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 Canon EOS 6D Mark II Review (1068 comments in total)
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jefmcc: Serious question, is it better than my SL1?

Serious answer: Yes.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 18:59 UTC
On article Photo of the week: The Purple Hour (121 comments in total)
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zsedcft: Please disclose why only Erez's photos get picked every week. I am guessing that he pays you for the exposure.

Maybe if you ran a real competition (not just the ones in the forums) you would get increased ad revenue from the increased traffic and actually promote something worthwhile.

I think you guys are running a fine line between commercializing the site and alienating visitors. With the links to other sites with little to no description from DPReview and these paid placements, you are losing your authenticity. Treat carefully. The internet is full of sites who were doing well and then got greedy.

"Barney, please go to Iceland in February (I'm sure Erez will cut you a good deal), take a decent point and shoot with you and I GUARANTEE you'll come back with MUCH better / more interesting pictures than the one this article is about."

I have wworked with Erez for several years, presenting his images to the DPReview audience. I am in no doubt that I would fail utterly, if I had to compete with him as a landscape photographer. In Iceland or anywhere else.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2017 at 23:22 UTC
On article Photo of the week: The Purple Hour (121 comments in total)
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zsedcft: Please disclose why only Erez's photos get picked every week. I am guessing that he pays you for the exposure.

Maybe if you ran a real competition (not just the ones in the forums) you would get increased ad revenue from the increased traffic and actually promote something worthwhile.

I think you guys are running a fine line between commercializing the site and alienating visitors. With the links to other sites with little to no description from DPReview and these paid placements, you are losing your authenticity. Treat carefully. The internet is full of sites who were doing well and then got greedy.

"We're speaking to other photographers about similar 'picture of the week' posts and hopefully you'll see the fruits of those conversations appear on our homepage in the coming weeks."

No insult intended, but it is depressing to see a comment thread full of such unjustified conjecture and bile directed towards a long-time contributor who is is essentially letting us publish his work for free. You've said that you think a lot of his images are 'mediocre', but that is not a fact - it's just your opinion. And one that is not shared by a lot of other readers.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2017 at 20:30 UTC
On article Photo of the week: The Purple Hour (121 comments in total)
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PhotoUniverse: The funny and interesting thing that DPR is very silent fir all the comments regarding why they do give Erez this privilege every week and no one else!

DPR staff,
I know you don’t have to, but can we get an answer? You can ignore us of course if you don’t care.

I'm sorry for the radio silence yesterday - we don't generally spend our weekend time policing unruly comment threads. I've addressed your (and other) concerns elsewhere in this thread.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2017 at 18:55 UTC
On article Photo of the week: The Purple Hour (121 comments in total)
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zsedcft: Please disclose why only Erez's photos get picked every week. I am guessing that he pays you for the exposure.

Maybe if you ran a real competition (not just the ones in the forums) you would get increased ad revenue from the increased traffic and actually promote something worthwhile.

I think you guys are running a fine line between commercializing the site and alienating visitors. With the links to other sites with little to no description from DPReview and these paid placements, you are losing your authenticity. Treat carefully. The internet is full of sites who were doing well and then got greedy.

I'm not sure whether or not you're naive, but I do wonder whether you understand what 'paid' means. We do not pay Erez, and he does not pay us. As I said. As such, we have no problem with him plugging his workshops in his articles.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2017 at 18:52 UTC
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kociasek: 'increased crop factor may be relevant to you, especially if you enjoy shooting with long lenses."
No, the crop factor is much more important if you shoot at wide angles, where every extra mm significantly changes how much you can get in the frame.

That's the edit I just made.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2017 at 17:58 UTC
On article Photo of the week: The Purple Hour (121 comments in total)
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Clyde Thomas: I remember an era when photo of week recognition received congratulations.

Congratulations Erez! Bravo! I applaud your commentary, technique, and vision.

My liking or disliking your photo doesn't matter. Erez ability to get the shot, share it with others, and speak intelligently with enthusiasm does matter. Well seen and well done!

Erez is an external contributor, who works with our salaried editors to post content. He does not 'have the ability to post articles here'. We are not a blogger.com site...

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2017 at 17:45 UTC
On article Photo of the week: The Purple Hour (121 comments in total)
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zsedcft: Please disclose why only Erez's photos get picked every week. I am guessing that he pays you for the exposure.

Maybe if you ran a real competition (not just the ones in the forums) you would get increased ad revenue from the increased traffic and actually promote something worthwhile.

I think you guys are running a fine line between commercializing the site and alienating visitors. With the links to other sites with little to no description from DPReview and these paid placements, you are losing your authenticity. Treat carefully. The internet is full of sites who were doing well and then got greedy.

"Please disclose why only Erez's photos get picked every week. I am guessing that he pays you for the exposure."

We approached Erez about publishing these articles. He's prolific, he's easy to work with, and his work is (generally, with the exception of a hardcore of people on here who have an 'auto-hate' response to everything they see) well-received by our audience. We've been featuring Erez's work for years, so it seemed like a natural extension of the content we'd been working on for some time. We're speaking to other photographers about similar 'picture of the week' posts and hopefully you'll see the fruits of those conversations appear on our homepage in the coming weeks.

