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 CP+ 2016: Hands-on with Nikon DL compacts (309 comments in total)
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marike6: Do you think DPR can find a more dusty demo camera to photograph? :) On- camera flash and product photography don't mix.

No flash here.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2016 at 13:43 UTC
On article CP+ 2016: Hands-on with new Sigma SD cameras and lenses (309 comments in total)
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ShatteredSky: Any hint about the price of the SDs?

We have a meeting in a few hours (I've given up trying to work out what time it is) and we're hoping to get more answers about pricing and international availability.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2016 at 13:41 UTC
On article CP+ 2016: Hands-on with Nikon DL compacts (309 comments in total)
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tomjar: It's funny how you say at the beginning of the hands-on that the DL24-85 is probably going to be the most popular of the three cameras, but then you and up talking about (and showing) almost exclusively the other two cameras... :)

DL 24-85 is indeed closest to what I was hoping for (I am looking for something to replace my P7700 which is starting to malfunction too frequently), but it unfortunately lacks a few things I would like in a relatively small (not pocketable) take-it-everywhere camera. In my eyes (and compared to P7700/7800) it lacks (at least):
- the reach on the tele side,
- an external mic port
- a built-in viewfinder,
- a possibility to attach an external lens to extend the reach,
- and it will cost a lot more.
But at least it has a hot shoe. On the bright side, its lens starts wider than P7700/7800, it has a brighter lens, much better fps rates and AF capabilities and of course a larger sensor. So I might bite the bullet when the prices come down a bit ...

The 24-85 and 18-50 are cosmetically and ergonomically almost identical. When it comes to operation, comments about one are equally applicable to both.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2016 at 07:16 UTC
On article The long, difficult road to Pentax full-frame (617 comments in total)
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mxx: "Philips" is spelled with only one "l".

Fixxed now, sory.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2016 at 04:17 UTC
On article The long, difficult road to Pentax full-frame (617 comments in total)
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marc petzold: @Barney

When already the mighty Contax N digital is being mentioned by DPR stuff - why don't you post your own link here back from it's heyday? ;)

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/3102117451/contaxndigitalinhand

For my taste, the all-new, shiny K-1 Pentax looks somehow like an old Pentax 67 mixed with the Contax N digital. :-)

Compared to the 1st Pentax "K-1" with the same, flawed 6 MP FF Philips Sensor - it wasn't ugly at all..like the old Pentax from that day...but the new K-1 is a beauty of a DSLR.

Pentax MX was my 1st analogue SLR, later Minolta (X700). And then Dynax 5D, and Nikon D40 into APS-C DSLR terms. Oly 8080 & Minolta A1, Sony R1 from Bridgecam Type.

Ah, good call. My own searching didn't throw up that link, thanks for finding it. I'll leave the LL link in the article though, since it illustrates the point.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 23:31 UTC
On article The long, difficult road to Pentax full-frame (617 comments in total)
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senn_b: who did pay for this publicity ?.. Ricoh ?, .. Sony ?, .. both ?.. what a pitiable idea anyway

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Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 23:30 UTC
On article Pentax cancel 6mp digital SLR (1 comment in total)

First.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 21:11 UTC as 1st comment
On article The long, difficult road to Pentax full-frame (617 comments in total)
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ronniemac: Barney, that is one excellent article. Thanks for putting it together.

Like you I do worry about the cost of the best new zooms, but hey, it will be less than a 645z with its new lenses. Is it worth mentioning that, when I last counted, Pentax currently offers 22 full frame lenses, some are FA, some F DA, and quite a few primes are DA which may require stopping down although I have seen evidence to the contrary. Granted that a few of these are not yet in the shops, but I live in hope. Hopefully Sigma, Tamron, Samyang etc will help out, although it will only be if there is financial benefit.

Like you, I started out with an MX. You must have bought an old one as surely you're much younger than that! I still enjoy the K-3 II but Pentax seem to have identified their target market correctly. Although not at the front of the Q (pun), I will indulge myself with a K-1. For Pentax's sake, I hope others do also. Lots of old glass to have fun with too.

Thanks again, nice article.

