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 2014 Holiday Gift Guides article (9 comments in total)
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Howard Moftich: this would have been oh so useful about a month or so ago. Really? Wait until barely a week beforehand?

Ah, sarcasm. *how* useful.

Seriously though - we were focused on the heavierweight buying guide and roundup content earlier. I didn't want to delay that for the sake of a more light-hearted gift guide.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 23:19 UTC
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helltormentor: @ Barney Britton

Is that true that the X-TRANS sensor becomes ISOless from 400 on? (By ISOless, I mean there is no noise penalty if we increase exposure in post rather than increasing sensitivity in camera while shooting).

I'll have to defer to my colleague and ISO nerd Rishi on that point.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 22:18 UTC
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phazelag: I am curious what aperture you landed on for most shots. I usually use f5.6 to f8 depending on the camera and sensor. You mentioned the f1.2 I am guessing you were not going for shallow DOF.

I think I was flitting around between F4-8 on the 56mm for enough DOF to cover both of the model's eyes, when I was shooting. Olivia was mostly shooting at F8-11 on the 50-140mm.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 20:29 UTC
On Have your say: Best Lens of 2014 article (106 comments in total)
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quezra: Looks like they've reset the poll with the addition of the FE16-35/4. But where's the Otus 85? Where's the Tamron 150-600? Where's the FE55/1.8? They need to only include lenses people can actually shoot with, rather than base it on calendar announced date.

You have 3 votes - you can rank your first, second and third choice, or you can just pick 2, or even just pick your favorite single lens. I see your point but I would hope that in a field of 14 lenses this gives most people enough flexibility to express their opinion/s.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 19:12 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1163 comments in total)
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Everlast66: So DPR managed to make 2 reviews of the 3 month old Canon7D II, with the second review written specifically for the .02 firmware update,
but still have not bothered to review the 7 months old Sony A77 II.
Even the 2.0 firmware update of the A77 II didn't seem to be important enough.

No wonder Canon and Nikon have the biggest market share if Sony, Pentax and other smaller manufacturers are getting treatment like this.

"DPR managed to make 2 reviews of the 3 month old Canon7D II, with the second review written specifically for the .02 firmware update"

Not true.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 07:20 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1163 comments in total)
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olypan: DPR (Amazon) have flogged this dead horse to the point you'd need to check its dental records.

A couple of Englishmen, a load of Americans, and a few thousand forum users walked into a bar...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 07:20 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1163 comments in total)
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sneakyracer: Overall the 7D2 is a superb Camera Body looking for a better sensor. The Image Quality in both Stills and Video is Competent but not class leading. It is a shame because everything else is superb. (could use WiFi though).

Much as I love Ange (in fact we used to work together) that does rest on a few assumptions. I was told by Canon engineers that the only reason for WiFi being omitted in the 7D Mark II was that it just wasn't technically feasible to get it (or rather *fit it*) into that body design. Personally I doubt whether it was a straightforward 'either or' decision. But who knows? Maybe it was.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 05:28 UTC
On Have your say: Best Lens of 2014 article (106 comments in total)
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quezra: Looks like they've reset the poll with the addition of the FE16-35/4. But where's the Otus 85? Where's the Tamron 150-600? Where's the FE55/1.8? They need to only include lenses people can actually shoot with, rather than base it on calendar announced date.

From the article:

"This poll lists products announced (but not necessarily available) in 2014. If there's a late 2013 product missing that you want to highlight, leave a comment and we'll take this into account."

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 05:24 UTC
On Have your say: Best Lens of 2014 article (106 comments in total)
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Theelderkeynes: This list is a disaster and DP should rerun it. Heaven knows how they came up with this parade, presumably after a very long lunch. Perhaps they can be explicit about how they (a) came up with the list selection and (b) how they missed such stars as the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM "A". I have no axe to grind, I'm a micro 4/3 user. Transparency must be made complete here. A failure to open up the selection criteria to scrutiny leaves DPReview with a lack of credibility.

"Perhaps they can be explicit about how they (a) came up with the list selection and (b) how they missed such stars as the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM "A".