Erez does not pay us for 'exposure'. And we do not pay him. The idea that this is sponsored content in some way is bizarre. I would kindly ask that you do not insult either party with your childish conspiracy theories.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2017 at 17:28 UTC
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kociasek: 'increased crop factor may be relevant to you, especially if you enjoy shooting with long lenses."
No, the crop factor is much more important if you shoot at wide angles, where every extra mm significantly changes how much you can get in the frame.

Good point, I just made an edit to make that clearer.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2017 at 17:17 UTC
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Majauskasson: Nasa publicity stunt. With all the satellites pointing all over the place Nasa can place itself in orbit with the moon in eclipse any time it wants and get clear space shots. Baffles over satellite lenses can get eclipse shots anytime. The eclipse happens constantly in relation to satellites and other points besides the odd "over the Earth" eclipses. Nasa keeps releasing these highly publicized events to keep the gullible masses hyped up. Using 1950's vintage planes is appropriate since the they are as old as the first young people who grew up during that first big lunar hoax, Apollo. Most people have figured out that great joke on humanity (Mars is the other one) but Nasa keeps going with these idiotic performances for the benefit of the remaining "true believers".

@ c45 - you DEVALUE your ARGUMENT by your frequent use of UNNECESSARY CAPS. Because that's how CRAZY people write on the INTERNET.

Also by your uncritical disregard for global scientific consensus...

Anyway - back to reality. Cameras are fun. Old planes are cool. Science is important.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2017 at 23:01 UTC
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Majauskasson: Nasa publicity stunt. With all the satellites pointing all over the place Nasa can place itself in orbit with the moon in eclipse any time it wants and get clear space shots. Baffles over satellite lenses can get eclipse shots anytime. The eclipse happens constantly in relation to satellites and other points besides the odd "over the Earth" eclipses. Nasa keeps releasing these highly publicized events to keep the gullible masses hyped up. Using 1950's vintage planes is appropriate since the they are as old as the first young people who grew up during that first big lunar hoax, Apollo. Most people have figured out that great joke on humanity (Mars is the other one) but Nasa keeps going with these idiotic performances for the benefit of the remaining "true believers".

"You also must be unwilling to educate yourself and you must be sure, that you are smarter than anybody else"

Sadly, there's a lot of that going around, at the moment. There's a climate-change denier further down in this thread...

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2017 at 16:46 UTC
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Majauskasson: Nasa publicity stunt. With all the satellites pointing all over the place Nasa can place itself in orbit with the moon in eclipse any time it wants and get clear space shots. Baffles over satellite lenses can get eclipse shots anytime. The eclipse happens constantly in relation to satellites and other points besides the odd "over the Earth" eclipses. Nasa keeps releasing these highly publicized events to keep the gullible masses hyped up. Using 1950's vintage planes is appropriate since the they are as old as the first young people who grew up during that first big lunar hoax, Apollo. Most people have figured out that great joke on humanity (Mars is the other one) but Nasa keeps going with these idiotic performances for the benefit of the remaining "true believers".

Right, right....

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2017 at 15:29 UTC
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RedDog Steve: Everyone else OK with the blatantly 'shopped' photo of an eclipse over a sunset ?
Two jets (taken from a phantom third) ?

Pics or it didn't happen ?
That didn't happen.

Obviously it didn't happen - the eclipse hasn't happened yet. That image is a rendering.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2017 at 15:28 UTC
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steelhead3: Where do they get parts for that antique jet? It looks like old Comets probably were scrounged to keep them flying.

Ah, I stand corrected!

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2017 at 15:25 UTC
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landscaper1: Uh, DPReview ... those "full frame fighter jets" are actually highly modified Martin B-57 Canberra medium bombers, hence the "B" in WB-57F.

Hawker hunter, for my money. The B47 is nice but it's too lumpy. The Hunter is a beauty.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2017 at 02:10 UTC
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steelhead3: Where do they get parts for that antique jet? It looks like old Comets probably were scrounged to keep them flying.

It's powered by a pair of Rolls-Royce Avons. They were used in a large variety of British high-performance aeroplanes (including the Comet, and derivative airframes like the Nimrod) for decades. They're extremely reliable, but I'm sure there are still plenty of spare parts around. An industrial version is still manufactured, apparently.

Aeroplane facts!

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2017 at 23:19 UTC
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landscaper1: Uh, DPReview ... those "full frame fighter jets" are actually highly modified Martin B-57 Canberra medium bombers, hence the "B" in WB-57F.

Tsk tsk... DL needs to come with me to some airshows! (edited).

The Canberra is one of [the most elegant jets ever designed](https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d5/Canberrab21024.jpg), in my opinion.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2017 at 21:23 UTC
On article Nikon 8-15mm F3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom sample gallery (65 comments in total)
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NOWHITELENS: I don't see how this is a better lens than the existing Fisheye 16mm f2.8 ?

Well, it's a zoom, for one thing, and it covers a wider range of focal lengths...?

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2017 at 18:30 UTC
On article Nikon 8-15mm F3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom sample gallery (65 comments in total)
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Gesture: Viewed by taste. Please ....

?

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2017 at 01:17 UTC
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livelong: Its not entry-level at that price.

It's Canon's lowest-price full-frame camera, so yes - it's entry-level.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2017 at 17:43 UTC
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