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 Sony a7R II versus a7 II: Eight key differences (397 comments in total)
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rfsIII: You may be able to slide by with sloppy technique in the soggy low-contrast conditions of the Pacific Northwest and in the perpetual gloom of England, but in the rest of the world it's still very easy to blow out highlights regardless of sensor.
I shoot four to five days a week with a D810 and find that I still frequently need graduated ND filters, silks, reflectors, and fill flash to get acceptable professional results.

If you have nothing nice to say...

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2016 at 18:07 UTC
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Polacofede: Honestly i don't get what is all this lenses and equipment for. I mean each photographer takes to the olympics their own equipment, so why would they need to take all this there? In fact they are risking to get stealed a lot of money. Is this just a marketing movement?

http://www.cps.usa.canon.com/

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2016 at 05:03 UTC
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alcaher: i wonder what sport illustrated is using: nikon or canon?

I believe they fired all their full-time photographers so I guess their freelancers are using whatever they like.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 19:32 UTC
On article Faster flagship: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X-T2 (114 comments in total)
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Stephen Scharf: You guys keep going on about the lack of a touchscreen. In their interview, Fuji gave you a clear, definitive answer as to why they did not implement a touchscreen. Fuji's "VOC" (voice of the customer); their consortium of X-Photographers they work with with respect to design, weren't asking for it. They have the data; you don't, nor did you participate in the discussions about it. You can bet it was fully considered and there are clear reasons why they decided not to do it. And they told you unambiguously why: because it goes against the "hands-on" aperture ring and control dial design ethos of the camera. They wanted the camera to stay true to it's design ethos and a touch-screen just confuses that design ethos. Why you still don't understand this point completely mystifies me. They gave you a clear answer and is clear that you are not listening. You are still biased about what *you* think it should be, rather than respecting that Fuji *really* knows what its customers want.

Explain to me how a touch-screen would 'confuse the design ethos' of a camera clearly intended to be used just as much with the rear screen extended as it is with your eye to the finder.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 21:25 UTC
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h2k: Now expecting an interview, i didn't expect in the least this awkward multi-click format. I find this user-unfriendly to a high degree (aware that many on-site clicks may be good for DPR).

I thought this could be interesting content, but i can't bring myself to click-click-click through this.

I know at least one great website of a major general weekly that breaks its stories into 2 - 3 pages - with the additional option of reading everything on one single page. Possible at DPR?

We're not run as a charity. We're run as a business. Saying 'This site is owned by one of the richest companies in the world' as if somehow that's an argument for anything in particular is a red herring.

Unless you want loads of obnoxious road-block ads, or a paywall (and I'm going to guess that you don't) that means that we need to sell advertising to keep the lights on.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 18:25 UTC
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h2k: Now expecting an interview, i didn't expect in the least this awkward multi-click format. I find this user-unfriendly to a high degree (aware that many on-site clicks may be good for DPR).

I thought this could be interesting content, but i can't bring myself to click-click-click through this.

I know at least one great website of a major general weekly that breaks its stories into 2 - 3 pages - with the additional option of reading everything on one single page. Possible at DPR?

You clicked 480 times to leave that comment...

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 17:46 UTC
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Timbukto: That illuminated loupe is so cool. It's a wonder why Canon did such a crappy job at my local service center cleaning up sensors when they have better tools than I have.

https://www.amazon.com/Delkin-SensorScope-Complete-Digital-Cleaning/dp/B000MGDM7K

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 17:11 UTC
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stromaroma: Great article but that last statement "We'd certainly recommend the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II for landscape photography"????? I wouldn't use either of these for landscape photography... unless of course one was magically in my hands when I wanted to take a photo, which would never happen because I doubt I'd ever touch one. There are much more practical / affordable alternatives for landscapes that would perform equally well if not better.

The sentence literally right before the landscape line says 'Ultimately, both cameras are excellent tools for action photography'.

The landscape line refers simply to the fact that the Canon's extra dynamic range makes it more useful for photography in tricky lighting conditions (i.e., landscapes) than the Nikon.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 16:58 UTC
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BigOne: I understand why DPR did the reviews of those cameras - I like to play with big expensive toys, too, AND I believe it's an interesting reading. Thank you. But who THIS comparison is for is beyond me. Amateurs upgrading from their iphones? Professional photographers with more experience than the entire DPR staff combined? Chinese tourists looking for a new neck adornment?

I didn't read the article because of its ADHD-attention-span formatting but two things I know for sure. One, there are NO tangible physical difference in any characteristics between those two cameras. And two, no real buyers of those cameras will make a decision based on this article. (Chinese tourists buy their cameras on Alibaba which Bezos does NOT own.)

Again, reviews - YES, PLEASE. Comparisons - REALLY?