Alow me...

a) it's a curated list of lenses released in 2014, biased towards the ones which (in our opinion) have most relevance to enthusiast photographers.

b) the Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 was released in *2013* and covered in last year's readers' poll.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 01:44 UTC
On Have your say: Best Lens of 2014 article (106 comments in total)
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Section10: DPReview: "Vote for your favorite/best lens!"....leaves out FE55

It's a 2013 lens, I believe?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 01:42 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1163 comments in total)
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karlwunsch: Behold the resurrection of this article and its ascension to the top of the frontpage :)

Or alternatively, it's *descent* from the main homepage marquee to the slot underneath it...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 21:55 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1163 comments in total)
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olypan: DPR (Amazon) have flogged this dead horse to the point you'd need to check its dental records.

How so?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 21:54 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1163 comments in total)
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Just another Canon shooter: Thank you for adding a page about DR. It was time to make this "more official". Canon cannot pretend anymore than they do not know what everybody is talking about.

BTW, why comparing the 7DII to the D7000? Why not to the D7100? The latter is newer, and ... suffers from banding (still better DR than any Canon).

The D7000's sensor serves exactly the same purpose when it comes to technical demonstration. We just happened not to have a D7100 in the office on the day we got the perfect sunset. Simple as that I'm afraid!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 21:53 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1163 comments in total)
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kitsios_spyros: Come on dpreview, you must be joking, right??! D7100 the king of DR? How can you ignore the class leading result of K5 series cameras which actually bests FF cameras? Do you need a link to DxOMark tests?
I am a regular member in your site, but more because of the quality of the participants in the forums I participate than because of your articles.
I believe that most of the complaints you receive in the comments of your articles the last couple of years are more and more valid.
I am impressed with the AF improvements of 7Dii, But the big two should not get any favours.
I would just like to see their cameras get reviewed with the same delay as Pentax cameras, thus comparing 7Dii with K3 replacement. Because this is what actually happens with smaller manufacturers.
I would love to see your response.

Both Pentax and Nikon largely use the same Sony sensors AFAIK.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 21:48 UTC
On Have your say: Best Lens of 2014 article (106 comments in total)
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quezra: Looks like they've reset the poll with the addition of the FE16-35/4. But where's the Otus 85? Where's the Tamron 150-600? Where's the FE55/1.8? They need to only include lenses people can actually shoot with, rather than base it on calendar announced date.

Announcement date is the cleanest cut-off, but obviously there are issues when a lens doesn't become available for x amount of time. This is normally a problem with lenses released towards the end of a calendar year. The poll will remain organised around announcement date, but suggestions in comments will be considered when we announce the results of the polls.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 18:56 UTC
On Video: Capturing nature with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II article (187 comments in total)
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photofisher: Barney -

I was wondering which Canon 16-35 you were using?

That is incorrect. Where are you seeing the data?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 17:45 UTC
On Have your say: Best High-end Compact Camera of 2014 article (72 comments in total)
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qwertyasdf: Voted...
The Best High-end Compact Camera of 2014, which I've never owned or used.

"DPReview could theoretically give the highest review to the camera that has the highest margin for Amazon. They award that camera "camera of the year", Amazon will see a significant uptick in sales on the higher margin camera."

I'm glad that you 'don't think that this is happening' because it isn't. Anyway this is a readers' poll - this is *your* opinion...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 16:59 UTC
On Have your say: Best High-end Compact Camera of 2014 article (72 comments in total)
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Scottelly: Has ANYONE worked with even half of these? What's the point of this?

"What's the point of this?"

Well, the point is to poll our readers about their stand-out products of the year. Then we'll announce a vote at the end of the month for the overall best product, alongside our own awards, at the end of January. Just a bit of fun.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 16:57 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1163 comments in total)
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Charlie boots: I wonder why when the D800E has a score of 82% and is rated gold. This camera has a score of 84% and is rated silver?

The cameras are in different classes, so the scores aren't directly comparable. And there's no inherent connection between a camera's score and its award (if any).

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 19:33 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1163 comments in total)
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Allen Yang: Metering & focus accuracy is not as good as the old 7D. Interesting!

@ photo nuts - calm down, our reviews are 'point in time'. The EOS 7D was scored five years ago. Our expectations have advanced considerably since then ;)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 07:36 UTC
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