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 Take a look inside Leica's factory in Wetzlar, Germany (132 comments in total)
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Fujica: Not any different from the lens factories of Sony, Fujifilm, Canon, Olympus and Nikon. If you have seen one, you have sort of seen them all.

That's not really true... some of the machines might look basically the same, but things are done very differently in several of the factories I've visited.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2017 at 14:58 UTC
On article Take a look inside Leica's factory in Wetzlar, Germany (132 comments in total)
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steelhead3: Nice write up Barney...does DXO or Lensrental do any Leica lens testing?

You'd have to ask them, but I know Roger at LR tests everything he can gets his hands on!

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2017 at 14:18 UTC
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Kung Fu: The G3 TBT article written by Cary was much better because he actually appreciated the machine’s capabilities, and proved its usefulness in the field. Barney’s is more snickering.

DPR keeps forum posts going all the way back to 1999, and it’s an amazing resource if you’re into these old cameras, and how “enthusiast” attitudes have changed over the years. At the time, these 1/1.8” Canons were compared very favorably with DSLRs, and most posters were quite happy with their capabilities. Much much less carping.

To be fair - I only just started shooting with the G5 last weekend.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2017 at 21:23 UTC
On article ICYMI: Canon 28mm F2.8 IS USM sample gallery (65 comments in total)
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John Bean (UK): Hmm. Wonky horizon in featured image is a big turn off. Sloppy photography.

We've been secretly shortening one of Carey's legs, in tiny degrees, every day now for a year.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2017 at 21:21 UTC
On article ICYMI: Canon 28mm F2.8 IS USM sample gallery (65 comments in total)
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mahonj: What is the big deal here. I had a 28mm F2.8 in 1979 (Tamron).

Future generations shall speak your name with reverence.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2017 at 21:20 UTC
On article iPhone 8 Plus sample gallery (195 comments in total)
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wildbild: @dpreview the mobile version of your website is rendered useless by ads. I cannot click through and access any content. I even have to close the whole window and start over. Maybe you want to fix this?

It sounds like the issue might be at your end - can you post a screen capture to our site feedback forum? https://www.dpreview.com/forums/5001

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2017 at 19:33 UTC
On article iPhone 8 Plus sample gallery (195 comments in total)
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nicolaiecostel: Awful dynamic range

As you'd expect from JPEG capture, but the HDR images are a step up from previous models.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2017 at 19:28 UTC
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HRC2016: Why waste space reminiscing about an old camera?
Will the people who like this then complain when it takes a long time for reviews of current gear?

This piece took me about an hour to write and another hour to format. No camera reviews were harmed in the creation of this article :)

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2017 at 19:05 UTC
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Najinsky: Anyone else noticed how these TBT articles are starting to coincide with new releases of the same genesis?

And it just so happens the Powershot G1X mk3 is about to be realeased. Coincidence?

Come on spill the beans DPR, just a cryptic post with a capital L innocently and discretely hidden...

Yes, yes, I know, you couldn't possibLy say.

Yep - here's hoping! Right now I'm really enjoying the newer Fujifilm mirrorless cameras, actually. And the EOS M5 and M6 are a lot of fun to shoot with.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2017 at 18:59 UTC
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Najinsky: Anyone else noticed how these TBT articles are starting to coincide with new releases of the same genesis?

And it just so happens the Powershot G1X mk3 is about to be realeased. Coincidence?

Come on spill the beans DPR, just a cryptic post with a capital L innocently and discretely hidden...

Yes, yes, I know, you couldn't possibLy say.

I was around, but still working in a camera store at that point - not yet at DPReview. I remember shooting with the Pro1 at one point and not enjoying it much...

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2017 at 18:42 UTC
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AdamT: Just a correction, the G3 wasn`t more rounded than the G5, in fact they`re the same camera Cosmetically, the G5 was basically a black 5Mp G3 with updated innards ..

the G2 was available in gold or smart Pro black. the G1 was half gunmetal silver and half black if I remember rightly .. I think the G1 and G2 looked very dated even on launch and still look like early 80s film compacts now, the G3/5 and especially G6 while boxy do look made for the Digital age ..

