Mark Banas

Mark Banas

Lives in Canada Ontario, Canada
Works as a Industrial Designer/ Panographer/ Writer
Joined on Jan 26, 2005

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On 7DII_beta_ISO6400_030A9452 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (7 comments in total)

Gah! Creepy donkey mask!!

Must quickly go back to the brown-eyed girl and scrub my eyes of the evil...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2014 at 23:45 UTC as 3rd comment
On Inside RA001: World's first Boeing 747 'Jumbo Jet' article (104 comments in total)
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bigdaddave: Certainly shows Barnaby's level. Bit dull and lacking imagination? You really want to show these to the masses?

Photos tagged "barney-britton" = 2537 photos
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"bigdaddave has not uploaded any photos to their gallery yet."

Comfy armchair?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2014 at 23:59 UTC
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Mark Banas: Excellent questions, DPR interviewer!

As for the answers... well, at least Nikon and Sony were forthcoming. ;)

Excellent observation, person-whose-username-is-three-letters-away-from-having-his-own-BBC-show-about-cars user!

It's only a "silver award," though... :(

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 19:10 UTC

Excellent questions, DPR interviewer!

As for the answers... well, at least Nikon and Sony were forthcoming. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 16:49 UTC as 152nd comment | 2 replies
On Photokina 2014: Hands on with the Tamron 15-30mm F2.8 article (36 comments in total)
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Mark Banas: Now I'm really looking forward to Barney's "things cut in half" photo essay. Given how many lenses are being announced or introduced, there should be a bumper crop of "half-frame" goodness this year!

Oh well... maybe you can ask the airport security folks if you can snap a shot of your camera bag going through the x-ray? ;)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 17:03 UTC
On Photokina 2014: Ricoh stand report article (150 comments in total)
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mosc: Uh, I guess this wasn't a popular read but I have a small typo correction on slide 10. The Q-S1 doesn't use a 5.6x crop factor (1/2.33" sensor Q10 did) it uses a 1/1.7" sensor which has a massively smaller crop factor of a scant 4.7x

Yes, I know, nobody cares. Something is wrong in the internet and I should ignore it.

@Cane: that was math, not grammar policing. No need to thank me for pointing out your mistake... I'm just here to solidify my spot.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 16:57 UTC
On Photokina 2014: Hands on with the Tamron 15-30mm F2.8 article (36 comments in total)

Now I'm really looking forward to Barney's "things cut in half" photo essay. Given how many lenses are being announced or introduced, there should be a bumper crop of "half-frame" goodness this year!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 15:05 UTC as 9th comment | 3 replies
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (638 comments in total)

Oh, if only Samsung and Pentax still rebadged each other's cameras and tech... at least then I'd have a cutting edge camera with a K-mount. Yes, the K-3 was/is a great camera, but IMHO this NX1 is what a pro-level APS-C released in 2014 should have inside it. (Certainly not the microwaved leftover platter that is the 7DII!)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 14:29 UTC as 123rd comment | 4 replies
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h2k: Once these are available, may i suggest a polarizer test on DPR?

In the meanwhile, check out this standard-setting group review of polarizers from the optic nerds (and I mean that in the best way possible) at Lenstip/ Optyczne in Poland:
http://www.lenstip.com/115.1-article-Polarizing_filters_test.html

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2014 at 18:26 UTC
On Ricoh surfs into action camera market with WG-M1 article (106 comments in total)

You'd think Asia Optical would know what video framerate is expected before rebranding these for various manufacturers. The old Hoya/Pentax Medical division (endoscopes... ahem) wouldn't accept this lapse in capabilities. They'd also streamline the design a bit!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2014 at 15:31 UTC as 18th comment
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Mark Banas: The "Achilles heel" of this device as a photo SD card backup is the reliance on a web-browser to actually copy the data. Apparently, you can't just put an SD card into it and automatically copy the contents to the HDD (like Hyperdrive iUSBPortHD and Sandisk Connect); a supported device with a browser and screen (phone, tablet, laptop) has to be wirelessly connected to tell the drive to copy the contents. With this second device required, there are many alternatives (RavPower WD-01, Kingston MobileLite, Sony WG-C10, etc.) that can duplicate the functions, if not the storage space, and many of these can also charge the phone or tablet at the same time!

Well, maybe I was wrong... and Western Digital really needs to publish more information on their spec pages than how many songs it can hold!

After reading the vague WD claim to "instantly transfer" data from an SD card, and watching a launch video that only showed SD copies via an iPad (?), AnandTech mentioned a one-touch SD backup. Digging through the manual (!) it says "To manually sync the SD card and drive, press the WPS button quickly." One sentence, and no explanation if "sync" really means it only copies new files. Plenty of warnings that "move" (as opposed to "copy") means it will delete the data on the SD card, though!

