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

  • Enjoy! Billinghams are among the best-built bags out there, and although they haven't changed in decades, their design style is very popular right now.
  • Most ball heads will shift when you are tightening the friction knob from "under tension" to "fully locked." (If they shift after being locked, then it's defective.) The pre-lock shift amount ...
  • Your 6D and heavy lens is most likely beyond the abilities of the UltraPod II (I've got one right here for review), so I'd recommend either the larger tripod you're looking at, or one of these mini ...
  • On the K-3, it's in the Playback menu, 2nd item labeled "Quick Zoom," which now includes a "100%" setting. Sadly, Miles, the comparison mode in Playback disappeared after the K-5, and AFAIK no ...
  • Replied in Sirui K- heads
    Add a long rail with clamp and an L-bracket and you've got a very compact panoramic head (for single rows, anyhow). Nice! I might have to pick up one of those indexed rotators from Desmond. What's ...
  • Replied in Sirui K- heads
    Thanks for letting me know. It seems they are different from a few years ago (Really? It's been 2 years since I bought that K-40x?), and I'm sorry if it caused any consternation. Almost like ...
  • For a T5i and 17-50 Sigma? Try a Miggo Grip & Wrap DSLR . About as compact as you can get...
  • No worries, mate. It just takes a couple of days for most folks to respond. I can't add much because you've read my reviews (thanks), other than to ask why you prefer rubber over foam grips? In the ...
  • There are adapters for that! http://www.hejnarphotostore.com/category-s/146.htm
  • Yes, but it depends on what kind of camera and lens you will be using, and what kind of panoramic image (360°, multi-row, singe row, etc.) you want to produce. In general, an L-bracket is useful ...
  • For what camera? I had a Sunwayfoto L-bracket for my Sigma DP2Merrill, and it was well made and compatible with most clamps. Most of their brackets come in pieces that you screw together, which was ...
  • Replied in Sirui K- heads
    If you do a lot of macro or put lenses or cameras with offset weights onto the clamp, then the marks are very helpful, yes. If you are technically inclined (which I think you are), you can scratch ...
  • I was dealing directly with Sirui, since it was before Argraph was distributing them. At the time, Sirui was very responsive, but I'm pretty sure their distributors handle that for them in each ...
  • Commented on Readers' showcase: Dan Hogman article

    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...

  • Sorry to hear that about Spartan (the second link mentioned, bogentripodparts.com). So far I've not heard similar coming from the place in the UK (gitzospares.com), but I haven't needed a spare ...
  • The Nest tripods (in carbon fiber) are less expensive, but a bit bulkier than all of the above mentioned ones. That's one area that they could improve upon, as they don't fold up as small or weigh ...
  • 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.

  • Here is the most comprehensive review of the T-025X out there: http://www.pentaxforums.com/reviews/sirui-t-025x-travel-tripod-review/introduction.html The reviewer is the same US Army Lt. who dumpe ...
  • http://www.dpreview.com/articles/5352974021/travel-tripods-5-carbon-fiber-kits-reviewed For very light and reasonably sturdy, look at Feisol. For very compact and reasonably sturdy, look at Sirui. ...
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