Barney Britton

Barney Britton

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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Illumina: link error (Click here to go to our preview samples gallery of the AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm F4 ED VR)

fixed now, sorry about that.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2012 at 01:49 UTC
On Buying a digital SLR article (149 comments in total)
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JohnHoppy: I could get really angry with dpreview. If you are going to write an article entitled “Digital SLR Buying Guide” and talk about SLRs, that’s fine, but you stick in Mirrorless at the end as though it were some sort of inferior sub-species. CSCs/mirrorless cameras are not SLRs, and in parts of the world outside USA are giving SLRs a pretty hard time. You also have a section here “Advantages” and “Disadvantages”, some of which are argumentative at least, where you don’t publish such a subjective opinion for SLRs, which further suggests you infer CSCs are inferior to SLRs. You do not have the same judgements to make about SLRs relative to CSCs. This is not good journalism – either treat Mirrorless as a separate category or leave people to judge the merits for themselves. You state there are “pros and cons to a mirrorless system camera when compared to a similarly priced DSLR”, but you don’t state the converse. In another couple of years, you will be looking at this differently.

John, you are overreacting.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2012 at 23:32 UTC
On Hands-on with the AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR article (258 comments in total)
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Londongal: I'll purchase the Really Right Stuff tripod mount ring instead.

Looks like it might be around the same price, actually - close to $200 at least :(

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2012 at 22:47 UTC
On Hands-on with the AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR article (258 comments in total)
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Hugo808: How many of the pics in the sample gallery were taken using a tripod?

I see a bit of camera shake in a few but most seem really sharp....

You don't see camera shake in any of them. Only one was shot with a tripod - the model aeroplane.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2012 at 22:17 UTC
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Bamboojled: Can't wait to get my hands on one.
BTW; to DPReview, how was the new image stabilization?

Very effective, from early impressions (havent done a lot of low-light work yet). Certainly I've found that Nikon's claim of 5 stops is not unreasonable.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2012 at 22:16 UTC
On Updated: DSLR and Lens Buying Guides article (44 comments in total)
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gl2k: Get away from a "buying guide" but create a "teaching guide". Skilled dpreview users might contribute by writing articles that explain certain topics.

@gl2k -I know :) we're definitely going to be working on this in 2013.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2012 at 19:59 UTC
On Buying a digital SLR article (149 comments in total)
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Itai42: Nice article.
"In order to focus manually" should be "In order to focus automatically" in the part about Nikon AF-S lenses and low-end Nikon SLRs

fixed!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2012 at 19:40 UTC
On Buying a digital SLR article (149 comments in total)
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plasnu: Why the one of the best camera on the market Fuji X is not on this article?

Because it's not a DSLR...? We'll have separate coverage specifically for ILC (in more depth) soon.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2012 at 19:39 UTC
On Just Posted: Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Preview Samples article (81 comments in total)
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vladimir vanek: this type of gallery is soo annoying! page reload on every click on an image, endless scrolling again and again to center the picture vertically... vrrrr....

On the list. Small team, big list :)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2012 at 05:52 UTC
On Updated: DSLR and Lens Buying Guides article (44 comments in total)
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Airless: The advantages of DSLRs to compact and mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras:

Umm...they make you look like a rich pro? Surely nothing to do with actual photography.

Optical finders.... wider choice of lenses and legacy accessories... the option for full-frame... phase-detection autofocus...

But please, go on. Don't let me stop you ;)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2012 at 03:06 UTC
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Pat Cullinan Jr: Equipment reviews, anyone?

Pat, change the record... if you seriously think a front page piece like this in any way challenges the production of camera reviews then let me reassure you on that point. It does not.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2012 at 22:49 UTC
On Just Posted: Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Preview Samples article (81 comments in total)
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vladimir vanek: this type of gallery is soo annoying! page reload on every click on an image, endless scrolling again and again to center the picture vertically... vrrrr....

We're working on a more user-friendly system, but 'slideshow' will help if you want to quickly go through images.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2012 at 22:18 UTC
On Just Posted: Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Preview Samples article (81 comments in total)
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Mystery Gardener: 'Our gallery contains 26 photographs taken using the Canon EOS-1D X and 5D Mark III'

WTF: I thought D800(E), Sony SLT were all the rage these days at DPR. Why are you using the 'old' Canon sensors to test these new lenses?

Just yanking your chain :-) nice set of test pics. Have a great day. Cheers :-)

As is typical with new Sigma lenses, the Canon version becomes available to reviewers before other mounts ;)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2012 at 20:36 UTC
On Just Posted: Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Preview Samples article (81 comments in total)
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Lu Heng: Is it just me, or your test pictures are getting better? I enjoyed some of them as photographs.
And I think the lens are not bad at all.

Scott is one of our best photographers - and it helps having a lens that we're excited about as well.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2012 at 20:16 UTC
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SunnyFlorida: 3 Super zooms in a row???

plenty more on the way :)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2012 at 22:36 UTC
On 2012 Holiday Gift Guide article (59 comments in total)
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Chris2210: Having worked at a place that was cheap enough to think tungsten garden lights would do for studio work [thankfully objects, not people], I can vouch that the things get hot as hades - pretty uncomfortable over an extended period.

The colour is also absolutely awful and although you can of course custom white balance for them, the light is very, very cool. So while the Interfix does look like a lot of kit for the money, I'm fairly surprised you're recommending it. I'd say for beginners who want to set up a home studio, a couple of lower-powered [adjustable] daylight heads would represent a far more sensible investment for about the same money...

All your points are valid (and we also recommend an entry-level calumet strobe kit) but tungsten kits are traditionally good entry-points into studio photography because the metering is so much simpler for a beginner to grasp. The heads are their own modelling lights, after all. But yes - not as versatile, and hot.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2012 at 18:00 UTC
On 2012 Holiday Gift Guide article (59 comments in total)
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Barry Fitzgerald: I think they mean "Christmas Gift Guide"

Christmas is one event in 'holiday season'. Others include thanksgiving, Hanukkah, New Year...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 1, 2012 at 22:24 UTC
On 2012 Holiday Gift Guide article (59 comments in total)
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Fabio Amodeo: Dear Gentlemen,
the Interfit SXT3200 3 Head Tungsten kit is not a “strobe kit”, as you state, but a continuous light kit. As such the heads do not “fire” as you state, but are always on: the modelling light you invented are therefore non existing.
The inability to separate flash light from continuous light makes me think the author does not know much about lighting, and makes me doubt also of the knowledge about photography in general.
The Interfit site clearly distinguishes flash light and continuous light of various kinds. I think it's the biggest flaw I ever read on a photographic site.

Quite right, sorry about that. The text has now been edited to make that clear.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 1, 2012 at 19:14 UTC
On 2012 Holiday Gift Guide article (59 comments in total)
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J D Tranquil: Interesting article. I just wish there's a view-all-pages button.

@ fireplace - permalinks to the other products in the roundup is a good suggestion, thanks. I'll try that for future content.,

Direct link | Posted on Dec 1, 2012 at 09:35 UTC
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J D Tranquil: Interesting article. I just wish there's a view-all-pages button.

@David - well yes, but you'd be surprised how much difference that doesn't make to our revenue. At all.

The real reason is that a single page would be well over a meter long, which isn't great for readability. Links are provided to go directly to any of the products covered, it's really very minimal effort on the part of the reader.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 1, 2012 at 08:25 UTC
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