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 article CP+ 2015: Hands-on with new Pentax K-S2 (171 comments in total)
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drummercam: You miss the disco lights? I thought you hated them.

DPR's consistent backhanded digs at Pentax probably encourage the other trolls to follow suite. It seems unprofessional to me, at the very least, especially since they've been reminded of it. There is nothing fresh here about the camera not figured out by others days ago. The one piece of actual news that DPR could have conveyed (about the battery compartment) wasn't mentioned or pictured. I have no interest in the reviewer's mere opinion as to color schemes or something else entirely unspecified about the LCD rotating that apparently irritates him. As for the childish fixation on the K-S1's blinking lights, I'm reminded of nothing so much as New York Times' Gail Collins' fixation on Mitt Romney strapping the family dog on the roof of the car on a drive to Canada. Get over it. This camera is going to sell very well, but for me it won't be a click-through from here to Amazon.

'Get over it' you say? Funny - I was thinking something similar...

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 22:42 UTC
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AdamT: Why use the 7R shutter shock monster with an adapter attached instead of a proper DSLR like a 6D or D800E? where the samples would have stood a chance . could at least have used a regular A7 with electronic first curtain

Adam - you realise that we didn't expect to be able to shoot this lens, right? It was just good luck (and planning...) that we had an appropriate adapter. You're welcome.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 14:30 UTC
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McBrian: Yet another Pentax article that can't be written without a childish barb,

Did DPR fling a barb at Sony when they showed their new lens mockup models?

Sad really.

Good lord... where's the barb? Seriously? YOU ARE PROJECTING.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 14:17 UTC
On article CP+ 2015: Nikon shows off new D810A (65 comments in total)
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Andreas Stuebs: How do trhey do it?

Nikon releases a modified versin of the D810 and they get double editorial coverage including a photo spread which shows you …. nothing (or almost nothing)
Canon issues a so so iteration of the M series and get a long article on how they should do things differently. Canon releases two reasonably specked midrange models – but nothing really ground breaking – and again get double exposure. How do they do it? How do they manage to get so much exposure for so little?
Pentax the releases a midrange camera which to all intent and purpose is a strong competition to the Canon offereings – weather sealing, glas prism, the most compact zoom lens offered in the APS-C form factor, arguably better controls, most likely better DR – and what do they get – one item with just a couple of editorial content which also reeks of sarcasm.
How do Nikon and Canon get away with so little and get so much more coverage?

I'm multi-tasking:

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/8579230519/cp-2015-up-close-and-personal-with-ricoh-full-frame-mockup

You're welcome :)

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 13:34 UTC
On article CP+ 2015: Nikon shows off new D810A (65 comments in total)
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Andreas Stuebs: How do trhey do it?

Nikon releases a modified versin of the D810 and they get double editorial coverage including a photo spread which shows you …. nothing (or almost nothing)
Canon issues a so so iteration of the M series and get a long article on how they should do things differently. Canon releases two reasonably specked midrange models – but nothing really ground breaking – and again get double exposure. How do they do it? How do they manage to get so much exposure for so little?
Pentax the releases a midrange camera which to all intent and purpose is a strong competition to the Canon offereings – weather sealing, glas prism, the most compact zoom lens offered in the APS-C form factor, arguably better controls, most likely better DR – and what do they get – one item with just a couple of editorial content which also reeks of sarcasm.
How do Nikon and Canon get away with so little and get so much more coverage?

Jeez, give us time. We only just arrived at the show when we posted this! You realise that we exist in time, not just space, right? I'm working on an article about the Pentax cameras RIGHT NOW.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 12:54 UTC
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Sean65: Nice lens. Shame about the samples.

@ Sean - dialstatic and DaveE1 are my favorites. Sorry.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 12:51 UTC
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AdamT: Why use the 7R shutter shock monster with an adapter attached instead of a proper DSLR like a 6D or D800E? where the samples would have stood a chance . could at least have used a regular A7 with electronic first curtain

...because when we arrived at the Sigma booth we had the camera that we had. We didn't have ALLOFTHECAMERAS in our possession and the luxury of choosing the perfect body :)

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 12:48 UTC
On article CP+ 2015: Nikon shows off new D810A (65 comments in total)
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Retzius: the audience for this is huge! huge i tell you!

Infinite, we might almost say...?

Right? Right? Guys?

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 04:36 UTC
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Fazal Majid: The weasel language around the low-pass filter on the 5Ds R suggests an arrangement like the Nikon D810, with two mutually canceling filters, rather than the better arrangement on the D810 without a LPF in the first place.

Oh, I see.

How on earth could he know that? I'd be surprised to be honest if a modern prime couldn't resolve quite a bit more than 36MP...

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2015 at 01:12 UTC
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marleni: As far as I know Dpreview, we will see lenghty reviews of each of these Canon models and super ratings before we can count to three ;-)

We use DxO for our lens tests and as a reference to inform some of our studio work on cameras. Nothing more than that. How was the sunset shootout with the 7D II 'failed'? I don't understand. And Joseph - you just told our community not to expect 'great reviews or objective tests' of Canon cameras from our reviewers. At the end of a week of 12 hour days preparing preview content for our readers, how do you expect me to react?

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 18:51 UTC
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Fazal Majid: The weasel language around the low-pass filter on the 5Ds R suggests an arrangement like the Nikon D810, with two mutually canceling filters, rather than the better arrangement on the D810 without a LPF in the first place.

?

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 18:38 UTC
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marleni: As far as I know Dpreview, we will see lenghty reviews of each of these Canon models and super ratings before we can count to three ;-)

"DPR has been taken over by Nikon shooters, so don't expect great reviews or objective tests to back up their conclusions"

Uuuurgh. Really? Enough please. This mode of criticism is just idiotic.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 18:03 UTC
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Fazal Majid: The weasel language around the low-pass filter on the 5Ds R suggests an arrangement like the Nikon D810, with two mutually canceling filters, rather than the better arrangement on the D810 without a LPF in the first place.

You mean D800E? That's exactly what it is. For reasons explained in the final page of the 5DS/R preview.

FYI, in our testing the D800E and D810 are pretty much indistinguishable in terms of resolution.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 08:27 UTC
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zw1975: Sony sensor or Canon sensor???

Canon.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 08:26 UTC
On article Go wide! Hands-on with Canon's 11-24mm F4 L (229 comments in total)
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AD in KC: Ten photos OF the lens, not one BY the lens? This site should be called "Digital CAMERA Review".

@ AD - this (obviously) isn't a review. The lens isn't even shipping yet.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 08:16 UTC
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phoenix15: Sony Sensor ?

Nope.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 04:30 UTC
On article Hands-on with Samsung's new NX500 (350 comments in total)
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ntsan: Does it offer the same AF performance or just stock one compare to NX1?

We're told that the AF system and performance are the same in both models.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 21:14 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 - 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.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 06:31 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.

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.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 05:09 UTC
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