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 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (1002 comments in total)
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MarcLee: Drab images in the name of high dynamic range, particularly on the beach front photos.

It's a trend I am seeing more and more. Everything grey. No snap.

I have a theory some of it is considered more acceptable due to the fact that looking at your images on an iPhone or iPad actually gives them extra artificial snap.

And it seems to be creeping even into the latest Canons like the G7X.

I seem to be in the minority though.

Sony should've sent you off to Cabo San Lucas...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2015 at 00:26 UTC
On Readers' showcase: Dan Hogman article (36 comments in total)

Excellent work! Chicago is a great town for this kind of architectural "candid" photography, with so much diversity in the built environment. Makes me miss my old hometown in the snow...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 12, 2015 at 17:03 UTC as 25th comment
On Beyond the table top: 5 mini tripods reviewed article (153 comments in total)
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Kerensky97: One I never see reviewed is the Pedco Ultra-pod 1.
The first of these I got from REI backin the 1980's they're tiny when folded and have a velcro strap that you can wrap around fence railings, tree brances, or hiking poles.

Of all the mini-tripods I see reviwed including the ones here, it still is the one I keep with my hiking gear. Going on 30 years I've never seen the need to upgrade.

http://www.industrialrev.com/ultrapod-i.html

The Pedco Ultrapod II will be in the next roundup of smaller, pocket tripods. I think it's a bit thicker/ bigger than the Ultrapod I.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2015 at 14:26 UTC

Life decisions via The Clash.

(awesome)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 5, 2015 at 12:23 UTC as 38th comment | 1 reply
On Beyond the table top: 5 mini tripods reviewed article (153 comments in total)
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Tord S Eriksson: The Berlebach Mini Tripod, with levelling head is nothing but superb:
http://www.berlebach.de/?bereich=details&id=98&sprache=english

I bought the big brother of this tripod, which is OK, but that isn't as outstandingly rigid as this little fella, which weighs about two pounds.

So when my wife was looking for a small tripod, I recommended this one, then an unknown entity, and I was proved right. Extremely sturdy, and isn't ice-cold to hold even when its frost outside!

And it doesn't cost a lot, either (B&H got them as well).

I did consider the Berlebach Mini (though not the leveling one), as it fits right in with the legs in this review. Unfortunately, I decided to add a ball head to each from the same manufacturer, mainly because some simply came with them, and Berlebach doesn't make a ball head (the ones on their site are by Cullmann).

I love my Berlebach 2032 (gorgeous wood, and it's the vibration-proof standard I measure other tripods by)!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 17:34 UTC
On Beyond the table top: 5 mini tripods reviewed article (153 comments in total)
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matthew saville: Too bad you forgot the most stable tabletop tripod of all, the Giottos QU 500B. I guess that's explained by the caveat of "larger and more adjustable than the common 'pocket' tripod" ...but still. I've tested a ton of tripods and one come close to the strength-to-weight ratio of that one.

Yep, that one, the Manfrotto 209, the Oben TT100, Pedco Ultrapod, Vanguard VS-34, Joby Micro, etc. are all what I would call "pocket tripods." Single height, very small, typically lower max load.

That said, the FLM tripod in this review weighs the same as that Giottos (5 oz), holds up the same amount (11 lbs), but is much, much larger. Certainly won't fit in a pocket, unless you rock the cargo pants!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 17:25 UTC
On Beyond the table top: 5 mini tripods reviewed article (153 comments in total)
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1click1: The DPREVIEW weight data on "FLM CP10-A1 w/ CB-24E" seems wrong: both B&H and www.flm-gmbh.de show the weight of CP10-A1 at 1 lb. But DPREVIEW stated the legs weigh 5 ounces (140g) . That is a big difference. Can someone confirm this please?

DPREVIEW weighed the legs on a lab scale because the B&H spec seemed so heavy, and confirmed the findings with FLM. They only have the correct weight on their German-language site, it seems:
http://www.flm-gmbh.de/de/produkte/stative/tischstativ-aus-aluminium/cp10-a1/

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 11:21 UTC
On Beyond the table top: 5 mini tripods reviewed article (153 comments in total)
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Genes Pentax: I really appreciate and enjoy these accessory reviews.

But I'm a bit underwhelmed by the lack of rigor in the testing. Whatever happened to the stress tests from the other ball head reviews and tripod reviews? :-P

And it's amazing how this Mr. Banas left out RRS again ... ;-D

Har har. There's always someone...

Re: RRS - I was waiting for their new super-mini ballhead (BC-18 micro ball, I hope it's okay to say that now) to go with their minipod, but it was delayed and missed the deadline for the article.

