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 Panasonic DC-GH5S added to buying guides (6 comments in total)
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CaPi: Why bother adding it under the headline "not reviewed" ?

Because it's an option in these buying guide classes. Not including it would make them incomplete.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2018 at 08:09 UTC
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Decooler: Well, that is enough to put anyone off owning a Leica. The off-centre and border performance until you are at 5.6 is almost dreadful- wide open it is unuseable! The whole point of a 35mm lens is to quickly be able to grab anything and to be able to place subjects everywhere within a frame that encompasses a lot more than a 50 mm can do, so as you go wider resolution has to increase exponentially, or you will frustrate all your attempts to get good shots, and the great thing about a Leica's pin-point focussing is its ability to use everywhere in the frame as the locus of focus. You just cannot do that with this thing!!
I'll bet that at 35mm the oft-derided 16-50mm OSS zoom supplied as kit by Sony for the a6xxx series is better, aperture for aperture. This bottle costs a small fortune- as much as a second-hand M4 body so....get a Zeiss F2 for the same price secondhand instead!!

"I'll bet that at 35mm the oft-derided 16-50mm OSS zoom supplied as kit by Sony for the a6xxx series is better, aperture for aperture"

It is not.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2018 at 07:59 UTC
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Richard Murdey: Buying a used lens at half of new retail is generally a good value, but using that as a yardstick for discussion on relative merit in a lens review sets a bad precedent in my opinion.

Richard - please explain to me how this is not a review.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2018 at 07:21 UTC
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Richard Murdey: Buying a used lens at half of new retail is generally a good value, but using that as a yardstick for discussion on relative merit in a lens review sets a bad precedent in my opinion.

I can assure you I'm not intending to set any kind of precedent here. Just curious about a lens about which there is almost no online review/test info.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2018 at 01:46 UTC
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fimiank: By the way, Vöigtlander is supposed to be spelled Voigtländer. Just so you know....

Haha! Thanks for the catch. I am suitably embarrassed by that. I knew something looked off...

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2018 at 01:45 UTC
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LDunn1: Can't believe I read to the end of the article & didn't get to find out if the lens was kept or returned!

Funnily enough, within a few hours of posting this article, a friend of mine offered to trade the lens with me so he's enjoying it now!

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2018 at 01:45 UTC
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Rod McD: Hi Barney. Thanks for the review. There have been very, very few reviews of this whole family of lenses. It's amazing that Handevision expect to sell any without making them available for testing to web review sites. I'd really appreciate seeing reviews of the other four lenses if that possibility emerges for DPR. For me, as a Fuji user, the interest would be in the 75 and 90mm lenses - Fuji offer nothing in 75mm and their 90mm is massive (as mirror-less lenses go). Thx.

It was the almost total lack of information online which lead me to write this review - I'm glad you found it useful! I realise it's a pretty niche lens.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2018 at 01:44 UTC
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Mindprison88: It's a decent lens, but something that immediately throws me off is the unimpressive minimum focus distance of 70 centimeters, as that will severely limit its creative possibilities. I know such characteristic is not uncommon for 35mm lenses of old, but I don't see a reason to copy something so undesirable on a modern-made lens.

Strange...

The original M3 (and all of the older screw-mount bodies) had a minimum focus limit of 1 meter, user-adjustable on the M3 if you have a good pair of pliers, and a large pair of a couple of other things.

You get used to it, but 1m can be limiting, especially for portraits on 50mm and 35mm. But like Father Bouvier said, closer than 1m, it becomes hard(er) to ensure accuracy of framing, and also focus coupling. It was the latter issue, I believe, which ended up locking in 0.7m as the limit on M-series cameras.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2018 at 01:43 UTC
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Mindprison88: It's a decent lens, but something that immediately throws me off is the unimpressive minimum focus distance of 70 centimeters, as that will severely limit its creative possibilities. I know such characteristic is not uncommon for 35mm lenses of old, but I don't see a reason to copy something so undesirable on a modern-made lens.

Strange...

0.7m is the mechanical minimum focus limit of leica rangefinders.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2018 at 23:04 UTC
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Ergo607: Barney:

"(...) and nothing rattles when the lens is shaken."

