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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SmilerGrogan: I'm confused. Was this video shot on an EM5?

Sony a7S + Atomos Shogun.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2015 at 19:40 UTC
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pkosewski: Ah... the "eyes are sharp" thing.
I looked at some shots in the gallery. We are talking about DoF of 2-3 meters. It's not really about nailing focus as getting something in focus or being totally lost. Players are isolated very well...
As such, 20% rate of "being totally lost" is quite a lot. Especially at 5 fps.

I'm pointing this out because Olympus is planning to release the 300/4 and
600mm FF equivalent is not exactly a general-purpose lens. With this quality of focusing I don't think it will win over many nature photographers...

It's very good for a contrast-detection AF system in this kind of lighting. That's the point.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2015 at 19:39 UTC
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SmilerGrogan: I'm confused. Was this video shot on an EM5?

Where indicated. Mostly it was shot on a 4K system.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2015 at 15:33 UTC
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Ayoh: Its a shame the interviewer didn't call him out on the nonsense about the 300mm lens being the same as a 600mm lens on full frame. The "effective focal length" is obviously just a function of pixel density and not sensor size. A full frame sensor with the same pixel density as the four thirds camera has the same resolution.

"he totally disregards the existence of mirror reflex lenses which in 500-800mm range for full frame are very much hand holdable."

To be fair, they are utterly different types of lens. Fixed aperture, for one thing... manual focus for another...

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2015 at 06:22 UTC
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Ross the Fidller: "Olympus's forthcoming 300mm F4 lens offers a focal length equivalent to 600mm. Although not as fast as a 600mm F4 would be for full-frame, it's highly portable by comparison."

Saying "Although not as fast as a 600mm F4 would be for full-frame" in the above is just nonsense!

No it isn't. Read this.

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/2666934640/what-is-equivalence-and-why-should-i-care

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2015 at 06:16 UTC
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J A C S: The "Editor's Note" leaves a bad taste in the mouth. If you had something more to say, you should have said it during the interview.

This remark is not restricted to this interview only.

Arrogant indeed. Ok well here goes...

@ J A C S - telling us not to analyze and draw conclusions from our conversations with senior executives in the camera industry is, frankly, absurd.

@ MeganV - the 'it is clear' line refers to the challenge of processing power in general. Not to heat specifically. That's just one line in a longer paragraph.

@ Sean65 - you're putting words into my mouth here. I doubt very very much that Olympus has received 'no requests' for +16MP resolution. We get such feedback from M43 users pretty frequently in our Forums, apart from anything else. Mr Ogawa is being smart, sensible, cautious and appropriately political about his on-record statements. This is the camera industry - he's not on trial.

"You also seemed to have edited out his cheeky backhanded swipe at Sony lenses being compromised."

You may be interested to know that Olympus was shown a draft of this interview and we were asked for one single edit. Can you guess where?

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2015 at 06:10 UTC
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J A C S: The "Editor's Note" leaves a bad taste in the mouth. If you had something more to say, you should have said it during the interview.

This remark is not restricted to this interview only.

Very kind, thanks.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2015 at 03:00 UTC
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J A C S: The "Editor's Note" leaves a bad taste in the mouth. If you had something more to say, you should have said it during the interview.

This remark is not restricted to this interview only.

And yet still no explanation of why this is so objectionable...

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2015 at 23:09 UTC
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J A C S: The "Editor's Note" leaves a bad taste in the mouth. If you had something more to say, you should have said it during the interview.

This remark is not restricted to this interview only.

I'm not following you. It's pretty obvious (I think) what the editors' note is meant to be. It's analysis of what was said, after the fact for the benefit of you - the reader. What is causing the 'bad taste'?

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2015 at 22:49 UTC
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emersonik: DPReview should educate its readers about the implications of higher MP count and to whom it would be useful.

If high MP were so universally important, why the kinds of 1Ds and D4s do exist?

"If high MP were so universally important, why the kinds of 1Ds and D4s do exist?"

As BarnET says, it's because it's a good deal easier to move 10+ frames per second off a sensor if they're smaller files.

