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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Waiting for someone to do the math on the prize value vs. # of prior paid entries. ;)

That said, it's great to have any excuse to shoot more panos, and I see Peter Lik was one of the past judges, while Aaron Spence is one of the current ones. The standards have gone up!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2015 at 00:52 UTC as 17th comment | 7 replies
On GoPro announces Kolor acquisition article (42 comments in total)
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Mark Banas: As a longtime pano professional, I'm happy for Alexandre and his crew in the Rhone-Alpes. IMHO, they currently make the best image stitching and authoring tools out there, and really innovate with their software (instead of, ahem, copying open-source projects).

That said, I'm not sure how this works in to GoPro's future plans, but I'm distinctly aware of what happens to most small software companies that are bought by hardware vendors; the garden gets a wall.

Kolor started off in 2004 with Autopano SIFT, a traditional stills oriented stitching software. They now offer gigapixel-oriented stitchers, as well as virtual tour authoring software. I hope development continues for these more "pedestrian" projects, even though GoPro is apparently most interested in their VR video work.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 29, 2015 at 18:45 UTC
On GoPro announces Kolor acquisition article (42 comments in total)

As a longtime pano professional, I'm happy for Alexandre and his crew in the Rhone-Alpes. IMHO, they currently make the best image stitching and authoring tools out there, and really innovate with their software (instead of, ahem, copying open-source projects).

That said, I'm not sure how this works in to GoPro's future plans, but I'm distinctly aware of what happens to most small software companies that are bought by hardware vendors; the garden gets a wall.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 29, 2015 at 18:14 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies
On Massive $33,500 2450mm f/8 NASA lens surfaces on eBay article (213 comments in total)

Next up, find a 70mm Photosonics to Pentax Q lens mount adapter!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 28, 2015 at 21:27 UTC as 86th comment | 4 replies
On Winds of Change: Shooting changing landscapes article (50 comments in total)
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eaa: Sadly the lava pics cannot be loaded/enlarged neither in Firefox nor in Safari.

The link references aren't migrating correctly. Just add: http://www.dpreview.com/files/p/articles/9652939164/ in front of the filename. They are much better at that medium-res!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2015 at 23:53 UTC
On Winds of Change: Shooting changing landscapes article (50 comments in total)
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Just a Photographer: The shots from Namibia aren't hard to take.
Everyone who has been to the Sossusvlei and Kolmanskop come back home with the same pictures. These are very easy takes for even beginning photographers.

To Sossusvlei the bus takes your just before sunrise and Kolmanskop is even easier to take photos as tourist spread out over the whole area.

Even though these are nice pictures, they are not anything special anymore. Some place have just been visited by too many tourists.

Does the location for a photo define the beauty or value of everything shot there? Apparently, any place that is "easy to get to" (say Niagara Falls, Monaco, or my bathroom) will have nothing to offer any photographers, regardless of vision and creativity.

Might as well sit in front of our screens and type...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2015 at 18:05 UTC
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 II article (535 comments in total)
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Reinhard136: no flash ???? k3 just committed suicide for me. That was such an excellent feature.

Dollars to donuts, this camera will be available from many vendors in a "bundle" with an O-FC1 Flucard and the new AF-201FG compact hot-shoe flash. Just to fill in the holes between it and the K-S2.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 23:46 UTC
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cangyroo: Music Credit?

From the Vimeo page:

Music by This Will Destroy You
Song: "The World is Our"

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2015 at 00:46 UTC
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Mark Banas: Ugh, incorrect links! Damien, I see your blatant anti-Ricoh/Pentax bias in these slight missteps... grrrr.

First, I am not part of the editorial staff. I contribute articles about non-camera gear that DPR edits and publishes if they see fit (some are even intended to be humorous).

Next, as a long-time Pentax shooter (see my gear list, or look at the images illustrating my articles), the vitriolic reactions and accusations of bias directed at DPR from other Pentax users are both confusing to me, and frankly embarrassing when I consider that others here also see me as a Pentax user. These reactions even came up when I did a full review of the Pentax FLU-card and gave it 5/5 stars!

