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 2015 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras around $500 (276 comments in total)
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Marty4650: The M in MSRP stands for "manufacturer's" so shouldn't you be using the price that the manufacturer sets rather than one set by B&H or Adorama?

I think your whole problem was that you wanted to break it into more "roundups" because there are probably a lot more than 7 cameras with an MSRP "around $500."

You probably would be better off going back to categories based on intended use, rather than price. "Entry Level, Intermediate, Enthusiast, Rugged, Superzoom, etc."

Any idiot who can operate a mouse can check prices very easily. Your website makes it a snap.

"You probably would be better off going back to categories based on intended use, rather than price. "Entry Level, Intermediate, Enthusiast, Rugged, Superzoom, etc."

You'd be amazed how much confusion and outrage *this* approach can generate. The two main problems being that people often don't self-identify very honestly, and also that a lot of products (arguably most) don't fit easily into those kinds of categories.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2015 at 04:54 UTC
On article 2015 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras around $500 (276 comments in total)
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rrccad: what a weird list.

first they claim that the K-52 doesn't make it on the list because it's MSRP is greater than $500, okay fine..

One could purchase D3300 kit for 400 and change.. but that didn't make it on the list either, neither did the canon T5, SL1, the Sony A58, Pentax K-50..

and the final amusing point is this..

"Note: Cameras in our roundups are broken down by current MSRP in the United States. " according to your amazon.com - the MSRP of the A5100 is $548.00, it's on sale for $378 body only. the X-A2 is also an MSRP over $500..

dpreview is really going downhill.

"dpreview is really going downhill."

Harrumph. Seems like a bit of an overreaction to me but maybe I'm biased.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2015 at 00:02 UTC
On article Nikon D810 firmware C 1.10 now available (63 comments in total)
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Vanitas Photo: Canon, Nikon, Olympus... and every other camera manufacturer:

Could you stop punishing your early adopters with half baked cameras and PLEASE deliver quality products from the first day of selling your gear?

Truly yours,
All of us the ef ing customers who buy your gear.

Every version of every piece of software ever made has bugs.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2015 at 20:07 UTC
On article Nikon D810 firmware C 1.10 now available (63 comments in total)
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Vanitas Photo: Canon, Nikon, Olympus... and every other camera manufacturer:

Could you stop punishing your early adopters with half baked cameras and PLEASE deliver quality products from the first day of selling your gear?

Truly yours,
All of us the ef ing customers who buy your gear.

That's a bit dramatic. None of the bugs listed above seem like show-stoppers, to be honest...

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2015 at 19:17 UTC
On article Studio tests and samples: Leica SL (beta) (754 comments in total)
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wakaba: Massively overpriced Panasonic rebranded crap. Underperforming and ugly. IQ is below average. Most expensive doorstop ever?

Panasonic rebranded? Really? Where's the Panasonic original - or are you just trolling?

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2015 at 06:56 UTC
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fedway: OK, what about the size? How does it compare to the bloated Canikon FFs? Something a bit smaller than the d750 would be nice. Did the DPR peeping tom get an idea before it was hidden?

"the philosophy behind adjusting ratings based on its presence."

There is no such philosophy. We tend to just point out ergonomic quirks like this if we see them, but rarely is any specific control placement considered serious enough to shift a camera's overall score.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2015 at 03:13 UTC
On article Video: What's in the future for Sony's Alpha system? (269 comments in total)
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RussellInCincinnati: How about an (at least) English language transcript of the words spoken in the long video? No transcript leaves the impression that DPreview does not really value the video much, i.e. it's not worth the trouble to transcribe it.

"That's a marketing material in a form of an interview"

No it isn't. And we have plenty more interviews from other manufacturers, photographers and PIX speakers on the way soon which aren't either. This is just the first one we've had time to package up and put on the homepage.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2015 at 03:09 UTC
On article Video: What's in the future for Sony's Alpha system? (269 comments in total)
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RussellInCincinnati: How about an (at least) English language transcript of the words spoken in the long video? No transcript leaves the impression that DPreview does not really value the video much, i.e. it's not worth the trouble to transcribe it.

