Mark Banas

Mark Banas

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

Comments

Total: 78, showing: 1 – 20
« First‹ Previous1234Next ›Last »
In reply to:

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
In reply to:

Robert F. Tobler: My standing complaint: missing support for the Sigma Merrill cameras. This is supremely annoying, especially since a small outfit like Irident Digital manages to support these cameras. SHAME ON YOU ADOBE!

@JanePete
I understand this won't make a lot of sense to those outside of the software industry (I worked for Autodesk for a long time, similar in size and culture to Adobe). Adding Merrill support to ACR may not seem like a big deal to you, but given Adobe's size, literally every task needs to be justified in terms of Dev, QA, Docs, Support costs (etc.), as well as the impact on some very big, and very important products like Lightroom and Photoshop.

Those two are industry-standard applications for a reason; Adobe doesn't add something to them unless it is as good, or better, than what already exists. (But let's not debate that.) What would be the results of Adobe adding half-arsed support for Merrill (and now Quattro)? Anyone remember the X-Trans support debacle (and Fuji is a much bigger market player)? To do it right, the cost is definitely not insignificant for a company like Adobe.

Hard to believe, but sheer scale and money does not solve software problems (ask Microsoft!).

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 17:05 UTC
In reply to:

Robert F. Tobler: My standing complaint: missing support for the Sigma Merrill cameras. This is supremely annoying, especially since a small outfit like Irident Digital manages to support these cameras. SHAME ON YOU ADOBE!

Sorry to say, Robert, but Adobe, like every other company of a certain size, has to justify the cost to support (and continue supporting) an extremely niche product like Foveon-sensored cameras. ACR kind of supports the earlier Foveons through work done by Dave Coffin of dcraw, but the results are not stellar. Smaller developers, like Iridient (Hi, Brian!) can gain traction and meaningful sales by supporting those niche products as an alternative.

Consider if Adobe sells 5,000 more copies of Lightroom thanks to Merrill support, and now consider Iridient selling 5,000 licenses of their software. Which one will notice and appreciate the return?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2014 at 20:42 UTC
In reply to:

Mike FL: Half of the price goes to the name as Leica is Leica. Other than that:

- Get any Fuji body + Fujifilm XF 23mm F1.4 If you want better sensor and better SPEC'd lens for the same sensor size and FL.

- Go for the best of the best, Sony RX1.

- Still like the Leica look, BUT not Leica price? Fuji X100T looks more liking a Leica than a real Leica.

You still want get exactly the same camera but half of the price? It is POSSIBLE if Panasonic decided to re-badge this Leica to Panasonic... Why not?

P.S.
Oh, almost forget, Panasonic should be add a built in GRIP. or other people will complain/think Panasonic do NOT know how to design a camera, just like they complain/say-to Canon G7X, Sony RX100s...

Never see any one complain Leica having no DRIP. Never, ever...

Where has Leica said this camera is "German made?"

The back of the camera has the location of the corporate headquarters, just like the Leica T, which is assembled in Portugal. There are pretty strict rules on what can be called "Made in Germany," just as with most other EU countries. Leica marketing will skirt this issue wherever they can, of course, because they trade off their history, just like many Japanese camera companies with lenses made in China, Vietnam, the Phillipines, etc.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 14, 2014 at 19:14 UTC
On BETASAMPLE_ISO100_SAM_0712-ACR photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Nice to see the before and afters of some of the more dramatic raw conversions!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 16:57 UTC as 1st comment
On BETASAMPLE_ISO100_SAM_0798 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (10 comments in total)

Do I detect a hint of "swirly bokeh?"

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 16:51 UTC as 3rd comment | 2 replies
On Portrait Salon 'rejects' exhibition opens in London article (67 comments in total)

Thanks for the head's up on another interesting project, Damien. There are some wonderful portraits on the Portrait Salon website, including one from Nick Ballon's zombie Bolivian airline project.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2014 at 03:23 UTC as 26th comment | 6 replies

Can't wait for your clarification on raw camera file formats.

They list ".raw" file extension! When was the last time someone got that out of their camera?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 4, 2014 at 20:41 UTC as 33rd comment | 1 reply
On Richard Franiec offers Canon PowerShot G7 X custom grip article (110 comments in total)
In reply to:

TN Args: Richard Franiec must have a cosy relationship with someone in dpr.

