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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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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Shlomo Goldwasser: I don't fully buy the 'has to be done by hand' story. It sounds more like they are trying hard to show that there is still some human involvement to protect the status of the brand and to justify the high prices of these products.

And yet they proceeded to show us a fully automated (no doubt enormously expensive) lens polishing machine...

Sometimes, there's no conspiracy.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 17:21 UTC
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Ignat Solovey: Canon is so... Canon. The most secretive of all manufacturers. Probably that information about initial calibration stored in the lens told officially (unofficially it is a long-time guess) was just a slip, it isn't like them to venture in such details.

We were told that repeatedly, and Canon had the opportunity to check this interview (and our slideshow tour of the facility) prior to publication.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 16:58 UTC
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steelhead3: Interesting how some reviewers were invited to go to the Sony factory in Thailand and others got to stay in Japan.

Yes I know there was a recent Thailand trip. I'm asking why you're drawing a parallel between the two. Our factory tour took place at the end of CP+, last month. Rishi (who was not in Japan) went to Thailand last week with sony.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 16:05 UTC
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Twong: Polishing lens elements by hand, that must be for show only. There is no way to achieve high degree of reproducibility. Skilled professionals definitely exist, but not for this purpose, I hope.

Do you know something about assembling broadcast lenses that canon doesn't?

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 15:20 UTC
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steelhead3: Interesting how some reviewers were invited to go to the Sony factory in Thailand and others got to stay in Japan.

?

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 15:12 UTC
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BigBen08: Fascinating article, thanks for sharing.
Btw, did you ask them what new lenses are in the works?

That's not the kind of thing they disclose in casual conversation, I'm afraid.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 15:11 UTC
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (495 comments in total)
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J. Qian: A true rich boy's toy to brag about owning a red dot for $6600, the problem is, other cameras are just as capable in every respect for a lot less dollars with HD video taking added. Why does Leica still make those things, probably Leica thinks their products are like art antiques that the value keeps rising and collectors keep buying?

HAR - do you ever rest?

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 07:08 UTC
On article Making 'Art': We go inside Sigma's lens factory (195 comments in total)
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PeteGrady: I know I'm way behind in commenting on this, but I thought I'd come in nonetheless. For many this will sound like a trivial observation, but the contradiction in slide #9 of people in bunny suits handling glass elements with bare hands makes me wonder about process procedures at Sigma in general. Additionally, the idea of even approving the release of photos showing this demonstrates a lack of understanding of what is trying to be controlled in the manufacturing environment. "Bunny suits" are made of special fabrics and cleaned using methods that will minimize sloughing of particles into the air and then on to the workpieces. A particle counter placed near the worker's hands would show otherwise invisible particles in very large numbers streaming off as the worker manipulates their work. That may be unimportant, and if so, would obviate the need for the special clothing. If, on the other hand, it is important enough to wear the garments, then the use of gloves would be imperative.

And if you had zoomed in to the image on slide #9, you'd have seen that their fingers aren't 'bare'.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 06:52 UTC
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