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 Re-make/Re-model: Leica Summaron 28mm F5.6 Samples (185 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, I'm British, as it happens (we're only just getting used to the fact that America exists, let alone Australia) but apologies - I didn't pick up on the .au google link.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2017 at 00:53 UTC
On article Re-make/Re-model: Leica Summaron 28mm F5.6 Samples (185 comments in total)
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Jim Evidon: Barney said:Tell me how a lens hood (which I was using) would have helped reduce the flare in image #6.

Fair comment Barney. That image was looking directly into the sun partially hidden behind the tree and some flare is inevitable. I might ask why you even bothered with that one, but that is not the issue. However, veiling flare to a significant degree was present on some of the other images. Now that I know you were using a lens hood, I am even less inclined toward this lens. I would never use it for general photography unless I wanted all of my images to have a dreamlike quality. But if I wanted a small pancake lens of modest aperture for general photography that has few vices, I would opt for the wonderful little CV 25mm f4 Color-Skopar lens. It is sharp corner 2 corner, has few vices and costs a lot less. It seems to be one of Sean Reid's favorite lenses since he uses it so often. And so do I. Unlike the very special Summaron 28mm, it is a very useful small WA every day lens.

I used a hood whenever I thought I needed to - specifically, (usually) for late afternoon shots with the sun off to one side. Whenever I could, I removed the hood because it makes the handling a bit tricker.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2017 at 16:30 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.

Was a point of technical disagreement just resolved respectfully in a comment thread on DPReview?

I need to put a gold star next to this day on the calendar!

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2017 at 23:46 UTC
On article Re-make/Re-model: Leica Summaron 28mm F5.6 Samples (185 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!

"$2,495.00 · B&H Photo-Video-Audio"

And everywhere else that has it listed, too. Same price, there or thereabouts.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2017 at 23:03 UTC
On article Re-make/Re-model: Leica Summaron 28mm F5.6 Samples (185 comments in total)
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WastingTime: Roxy Music fans at DPR?

You should, they were good. Still are. Pauline is still touring.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2017 at 22:34 UTC
On article Re-make/Re-model: Leica Summaron 28mm F5.6 Samples (185 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!

Where are you getting $3000 from?

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2017 at 22:33 UTC
On article Re-make/Re-model: Leica Summaron 28mm F5.6 Samples (185 comments in total)
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M W B G: Was this lens used on a M body or a Sony?

Leica M10. Trust me. I was there.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2017 at 22:32 UTC
On article Re-make/Re-model: Leica Summaron 28mm F5.6 Samples (185 comments in total)
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Jim Evidon: It suffers from veiling flare doesn't it? Did the photographer fail to use a lens hood as he should have or does this lens simply have too much flare? The overall soft rendition compared to modern lenses has a certain appeal in some situations, but the excessive flare ( image #6) is a deal killer.

Tell me how a lens hood (which I was using) would have helped reduce the flare in image #6.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2017 at 20:23 UTC
On article Re-make/Re-model: Leica Summaron 28mm F5.6 Samples (185 comments in total)
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M W B G: Was this lens used on a M body or a Sony?

Leica M10.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2017 at 19:25 UTC
On article Re-make/Re-model: Leica Summaron 28mm F5.6 Samples (185 comments in total)
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WastingTime: Roxy Music fans at DPR?

I used to live in Bryan Ferry's old house, in Newcastle. According to local legend anyway. Pauline Murray from north-east punk band 'Penetration' lived over the road. I believe she still does.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2017 at 19:24 UTC
On article Re-make/Re-model: Leica Summaron 28mm F5.6 Samples (185 comments in total)
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Thoughts: Should try black and white photos, which maybe this lens is designed for.

Yes it would :)

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2017 at 19:23 UTC
On article Re-make/Re-model: Leica Summaron 28mm F5.6 Samples (185 comments in total)
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Thoughts: Should try black and white photos, which maybe this lens is designed for.

You're welcome to download the Raw files and do whatever you'd like!

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2017 at 14:28 UTC
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Anadrol: Thanks dpreview staff, I'm surprised you had the balls to write such article (it is a compliment).

Say what you like about Rishi, but his balls have never been in question.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 23:13 UTC
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jetronic63: This is a bizarre article and makes me suspicious of DPR's impartiality. To patch together an argument that a camera is not worth the outlay because it can be outperformed in specific areas by other models isn't sound reasoning. If you applied this logic to other cameras, its unlikely you would buy anything as they all have their strengths and weaknesses. Surely the only basis for rational evaluation is whether the overall features/performance of the GFX make it compelling for its target market. Whether or not it is good value is a seperate argument and your mileage will vary depending on your circumstances.

Which bit of this article is 'patched together'?

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 03:27 UTC
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sunnycal: You can make the same kind of argument with APS-C vs 35MM and 4/3 vs APS-C.

The fact is that here you are comparing Pre-Gen-1 camera/system/sensor with a Gen umpteen system. Of course, early adapters will pay more for not that much more; but isn't this what happens with new technology (ever heard of iPhone and Tesla)? Without the additional dollars from early adapters, there will be no new technologies.

If Fuji executes this the way they did with their APS-C system, I am pretty sure that in a couple of year there new system will stand-out; not as a mainstream camera (for the price is not mainstream), but as a highly differentiated system

A little patronizing, no?

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 03:24 UTC
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FLruckas: No pictures of Barney wearing a mask?

:-)

They're in the private collection.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 00:52 UTC
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (494 comments in total)
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GEONYC: If you are testing/reviewing a camera, why talk about yourself so much. This makes "everything" relative. Try writing about the camera and not about yourself... Or camera first and you later. I call what you have/do, The Blogers Dssease".

Also, what about the price compare to the other cameras, i.e. Especially the new Fuji Midium format, with auto-focus, at $7,000.

Note: Do you know that Leicas and their lenses are not, Made in Germany, they are made in Portugal or Austria.

This is not a review. It's a shooting experience, categorized as an opinion piece. At least read as far as the headline before commenting...

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 00:39 UTC
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (494 comments in total)
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jvt: With all due respect your "banjo" comparison is complete nonsense. Stick to photography.

With all due respect, you're very rude.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 00:38 UTC
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Joed700: I keep on hearing from other sources that the Fuji GFX 50S isn't a true MF camera compared to say Hassleblad or alike. Can someone clarify this for me?

It really depends on how you define 'medium format'.

In the film days, it's true that the dimensions of the sensor in the GFX 50S, Hassy X1D and Pentax 645Z wouldn't have been considered 'true' medium format, and even now, there exist larger sensors in more expensive MF cameras. But the 1.7 increase in area over full-frame (not to mention APS-C) means that we follow the industry and classify the GFX/X1D/645Z's ~44 x 33mm sensor as 'medium format'.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 00:28 UTC
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CeleryBeats: Conclusion: Working for dpreview doesn't make enough money to buy a mf camera if you would wish to do so... ;)

Reviewers are not working photographers.

Btw; the pentax mf image in the comparison has motion blur.

We do. I'm a former theatre and live music photographer, and Dan still shoots live music regularly. Rishi is an accomplished landscape and weddings/portraiture photographer, likewise Wenmei, who is probably the most prolific photographer of anybody on staff right now. Sam was a professional product photographer before he joined us, and Carey has experience as a photojournalist and events photographer.

The idea that we're just 'pixel peepers' is inaccurate, and the accusation is lazy.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 00:18 UTC
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