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 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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makofoto: RAW files ... Sony knows their market better then you. Sure I'd like my new car to be lower and have more HP but that company isn't dealing with that 1%.

What BarnET said ^^

Direct link | Posted on Jul 6, 2015 at 16:23 UTC
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Ken Croft: 24-270 is not a 30x zoom is it? It looks more like 13x to me.

Several images in this gallery were taken at or close to 720mm equivalent. And while they don't look great at close inspection, they reduce down well enough for sharing on the web.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 6, 2015 at 15:46 UTC
On Sony: An eye on focus article (758 comments in total)
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chillgreg: Where did you get those handsome models! They must have cost a fortune! ;)

Chill, Greg.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2015 at 03:13 UTC
On Otus Readings: the Zeiss 85 F1.4 Otus Comparison article (223 comments in total)
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russbarnes: How is the moire so bad with the 5DSR? It's all over this image, yet there is no sign of it with the D810. Canon seem to have got something hideously wrong with this camera.

There is moiré in the samples from the D810 but bear in mind that moiré is one of those things that appears unpredictably, based on the frequency of the patterns being imaged. As such, it's entirely possible that at another camera / subject distance, the D810 might show more moiré in some parts of the scene than the 5DSR.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2015 at 19:05 UTC
On Vantage Point: The aviation photography of Jon Pece article (203 comments in total)
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rjaywallace: I apologize for the unappreciative comments of others - flaming a**holes. Your well-crafted images are at their best telling the story of the moment. Veritable "street photography" of the air. You do a masterful job and certainly deserve to be very proud of the results. You have clearly amassed many of the skills needed to control the photographic medium. I stand in awe, sir.

Steady on now rjaywallace - I think you almost completed a respectful exchange. We can't be having that, not in there here parts... (joke).

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2015 at 06:48 UTC
On Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? article (1073 comments in total)
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Dimit: Uncompressed 14 bit raw ???
No thanks...no need for 100 MB files for something won't even notice in 90% of the cases..

@ ET2 - Yes he does.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 17:14 UTC
On #1 in France: Hands-on with DxO ONE article (221 comments in total)
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Leandros S: Doesn't this need a disclaimer that DPReview has a business cooperation with DxO?

I just explained our relationship with Dxo to you. So I'm lying?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 05:11 UTC
On #1 in France: Hands-on with DxO ONE article (221 comments in total)
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Leandros S: Doesn't this need a disclaimer that DPReview has a business cooperation with DxO?

We have no 'business co-operation' with DxO. We use their (publicly available) lens test data in our lens reviews and talk under NDA from time to time about photo science. The first time I saw the ONE was when we were briefed on it a couple of days before announcement.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 19:11 UTC
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veroman: "Sponsored content, produced in partnership with Canon."

Well, no matter how you explain what this is, in the end it's an out-and-out commercial for Canon, no different than an "advertorial" in print media (an advertorial looks just like a magazine article, but it's really paid advertising space).

Call it a "Video Feature," call it whatever you like, in the end it doesn't really "add value" (one of dpreview's criteria for features like this). How can it when it's an extremely biased view of the product?

"no matter how you explain what this is, in the end it's an out-and-out commercial for Canon".

With respect, that doesn't make any sense. The purpose of the FAQ is to make it clear that this is *not* an 'out-and-out commercial'. This video was a DPReview production, and we had final editorial veto. I personally selected Josh as talent (he's someone we've known for a while) and the location and concept emerged from conversations between the two of us and our director (who is also a friend of ours).

I also wrote that FAQ myself, in an effort to be as clear about this kind of content as possible. Pay particular attention to this final line:

"We do not and will not ever accept financial or other incentives to say something about a product or manufacturer that we believe to be untrue or misleading".

The value of this video (we think) is in showing how a professional photojournalist works with the tools available to him, and how his family background and career have intersected.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 18:59 UTC
On Canon EOS Rebel T6i Review preview (299 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Holy cow!

Not even a Silver Award!

Heads will roll in Seattle!

Heads will roll...?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 17:52 UTC
On Canon EOS Rebel T6i Review preview (299 comments in total)
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Celsus: Wow. What I noticed first is that only 17 people state "I want it". Wow. That's amazing for a camera that's been out a while and is a *Canon* (most of us first serious cameras, right?). Has Canon really lost the enthusiast crowd (small though it might be)?

This is an entry-level DSLR, and actually it's not been out all that long.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 16:03 UTC
On Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? article (1073 comments in total)
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saralecaire: DPreview's articles have really changed a lot since Amazon's buyout. They read more like opinion pieces than proper online magazine articles, as they used to be like.

So, Michael, just to be clear. We are, or are not getting paid to write content, in your opinion?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 01:11 UTC
On Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? article (1073 comments in total)
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Dimit: Uncompressed 14 bit raw ???
No thanks...no need for 100 MB files for something won't even notice in 90% of the cases..

I mean 14 bit in relation to 12 bit. That's 2 extra EV of dynamic range. Clever chaps like Rishi have told me so.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 00:48 UTC
On Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? article (1073 comments in total)
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MarshallG: Rishi,
I personally feel as though you are over-hyping this camera. It is not available yet, and there could still be significant problems that only a full review will (hopefully) uncover. For example, you give an example that shutter shock is a serious limitation in the A7R. But you can't uncover such an issue without a review.

I have deep respect for DPReview, but it's the REVIEW, not the preview, that sets you apart. I can find 100 websites that will republish or rewrite the camera's marketing copy and call it a "review." It's drivel! DPReview is different because you rely on your hands-on testing. With great admiration and respect, I admonish you to temper your enthusiasm until you can be certain that it's justifiable.

We also rely on our insight into the technology of new products and product-related technical developments.

And as such - we're pretty excited about the a7R II.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 00:47 UTC
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