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 Nikon D3: The camera that changed everything (280 comments in total)
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WGVanDyck: Barney, I think you walked into to it writing anything that appears to be Nikon vs. Canon. Why didn't you just add that you like Ford trucks too?

Walked into what, exactly?

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 21:47 UTC
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W5JCK: A permanent record? Well until they go out of business and their servers go off line....

I think it's permanent courtesy of where the data is stored - the Bitcoin blockchain.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 20:47 UTC
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G Sciorio: Looks promissing. I'd like to point out that Binded is not a govermental copyright. Per their FAQ:

"To win statutory damages in a lawsuit in America, you need an official U.S. copyright registration. In many other countries registration is not necessary in most cases."

This is very important for users of the service to understand. You will still need to register your work with your govermental agency.

Also their language of they Binded prevents someone from uploading some elses work is a big vague:

"We care deeply about preventing fraud. It's no easy task. To combat fraud, we are building smart fraud detection tools using machine learning. Also, the blockchain is a built in fraud deterrent.

We have other plans on how we will deal with fraud long-term. We'll share more information in the future."

Hopefully we'll get more info on this soon.

Indeed - they create a permanent record of copyright, which they expect to be useful in the event of a dispute (I just edited the article to make that clearer). I assume that among professional and semi-pro photographers, great many disputes are settled privately and without any hope of 'winning statutory damages'. It'll be interesting to see how the service develops.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 19:16 UTC
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tedwill48167: Question - where can you find the rules about using drones in other countries while on vacation? I was hoping to go to South Korea and go near the DMZ and shoot some video of North Korean missile tests. That would be way cool. ;)

Please get in touch upon your safe return, and let us know how you got on.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 18:05 UTC
On article Nikon D3: The camera that changed everything (280 comments in total)
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MikeF4Black: My digital life started summer 2008 with a well discounted D200 and a zoom. Can't remember much except for the good handling, the solid build, the Nikon feeling. And that at that time I didn't know the difference between Jpeg and Raw, and didn't know what "post-processing" was, how autofocus worked or didn't work, etc etc.

Early 2010 I traded it in for a D700 and a 24-70. Got rid of the 24-70 quickly in exchange for some Zeiss primes. But that (I know it's not the D3) camera really started it off for me. What a great sensor, what a great camera. Used it for three and a half years, sold it to a pro as a second D700, then went the D8xx route.

Only niggles: slightly too big, slightly too heavy, peeling thumbrest cover, usb doors flopping open all the time... Not much really.

I've had D700 images printed to 60x40 cms, and if well exposed, nothing to fault there.

I should never have sold it ;-)

Great article once again Barney!

Get rid of the D810 and get a Df while it's going cheap?

"Get rid of the D810 and get a Df while it's going cheap?"

Not a great idea, really. I never took to the Df. I've always thought its interface was unnecessarily fussy, and the autofocus is pretty woeful. It's not a bad sensor, but it was optimized for speed when it was originally used in the D4, and the Df ain't fast.

The D810's sensor is miles better, and offers the same low light capability once normalized, so...

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 18:03 UTC
On article Nikon D3: The camera that changed everything (280 comments in total)
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TORN: I could not stop laughing after:

Pointing to the shots from the Canon, he said "in my opinion, these look like digital images". Turning to the images from the D3 he said "but these look like photographs".

I showed my neighbour two steaks and he said one of them looks like a steak and the other looks steaklike. Oh really?

I think you have a lot to learn from your neighbor about steaks. It sounds like he has a trained eye.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 17:59 UTC
On article Nikon D3: The camera that changed everything (280 comments in total)
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Peiasdf: Seattle is such a monolithic cultural backwater. Everything is hipsterfied and gentrified there is no diversity.

That's a bit off-topic, isn't it, in an article about a camera?

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 17:58 UTC
On article Nikon D3: The camera that changed everything (280 comments in total)
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RodluvanII: what, the D3 had a Q mode??? Why didn't the D3x (the wedding photographer's choice)???

I just did some digging and it looks like the Q mode was introduced in the D3S. My memory failed me - I've updated the article.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2017 at 21:56 UTC
On article Nikon D3: The camera that changed everything (280 comments in total)
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munro harrap: I did not buy a D3, because I could not understand how anyone would want a 12MP camera rather than a 16.7MP Canon 1Ds MkII, it did not figure! There was this machine that had been there four years already when the D3 eventually emerged, without sensor cleaning or anything other than live view to tempt me. I looked here at all those marbled 6400 ISO samples and was not at all impressed, though obviously it was way ahead of the Canon, because I just used fast primes when such situations occurred, instead of my zooms. I had a evil plan, and used Nikon primes bought cheap when APS-C Nikons persistence in the market had reduced prices for Nikon lenses made for full-frame 35mm to well, very little, and was waiting for the Nikon Great Leap Forward to compete with Canon, but it did not come until the D800 of 2012, when they at last decided to do reality justice. And I was ready with all those primes, waiting!!