Perhaps "someone" should review the current mobile backup devices for photographers?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2014 at 13:50 UTC

The "Achilles heel" of this device as a photo SD card backup is the reliance on a web-browser to actually copy the data. Apparently, you can't just put an SD card into it and automatically copy the contents to the HDD (like Hyperdrive iUSBPortHD and Sandisk Connect); a supported device with a browser and screen (phone, tablet, laptop) has to be wirelessly connected to tell the drive to copy the contents. With this second device required, there are many alternatives (RavPower WD-01, Kingston MobileLite, Sony WG-C10, etc.) that can duplicate the functions, if not the storage space, and many of these can also charge the phone or tablet at the same time!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2014 at 12:27 UTC as 41st comment | 6 replies
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-S1 article (319 comments in total)
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steelhead3: That OVF viewfinder sure has good specs compared to any competition.

I also find it curious that the word "prism" is completely missing in this overview. Every other brand's OVF on an entry or mid-level DSLR is a series of mirrors (pentaMIRROR), which are much dimmer, and cheaper. Maybe it needed to be an EVF to get any attention?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 00:10 UTC
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Fogsprig: No dot - no buy!

Maybe it's intended for taking photographs?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2014 at 17:27 UTC
On Travel tripods: Comparing 5 aluminum kits article (110 comments in total)
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Sid23: Mark, I don't really know if this applies as a panning feature, but the ball head on this tripod twists loose just below the screw for the ball lock (around the red ring) to provide a decent pan while keeping the actual ball in place.
Is this just a cheat I've stumbled upon or do you know if it was possibly intended in the design (I'm pretty new to photography, don't know if Manfrotto has "hidden features")?

I think you're unscrewing the ball head off the tripod with that action! So maybe not a "hidden feature," but rather one that could end in disaster if you pan too far. Be careful with that!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2014 at 21:46 UTC
On Travel tripods: Comparing 5 aluminum kits article (110 comments in total)
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Impulses: I know the article states the Cullman model is new, but is it like brand spanking new? I ask because it doesn't seem to be readily available in the US... There's a single 3rd party merchant selling it on Amazon (over MSRP), couldn't find it elsewhere.

Also, when can we expect the other tripod round up review alluded to a few times within this one? Oh and what's up with comment posting from the mobile interface? Seems it's been broken for a couple weeks, at least on my end... Whenever I hit post it'd say "Posting..." and nothing happens.

I logged on and off a few times to no avail, just shrugged and moved on. Just switched to desktop interface and lo and behold it works. Running a stock Nexus 5 & Google Chrome FWIW.

FYI: I just received word from Adorama that they will have the Cullmann 622T in stock in a few weeks. Available for pre-order, too: http://www.adorama.com/CUC1622T.html

Direct link | Posted on Aug 3, 2014 at 16:40 UTC
On Travel tripods: 5 carbon fiber kits reviewed article (84 comments in total)
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Just another Canon shooter: Since we are too lazy to compare the vibration charts ourselves - do you find the CF tripods better than the aluminum ones in that respect?

Yes, and a heavy wooden tripod is even better!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 21:07 UTC
On Travel tripods: 5 carbon fiber kits reviewed article (84 comments in total)
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Expat Nomad: "Considering the clothing choices of some photographers, a blue aluminum cylinder may be the least of offenses in the natural world". Set up, it would appear! ;-)

I wasn't going on the offense, btw...

You have to admit, wearing that All Blacks beanie is rather risky. It could scare away the Canadians! ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 01:01 UTC
On Travel tripods: 5 carbon fiber kits reviewed article (84 comments in total)
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John Nevill: "while the leg locks are made from smooth, thick plastic that provides a gloss counterpoint to the rubber grips."
For the record, the CT-3441S leg locks are are actually CNC machined from Aluminium not plastic!

It's possible that there have been changes in the production and materials. I'll check with Feisol about the latest models, but the sample that was sent had plastic locks. They were tested for electrical conductivity/ resistivity, which is also how to determine aluminum vs. cast magnesium.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2014 at 17:42 UTC
On Travel tripods: 5 carbon fiber kits reviewed article (84 comments in total)
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koolbreez: I find it disheartening that Giottos is never considered in their reviews. Probably because they are too much of a challenge for any of those reviewed. The Giottos VGR8265-M2N will give any of these a run for their money, and it has the added feature of one of the legs being able to be removed for use as a full size mono pod, something none of these offer. The center column can be reversed for the lowest shooting capabilities, and in normal set-up reaches a little over 66". With its Arca compatible quick release ball head, the Giottos brand shouldn't have been left out of these reviews. This unit meets most every situation a traveling photographer might run into, and should have been featured.

Giotto's was definitely considered, but unfortunately we (myself and Giotto's) couldn't coordinate getting one of their Vitruvians at the same time as all the other CF tripods. Same thing happened with Velbon in the aluminum group, so both brands are now high on the list for future tripod reviews.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2014 at 17:30 UTC
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