this nature that it's a cost/benefit question. Specifically, the projection of too much of the former and not enough of the latter to make it feasible.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2015 at 01:13 UTC
On Video Field Test: Tamron SP 15-30mm F2.8 Di VC USD article (84 comments in total)
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Bjorn_L: Nice video, I enjoyed watching it. Which Nikon did you use?

Thanks - we wanted to use the current flagship high-res full frame, which right now is the D810.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 23:56 UTC
On DPReview recommends: Best smartphone cameras post (242 comments in total)
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Mister Roboto: Wow, still iPhone is there no matter what...

All-rounder? What kind of award is that?

Note 4, Galaxy 6, CM1, Nokia should get that title as they are miles better than iPhone in IQ and some of them have 4K video. iPhone is using 10 year old technology in it camera and any 50$ camera out there can easily trounce iPhone's output anytime of the day.

It's just a strap-line. Not an award.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 18:52 UTC
On Canon drops prices on 31 high-end L lenses article (58 comments in total)
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JustDavid: Hi DPR, is this going to be a regular news item when something like it happens accross the manufacturers? That would be really useful. Especially if based on some proactive market sampling rather than random PR Thank you

If any manufacturer dropped prices like this across almost an entire range of products we'd cover it.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 18:22 UTC
On Samsung NX1 Review preview (1193 comments in total)
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The Silver Nemesis: If this camera is in a class of its own, then, what about "Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category."?!?
And then, following the above procedure/logic, which are the competitors from the same class for:
a) Nikon D7200 (EOS 70D? Sony...?)
b) Canon EOS 7D Mk II (...? ...???)
Thank you.

It's just a headline...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 16:29 UTC
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turvyT: I'm glad that DPR hired a photographer to shoot these sample pics. Nice.

She's great. And I'm not just saying that because our annual performance reviews are coming up.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2015 at 08:03 UTC
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lacikuss: Why this short nterview took this long to edit? Did you have to get approval from Nikon? When was CP+?

In journalism this type of editing is done in two hours at max. My questions are relevant to the level of free press and quality of answers you were able to achieve.

Well, the other reason it took a while was that me and Rishi had a million other things to do ;)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2015 at 04:13 UTC
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Rouseabout: @DPR I'm sure from your perspective the 'off the record' interview was enlightening. From the readers perspective it was not!

Yeah - sorry. There's not much we can do about that! To be honest though the off-record portion didn't include disclosure of secrets, so much as detailed discussion of some of the issues raised in the interview.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2015 at 04:11 UTC
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Britzzzilla: So basically, they didn't answer any of DP Review's questions, is what I read. You should scream at their PR person - don't deliver an interview if you can't make good on it.

"Scream at the PR person". OK, got it. Noted.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2015 at 04:10 UTC
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