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 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (1020 comments in total)
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GinTonik: What exactly is a featured preview? Does this mean it or it's highlighting on the frontpage is paid by Sony?

It simply means it's our main story for the day. It's purely an editorial tool.

You'll notice if you pay attention to the site that our 'featured' articles are generally reviews, previews, sample galleries, studio test results etc., which we want to highlight above the normal run of day-to-day news on the homepage.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2015 at 19:50 UTC
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jagge: It seems its not very sharp at 0,95 -> 2.8 which makes this sense completely irrelevant for anything, especially with the lack of AF and especially at this price.

Ohhh the amount of f 5.0 pictures from this baby in the review strongly puzzles me. A lens like this is bought for the 0.95 what it can do above f 3.5 is totally irrelevant.

Best wishes

Jakob

"Are you saying that this lens is the equal of say a Cooke or a Zeiss at about one-one hundredth of the price?"

Nope, because I have no idea. But I suspect that for HD and even 4K video, the performance of this lens is likely to be more acceptable, critically, than it might be for high-res stills.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2015 at 01:26 UTC
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RedDog Steve: Does this contract grant authority to destroy equipment as TSwift's ?
Tantamount to smashing a guitar for playing a wrong note.
EL KABONG !

That's a misreading of the contract, to be fair. My interpretation of it was that the recording *media* might be confiscated or destroyed, which really means memory cards.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2015 at 23:33 UTC
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jagge: It seems its not very sharp at 0,95 -> 2.8 which makes this sense completely irrelevant for anything, especially with the lack of AF and especially at this price.

Ohhh the amount of f 5.0 pictures from this baby in the review strongly puzzles me. A lens like this is bought for the 0.95 what it can do above f 3.5 is totally irrelevant.

Best wishes

Jakob

It's certainly good enough for video, which (we suspect) is going to be the main appeal of this lens.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2015 at 23:07 UTC
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The Squire: I thought "why's this on DPR...", then I remembered

How much more honest do you want us to be? I mean - sorry to labor the point - it is very clearly stated in this article, in bright green text. And in fact it's also clearly stated in every other article where Amazon is part of the story, in whatever way.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2015 at 01:03 UTC
On Readers' showcase: Dan Hogman article (36 comments in total)
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LastChance4U: I DARE someone to say something negative about this work. I double dog dare you! Fantastic work! 10/10

Jonathan Ive?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 13, 2015 at 06:13 UTC
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The Squire: I thought "why's this on DPR...", then I remembered

@ SamChua - yes, Amazon owns DPReview. This is clearly stated in the article. But that's not why we posted it.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 12, 2015 at 06:46 UTC
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RedDog Steve: So the 645Z is not being totally ignored, it gets a brief mention in a Canon vs Nikon article. Still I wonder how one can say "medium format look" when it has rarely been looked at ?

RedDog Steve - here are some links for you since you seem to not be using the site search feature:

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/1224960300/hands-on-with-the-pentax-645z

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/4581411523/pentax-645z-added-to-studio-comparison-database

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/0121577106/medium-well-done-two-takes-on-the-pentax-645z

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 16:06 UTC
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BartyLobethal: I'm sure the sale will be global. Pity about the photo comp.

I try.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 16:03 UTC
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The Squire: I thought "why's this on DPR...", then I remembered

Day of deals on camera gear... global photo competition with 10K prize...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 16:03 UTC
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RedDog Steve: So the 645Z is not being totally ignored, it gets a brief mention in a Canon vs Nikon article. Still I wonder how one can say "medium format look" when it has rarely been looked at ?

We've covered the 645Z on DPReview several times.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2015 at 23:49 UTC
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BartyLobethal: I'm sure the sale will be global. Pity about the photo comp.

Yeah I'm honestly not sure about that to be honest!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2015 at 23:23 UTC
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BartyLobethal: I'm sure the sale will be global. Pity about the photo comp.

The sales, and the photo comp., are open to prime members in every country where Prime is available.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2015 at 22:24 UTC
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Smitty1: "FULL DISCLOSURE: dpreview.com is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amazon but both dpreview.com and our sister site connect.dpreview.com are editorially independent of our parent company."

ahh...

This has been such a hyped sale.. I've seen 'articles' of it mentioned on news sites, on finance sites, deals/sales sites, and now here. At this point, I'm not sure it can live up to it's hype.

We shall see!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2015 at 19:57 UTC
On Feature film shot on iPhone 5 coming to cinemas post (64 comments in total)
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whyamihere: I find the level of cynicism of most of the comments to be simultaneously unsurprising and utterly infuriating.

Nowhere else can you find a group of people who are completely defeatist about a production team taking a photography and film tool that the majority of people have on their person at any given time and making a full-length feature.

I'll gladly argue against the use of a 'real camera'. I'm fed up with footage from 'real cameras' being post-processed into appearing as amateur handheld video. This is the real deal, which lends to the character and authenticity of the movie.

For all the concerns about the footage quality, I can't say that I've read a single review of the film thus far complaining of how the film looks. Your average audience member doesn't care about IQ unless it adds or completely distracts from the story being told. It looks like an interesting movie, which means I'll probably take it over the countless beautifully-shot yet otherwise-garbage films out there.

Careful now - you're getting dangerously close to displaying a reasonable and balanced point of view...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2015 at 02:19 UTC
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ThatCamFan: I worked in commercial printing for nine years and I have to ask: Panasonic! Did nobody check this stuff before putting it on the cameras, are you effing serious?! This is printing 101 here for effings sake, this is the FIRST problem you check when it comes to printing!!! Printing 101!

Calm down, it's not all Panasonic cameras. It's not even all G7s. Ours has proved very resistant to its serial number being rubbed.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2015 at 21:46 UTC
On Feature film shot on iPhone 5 coming to cinemas post (64 comments in total)
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StevenE: A good story is indispensable and carries the film of course. But what does the iPhone actually bring to the table? It's awkward to use and there are plenty of better, inexpensive, equally unobtrusive cameras. Maybe the iPhone is good for publicity, but that's about it.

Budget, I believe was a main factor, and the filmmaker wanted a specific 'look'. Clearly, the equipment they used did the job...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2015 at 18:30 UTC
On Nikon D810A: An astrophotographer's perspective article (113 comments in total)
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Tom Goodman: I cannot comment on the astrophotographic correctness of these images but I can say they are utterly fungible with thousands of other similar pictures and, thus, are eminently forgettable. As far as I am concerned they fail the three major tests for memorable work:

1. Did I wish I took the picture?
2. Do I wish I owned the picture?
3. Did I go out into the world after seeing the picture and see the world as the photographer did?

No on all three counts.

Tom, do please try and be pleasant.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2015 at 15:06 UTC
On DSC00666-ISO1000-123.0 mm- photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (3 comments in total)
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Robert Zanatta: Was that shot taken hand held?

Yes.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2015 at 00:00 UTC
On photo in sample gallery (3 comments in total)
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Robert Zanatta: Was that shot taken hand held?

Yes.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2015 at 00:00 UTC
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