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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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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Scales USA: I see comments like "Best in Class", which cameras are considered to be in this Class? Is this "Class" including older models like D4, or do you consider the Sony A7R II to be in this class?

High-end full-frame.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2016 at 06:13 UTC
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DualSystemGuy: In the DR section, why do you only touch on low ISO DR? Nikon DR is higher at high ISO, Canon DR is higher at low ISO. These cameras are most likely going to be used at high ISO's most of the time, not base ISO. It's only a step back at base ISO, more importantly at high ISO it's a step forward.

Arguably, low ISO DR is more useful, photographically. [backs away slowly]

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2016 at 06:12 UTC
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Triplet Perar: Where are the flags? Where are the ships?
I see only cameras here.

You are not the first dpreview reader to whom I have been required to explain the definition of a 'metaphor' :)

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2016 at 05:05 UTC
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tr573: "why don't you review the flagship cameras, how come you never review the flagship cameras? when are you guys going to review the flagship cameras?"
...
"you guys don't know how to use the flagship cameras, you have no business reviewing them, what's the matter with you."

If you're looking for logical consistency on the Internet, you'll be looking for a while...

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2016 at 23:38 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.

Only some autres. Not tout.

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2016 at 19:40 UTC
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jkgal: D5 and 1DX II both got exactly same rating.
5D III and D800 both got exactly same rating. Is this coincidence?

Yes.

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2016 at 18:27 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.

Posterity.

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2016 at 18:06 UTC
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John C Tharp: A lot seem to be complaining about the AF comments on page four- and they have a point:

Nikon's tracking system (that is, the camera decides what to focus on!) has been superior for quite a long time. This is great for people who don't control what they're focusing on or their composition: i.e., great for people who aren't pro photographers.

You see, these cameras (a first for Nikon with the D4!) include a joystick designed to make selecting the desired focus point easy. Hell, Canon has been putting two on their pro cameras- one for landscape orientation, and one for portrait orientation.

So yes, you can let your Nikon think for you- or you can use the tools provided to take and keep control.

@ John - you've misunderstood the potential of the system. 3D AF tracking is invaluable for a lot of things, but probably most useful when you determine your subject - manually - and then let the camera track it around the frame, as you concentrate on composition. The system is actually capable of doing this even in extremely low light.

One of the most useful applications (aside from the obvious ones, like sports) is actually large-aperture portraiture, where 'focus and recompose' would be impractical or impossible. For professionals, it has a transformative potential in fast-moving situations. Calling this a non-pro feature is just wrong. Read our D5 review to learn more.

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2016 at 17:45 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.

This is a two and a half thousand word article, written on the basis of exhaustive controlled testing of both cameras (full links to both reviews are provided at the end of this piece).

Assuming you haven't just misunderstood the term, calling this piece 'clickbait' is an insult both to me, and to our team of reviewers.

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2016 at 17:30 UTC
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Favorable Exponynt: So it has come down to, if it doesn't have the best AF on the market it's a landscape camera. Almost all camera's are landscape camera's then and one is a sports camera, until something better comes along, then it is also a landscape camera.

I just rephrased that line in the final slide because so many people were pretending to misunderstand it and get mad, because this is the Internet.

So you can all just calm down now.

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2016 at 16:41 UTC
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Nick Brundle - Photography: Dpr recommends the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II for landscape photography and 4K video.
There's going to be a lot of disappointed pro's at the olympics in Rio

Did you read the rest of this article, Nick? I just rephrased that line in the final slide because so many people were pretending to misunderstand it and get mad, because this is the Internet.

So you can all just calm down now.

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2016 at 16:37 UTC
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kuklukklak: Lol. We recommend the 1dxii for landscape. R u serious? This is why i stop taking this site seriously. I find the info and testing extremely useful but the opinion is usualy very dumb and bias. Every article is crafted this way: 1. the canon is great as its superior in 3-4 ways; 2. but the nikon comes out the winner as it excels in 1-2 ways, which dpreview thinks its most important (which also changes from one article to another, depending on the strength that nikon have); 3. altho both is good, just to prove that we are very neutral. Muahaha

It's not the only thing we'd recommend it for... for heaven't sake. It just so happens that the extra DR makes it more useful for landscapes, compared to the D5.

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2016 at 16:37 UTC
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PeterPaul: Two of the best pro DSlR'S being reviewed by non pro photographers and intended to be read by amateurs as only an amateur could actually think one is better in any meaningful way. No offense Dpreview but you know what I'm talking about. I'd prefer you focus on more practical and helpful articles.

You've not read the article, then, I take it?

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2016 at 16:36 UTC
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steelhead3: I don't understand the battery life difference, especially the low benchmark for the Canon. Was gps or wifi running? Power management has been a problem with the new Nikons yet they smoke the Canon.

It's CIPA, so whatever the exact conditions they used to get those figures, they'd be consistent across cameras.

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2016 at 16:34 UTC
On article Nikon D500 versus D750: Which one is right for you? (370 comments in total)
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RolliPoli: "weird equivalent focal lengths (i.e., a 24-70mm will behave like a 36-105mm)."

Please do tell, what exactly is "weird" about a zoom lens that extends from the classic focal length near wide angle, 36mm to the classic portrait focal length, 105mm?
Seems to me, a 24-70mm would be a 'must have' lens with either. or better yet, both bodies.

Weird relative to your expectations (if any) of that same lens's behavior and range on full-frame.

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2016 at 00:13 UTC
On article Rock Solid: Canon 1D X Mark II Review (408 comments in total)
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Nukunukoo: DCI/60P Well done! My only wish is that they used dual UHS-II cards as an option like the D5. Can't wait for the reviews...

You mean XQD...

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 00:17 UTC
On article Rock Solid: Canon 1D X Mark II Review (408 comments in total)
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thx1138: Didn't see that result coming. I love the cons about video, yet the results even the pros are getting are just superb.

Also this is possibly the stupidest criticism I've ever seen:

Con: Optimization of AF settings takes practice and experience

well whoda thunk that you actually need to master your craft and your tools. I'm sure people just shell out $6K willy nilly and think the camera does it all.

BTW the Case 1 is so damn good for 90% of shooting, if you can't get good results then photography is not your forte

I'll swap you for the stupidest criticism that *I* have ever seen, if you like. Or just the stupidest criticism that I've seen *today*.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 00:15 UTC
On article Nikon D500 versus D750: Which one is right for you? (370 comments in total)
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Glen78: I am thinking if you do not already know which one is best for you before reading this article then probably neither is best for you.

Thanks for your input.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 18:21 UTC
On article Rock Solid: Canon 1D X Mark II Review (408 comments in total)
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Starkiller: What does CIPA (battery life) mean? Last weekend I shot 2942 photos ( a complete 64 GB card plus another 64 GB backup card, dual RAW) with my 1DX and a 300m f2.8 IS, which needs more power than a smaller lens. After there was no space left on my cards, the battery was still more than 50 % charged. 1210 shots is ridiculous, unless you review every photo for 30 seconds on the LCD.

The CIPA standard is based on several parameters meant to represent 'normal' use, but in our experience it generally indicates the low end of expected battery life.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 16:44 UTC
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