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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a-flying-wuss: While this was interesting to watch, videos like this always look unnatural. There's that feeling all the time reminding that it's all fake. I look at a professional photographer with a set of pro ff lenses and lighting that cost more than a car, in a harsh environment - using a cheap rebel body... and that combo just doesn't make sense, every time I see it I almost hear the photographer saying "yeah, of course no professional in their right mind would bring this piece of crap to Alaska, but I got paid by Canon to promote it so please put up with my bullsh*t for a few more minutes". :)

I think these ads should not only be called what they are ("advertisement" instead of "field test"), but they also should be planned with a bit more thought. It looks stupid when a pro uses a rebel in snowy Alaska, but it'd look a lot more natural in some city hipster portrait photo sessions, for example (or wherever a plastic rebel is not completely out of its element, like it is in Alaska).

The whole point of taking the t6i on this trip was to see how well an entry-level camera could perform and I would challenge anyone, looking at the pictures that Kiliii captured in Barrow, to say that the camera didn't do well.

I was honestly a little worried about this shoot, primarily because I didn't think the T6i would be able to cope in the environment, but I was very, very impressed by how well it did - including how easy it was to operate with gloves on. We shot most of this video on an EOS C300 II, and the rest of it was shot on the T6i and even in extreme cold they did not quit. And that's just a fact.

So yeah - it was out of its element. But I never felt that I was under-equipped.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2015 at 06:19 UTC
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MeganV: Great video, great images!

I wish, though, that we could have seen performance & results from inexpensive EF-S lenses more aligned with the T6i's cost and market position.

Like, perhaps the $279 10-18 EF-S STM instead of the $3000 11-24.

Or maybe the $299 55-250 EF-S STM instead of the $2000 70-200 IS II.

Or since most of the frames from the $1800 24-70 II seemed to have been shot at its wide end, how about, instead, a few from the $129 EF-S 24mm STM pancake prime?

Or how about shooting a big part of the project with the 18-135 STM lots of T-series buyers will get kitted with their new camera body?

Don't read me wrong--it's interesting and useful to see that a T6i owner can grow into (or rent!) the very finest EF lenses and make excellent use of them. Still, if the experiment is "inexpensive camera body in demanding circumstance," why not go all the way with "inexpensive camera body *and* inexpensive lenses"?

We shot with one of the lenses you mention, mostly for video work. The majority of the locked-down video samples from the T6i were shot with the 11-18mm. We also had a 17-55mm F2.8 attached to our C300 II a lot of the time, too.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2015 at 22:17 UTC
On article Nikon D300 In-depth Review (3 comments in total)

First.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2015 at 17:41 UTC as 2nd comment | 2 replies
On article Nikon D1H Review (1 comment in total)

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Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2015 at 17:40 UTC as 1st comment
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Matewka: The whole text is probably poorly translated from japanese which is a shame, by the way. That's why we can find things like 'SRL' or '... with a brand-new format' out there. I guess they meant a new format for Pentax DSLRs.

Fyxed! [sic]

Direct link | Posted on Nov 30, 2015 at 20:40 UTC
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M Lammerse: WTF happened with the samples?
Where are the high ISO beer shots in a dimly lit bar or pub?

New rule. Too many wonky horizons and too much 'camera shake'.

Seriously though - this is a lens sample gallery. As such we try and keep everything at low ISO sensitivities so that you can properly assess optical quality without noise getting in the way.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 30, 2015 at 20:12 UTC
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Matewka: The whole text is probably poorly translated from japanese which is a shame, by the way. That's why we can find things like 'SRL' or '... with a brand-new format' out there. I guess they meant a new format for Pentax DSLRs.

That's certainly our assumption. Hence the addition of '[sic]' in the text where SRL appears. It's almost certainly just a typographical error.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 30, 2015 at 20:09 UTC
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dbm305: With a brand new format? Could that mean sensor size?

Full-frame.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 30, 2015 at 19:59 UTC
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Bas Emmen: Great interview with a good story. I think these interview are great assets for DPR.
But why this awful setting? Almost everything is wrong about that, from audio to lighting, even the chairs decals on the wall.