Looks like I have to spell it out: Richard publicizes his new products like many other companies (as he states), but on top of that he is a longtime, active, and *constructive* member of the DPR community.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 2, 2014 at 13:03 UTC
On Richard Franiec offers Canon PowerShot G7 X custom grip article (110 comments in total)
In reply to:

TN Args: Richard Franiec must have a cosy relationship with someone in dpr.

Anyone else making accessory grips for this camera? Seems like a no brainer to report on something that will only improve the camera in question.

(BTW, thanks for the Sigma DP2M grip, Richard!) ;)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 23:22 UTC
On First Hasselblad in space goes to auction next month article (84 comments in total)
In reply to:

W4YNE 1: What no pop up flash? ;)

And no Swarovski crystal buttons!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 13:54 UTC
In reply to:

glokenpop: Is it just a cheap camera with a fish eye?

Two fisheyes, back to back. That's why (and how) the headline says "360-degree spherical camera with video recording."

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2014 at 15:05 UTC
On A look back at the week: October 25, 2014 article (13 comments in total)
In reply to:

Hugo808: Love the Star Wars set, that's going viral. Darth Vader on a bus wins photo of the week for me!

It's actually one of our old streetcars, but that works well... the new ones are more 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 25, 2014 at 22:00 UTC
In reply to:

PaulChapman: I was quite excited by this until I saw the image quality. Which is a pity. Could be a good idea if the IQ was a lot better.

This is true of the Ricoh Theta and the Giroptic 360cam as well. Crappy JPEGs do not blend together too well. Panono has a natural advantage with so many more sensors, but end up with that "honeycomb effect" from bad blending. All of these devices are saddled with low-end electronics, trading off the "immersive experience" with image quality that's worse than a mobile phone.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 17:24 UTC

I suppose naming it "palantir" would've brought up some privacy concerns...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 17:15 UTC as 14th comment
On High Flyer? DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Drone Review article (180 comments in total)
In reply to:

Juerg Alean: Mike, thanks for the review.

I use a DJI Phantom 2 rather differently. I need high quality still pictures. So I built a very lightweight contraption (using packing foam) which carries a Nikon Coolpix A.

The camera is mounted in portrait format, but tilted about 15deg down. Since there was not enough vertical clearance, the "camera mount" also adds an extra 4 cm of hight under the landing gear. It weighs 55g and the camera 290g, but the assembly still flies reliably for 15 mins.

I fly the drone with den Nikon's timer snapping every 3 seconds - I have no data downlink. When the drone is up I slightly turn it every 6 seconds or so. This is to avoid gaps in the panos when the camera shoots during turning.

I stitch and straighten in Photoshop. I typically get pano of 5500 x 20'000 pixels wide (depending on the horizontal angle used). Thanks to the quality of the fixed focus (28mm eq.) lens, the quality is remarkable.

Juerg

Love to see the results of this. Link to an example pano?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 15, 2014 at 19:02 UTC
On High Flyer? DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Drone Review article (180 comments in total)

Hmmm... maybe it needs a bigger sensor camera, like this one:
http://www.mcherderingphotography.com/images/imgp2226.jpg

;)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2014 at 13:42 UTC as 67th comment | 1 reply
On HTC introduces the RE digital camera article (102 comments in total)

Periscope or endoscope? (ouch)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2014 at 18:05 UTC as 65th comment | 3 replies
On Tune in to DPReview Live this Thursday and Friday article (238 comments in total)

You've got the names of all the photographers to be interviewed, and of the industry reps expected to chatter on about their wares... but what of the all-important list of DPReview staff that will be appearing?
Will Rishi expound on his ultra-macro work?
Will Simon make an appearance in between meetings?
Will Barney stroke his facial hair thoughtfully?
Will Allison be the hand model for a 1Dx?
And what about the coffee??!!?

I might just have to tune in...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2014 at 22:52 UTC as 44th comment | 9 replies
On Tune in to DPReview Live this Thursday and Friday article (238 comments in total)
In reply to:

neo_nights: Remember to have your hands and fingernails well done, guys (and gal). We will be --literally-- watching that!

I'm looking forward to epic beard glossiness...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 23:09 UTC
Total: 78, showing: 1 – 20
« First‹ Previous1234Next ›Last »