Mark Banas

Mark Banas

DPReview Contributor
Lives in United States Washington, DC, United States
Works as a Designer/ Panographer/ Writer
Has a website at http://markbanas.com/
Joined on Jan 26, 2005

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Hands-on with the new Platypod eXtreme

Platypod just revealed its latest mini support device, the Platypod eXtreme. We take a closer look at this innovative new member of the well-regarded Platypod ecosystem with first impressions based on a pre-production sample.

Roundup: Six Large Tripods For Heavy Duty Use

What tripod can support a 600mm lens and still go on a long hike into the wilderness? We test out six higher-end, thick-legged, modular tripods that are comfortably tall and capable of supporting tremendous amounts of gear. This group review compares all six models, examining their features, functions and ergonomics in use, both in the studio and out in the field.

In-depth tripod review: Leofoto 'Summit' LM-364C

Leofoto is one of the best-known names in the world of affordable tripods and supports, but not necessarily for the best of reasons. With the LM-364C, Leofoto appears to offer some innovation and high value – so how does it perform?

In-depth tripod review: ProMediaGear Pro-Stix TR344

ProMediaGear is well-known within the photography industry for their long-lens gimbals and flash brackets , but with the Pro-Stix TR344, this family-run company is making a play for the premium 'systematic' tripod market. Read our in-depth review to find out how it performs.

In-depth tripod review: Really Right Stuff Versa TVC-34 Mk.2

The Really Right Stuff Versa TVC-34 Mk.2 is a premium carbon-fiber 'systematic' tripod. How does it perform – and is the high cost justified? Read our in-depth review to find out.

In-depth tripod review: FLM CP34-L4 II

The FLM CP34-L4 II is the latest in a line of well-respected premium tripods from this European brand. How does it compare against its peers? Read our in-depth review to find out.

In-depth tripod review: Sirui SR-3204

The The SIrui SR-3204 is an affordable 'Systematic' tripod that offers attractive features. So how does it compare to other models in its class? Read our in-depth review to find out.

In-depth tripod review: Gitzo Systematic Series 3 (GT3543LS)

In the first of a series of in-depth reviews of the best heavy duty 'Systematic' tripods, we're taking a look at the Gitzo Systematic Series 3 (GT3543LS). The big Gitzo is where it all started, so how does it hold up against today's competition?

Primer: What is VR, and why should photographers care?

From Sphericam to Theta, and from the New York Times to your local real estate agent, the age of 'consumer virtual reality' seems to have finally arrived. What's changed and why is VR in the headlines? Read more

From another planet: Venus LAOWA 15mm F4 Wide Angle Macro quick review

A full-frame, ultra-wide angle macro lens from a very new brand provides a unique option for users of many different systems and lens mounts. Combining a 1:1 macro, wide angle of view and shift lens into a single body, the Venus LAOWA 15mm F4 is a lens with more than a few tricks up its sleeve. This article explores those abilities and provides some real world samples from both full-frame and APS-C cameras. Read more