"I didn't read the article"

I'm sorry, that's when I stopped reading your comment.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 16:25 UTC
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Lin Evans: Great job guys - just don't let the cowboys hear you say "steer riding" - LOL Those "steers" have all their original equipment!

Lin

Yeah, it's fair to say we might not have entirely assimilated.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 02:42 UTC
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armandino: which sums up that the 1DX is easily the most all rounded camera. It is nice to have the amazing 3D af tracking, but how much further does really get you? 1DX AF is already incredible. Let's not forget flicker detection. Battery life, ISO performance and the other nice additions are consolation prices to make sure that the cameras score exactly the same.
Dual pix with touch screen is massive, 4K 60fps+ frame grab is massive, effective 16fps against effective 12fps is massive. DR is massive.
Lead in AF tracking and low light AF might be worth for very few out there, and makes the D5 more appealing to a minority, which indeed can be read between the lines of the politically correct DPR review.
Sorry Nikon

*Very* selective reading, but whatever makes you happy...

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2016 at 21:52 UTC
On article Gallery update: Nikon 300mm F4E PF ED VR (54 comments in total)
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Manfred Bachmann: The 810 rocks with this lens, the D500 and D5 not so really, just imo.

Vis-versa, I assume you mean.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2016 at 19:43 UTC
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GatanoII: Interesting and informative video and this makes me think:

In this scenario (I must repeat , _in_this_scenario_) it's evident that the direct competitor Nikon D5 should bite the dust , no usable smooth video AF for rapid moving subjects , way slower 4K frame rate for applying slow motion (same separation that exist from usable and useless), "slower" 12fps vs 14fps for getting more decisive moments and far less workable dynamic range for recovering shadows in high contrasty scenes (this is odd and new to Nikon vs Canon) ... and the Canon AF proved, obviously, to be up to the tasks, maybe Nikon could have an easier way to set up to be up to the different tasks, but not enough to separate them, while the pluses from the Canon 1DxII can make a real difference.

So the only think that puzzles me is why DPR did give the same points to the both cameras, since I see substantial advantages/disadvantages where it makes a difference to easily claim a winner.

<a href="https://www.dpreview.com/news/9402203921/nikon-d5-shows-drop-in-dynamic-range">Are you serious?</a>

You're actually trolling us for apparently not mentioning the D5's low(er) base ISO dynamic range when a) we totally do, in this article and the full review, and b) we literally posted an entire dedicated report, earlier this year, where we specifically make that point?

Is that actually what you're doing?

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2016 at 06:20 UTC
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Thuravi Kumaaran: A great patch up for “Flagships compared: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II versus Nikon D5”.
Nice video. Congratulations.

patch up?

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2016 at 04:06 UTC
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basshead: 1dx mk ii is recommended for landscape??? (LOL)

@ Eugeniu - it's for the pixels. All of them.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2016 at 19:03 UTC
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rrccad: Barney needs to work on his y'all's.. :)

I surely do.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2016 at 17:02 UTC
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GatanoII: Interesting and informative video and this makes me think:

In this scenario (I must repeat , _in_this_scenario_) it's evident that the direct competitor Nikon D5 should bite the dust , no usable smooth video AF for rapid moving subjects , way slower 4K frame rate for applying slow motion (same separation that exist from usable and useless), "slower" 12fps vs 14fps for getting more decisive moments and far less workable dynamic range for recovering shadows in high contrasty scenes (this is odd and new to Nikon vs Canon) ... and the Canon AF proved, obviously, to be up to the tasks, maybe Nikon could have an easier way to set up to be up to the different tasks, but not enough to separate them, while the pluses from the Canon 1DxII can make a real difference.

So the only think that puzzles me is why DPR did give the same points to the both cameras, since I see substantial advantages/disadvantages where it makes a difference to easily claim a winner.

Good lord...

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2016 at 16:51 UTC
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basshead: 1dx mk ii is recommended for landscape??? (LOL)

Yeah we also said "Ultimately, both cameras are excellent tools for action photography" in the sentence literally right before the landscape line so calm down.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2016 at 15:17 UTC
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basshead: 1dx mk ii is recommended for landscape??? (LOL)

And a lot of other things...

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2016 at 15:04 UTC
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MadManAce: A click bait article if I ever saw one. Comparing spec sheets and making grandiose claims without any side by side testing, that is sinking to a new level. How about doing getting some PROs to compare the AF in different real life situations with lighting conditions and some repeatable dark studio tests. Lastly, I know very few situations that any PRO would use Dynamic Area Auto 3-D Select Focusing that reviewers are so keen on the D5. How the heck can one be satisfied with the camera making the decision on what to focus on. Now, I am not saying the Canon will win, but given these parameters, I would like to see the true results, not some spec sheet speculating article design to create controversy.

You, sir, are a troll.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2016 at 06:15 UTC
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