Transcription is incredibly time-consuming and consequently, very expensive. If there's a lot of demand for it, we'll do our best but for now, it's not something we can justify.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2015 at 18:50 UTC
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fedway: OK, what about the size? How does it compare to the bloated Canikon FFs? Something a bit smaller than the d750 would be nice. Did the DPR peeping tom get an idea before it was hidden?

It was under glass, so no - no measurements. Sorry!

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2015 at 17:45 UTC
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fedway: OK, what about the size? How does it compare to the bloated Canikon FFs? Something a bit smaller than the d750 would be nice. Did the DPR peeping tom get an idea before it was hidden?

It's considerably more bulky than the D750 - sorry!

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2015 at 16:31 UTC
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Carerra: This is crazy, who would buy this, the weight would be hell, the aperture would be probably terrible at 1.4, you have that gorgeous Nikon 300 F4 compared to this, The Velvet is already peeling off in picture 2

This is an engineering prototype. I am assured that the final shipping lens will not feature sticky-taped flocking inside the hood...

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2015 at 13:31 UTC
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Kawika Nui: Re: the extended exchange between Scott E. and Joseph B.

I have to agree with JB that the issue of "quality time with kid" has been totally obliterated by the "let's monetize this" factor.
There is nothing wrong with money. But if "exploitation" is too strong a word, how about "use?" Dad is using his kid as a hook to build his brand.
I recently came across a family photo which, according to the handwriting on the back, was taken by me when I was 5. B&W, film camera, 1946. The camera is not tilted, no one is cut off by the frame; all in all it looks like anything taken by a moderately knowledgeable adult (except for the camera angle; in those days people weren't into getting that low for a simple group shot). No one ever thought of turning this into a noteworthy item; I regard it as just another piece of memorabilia.
I find it sad that the current generation seems intent on promoting everything, including their own children, for commercial gain. But that's out consumer economy.

You're making a whole lot of assumptions here... did you watch the video?

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2015 at 13:13 UTC
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1495 comments in total)
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Mssimo: All the haters out there. This camera is huge value when you factor in price per pound.

So is concrete.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2015 at 19:46 UTC
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1495 comments in total)
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Mssimo: Jokes aside, Lloyd has the best subjective write up on the new Leica SL system. Its worth checking it out and replying with your thoughts.

Quote from article "I applaud Leica for being the first company to take the logical step of building a mirrorless DSLR replacement. Which tradition-bound Canon and Nikon ought to have done two years ago."

http://diglloyd.com/blog/2015/20151020_1048-LeicaSL.html

Sony didn't get there first, with the a7R II?

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2015 at 19:33 UTC
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Barney Britton: Well this comment thread went pretty much the way we thought it would...

@ Greg - as a photography site (which does not exclusively post about gear and actually never has), we had no reservations about posting this story because (we think) it's of legitimate interest.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2015 at 19:21 UTC

Well this comment thread went pretty much the way we thought it would...

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2015 at 18:06 UTC as 28th comment | 9 replies

And we're back. Thanks for your patience, and your sarcasm.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2015 at 01:58 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply

Sorry ladies and gentlemen, it seems we have a bug. Normal service (and the images in this gallery) will be restored shortly.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2015 at 01:17 UTC as 27th comment | 4 replies
On article Second time lucky? A closer look at Sony's new RX1R II (542 comments in total)
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nandbytes: on page 11: "Here's a closeup of that 42MP BSI CMOS sensor, in all its glory".

Unless I am mistaken the picture is just of the optical low pass filter just as the title below it suggests, not the whole sensor stack.

Quite right, this has now been fixed.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2015 at 22:29 UTC
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Debankur Mukherjee: Nikon D750 with 24-120 - $ 2596 at B&H.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1082604-REG/nikon_d750_dslr_camera_with.html

Is Sony going the Leica way............??

The RX1R II doesn't have IBIS. Stabilization is electronic only, for video.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2015 at 15:45 UTC
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