How many lenses do you now that rattle (or what do you do with your lenses that make them rattle?) :-p

Nice review. Now, did you keep it or bring it back?

My mistake, that was the nearest lens code I could find when I tried to look it up.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2018 at 19:14 UTC
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Steve NYC: Current price for this lens on Amazon: $638 in M mount; $579 in X mount; $389 in E mount (all from Adorama). The small differential between M and X is explained in the article, but why is E mount so cheap?

There's an instant savings promo right now, I think. The MSRP on the E-mount version is higher than that.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2018 at 19:07 UTC
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cosinaphile: the cosina voigtlander is a better choice

Yeah that's a fun little (emphasis on 'little') lens..

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2018 at 18:48 UTC
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ZeneticX: Many seem to forget not only Leica cameras have M mount.

The now discontinued Voigtlander Bessa series rangefinders (sometimes called the poor man's Leica M) are also M mount.

This lens will be perfect for those

I owned a Bessa R many years ago, with a misaligned rangefinder. Every now and then I find them in used camera stores - all in my experience with similar misalignment. It's a shame - they're fun cameras.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2018 at 17:36 UTC
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cosinaphile: the cosina voigtlander is a better choice

I've used some great CV glass - this lens joins them as a (relatively) affordable alternative for Leica users. I will say though, the near-total lack of vignetting is pretty appealing compared to the CV primes I've shot with in the past.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2018 at 17:35 UTC
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Ergo607: Barney:

"(...) and nothing rattles when the lens is shaken."

How many lenses do you now that rattle (or what do you do with your lenses that make them rattle?) :-p

Nice review. Now, did you keep it or bring it back?

I was just trying to head off the inevitable comments about 'cheap Chinese c**p' from some of the usual suspects on these forums ;)

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2018 at 17:33 UTC
On article Buying guides updated with Panasonic DC-G9 (66 comments in total)
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greg57: Making up for the Silver Award :D

There are gradations of 'great' especially in the $2000 range. I wouldn't let it distress you too much. We definitely recommend the G9 for some things, for some users. Should a dedicated M43 shooter with a load of glass just throw it all on eBay and buy a D500? Probably not. That would be silly. That doesn't mean we wouldn't recommend the D500 over a G9 on the basis of its overall performance.

This isn't a zero-sum game, in other words.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2018 at 17:25 UTC
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boinkphoto: "If it turned out to be really good, maybe it would find a place in my permanent camera kit. If it ended up being a dud, I had 30 days to return it for a refund."

It may be this is one of the things that makes this shop special, but I see so many "I tried it and returned it" it just seems bizarre to me. Broken, not as advertised, missing parts, or even I ordered wrong and didn't find out until I opened it - yes, I get that. But "fully working, just didn't do it for me" seems alien to me.

Might be a generational thing, but still these returns, particularly after more than a few days use, are usually an automatic refurb and loss to the company. I sure don't want to buy a "new" lens that someone "tested out" for 29 days.

I guess if the stores are ok with it, it's "part of doing business", but it feels weird to me.

You would agree that it's OK to return used items if they turn out to be defective, I would hope?

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2018 at 17:19 UTC
On article Buying guides updated with Panasonic DC-G9 (66 comments in total)
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greg57: Making up for the Silver Award :D

"it's under $2,000 so let's just add it into the roundup"

Well, this is a roundup of cameras under $2000. So...

The Panasonic DC-G9 is a camera under $2000. And...

While we think it's great, we don't think (on balance) that it's a better recommendation than the cameras already highlighted, all factors considered.

So... it's in the roundup. But not "best".

Does this make sense / answer your question?

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2018 at 05:18 UTC
On article Buying guides updated with Panasonic DC-G9 (66 comments in total)
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greg57: Making up for the Silver Award :D

Nope, just updating the buying guides following our final review. Just like we always do.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2018 at 18:58 UTC
On article Sony E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS sample gallery (171 comments in total)
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HappyBlack: Oh my, did anyone take a look at RAW files and notice how much it vignettes?

Corners at 18-21mm are just black.

We're using a beta lens profile from Adobe - when that profile becomes publicly available you should see those dark corners disappear. Virtually all mirrorless ILC lenses will demonstrate vignetting and distortion if you view un-profiled files. Sorry for the confusion.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2018 at 17:33 UTC
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