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.

Comments

Total: 3625, showing: 41 – 60
« First‹ Previous12345Next ›Last »
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (491 comments in total)
In reply to:

Don Sata: 70 miles in 3 days! That's about 37.5 km every day. You are an athlete!

And that's city walking. I ruined one pair of boots and one pair of feet.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 16:54 UTC
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (491 comments in total)
In reply to:

Dave Hurwitz: For $6500, why would anyone want to buy this camera, with all the problems you have mentioned? Seems like it's not a cost-effective solution to getting a good photograph. If I'm feeling romantic about old cameras, I'll buy an antique Kodak bellows camera for under $100 and put it on a nice display shelf.

I wouldn't describe them as "problems", by any means.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 16:54 UTC
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (491 comments in total)
In reply to:

Triplet Perar: Quote: "I would have come back from Japan with more in-focus, correctly-framed shots had I traveled with a DSLR" ...

Corrected to:
"If I practiced using Leica, thinking Leica, breathing Leica as H.C. Bresson, Bruce Davidson or Joel Meyerowitz, I would have come back from Japan with more perfectly framed shots, worth publishing."

This was 5 days vacation added to the end of a work trip - not much opportunity for 'thinking leica, breathing leica...'

Quite apart from the fact that I would have felt like an idiot, even trying...

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 04:09 UTC
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (491 comments in total)
In reply to:

suitlife: Terrible IQ, looks worse than Nex 5 with kit lens ....

That's really not true. You might be seeing some rendering issues in our galleries system. Download the original files and let me know how they look on your computer.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 02:48 UTC
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (491 comments in total)
In reply to:

suitlife: Terrible IQ, looks worse than Nex 5 with kit lens ....

No, no it doesn't.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 00:18 UTC
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (491 comments in total)
In reply to:

Denton Taylor: Once he said that vinyl sounds worse than mp3's I had to stop reading. Lost all credibility.

I think you lost credibility when you stopped reading an article about photography when you got annoyed about a comment about vinyl, but then commented anyway.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 21:24 UTC
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (491 comments in total)
In reply to:

PLAMBERT: Barney, this is copied from Leica Rumors
"Update on my last Leica M10 camera Q&A post regarding the missing spirit level/virtual horizon: I received several confirmations that Leica will put back this feature in one of the upcoming M10 firmware updates (probably will not be part of the upcoming 1.0.2.0)."
"Update: I received some conflicting information on this rumour, so we should see if this will happen."

No doubt Leica will sort it out.
On another topic, the rangefinder of my secondhand M240 would not focus infinity with 90mm and 135mm lenses and Leica (London) sent it back to the factory who fixed it for nothing, as well as updating the firmware. Very nice of them.
Phil

A virtual level would be lovely. I'm not sure how that could be added in FW but we shall see.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 20:22 UTC
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (491 comments in total)
In reply to:

Mfritter: The pictures are just lovely. The fact that you took some of them with older, relatively inexpensive lenses - Rokkor 40, Nikon 50cm - is a plus. I love rangefinder shooting - very disintermediated.

Hope you get to keep the thing.

How quiet is the shutter?

"Hope you get to keep the thing"

Hahahahaha... I wish.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 19:19 UTC
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (491 comments in total)
In reply to:

zwobot: Totally agree, Barney, its tricky. shot this open with M10 and NOCTILUX-M 1:0,95…

http://thorstenwulff.com/albums/people/content/joel-meyerowitz/lightbox/

;))
/t

Very nice!

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 18:37 UTC
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (491 comments in total)
In reply to:

Sir Nick of High Point: Probably my favorite DPR post. I felt like I was reading a more organized version of my own thoughts regarding rangefinder photography. Getting away from the mentality that only perfectly sharp images are acceptable is difficult, but rewarding. So many great candid shots are missed due to time spent fine tuning the focusing.

Thank you, Sir Nick.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 18:04 UTC
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (491 comments in total)
In reply to:

Dr_Jon: "I estimated subject distance at a little over 6 feet (one an a bit me's) and shot waist-level on the 35mm Summilux at F5.6 to give a small margin for focus error. "
Small margin? The DoF is 3 feet at 6 feet. Hard to miss... (I may have done that with a rangefinder at some point, but not often...)

