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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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 (99 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 (2300 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 (2300 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
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win39: Beautiful images, Barney.

Very kind, thanks.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2014 at 23:04 UTC
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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 (2300 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
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2300 comments in total)
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UnitedNations: Fuji X100T is coming out soon. With its expected improvement over the x100s, why even bother with a Leica camera anymore which is way over priced for what it delivers?

I'm sure that Leica would make the (entirely reasonable) point that the T has an interchangeable lens mount :)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2014 at 00:09 UTC
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ENicolas: This is the same one they released two weeks ago.

10th July, correct. We don't always get informed directly by PR, so sometimes we're a little late.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 23:18 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2300 comments in total)
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Marty4650: If someone tried to give me this camera as a gift, I would take it.

Then I would put it on ebay, and sell it for $1,850, since it is currently out of stock at Amazon. Then, I would use the part of the money to buy an Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens, and put the other thousand dollars in my pocket.

I would send a nice thank you note to the kind person who gave me that gift.

And Barney would take the camera too, if it wasn't for Simon's rule about accepting gifts from camera companies. In fact, I'd guess that Barney's own sense of integrity would prevent him from taking it without a rule forbidding it.

Yeah the 'gift' thing is hypothetical. And it's not Simon's rule, it's pretty much just common sense :)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 21:11 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2300 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.

This is not a review.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 20:59 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2300 comments in total)
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quezra: How is making it so reliant on touchscreen in any way bold? Sony NEX-5N did it years ago. Samsung Galaxy NX did it the most recently. Even the upcoming Lytro camera is going to do it. I think DPR were desperate to say something nice about Leica, but honestly this isn't bold. It's a design choice that many have tried, and eventually rolled back in favor of more physical controls which a VF necessitates for tactile feedback.

It's bold *for Leica*.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 20:45 UTC
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Deardorff: How does the touch screen work with gloves or mittens and 20 below zero temperatures?

Honestly I haven't tried it (will do so though) but it's capacitative not pressure-sensitive. As such it'll likely work sometimes, with some *very thin* gloves. There are plenty of gloves on the market which are designed to work with touchscreen devices though.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 19:41 UTC
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