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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Russell Evans: "Some of us have been around long enough to remember the last time Pentax announced a full-frame DSLR, way back in 2001."

And some of us are smart enough to know isn't the same company making this announcement.

Russell - I'm lost. Is your last-but-one comment like one of those Facebook posts that people make sometimes hinting at some personal challenge but without actually explaining what it is that's bothering them? Either way I'm sorry if I caused offense. I'm really just being silly. Hopefully you're happy about today's Pentax news. I'm one of those people that actually really wanted the 2001 Pentax DSLR and was sad when it never saw the light of day.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 06:31 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1268 comments in total)
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sderdiarian: Richard, is there any improvement in its tracking ability for action shots?

Compared to the original E-M5? Yes, we think so but we're still working on it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 06:19 UTC
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Russell Evans: "Some of us have been around long enough to remember the last time Pentax announced a full-frame DSLR, way back in 2001."

And some of us are smart enough to know isn't the same company making this announcement.

@ Russell - nope. I'm just nitpicking. Like you are. You took an innocuous line (intended to inform our readers about a camera they might not have been aware of - which is exactly what you SHOULD expect of us) and made it into an excuse to throw a backhanded insult.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 05:36 UTC
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Russell Evans: "Some of us have been around long enough to remember the last time Pentax announced a full-frame DSLR, way back in 2001."

And some of us are smart enough to know isn't the same company making this announcement.

You're missing an *it* from that second sentence.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 05:09 UTC
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drummercam: Market release, late 2015. DPR review thereof, late 2017 . . . as part of a "round-up." It's Pentax.

I love everyone.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 04:10 UTC
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drummercam: Market release, late 2015. DPR review thereof, late 2017 . . . as part of a "round-up." It's Pentax.

You can't just be happy, can you?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 01:00 UTC
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Beat Traveller: Nice. But where is the K3 review?

Ruined it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2015 at 23:11 UTC
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Beat Traveller: Nice. But where is the K3 review?

Good question!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2015 at 22:48 UTC
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PerL: Is the image on top a fake? Othwerwise it looks very compact - very interesting. Imagine a FF DSLR the size of a 70s SLR.

It's either a rendering or (more likely) a photograph of a 3d-printed paperweight, is my guess.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2015 at 22:48 UTC
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turvyT: Wow! I don't use Pentax, but interesting to see the reference to the 2001 FF concept camera at the end of this piece of news. Some things never change. Once and again, the same old irony, the same old subdued bashing against Ricoh/Pentax from Dpreview.

We have a very basic press release (just came through on email) but no more detail is included.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2015 at 22:40 UTC
On Readers' Choice Awards 2014: The Winners article (141 comments in total)
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Jonathan F/2: What's with the tie at first place? They only award prizes like that to little elementary school kids. It would of been entertaining hearing all the gear heads cry like babies (on the forums) wondering why their prized camera didn't win!

While all the real photographers just shrug their shoulders waiting for these guys to sell their current cameras on the cheap when next new shiny gadget gets released!

[peace sign emoticon]

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2015 at 22:36 UTC
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turvyT: Wow! I don't use Pentax, but interesting to see the reference to the 2001 FF concept camera at the end of this piece of news. Some things never change. Once and again, the same old irony, the same old subdued bashing against Ricoh/Pentax from Dpreview.

You're projecting - we surfaced that old story because a lot of people don't know about the great lost Pentax FF of 2001. And it wasn't a pure 'concept' as such, it was actually given a launch date but just never got launched.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2015 at 22:33 UTC
On Pentax 6mp Digital SLR hands-on article (9 comments in total)
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Mssimo: Where is the Full Review of this camera..its been almost 14 years.

Ask Phil.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2015 at 22:26 UTC
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Mike Hiran: Geez DPR what's with the snarkiness in your news release?!

Instead of taking a view that this is great to add another player into the full frame segment that has a history of good ergonomics, build quality and user interface, you take the view that it's bout f***ing time Pentax came out with a full frame camera.

And the impression you leave in your article is that Pentax promised a full frame camera 14 years ago when it was just showing a prototype.

Whether this camera turns out to be great or not, it should be viewed as a positive that customers will have more options. But placing your own emotional baggage into this news release is just a cheap shot. As if you would know what it would take to have a camera company (let alone a profitable one) make a competitive camera in a crowded segment - your impatient and entitled tone shows your ignorance in understanding the camera market.

I think you're reading rather too much into what we wrote here...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2015 at 22:18 UTC
On Readers' Choice Awards 2014: The Winners article (141 comments in total)
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Jonathan F/2: What's with the tie at first place? They only award prizes like that to little elementary school kids. It would of been entertaining hearing all the gear heads cry like babies (on the forums) wondering why their prized camera didn't win!

While all the real photographers just shrug their shoulders waiting for these guys to sell their current cameras on the cheap when next new shiny gadget gets released!

"Political correctness, since a few votes difference was left to DPR discretion"

"our votes were undermined"

Your votes weren't undermined, they were *counted* and there was less than a 0.1% difference between the number of votes for the D750 and a7 II.

This isn't about undermining anyone. I'd just rather not start a whole different kind of flame war by making one camera the 'winner' when the vote was so narrow as to be statistically insignificant. They're joint winners.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2015 at 19:46 UTC
On Readers' Choice Awards 2014: The Winners article (141 comments in total)
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Jonathan F/2: What's with the tie at first place? They only award prizes like that to little elementary school kids. It would of been entertaining hearing all the gear heads cry like babies (on the forums) wondering why their prized camera didn't win!

While all the real photographers just shrug their shoulders waiting for these guys to sell their current cameras on the cheap when next new shiny gadget gets released!

"What's with the tie at first place? "

Literally that. Two cameras tied with the same percentage of the vote, in first place.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2015 at 17:17 UTC
On Readers' Choice Awards 2014: The Winners article (141 comments in total)
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PH61: The Sony probably won, otherwise there would only be one winner, a Nikon...

Right....

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2015 at 17:17 UTC
On Readers' Choice Awards 2014: The Winners article (141 comments in total)
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quezra: I told you they would give it to both!!! What do I win!?!??!?

You gave it to both. The cameras were tied in a *readers* poll.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2015 at 00:39 UTC
On Readers' Choice Awards 2014: The Winners article (141 comments in total)
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Denis of Whidbey Island: "...results were two close to call..." !?!?!?! Where's the copy editor or is this supposed to be cute?

You guys are the best :)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2015 at 22:21 UTC
On Readers' Choice Awards 2014: The Winners article (141 comments in total)
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Peter 1745: 4749 votes cast 17.2% = 817 votes.
0.1% =4.7 votes so it really was very close.

The real take home message is that only 4749 people voted. Of course lots of DPReview forum members didn't vote and some may have voted more than once but in the grand scheme of things this isn't a big number.

It's easy to see why the camera companies ignore our frequent demands in the forums. We represent only a tiny fraction of their customers and are no where near as important to them as we like to think.

Not that's going to stop us demanding improvements to the various camera systems.

@bluevalet - remember that last year each voter could only register one vote. This year each voter could rank up to three products. So if each voter in this poll did that, you're looking at closer to 15,000 actual 'votes'.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2015 at 21:59 UTC
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