Mark Banas

Mark Banas

DPReview Contributor
Lives in Canada Ontario, Canada
Works as a Industrial Designer/ Panographer/ Writer
Has a website at http://markbanas.com/
Joined on Jan 26, 2005

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Mark Banas: A cautionary tale about the risks and responsibilities of crowdfunding, to be sure. I've backed a few kickstarter and indiegogo campaigns, and all but one managed to get their ducks in a row. (Still waiting for 2013's Colorright Power Panel, Drew!) Maybe I'm good at analyzing the presentation for pitfalls?

I've analyzed your suggestion and found too many potential problems and pitfalls!
;-)

However, I'll be back to apologize if my Exploding Kittens game never arrives...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 00:17 UTC

A cautionary tale about the risks and responsibilities of crowdfunding, to be sure. I've backed a few kickstarter and indiegogo campaigns, and all but one managed to get their ducks in a row. (Still waiting for 2013's Colorright Power Panel, Drew!) Maybe I'm good at analyzing the presentation for pitfalls?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2015 at 22:39 UTC as 28th comment | 4 replies
On New samples from the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens article (218 comments in total)
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Mark Banas: Rishi, can we expect an "Etchells-esque" technical report from your visit to Aizu?

Thanks to both of you for taking a few days to visit (and share) more than the CP+ show floor. Gorgeous country! (BTW, was that Shinji-san shooting with the new DP0 at Fukushima Castle?)

@Rishi: Sendai?

@Samuel: I've never seen a Quattro in use with a hood on, so that might be it. I'm curious about the actual size of the DP0 (I'm now calling it the "Diplo")

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2015 at 14:10 UTC
On FAA proposes regulations for commercial drone usage article (115 comments in total)

Only a matter of time before the self-navigating control systems (used for following GPS waypoints, emergency landings, beacon tracking) in the bigger consumer units, are *required* to have a limiter built in for the country they are operating in. (Like getting FCC frequency approval for radio devices.) Basically, some kind of external override that makes the drone stop mid-flight if the pilot tries to fly over an airport, military base, or the government buildings. Naturally, big sports franchises will also want these beacons, and some enterprising geek will make a "drone killer" remote.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2015 at 02:09 UTC as 25th comment | 1 reply
On New samples from the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens article (218 comments in total)

Rishi, can we expect an "Etchells-esque" technical report from your visit to Aizu?

Thanks to both of you for taking a few days to visit (and share) more than the CP+ show floor. Gorgeous country! (BTW, was that Shinji-san shooting with the new DP0 at Fukushima Castle?)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 13:53 UTC as 20th comment | 3 replies
On Sigma24mmF1.4_newer_samples-14-F1.8 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Is that Shinji-san using the new DP0 Quattro?

(Nice isolation at 1.8, BTW)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 13:47 UTC as 1st comment
On Adobe celebrates 25 years of Photoshop article (356 comments in total)
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massimogori: Together with Autodesk and SAP, Adobe managed to impose to the world a totally unnatural way of doing things and they managed to leverage that to preserve their market position and kill competitors.

They have all my admiration for that.

H-RAW:
Dude, you're making my head hurt with how wrong this statement is:
"Now AutoDesk, because it bought Maya, does have movie animation locked up. Irony, Alias which Sun developed with Maya and AutoDesk may still support is better CADware."

Autodesk bought Alias Inc., a Canadian software company that, in the early 80's, invented a car-design tool called "Alias Studio" which is still the standard software used to design every car on the road, from Tesla to Geely. Maya was developed by Alias after they bought Wavefront, as a fork from the car-design software codebase, because Pixar was using Alias Studio for modeling, and wanted better integration with their pipeline (renderman, marionette and geppetto).

Sun Microsystems, WTF? Silicon Graphics owned Alias for a while, but that was mainly to keep them developing for Irix while Windows OS took off. Nothing to do with Maya, or CAD.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2015 at 14:43 UTC
On Adobe celebrates 25 years of Photoshop article (356 comments in total)
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massimogori: Together with Autodesk and SAP, Adobe managed to impose to the world a totally unnatural way of doing things and they managed to leverage that to preserve their market position and kill competitors.