"I could not understand how anyone would want a 12MP camera rather than a 16.7MP Canon 1Ds MkII, it did not figure!"

Next-generation AF, screamingly fast continuous shooting, vastly better low-light capability, better LCD screen, higher-capacity lithium battery, and almost the same effective resolution.

Just my ¢2.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2017 at 21:47 UTC
On article Facebook Live: Sony a9 impressions so far (104 comments in total)
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captura: Not everyone wants to use FACEBOOK or other social media.

@captura - that's why we're posting these videos on YouTube after the FB live broadcast has ended...

Link | Posted on May 25, 2017 at 19:00 UTC
On article Nikon D3: The camera that changed everything (280 comments in total)
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Michael Steinbach: "Setting aside the much-reported and in my opinion overblown autofocus woes of the EOS-1D Mark III." Hardly overblown, that piece of junk couldn't achieve, lock, or hold focus. Walking down the isle shots were a crapshoot, I would take a dozen frames and get 3 usable images. I switched BACK to Nikon because of this garbage camera's autofocus. The D3 was 100% better at locking in on subjects. Overblown.... Not at all.

To be clear - for some photographers, I can see how the EOS-1D III might have been a nightmare in its early versions, but for everyday photography (and what I was doing - low light static subjects, mostly) it was excellent. When I say 'overblown' I don't mean that the problems weren't real, just that many (most) photographers probably wouldn't have been inconvenienced by them.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2017 at 16:55 UTC
On article Nikon D3: The camera that changed everything (280 comments in total)
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fPrime: Nice anecdotal writeup, but if the D3 was so groundbreaking, then why hasn't DPR added it to the new comparator tool like the Canon 5D Mk 1 was with its Throwback Thursday review?

Because doing that takes quite a long time, and I only had a couple of hours to write this article yesterday between other commitments :)

Link | Posted on May 25, 2017 at 16:53 UTC
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proxy: Almost every photo overexposed, blown, would make more sense to dial it down by at least 1/3 EV. Every Raw picture is processed to taste... really? have a feeling that properly setup jpegs would give you same taste in almost every aspect. Not very demanding subjects and light, yet so many "distasteful" results. Can't wait for your FZ2000 pics. For its reach it'll be hard to find better cameras then bridge form Sony and Pana. Optics may not be perfect, agreed, but on the balance of things: reach, total cost, size, weight, convenience and ease of use bridge cams you chose seem the best (don't forget FZ1000). Sure they could be better, but still extremely capable. There is a Japanese video on YT made with FZ1000, planes and airport... very impressive.

@ XVOYAGERX - assuming you're not joking, those are canted jet-wash / sound deflectors.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 21:28 UTC
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Zephir 750: Are we sure the camera is made of magnesium alloy ? Perhaps the housing only. Top and bottom plates should be brass made.

Brass top and bottom plates over a mag alloy chassis, yes.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 05:26 UTC
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GiovanniB: When the A900 appeared, other brand(s) and their followers were quick to emphasize the prime importance of low high-iso noise. Which, by coincidence, was the only serious weakness of the A900 compared to its competitors, particularly the D700. The amazing IQ, superb UI and stabilizer of the A900 were obscured rather quickly by this maneuver.

Or your harder hands.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 22:57 UTC
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JEROME NOLAS: Now they can market as bullet proof!

We try not to comment on whether someone's life was or wasn't saved by something! That's in the hands of a higher authority than the DPR editorial team :)

Thanks for the note - I'll add a clarification.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2017 at 23:56 UTC
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JEROME NOLAS: Now they can market as bullet proof!

That wasn't written by us, that's a quote from the YouTube description, which is clearly called out in the text (and that's why it's in italics).

Link | Posted on May 22, 2017 at 22:36 UTC
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Shlomo Goldwasser: I'm nearly certain the bullet came from the person's left and went through the side of the gopro - not threatening the 'so-called' journalist.

But I do want to commend the sniper for taking out the gopro.

So much to unpick in that comment...

Link | Posted on May 22, 2017 at 22:34 UTC
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JEROME NOLAS: Now they can market as bullet proof!

You didn't watch the video then, I take it...

Link | Posted on May 22, 2017 at 18:37 UTC
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spikey27: The 9th of April 1967 seems so long ago, especially in terms of an airplane's lifespan. I worked on the design of the 737 overhead control panel. It turned out to be quite a good plane, with more manufactured by far than any other. About a couple of weeks before the maiden flight, a fellow designer and I needed some information as to the interior configuration, so we inspected all existing planes at the time. I was surprised to learn how they tested, with several large tanks of water mounted to the floor, connected via piping, valves, and pumps to transfer the water for weight studies.

Congratulations to Boeing on making such a popular design, and much continued success in the future.

"several large tanks of water mounted to the floor, connected via piping, valves, and pumps to transfer the water for weight studies"

And thus were a billion 'chemtrails' conspiracy theories born...

Link | Posted on May 22, 2017 at 17:01 UTC
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