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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Jura S: I see Cyprus, Volga river but I don't see Bosporus and Marmara see.

Fake news! Sorry - wrong thread.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2017 at 01:01 UTC
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OlyPent: NASA needs to be reminded of its mandate: Explore SPACE. Too much looking down, to much global-warming band-wagoning, space is being ignored while the $200B orbiting white elephant, the ISS, still contributes just about nothing. Thank goodness the ultra-productive Hubble Telescope is still working. And at 1/75th the cost of the ISS. People will remember Hubble's "Orion nebula star nursery" image LONG after they've forgotten the Black Sea shot.

Given that we won't be colonizing other planets during our lifetimes, or our children's lifetimes, or most likely our *grandchildren's* lifetimes, personally I'm fine with NASA 'looking down'...

After all, the Aqua satellite generates data that might have a chance at making our lives (and our children's... etc.) better in the meantime.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2017 at 01:00 UTC
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scokill: Sad when DPR links to political trash....I don't care who is in power.

I'm genuinely sorry that you feel insulted, and genuinely ignorant of why you feel that way.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2017 at 18:41 UTC
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scokill: Sad when DPR links to political trash....I don't care who is in power.

Look - I can't help what anyone reads into this article. Just speaking for myself, I see an interesting photo essay that covers voters on both sides of the 2016 election. I.e., a project that might well be of interest to our readers, given our remit as a general-interest photo site.

We offered no comment on the article on Vice, and you won't find our staff's personal political opinions in any of our original content. Describing the country as 'X's America' where 'X' is a president or major political figure is such a common trope it should barely even warrant comment. To suggest this indicates bias is tenuous at best.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2017 at 18:09 UTC
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scokill: Sad when DPR links to political trash....I don't care who is in power.

"Why not link to a number of politically motivated and slanted articles and then plead ignorance?"

I don't understand the question.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2017 at 17:49 UTC
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scokill: Sad when DPR links to political trash....I don't care who is in power.

The article in question is a photo essay, which we covered over a weekend in the simplest way possible - with a direct link. We offered no comment whatsoever. If simply mentioning the name 'Trump' counts as "political trash" in the minds of some of our commenters, I'm afraid I see that as a sad state of affairs.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2017 at 17:40 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $900-1200 (476 comments in total)
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davev8: why is not (insert camera here) listed ...its because its not a (insert brand here) and they don't pay you

Nobody is paying anyone. Next question, please...

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2017 at 18:46 UTC
On article First shots from new Nikon 28mm F1.4E ED (224 comments in total)
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Bambi24: All of these shots really could have been made on a smartphone, which tend to be around 28mm equivalent.

They're not demanding on the AF system, nor were they shot in challenging lighting conditions.

I like the shots, it's not that, but they could have been made on any camera or smartphone.

Sure, sure.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2017 at 18:33 UTC
On article Sigma SD Quattro H Review (693 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: Where are the "real life" gallery samples?
I hope DPR did not decide to drop them from now on.
Although I appreciate the studio tests as much as the next guy, over time I have learned how to get much more meaningful information about tested gear from those "actual usage" samples.

I've made the page navigation a bit clearer to make it easier to find the samples - they gallery is at the bottom of the conclusion page.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2017 at 16:52 UTC
On article Canon EF-S 35mm F2.8 IS STM Macro sample gallery (98 comments in total)
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Thrashbarg: Is this lens any relation to the Pentax 35mm f2.8 Limited Macro?

Unlikely.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2017 at 17:08 UTC
On article Nikon D3: The camera that changed everything (283 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 (283 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 (283 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 (283 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 (283 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 (283 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
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