There's much less practical difference than you might think between (for example) a D810 and D4S at very high ISO sensitivities when the D810 files are downsized to match.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2015 at 21:50 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review (857 comments in total)
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Thomas Karlmann: VERY poor! I liked the ability to compare cameras on those graphs -- now that appears to be gone. Along with that, a poor review with bias towards systems that have no lenses -- DPR has lost it. Their focus is now on cell phones only.

"DPR has lost it. Their focus is now on cell phones only."

Thing is though - this isn't actually true. In fact it's demonstrably, hilariously, really quite stunningly UNtrue.

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2015 at 05:12 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review (857 comments in total)
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s_grins: WOW!
the review came out really fast.

@bluevellet - firmware 1.2 for the NX1 threw a spanner in the works, since it required a good deal of re-testing and tearing up and starting again. The review will be out by the end of this month, barring any major disasters.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 20:49 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review (857 comments in total)
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jonnyjonno: so, what's the chance of a new version of the E-5 being built for all those with legacy 4/3 lenses and preference for optical viewfinder?

Very very very very very very low, I'd say.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 20:15 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review (857 comments in total)
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Artpt: DPReview, any commentary on versus the EM1 firmware 3.0? I have to say the tracking has greatly improved with the firmware and I even pulled it off the sales listing to use it a bit more.

Hard to directly compare since the E-M1 is a hybrid phase and contrast-detection system and there's a major disparity in maximum framerates with AF. But a ~80% hitrate from the E-M5 II (once you've defied the defaults and set it up correctly) is seriously impressive, albeit at somewhat less than 5fps.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 19:12 UTC
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riknash: Thanks for the interesting interview. You kept alluding to on and off the record dialogue. Was there anything off the record you'd like to share but can't? :)

Obviously I can't say...

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2015 at 20:06 UTC
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cptobvious: Is this what camera previews have become - camera companies giving out free vacations to reviewers? Olympus gives out free trips to Ireland and Bermuda, and now Samsung gives out Hawaii trips.

Certainly these cameras can be reviewed competently by just giving loaner review copies, but perks like these just smell like desperate attempts to influence reviewers.

You remember that massive firmware update that Samsung issued recently for the NX1 Turns out that means we needed to retest a load of stuff... the review is very well-progressed and being worked on right now.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2015 at 16:48 UTC
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cptobvious: Is this what camera previews have become - camera companies giving out free vacations to reviewers? Olympus gives out free trips to Ireland and Bermuda, and now Samsung gives out Hawaii trips.

Certainly these cameras can be reviewed competently by just giving loaner review copies, but perks like these just smell like desperate attempts to influence reviewers.

"You can't blame Samsung. This site isn't going to give much attention to the NX500 without them offering to send it and a reviewer out to somewhere nice for a while."

Not true. And as for lascivious Canon afterparties, I believe that those days are long gone!

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2015 at 16:13 UTC
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BillZuhl: Thank you for posting the images, DPR. Can you say anything about the weight of the lens and how it handled on a smaller/lighter camera? You were usung the new NX500?

Very heavy! It doesn't handle too well on the NX500 to be honest, for obvious reasons but it's a very pleasant lens on the NX1. A monopod is pretty much required though.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2015 at 15:22 UTC
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cptobvious: Is this what camera previews have become - camera companies giving out free vacations to reviewers? Olympus gives out free trips to Ireland and Bermuda, and now Samsung gives out Hawaii trips.

Certainly these cameras can be reviewed competently by just giving loaner review copies, but perks like these just smell like desperate attempts to influence reviewers.

Same as it ever was - we take these opportunities if and when it means access to a product early, and especially when it means good photo opportunities. That's the way this has worked for at least as long as the almost ten years I've been in the business, and I can assure you that it influences my opinion of a product / manufacturer not one jot.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2015 at 15:20 UTC
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lacikuss: Quite a collection, thanks.

Images don't look particularly sharp. It is maybe the lens. How much resolving power has that lens in the camera?

Honestly I think you're mostly looking at smeary JPEG processing. I'm going to work on some raw conversions later today on the plane.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2015 at 20:02 UTC
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