I assure you, 24MP digital is not quite that forgiving, sadly.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 17:44 UTC
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (491 comments in total)
In reply to:

Terry M: Finally, a reviewer who doesn't fall all over himself getting lost in the rangefinder mythos. It takes time and a LOT of practice to consistently take good photos with them. But seriously, "I'm getting old"? LOL

I can definitely feel my seven years of lugging two DSLRs and several lenses around on my back, every other night.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 17:20 UTC
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (491 comments in total)
In reply to:

nologo: One major thing the author misses is the fact that with practice, one can get quite a bit faster with rangefinder focusing.

Also, with a prime lens, you start being able to see the focal length without looking through the viewfinder.

Essentially, over time, you get used to focusing "by feel" and just making minor focus adjustments when the viewfinder is actually up your eye. And the framing is already what you expect, with minor adjustments, as well. Learning to be really effective with a rangefinder doesn't necessarily come automatically with one trip, it can take a while to get the practice right, but can be quite rewarding. I find I can focus a rangefinder, for instance, as long as I can still see, which is a light level that moist autofocus systems start struggling (but that modern sensors can still capture a very usable image).

While zone focusing is indeed the absolute fastest, I don't personally shoot this way, as focusing with the rangefinder is fast enough, with practice.

I didn't miss the fact that it gets easier with practice (everything does). I just didn't have much time in which to practice.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 16:40 UTC
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (491 comments in total)
In reply to:

PLAMBERT: You ask about a horizon level in the M10. My M240 has one in Live-view (pressing menu buttons) so there will be one in the M10. It isn't as good as on my Panasonic GX7.
Although I mostly use 21mm to 50mm lenses I am starting to use a 1958 Elmar f4 90mm, which is surprisingly sharp from f5.6. For close work I experiment with a Minolta 35-105mm zoom having macro at 105mm only. Limited useful range but very sharp too. Often I use a 40mm Summicron, which I can recommend as being better at f2.8 than a modern f2.5 35mm Summarit (since sold!)
The raw files are very resilient: it is surprising how you can get an acceptable picture out of an "obvious failure" using P Elements 15. Problems I experienced using an M240? Camera shake sometimes, forgetting to focus, having the wrong lens in the camera!
I recommend an M240 if you can do without auto focus. Whether the improvements of the M10 are worth £5600 is up to you.
Philip

There's no horizon indicator in the M10.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 16:37 UTC
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (491 comments in total)
In reply to:

Vikas M Gore: What a waste of the reviewers time and ours, though admittedly I didn't read it all after getting the main thrust of it. Like zone focusing. Usually you can guess about where it is.

But seriously Barney, if you'd practiced a bit, with a rangefinder you could focused more consistently than with most autofocus devices.

But seriously, Vikas - you just commented on an article without reading it...

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 16:09 UTC
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (491 comments in total)
In reply to:

Cornu: Why are the photos posted here so much sharper than the gallery photos? Is there something wrong with the "loupe"/full size options in the gallery?

Sometimes you need to give the gallery images a second or two to fully render. The sample images in this gallery are not full-size. I resized them to 3000px longest edge (if I remember correctly).

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 16:08 UTC
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (491 comments in total)
In reply to:

Irakly Shanidze: It is just too bad that nobody explained to the author that focusing with a rangefinder is faster and more reliable than AF when done right. All you have to do is to set the lens to infinity after each shot. That way, there is only one direction the focusing ring can go.

When it comes to guessing and zone focusing, the simplest and most reliable technique is positioning a standing person between horizontal frame lines and focusing on it. After that, any person of approximately the same height will be at approximately the same distance. No need to recompose.

"It is just too bad that nobody explained to the author that focusing with a rangefinder is faster and more reliable than AF when done right."

Classic DPR comment.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 16:07 UTC
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (491 comments in total)
In reply to:

cshyde: So for eight thousand dollars you don't get autofucus?? Ithough the whole point of a rangefinder was to easily find the range to the subject. I guess the hundred or so one percenters who can afford one can also afford a tape measure to get their distance correct. Stupid millenials. Next they'll start shooting film because digital images offend them.

?

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 16:06 UTC
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (491 comments in total)
In reply to:

Terry M: Finally, a reviewer who doesn't fall all over himself getting lost in the rangefinder mythos. It takes time and a LOT of practice to consistently take good photos with them. But seriously, "I'm getting old"? LOL

My back is getting old, I'll tell you that for nothing...

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 15:52 UTC
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (491 comments in total)
In reply to:

Gandolphi: Lost me when he started guessing the distance, that is why there's a rangefinder.

I was talking about waist-level shooting...

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 15:47 UTC
Total: 3625, showing: 41 – 60
« First‹ Previous12345Next ›Last »