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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DMC75: www.nubrella.com gives error 403 Forbidden, You don't have permission to access / on this server. If the idea of this post was to ruin their company then congrats, you did it.

But what I don't understand is why this was posted as news. Nubrella is from 2013 https://www.xataka.com/otros/nubrella-un-paraguas-que-no-tendras-que-sujetar-con-las-manos

Any idea?

www.nubrella.com is alive and well.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2017 at 23:36 UTC
On article CP+ 2017: Olympus interview: 'We chose to be bold' (350 comments in total)
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MikeF4Black: We chose to be bold with a rather large camera with a minuscule sensor.

Ok...

It's not all about the camera though, is it? Those PRO lenses are pretty special, and a lot smaller than their full-frame equivalents would be.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 15:55 UTC
On article CP+ 2017: Olympus interview: 'We chose to be bold' (350 comments in total)
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Thematic: Since I am new to photography can anyone help me answer this question? I rented the Olympus mk2 and it has the world's worst picture quality - (is there anything worse?) but liked the speed and lenses - are there new cameras coming from olympus with better sensors?

Thank you.

Well... for starters, I think a lot of people (including me) would take issue with your statement that the E-M1 Mark II has 'the world's worst' image quality. This stands in flat contradiction of our testing.

Have you compared your camera's output against our studio images?

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 15:54 UTC
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john Clinch: I didn't realise that these early Canons used a CMOS sensor. So is that true for all Canon DSLRs? Nikon hung onto CCD for atleast one more generation.

My cousin had a 10D. It seemed so expensive and exotic to me, at the time

You're quite right, I meant the first APS-C *CMOS* sensor from any manufacturer. All previous similarly-large sensors had been CCD.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2017 at 18:16 UTC
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john Clinch: I didn't realise that these early Canons used a CMOS sensor. So is that true for all Canon DSLRs? Nikon hung onto CCD for atleast one more generation.

My cousin had a 10D. It seemed so expensive and exotic to me, at the time

Yes, the D30 was the first APS-C sensor from any manufacturer and the XXD-series have all used CMOS.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2017 at 23:20 UTC
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Philippe R: I had a used D60 for a few months until the 10D was released. I flew all the way to New York (from Nice France) in June 2003 to get one. When I arrived in NYC I searched every camera shop to find one with no luck, until I ended up at B&H on Sunday morning (the day of my flight back) and very luckily they had just received a batch on Friday so i did come home with two 10Ds (one for a good friend).
It gave me many great photos (until I went the 1DII path in may 2004).
I can tell you that this 10D gave me hours of great memories and a few shots that were sold ;-) and I was not a pro at the time.
Great camera, really !!! Very happy and lucky to have owned one.

That's commitment!

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2017 at 23:17 UTC
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DavidsfotosDotCom: How much was it in 2004 $800? = devalued $_1200__________ in 2017?

I paid £1100, I seem to recall?

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 18:04 UTC
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KevinG: Nice read Barney!! How about one on the D1 for us Nikon guys?

Kevin CT

Working on it! D1h, specifically... watch this space.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 17:01 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S Review: Modern MF (898 comments in total)
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justmeMN: "Generally lackluster AF is par for the course when it comes to the current crop of digital medium format cameras on the market, though." -DPR

IMHO, cameras that cost that much shouldn't be lackluster in anything.

Wouldn't that be nice? Unfortunately, physics does come into play. Heavier lens elements, etc.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 17:32 UTC
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MarcelloDl: > So basically our strategy is to listen to our customers

Listen and then do your stuff anyway? :D

Bear in mind that the average R&D cycle for a high-end product is often between 2-3 years...

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2017 at 23:25 UTC
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justmeMN: In contrast to other companies, Nikon execs apparently declined to be interviewed by DPR at CP+.

