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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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 (495 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 (495 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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gftphoto: DPR, this is a bit odd somehow. In several years of reading your news, reviews, and forums I do not recall an op ed piece which appears to be an attempt to steer buyers away from purchasing a new (and promising) product. It smacks of ulterior motivation (dare one say conflict of interest?) and frankly makes me skeptical of DPR content as a whole. Sadly.

@brycesteiner - you are quite wrong.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 21:19 UTC
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Chipchase: I echo the comment by gfkphoto, and think this article should be taken off the site.

The difference being that the K-1 article (which was fixed and re-published later) contained technical errors. This article does not. You don't seem to like it, but that's not the same thing at all.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 21:19 UTC
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pidera: Sad to see that the popularity of a specific and generally nice product of a not so big company is used against it to prove a theoretical point which could be handled in a much more neutral way.

@ rfslll - your version of our editorial structure and method is a good deal more lurid than the reality.

This is an opinion piece, written by a technical expert in his field, which - because this is the Internet - some people have decided is outrageous, some people have decided is excellent, and some people didn't even bother to read, preferring to jump straight to the comments to vent some aimless anger on a rainy day.

Just another day on DPReview.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 21:05 UTC
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hetedik: Dear Preview,

I don’t know what to think.
I have been following DPR for over 10 years, mainly for the professional and neutral advices. But now, I am loosing it.

You have created a “Most popular” tag. At the moment, comments with 17 likes are there, but my interpretation with 22 likes not. In the meantime, the 2 guys, who argue with me, have gotten the golden badges, like many others, who support your article. I don’t care about being most popular, but I do care about fair forum and discussion.

I don’t know your backgrounds, but please don’t be a Digital Propaganda Review, don’t destroy your reputation, you have built up through many years.

All the best

I'm not sure what you're saying here - the 'popularity' of a comment is determined by how many people 'like' it. This isn't a DPReview staff/admin action. The most 'liked' comments end up in the popular comments tab, programatically.

Maybe you're getting confused by *replies* to those popular comments, which might not have the same number of 'likes'?

Digital propaganda review...?

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 21:02 UTC
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pidera: Sad to see that the popularity of a specific and generally nice product of a not so big company is used against it to prove a theoretical point which could be handled in a much more neutral way.

This feedback is fair. We actually just modified the headline and intro to make it clearer that while we're using the GFX as a core example in this article, that's only because it's recent (so front of mind for our readers) and more affordable than (say) the X1D. Pretty well all of the technical criticisms of the GFX and its lens system apply equally to the Hasselblad.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 18:41 UTC
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Beat Traveller: DPR 2 years ago: "Everyone is going to buy these new full-frame cameras because bigger sensors are just better."

DPR now: "Hang on a second, there's such a thing as a sweet spot in sensor size."

I don't disagree with anything written here, I just find it amusing.

Full-frame DSLRs were 'new' two years ago?

Did you lose a decade?

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 05:40 UTC
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mxx: The history of DPR's Save Nikon Campaign thus far:

Article 1. You need perfect object tracking, which only Nikon provides.
Article 2. Buy a Nikon 810 instead of a medium format Fuji or Pentax, it's just as good.
Article 3. Watch this space.

And nothing wrong here, I'm sure we all want to save Nikon.

I don't think it's meant to be a comparison... it's meant to be a technical explanation of why MF is not necessarily superior to full-frame. It's natural that existing full-frame cameras would be used as examples.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 23:02 UTC
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mxx: The history of DPR's Save Nikon Campaign thus far:

Article 1. You need perfect object tracking, which only Nikon provides.
Article 2. Buy a Nikon 810 instead of a medium format Fuji or Pentax, it's just as good.
Article 3. Watch this space.

And nothing wrong here, I'm sure we all want to save Nikon.

Are we really running a 'Save Nikon' campaign? It can't be much of a campaign if we had no idea we were running it.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 22:14 UTC
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M Chambers: So Canon's L lenses are made In Utsunomiya Japan despite the box clearly stating it's "Made In Taiwan"?

This reminds me of all the people whom think Samsung TVs are made in South Korea despite the box clearly stating, "Made In Mexico."

I don't think they make the boxes in Utsunomiya.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 19:14 UTC
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doctor digi: " the amount of people involved in the manufacture"

Sorry for being a pedant, by I expect more from the author of such an article (interesting though the article may be). Far too many people use amount when they mean number.

It's "number of people". Would you say "amount of hours in a day"? No.

Quite right, sir. That egregious error shall be rectified forthwith.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 04:39 UTC
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Iloveaircraftnoise: I'm shocked & horrified. A positive story about canon on DP review? Now I've seen & heard everything.

Clearly you've not been paying attention.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 02:25 UTC
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stratplaya: Fascinating read. I love reading how all sorts of gear is made.
In the group photo the workers appear to be nervous. How was their demeanor?

You can read that from an image? That's impressive! (They were not nervous).

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 20:43 UTC
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Jon Stern: I hope you had gyoza and beer while in Utsunomiya. It's one thing it's known for.

No time, I'm afraid!

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 19:05 UTC
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Karaya: "anyone that still blindly fetishizes the words 'made by hand' should try shooting with the EF 16-35mm F2.8L III sometime."

One could just as well turn this around and say: "anyone that still blindly fetishes the words 'made by advanced automated processes' should try shooting with one of the Canon broadcast lenses sometime"

I'm making the assumption here that the 16-35mm F2.8 III is somewhat more available to our readers...

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 18:24 UTC
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