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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On Island life: Samsung NX500 Shooting Experience article (160 comments in total)
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BCSeah: is there a way to 'like' an article?

"is there a way to 'like' an article?"

@BCSeah - aside from your generous comment, there should be little buttons under Barney's byline at the top of the article page. Alas, you are "liking" it on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ ...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2015 at 14:57 UTC
On Making 'Art': We go inside Sigma's lens factory article (190 comments in total)

Nice! Even the waste material to be recycled looks cool (aperture strips, anyone?).

Nice videos as well!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 02:24 UTC as 93rd comment
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baldeagle21b: Seems like a half-hearted effort on the part of DPR, and that's being generous. Imaging Resource has a much better interview.

... which pretty much reports the same thing.

Compare both to the Sigma CEO interview(s), and there is a stark difference between these intentionally vague "talking points" and actually talking.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 8, 2015 at 12:58 UTC
On CP+ 2015 Sigma Interview article (197 comments in total)
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Mark Banas: Always refreshing to read an interview with Sigma, and all the more interesting given the lustworthy-ness of their latest designs. Speaking of which, please don't slow down on the lens reviews! Thanks for heading up there, Barney!

<homer voice> Mmmmm... lens factory. </homer voice>

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 02:59 UTC
On CP+ 2015 Sigma Interview article (197 comments in total)

Always refreshing to read an interview with Sigma, and all the more interesting given the lustworthy-ness of their latest designs. Speaking of which, please don't slow down on the lens reviews! Thanks for heading up there, Barney!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 00:48 UTC as 65th comment | 3 replies
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Earth Art: That cat photo... LoL

But not a happy kitty...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 20:34 UTC
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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 43rd comment | 4 replies
On New samples from the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens article (235 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 (119 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 (235 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 21st 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 (366 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 (366 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 77th 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
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