Back room at a tradeshow at short notice, sorry! We'll do better next time.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 30, 2015 at 17:54 UTC
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austin55: Barney, I thoroughly enjoy your interviews. Victoria Will is another great example. You ask great questions, but even more importantly, you are a good listener and give space to allow the interviewee to feel comfortable and to be able to contemplate and expand on their answer. Much like Victoria stated on asking about family or pets with genuine interest, which establishes a return interest and interaction with her clients, your genuine interest and sincere approach brings out the best in your video interviews. Looking forward to others. I will definitely follow Victoria Will after learning about her through this interview.

Much continued success to you both!

Very kind of you, thanks. I enjoyed talking to Victoria, her work is great.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 29, 2015 at 07:27 UTC
On article Video Field Test: Theron Humphrey and the Sony A7R II (188 comments in total)
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zsedcft: I may be missing something, but it looks like you have posted the video in 1080p and not 4K. Is that deliberate?

++So you're saying that since you got a good copy that doesn't overheat that the people who are reporting overheating are "liars"++

No, that's absurd. You're over-extending.

I and my colleagues have used three copies of the a7R II now, none have had any issues. I can only report on what I've seen and tested.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 24, 2015 at 23:19 UTC
On article Video Field Test: Theron Humphrey and the Sony A7R II (188 comments in total)
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davev8: i like the vid very much ...but get the feeling this was a Sony advert and not a review

Get back to work, Eric. Haven't you got another two videos to edit before thanksgiving?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 24, 2015 at 22:56 UTC
On article Lytro Desktop 5.0 introduces depth-based image editing (41 comments in total)
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tonywong: 12 hours later and no comments. Guess that tells me how popular the Lytro cameras have sold and how much interest there is in this product. Maybe once VR headsets become popular this will change...

We published this story about a minute before you posted that comment.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 24, 2015 at 21:59 UTC
On article Canon EF 35mm F1.4L II USM real-world sample gallery (128 comments in total)
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Tons o Glass 0 Class: Umm, yeah, that's a fine lens. Geez... Thanks for the gallery!

Is that the 135mm f/1.4 Speedmaster in some of the portraits? Does that mean we'll be seeing a sample gallery for it, too?

Yessir.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 24, 2015 at 21:58 UTC
On article Video Field Test: Theron Humphrey and the Sony A7R II (188 comments in total)
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MGJA: Excellent video. You are really getting good at this, DPR folks. Informative, fun, well paced... well worth the time. And that is very rare on the net, where video is almost always a waste of time that would have been much more productively spent on text. Nice to see someone has a firm grip of what makes the medium sing, as it were.

Although that accent does simply not go with the lumberjack shirt and the cowboy hat. I kept hoping Barney would switch to a tweed jacket with suede elbow patches, a bow tie, and round Oxford commie glasses. Oh well.

That's my too-hot hat!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 24, 2015 at 21:30 UTC
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rfsIII: Thanks for including a shot with a lit candle in the frame. That's a good repeatable test to show how lenses react to bloomy light sources. Please consider including a candle shot in all your camera evals. And thanks for getting more shots with backlight for the same reason.

Now, all you need to make it complete is a brick wall (for lens distortion) and a cat (to test fine detail rendering: does the cat fur come out coherent and luxurious—yet detailed—or splintery and stiff like tiny porcupine quills).

What if we made a wall out of cats and then set fire to it?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 24, 2015 at 21:01 UTC
On article Never miss a video: Subscribe to DPReview on YouTube (17 comments in total)
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straylightrun: Im already subscribed to DigitalRev.

Volume turned down, I hope?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 24, 2015 at 20:56 UTC
On article Canon EF 35mm F1.4L II USM real-world sample gallery (128 comments in total)
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sportyaccordy: Pics look a little flat. Would be curious to see them with more saturation.

Download the raws and saturate all you want!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 24, 2015 at 20:52 UTC
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LJ - Eljot: The Arri Amira for 40000$ or the Photorito lens wrap for 20$? I can not decide, they are both awsome.

JUST GET BOTH

Direct link | Posted on Nov 24, 2015 at 20:44 UTC
On article Video Field Test: Theron Humphrey and the Sony A7R II (188 comments in total)
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davev8: i like the vid very much ...but get the feeling this was a Sony advert and not a review

It wasn't.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 24, 2015 at 19:47 UTC
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