My MX came from my Dad :)

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 19:36 UTC
On article The long, difficult road to Pentax full-frame (617 comments in total)
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turvyT: Nice article BB. Interesting to see how dpr articles on Pentax have drifted from lampoon to serene respect. I like the drift.

Thanks! Curious as to which ones you consider 'lampoon'.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 19:11 UTC
On article The long, difficult road to Pentax full-frame (617 comments in total)
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fakuryu: Am I only the one here who read the article in Barney Britton's voice?

It's just a great voice. Hard to explain.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 19:08 UTC
On article The long, difficult road to Pentax full-frame (617 comments in total)
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fakuryu: Am I only the one here who read the article in Barney Britton's voice?

Jeff Bridges. Always.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 19:01 UTC
On article The long, difficult road to Pentax full-frame (617 comments in total)
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fakuryu: Am I only the one here who read the article in Barney Britton's voice?

Yes. Even I didn't do that.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 18:46 UTC
On article The long, difficult road to Pentax full-frame (617 comments in total)
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NAwlins Contrarian: re: "Way back in 2000, when the 21st Century was just beginning to find its feet ...."

No, the 21st century did not begin until 2001.

I said the 21st Century was 'just finding its feet'. I didn't say it was up and walking around.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 18:45 UTC
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RedFox88: It's unfortunate to see such a technically flawed photo win. Out of focus, pattern noise from extreme shadow lifting. Good story but not good to call photo of the year unless everyone with an iPhone is a potential press photographer of the year.

I think you may be missing the point behind the award.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 18:05 UTC
On article The long, difficult road to Pentax full-frame (617 comments in total)
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NAwlins Contrarian: re: "Way back in 2000, when the 21st Century was just beginning to find its feet ...."

No, the 21st century did not begin until 2001.

So we shouldn't have partied like it was 1999 in 1999?

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 17:59 UTC
On article The long, difficult road to Pentax full-frame (617 comments in total)
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moawkwrd: "The K-1 becomes the first conventional DSLR to offer a stabilized full-frame sensor."

Um, what about the Sony A900 and A850?

EDIT: I see many others have pointed this out. Why is DPReview terrible at fact checking? Are Pentax themselves claiming this or is it just DPReview being awful yet again?

OK OK OK! I'll fix it!

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 17:57 UTC
On article The long, difficult road to Pentax full-frame (617 comments in total)
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KevinSB: Whoever wrote this is a very misinformed soul.....

Your analogies are idiotic at best.....
Did you look at the prices of Canon, Nikon, Sony FF cameras at launch ? No that is apparent, a used 5dm3 is priced above a new K-1...
Once you’ve bought a couple of lenses to go with your new K-1, that fairly reasonably $1800 has turned into a much, much bigger investment.'...
What would a D800 or 5Dm3 with lenses cost ?
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I can’t wait to try them out on the K-1. Unfortunately, while putting old glass on high-resolution cameras is a lot of fun, it does tend to show up the defects in that glass pretty glaringly. SHOW US AN IMAGE !!!!!

Sorry but this article is useless and void of any real information.....

I'm sorry I upset you.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 17:56 UTC
On article The long, difficult road to Pentax full-frame (617 comments in total)
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Valkender: There are no comments of the high iso that this camera delivers, would the DPR staff care to elaborate on its merits? In more detail with your opinions. Thanks, I too wish Pentax a bright future.

When we get a final camera for testing, we'll let you know.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 17:55 UTC
On article Worth the wait? A look inside the Pentax K-1 (651 comments in total)
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DavidsfotosDotCom: Is there an adapter to mount on Canon EF? Which? & Vice versa?

Even if they do go mirrorless, they'd still need a new lensmount. The K-01 was mirrorless, but had just the same issues with 3rd-party lens (in)compatibility as every Pentax D/SLR.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 23:55 UTC
On article Worth the wait? A look inside the Pentax K-1 (651 comments in total)
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Thematic: DSLR staff - Picture #4 is fantastic!

Great example of the cameras led light.

Ricoh's marketing department gets credit for that one.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 22:20 UTC
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