For stress tests, I put an SD1 and 180mm macro on each tripod and shot macros at f/16 (typically 1/4 sec. or less). Hard to do any quantifiable tests beyond that, since not every tripod could hold up that gear (despite their specs saying they could). Not much to infer from the vibration test result graphs... looks like an Etch-A-Sketch gone crazy!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2015 at 14:44 UTC
On Beyond the table top: 5 mini tripods reviewed article (153 comments in total)
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Mark Banas: What? No Manfrotto/Benro/RRS/My-Favorite-$5-Brand?

Oh, these are "mini-tripods" that are *height-adjustable* and can *hold up 4kg or more,* yet can pack into a small bag...

(Just thought I'd get that out there first!)

"There's a Manfrotto made for always on similar to the Minis but very different in execution, more like a plate with fold out nubs"

I have one of those (MP1-C01) on the bottom of a Pentax Q, and it's almost unnoticeable when folded in. Holds that tiny camera with no problem... and is really well-made of rubber coated metal (no plastic, despite what it looks like).

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2015 at 14:28 UTC
On Beyond the table top: 5 mini tripods reviewed article (153 comments in total)
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Don Sata: In the list you missed a rotary leg die cast aluminum type table tripod like these:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/254830-REG/Delvcam_DELV_DTM_DELV_DTM_Mini_Tripod_for.html

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1070031-REG/vanguard_vs_34_tabletop_tripod_metal_with.html

They are super cheap, super resistant and the varying leg angle makes them more useful for tricky surfaces or even for using your own chest as a support.

@ Martinka
Joby claims their Gorillapod Focus (reviewed here) can support 5kg.
http://joby.com/gorillapod/focus

The rotary leg tabletop tripods like the Vanguard (and Phil's Leica) are smaller, lighter duty, not height-adjustable, and will be in a future review of similar 'pods.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2015 at 15:09 UTC
On Beyond the table top: 5 mini tripods reviewed article (153 comments in total)
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Roman Korcek: "On the last page, we make some comparative recommendations."
Unless I have missed something, you actually don't.

Right you are! That yellow text is a copy-paste from my previous reviews. I'll have that corrected!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2015 at 14:28 UTC
On Beyond the table top: 5 mini tripods reviewed article (153 comments in total)
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Mark Banas: What? No Manfrotto/Benro/RRS/My-Favorite-$5-Brand?

Oh, these are "mini-tripods" that are *height-adjustable* and can *hold up 4kg or more,* yet can pack into a small bag...

(Just thought I'd get that out there first!)

@Zeisschen

Yes, I plan on reviewing those tiny tripods, like the Manfrotto Pixi and Cullmann Copter and similar.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2015 at 14:26 UTC
On Beyond the table top: 5 mini tripods reviewed article (153 comments in total)

What? No Manfrotto/Benro/RRS/My-Favorite-$5-Brand?

Oh, these are "mini-tripods" that are *height-adjustable* and can *hold up 4kg or more,* yet can pack into a small bag...

(Just thought I'd get that out there first!)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2015 at 12:04 UTC as 71st comment | 10 replies
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Marty4650: Would you buy a lens from a company that can't get their website to work?

Just sayin'.... this is pretty basic marketing. You issue a press release with a website listed. Then the website doesn't work. This doesn't bode well.

Well, Arca-Swiss doesn't even *have* a website. Would you buy their gear?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 15:40 UTC
On 2015 Superzoom Camera Roundup article (166 comments in total)

Re: the shake reduction test. I'm guessing that it's showing video output from each camera. Well, the Pentax does use sensor-shift shake reduction for still images, but "software shake reduction" for video (cropping and shifting). That might explain the shaky output.

Video stabilization's been a problem with all recent Pentax cameras... the live view for stills looks smooth and stabilized with the sensor shifting away, but then switch to video mode and the sensor is locked in place and pixels get shifted... though not in a good way. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2015 at 21:01 UTC as 54th comment
On 2015 Superzoom Camera Roundup article (166 comments in total)
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AkashRana: No mention of any Sony models, and that is because?

I agree... does seem like an oversight. The HX400V would compete well within this group, and was announced *after* the Fuji S1, so it can't be too old.

(This is an edit to clarify that despite the little DP logo by my name, I'm not in Seattle and have no more insight into the camera selection than anyone else.)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2015 at 20:48 UTC

Yep. Nothing like Yorkshire...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 22:57 UTC as 57th comment | 1 reply
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Papi61: Real estate agents will go nuts with this...

Too pricey by far... for the agents. They will, however, "hire" someone to shoot their listings with the thing... for $30 a house! Pays for itself in a year, no problem!

That said, the (in-camera?) blending in the sample images is quite good, but shame about the nadir.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 9, 2015 at 23:51 UTC

Awesome. A Kata W-12 is my most used bag, and I would love something a bit more snug and stuffable when empty. The Kata DNA lives on. Go go Miggo!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 18:21 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply

The glacial ice cave photo is incredible. How many would persevere in those conditions with no idea a shot like that was waiting down below? Kudos to Art, and kudos to his guides.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2015 at 16:48 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
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