Ah yes I meant the G1/2. Thanks!

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2017 at 18:36 UTC
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Najinsky: Anyone else noticed how these TBT articles are starting to coincide with new releases of the same genesis?

And it just so happens the Powershot G1X mk3 is about to be realeased. Coincidence?

Come on spill the beans DPR, just a cryptic post with a capital L innocently and discretely hidden...

Yes, yes, I know, you couldn't possibLy say.

Maybe I'm missing something, but what's the L all about? And as for the G5, I found mine in my local Goodwill store on Sunday. That's the only thing which prompted #tbt publication this week.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2017 at 18:01 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV sample gallery updated (181 comments in total)
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Ben of the North: When you check the Sony's spec for the RX10 IV they write "Resistant to dust and moisture" and the small characters say "Not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture proof"

What the? It is or it is not! You can use it when it rain or not? How can they say 'weather sealed' when they can't guarantee it!

We rarely see 'weather-sealing' guaranteed because if you think about it, and the number of conditions that could be classed as 'weather', it would be impossible to guarantee.

In the real world, 'weather-sealing' means that the manufacturer has introduced a degree of environmental sealing to key points of ingress - around the lens throat, major seams and seals, control points etc. It should not be taken to mean that dust or moisture is guaranteed *never* to end up inside the equipment if exposed to the right (or rather *wrong*) conditions.

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2017 at 19:33 UTC
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gavin: This is the stupidest idea I have seen in a while. May be good as a novelty or joke thing?

I meant that the idea of using drop-in digital cartridges to simulate a film-like experience has a long history.

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2017 at 17:41 UTC
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gavin: This is the stupidest idea I have seen in a while. May be good as a novelty or joke thing?

But at least it's a stupid idea with a very long history.

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2017 at 16:35 UTC
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henrikbengtsson: Just out of curiosity. Does anyone know why DXO is using the much older 5DS when they compare the DR? Is it for resolution alone? A more logic comparison would be the 5D4, no?

Some perspective:

https://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Compare/Side-by-side/Nikon-D850-versus-Canon-EOS-5D-Mark-IV___1177_1106

It's "better", yes. No doubt. But how this camera is treated like Jesus Allmighty is beyond me.

I suspect that they're using the 5DS/R as a point of reference because of the similar pixel count.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2017 at 19:11 UTC
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digilt: "it is officially the best camera DxOMark has ever tested."
How about best camera sensor?
As DxOMark does not test AF, shutter lag, UI, etc.

Right - so it's the best camera *they've* ever tested. According to *their* tests.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2017 at 18:30 UTC
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Felix11: DPR, I don't come to this site to read about mobile phones. Please stop!

Politely, and with a smiley face, I would like to point out that if you'd prefer not to read about mobile phones on DPReview, you don't have to :)

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2017 at 21:10 UTC
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Felix11: DPR, I don't come to this site to read about mobile phones. Please stop!

Can't you just pick and choose the content that you want to read? There's no obligation to read anything you don't want to.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2017 at 20:04 UTC
On article New product overview videos: Sony a9 and FE lenses (128 comments in total)
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rfsIII: Barney, it might be easier to understand the negative reaction to these pieces as a clash of generational expectations.

While you see a practice that is normal and commendably innovative, older visitors see a betrayal of American journalism.

The background: For decades members of the American press corps adhered to a strict code of ethics. For instance, accepting anything more than a cup of coffee from a source could get you fired at most newspapers, news magazines, and TV news departments.
A particular bugbear was advertorial—it was a separate department and news staffers were strictly prohibited from working there. Different fonts and layouts were used to emphasize the split.

Fast forward to today when there is no more bright line. Facts are fungible, we our nation is led by a liar in chief, and ethics are just an embarrassing relic of a time when people still held the silly belief that truth had value and reputation was priceless.

Can you blame people for being upset?

Oh dear - I was born in 1982... should I start putting my affairs in order?

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2017 at 16:00 UTC
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