It wasn't a huge surprise - Nikon had no products launching at the show, so we weren't expecting to be offered an interview.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2017 at 17:02 UTC
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Tan68: Well, my first thoughts were that the view through the OVF would not be dimmed (this is nice) but that the exposure meter would read the un-filtered scene (not a big deal, really). The camera will become usable in live view only. okay...

In the end, though, at $90 I can't think of a cheaper, easier or more efficient way to .inadvertently. scratch my sensor. Looking at the queued video clip, I see no tool in use. I have to grip that with my fingers, stick it in my camera's throat, and not drop it if my fingers bump against either the mount or mirror box.. Maybe practice putting pills down the throat of a rottweiler megahund.

The view through the OVF would be blocked by the mirror...

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2017 at 15:27 UTC
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munro harrap: Well, you can see that from the Canon samples alone even the latest superwide zoom is sharp enough for a modern sensor over only less than half its intended area, so I decided to stay with my 17-35 because it is at least as good . Sample variation,-well illustrated here- is further complicated by the makers REFUSING for DECADES to pack their equipment properly for shipping half way around the globe!!

You have to keep forever precisely aligned how many sheets of glass?? Its like they are unaware of what they are themselves making. ALL camera equipment should come in strong boxes with vast foam cut-out surrounding lens, camera etc..

Years ago when the Post Office relented to allow glass through the post at all they stipulated that there had to be AT LEAST 10cm of protective packing (not plastic airfilled ballons!!) between the ITEM's own box and the wall of the second larger box you must send the goods in.

Fat chance your new mobile is not halved in its lifespan too!!

"Well, you can see that from the Canon samples alone even the latest superwide zoom is sharp enough for a modern sensor over only less than half its intended area"

Can you really see that?

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2017 at 23:27 UTC
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Dr_Jon: You got it backwards I'm afraid, it isn't "you can save a lot of time by only testing the wide end" but you should test the long end, as that's where any problems will be much easier to spot, and if the long end is good you should be sorted. Or to quote the article "If you’re going to test your brand new lens, either by taking pictures or using a test chart, test the long end. If the lens is weak, that’s where it will be weakest".

Quite right, that was my mistake. Long day yesterday. It's been fixed.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2017 at 15:41 UTC
On article Re-make/Re-model: Leica Summaron 28mm F5.6 Samples (202 comments in total)
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Chris59: Over $3000 for mediocre centre resolution, poor corner resolution, lots of flare, maximum aperture of f5.6 and lots of vignetting? - No thanks!

I'm not sure where you're getting 'parochial world-view' from, but anyway - when did I "shame and humiliate" anyone...?

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2017 at 17:47 UTC
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G G: Saying that larger sensors have an advantage in terms of signal to noise and dynamic range is somewhat of a fallacy. For a given sensor technology, both are related to pixel site size, not to sensor size.

Stephen ruined it.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2017 at 16:49 UTC
On article Re-make/Re-model: Leica Summaron 28mm F5.6 Samples (202 comments in total)
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Chris59: Over $3000 for mediocre centre resolution, poor corner resolution, lots of flare, maximum aperture of f5.6 and lots of vignetting? - No thanks!

Well now. This thread has devolved somewhat since I last checked in. How depressing.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2017 at 01:44 UTC
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Dames01: One lens: 35mm,... two bodies: APS-C and FF.

Great shot Barney!

She's getting pretty good with the phone, at this point.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 18:36 UTC
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Mark Banas: I just want to say that Barney's example image is outstanding. Don't care if it comes off as sycophantic...

(Oh, and I'd probably stick with a fast 105mm, as long as it was also a macro.)

But that image, Barney. Wow.

And thanks to you, too!

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 18:04 UTC
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Mark Banas: I just want to say that Barney's example image is outstanding. Don't care if it comes off as sycophantic...

(Oh, and I'd probably stick with a fast 105mm, as long as it was also a macro.)

But that image, Barney. Wow.

Thanks Mark! Very kind.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 16:37 UTC
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