They have all my admiration for that.

I worked for Autodesk (after they bought Alias), and working there was like watching sausage get made; very smart people worked very hard on products and ideas which got killed off because the stock price dropped a point. The headline products (ACAD, Inventor, Maya, 3DSMax, Alias) were restricted from trying anything too new, for fear of alienating the userbase. Almost nothing was done to "maintain a monopoly," other than ignoring the rampant piracy of the software.

Meanwhile, I've used Photoshop professionally since version 2.0 was delivered on 10 floppies. This anniversary makes me feel a bit creaky... but at least my grey hairs make me look "distinguished." ;)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2015 at 14:06 UTC
On Sigma24mmF1.4_samples-12-F16 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Mmmm... Starburst® testing. Unexplainably juicy™

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 20:41 UTC as 1st comment

You brought an A7r to the show, yet took pictures at the Sony booth with the E-M5 mk2? Cheeky!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 13:34 UTC as 75th comment | 2 replies
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D1N0: If they can make a Sigma mount they can make a K&A mount too. Who the hell owns a Sigma dslr...

@RPJG: I forsake no shots; I simply use a different camera!
:-)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 13:16 UTC
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D1N0: If they can make a Sigma mount they can make a K&A mount too. Who the hell owns a Sigma dslr...

Well, I own a Sigma DSLR, so I'm happy. You can't fault Sigma for supporting their own (locked-in) system! ;)

Pushing out a few of the SA mount lenses must be easy for them, too, since the electronics are identical to the Canon EF mount. The problem I run into is that the SD1 outresolves most Sigma lenses except the macros and Art series. I wouldn't try the 150-600 "C" on it, TBH.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 23:25 UTC
On Sigma dp0 Quattro announced with 14mm F4 lens article (138 comments in total)
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quezra: Was the camera too ugly for DPR to post a picture of it?

I'm sure one will be added soon, but if you want to see the product image that Sigma offers (ahem), check it out here:
http://www.sigmaphoto.com/product/dp0-quattro-compact-digital-camera

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 15:49 UTC
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LensBeginner: Is this the first Pentax with tilting lcd?
*And* WR too! :-)

Yep, and Ricoh is also showing off a full-frame camera mockup!

I'm pretty sure these are all signs of an apocalypse, like the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series ("Yea, and when the little bears from the windy place take the flag, the end is nigh!").

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 00:06 UTC

Looks like a nice "rainy-day" macro flash!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2015 at 22:40 UTC as 21st comment
On The Wild Southwest: Jory Vander Galien's landscapes article (60 comments in total)
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Hugo808: Sure doesn't look like the Cornwall I know...

...but isn't Shiprock right off the A30?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2015 at 20:41 UTC
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Mike FL: LaCie makes this thing for years. Plus never mentioned that it is only good for dropping to "carpeted concrete floor", but "pressure-resistant-you can drive over it with a 1-ton car".

I think a Smart car weighs as little as 1 ton... but that depends on the size of the driver. ;)

To me, the big deal with this new rugged case is the watertightness and floaty-ness without needing to be in a Peli-case. (Actually, I just checked, and my Silicon Power A80 from years ago is equally watertight and even more shockproof. Just won't float!)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2015 at 01:55 UTC

"How about those Seahawks?" ...said the silver tongued editor. :D

Impressive how you could highlight so many of the features of the camera, and still avoid being technically boring... well except the sensor bits.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 20:37 UTC as 104th comment

I think the bigger news is that F-Stop Gear is using Kickstarter to pre-sell enough bags to start production. It certainly seems like more and more established companies are defraying their capital risk by crowdfunding niche products in their line.

There is a definite need for woman-specifc backpacks (my wife's backcountry pack is a custom Arcteryx that I could never fit into), and F-Stop has done their R&D on this, but I wonder... if the Kickstarter campaign doesn't generate enough sales (250 units), will they continue this product at all?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2014 at 17:13 UTC as 4th comment
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toomanycanons: When's the last time any of you bought a Metz product?

September. Metz 58 AF-2. Sure enough, the 64 comes out right after that...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2014 at 00:06 UTC
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