I can now see that "poking the hornet's nest" with my humorous comment was not wise. I'm truly sorry about that, but it's there and I can't (and don't want to) remove it. It's also apparent that trying to wring humor from the uncomfortable reality of Pentax-related conspiracy comments is just fanning those flames.

Now just don't say anything bad about my Sigma SD1... grrrr.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2015 at 14:24 UTC
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Mark Banas: Ugh, incorrect links! Damien, I see your blatant anti-Ricoh/Pentax bias in these slight missteps... grrrr.

For you, Daryl, absolutely! Glad you appreciate it.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2015 at 00:28 UTC

Ugh, incorrect links! Damien, I see your blatant anti-Ricoh/Pentax bias in these slight missteps... grrrr.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2015 at 23:30 UTC as 14th comment | 12 replies

A mini Alexa Mini... impressive.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 00:02 UTC as 23rd comment
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Biowizard: Nothing from Manfrotto or Gitzo, two of the best known tripod makers? This is like doing a comparison of 6 midrange DSLRs and omitting Canon & Nikon!

I won't stoop to say it's all a load of balls, but ... oops, I just did!

Brian

"...two of the best known *tripod* makers? "

I think you nailed it right there. It's like doing a comparison of the best mirrorless cameras and omitting Canon & Nikon!

(oops... did I just say that?)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2015 at 12:56 UTC

Refreshingly varied mini-portfolio from a seasoned pro. Thanks for this!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2015 at 12:50 UTC as 25th comment
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BobYIL: What! ..."only cherry wood" but no bubinga or cocobolo wood??? *sigh*

Nor padauk...
(But you get points for knowing your exotic woods!)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 21:01 UTC
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Genes Pentax: As with the previous reviews, very nicely done. I wish DPR would do more reviews like these to help the enthusiast/serious amateur crowd.

One thing that could've been helpful is the stress test (sag and lock test) using the same lens (load) as was done with the bigger ball heads. I understand that these ball heads are smaller and not necessarily intended for very large lenses, but it would've been interesting to see how they compare to the bigger ball heads.

It seems the author has tested at least one model (KPS G5D) with the same 500mm lens that was used for testing the bigger ball heads last year, but was that done with all the ball heads in this group? If so, what were the results?

Thanks!

No problem, Gene. You certainly understand where I'm coming from! If the "stress test" can be improved, or even if the information can be presented in a better way (I like the idea of a performance envelope), then it will make these reviews more valuable. I'll definitely look into it!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 14:39 UTC
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Artak Hambarian: IMHO ballheads are inferior to orthogonal heads, i.e. Pan and tilt or gimbal heads, especially in combination with leveling bases. The same Acratech has the so called Long Lens Head and the Panoramic Head. I use my Induro BHL3 all the time in combination with Wimberley Sidekick, all seated on FLM levelling base on a Manfrotto 055 PRO CF legs. Mark: any plans to compare orthogonal heads?

Thanks for the suggestion. I'll look into them! (I use a Wimberley Sidekick, as well.)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 14:15 UTC
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paul simon king: why nothing from RRS?

OMG, please people, try reading more than just the comments section!!

Nothing has ever been excluded due to price (or any political straw man), but then you'd need to *read* the article above these self-aggrandizing comments to know why.

RRS was in the last ball head roundup (that you might also want to read), and out of the three recommended heads in that conclusion, two of them cost *more* than the BH-55. Price will always factor into a purchase decision, but not my review decisions. Heck, the Acratech above (oh darn, more reading!) is Made in the USA, costs more than a BH-40, and many people here will still be fine with the $25 head they bought used in Shanghai.

As always, thanks for reading! :D

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 14:10 UTC
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pictureAngst: At first I wondered why anyone would want a macro flash with a high guide number, given the short working distances.

But I guess it would work for fill-in flash in daylight, especially when using a tele-macro?

Looks like the tentacles and high GN would be perfect for my 180mm macro when stopped down to f/22. Just needs some tupperware on the ends to make it really diffuse and extra goofy looking!

The LED is also a nice touch, particularly for their own Venus (or is it now Laowa?) 60mm 2:1, which has no automatic aperture.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 13:39 UTC
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paul simon king: why nothing from RRS?

@JasonC66 - Check out the big ball reviews I did last year. It also has an intro worth actually reading. :rollseyes:

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 03:52 UTC
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