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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WillWeaverRVA: I look forward to reading the upcoming review of this whisky, and how it stacks up against the 5D Mark IV and Sony a99 II at its price point.

Send the Macallan my way, and I'll rent the other two... (totally getting Lenscap++ with that order).

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2017 at 19:41 UTC
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PhotoKhan: You can "change the game" as much as you want, resorting to DNG included.

All these samples show color casts that are very difficult to balance, as samples 63 to 65 clearly and aptly show.

Foveon sensors far from being a photographers ally make color an enemy to contend with.

It has been so for 15 years and, apart from proving that a significant part of the population is, indeed, color blind, it is a mystery tantamount to commercial suicide why Sigma insists on this technical solution.

Normally I don't respond to trolls (and boy are you trolling - looking at your comment history shows a lot more), but I'll make an exception for you, oh great Khan of Photography.

1) I don't represent the staff at DPReview. I'm a contributing writer, not a staff member. Like them (and you), I can still discuss whatever I want, and comment however I feel.

2) If you need numbers to prove you are right and everyone who disagrees is wrong, provide your numbers and see if anyone can refute your "data." Unless, of course, you can't...

3) Speculating on the health and eventual future of Sigma Corporation based on what the CEO has said is a sideline business is a great way to troll, but like many of your other distractions and innuendos, it is purely speculative fiction.

4) A great man named Humberto once wrote, "Sometimes, all that is needed is an intentional, different view on ordinary things to let them truly shine under a different light." Maybe Sigma is actually trying this?

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2017 at 16:56 UTC
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PhotoKhan: You can "change the game" as much as you want, resorting to DNG included.

All these samples show color casts that are very difficult to balance, as samples 63 to 65 clearly and aptly show.

Foveon sensors far from being a photographers ally make color an enemy to contend with.

It has been so for 15 years and, apart from proving that a significant part of the population is, indeed, color blind, it is a mystery tantamount to commercial suicide why Sigma insists on this technical solution.

If Sigma has been committing commercial suicide for 15 years, it's a very slow process.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2017 at 14:17 UTC
On photo everypixel in Okapi001's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Yep... awesome.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2017 at 19:38 UTC as 1st comment
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Steve Balcombe: I hate it when people complain that something is not interesting, not news, and not worthy of our valuable time which must not be wasted with trivia. No, I don't like it and I don't want to be that guy.

So. Bloke get old lens for next to nothing at a flea market, uses adapter to fit it to digital body, takes crap photos because the lens is of course worthless. Good stuff dpreview, we need more groundbreaking features like this.

You're that guy.
It's okay - just own it.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2017 at 11:44 UTC

Well, let's hope they addressed the overheating/fogging issues as well.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2017 at 22:49 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
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panther fan: The code that is the base of all that including services like prisma can be found here:
https://github.com/jcjohnson/neural-style

If you want to experiment with the new style transfer the code can be found here:
https://github.com/luanfujun/deep-photo-styletransfer

You should check out the last link for more amazing examples.

Thanks for the links. I like the apple photo series, where the input and target style were the same image, and the output was subtly different. Gives a clue to the limits of the transfer.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 13:22 UTC

I just want to say that Barney's example image is outstanding. Don't care if it comes off as sycophantic...

(Oh, and I'd probably stick with a fast 105mm, as long as it was also a macro.)

But that image, Barney. Wow.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 11:58 UTC as 223rd comment | 6 replies
On article OPPO launches F3 Plus with dual selfie cameras (13 comments in total)
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citrate: Chinese smartphone companies have been on fire.

So it wasn't just Samsung?
;-)

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 21:02 UTC
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Full Stop: Rishi,
I have an idea for your next article:
IQ in the corners of FF at f/1.4

Sounds more like a job for Roger Cicala and OLAF over at Lensrentals.com
(Maybe he's already done this?)

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 12:36 UTC
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Lan: Good luck getting the WB correct on Trump!

Use a Wratten #22 filter...

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 01:37 UTC
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DtEW: Isn't there a Federal hiring freeze in-effect with exceptions only being made for the (admittedly broadly-worded) purpose of "public safety"?

The hiring freeze is only for the Executive branch (which is a huge chunk of the US federal government). This position is with the Judicial branch. Meanwhile, the Library of Congress (Legislative branch) is also still hiring!

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 01:34 UTC
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falconeyes: Guetzli is named according to the #GoogleSwissMade series.
It is from the Lab Google Research Europe, located in Zürich, Switzerland and employs 2000 people, the largest Google lab outside the US. It is planned to be grown to 5000 people.

Just a little background info for the kind readers wondering about the name which is Schwizerdütsch actually.

P.S.
Albeit smaller (350 people), the more famous US research lab in Zürich is IBM set up in 1956. It produced one Nobel price.

P.S.2
I'd really liked DPR staff to provide that kind of complementary info. It is easy enough to find ...

It means "cookie," as in what Cookie Monster eats.

"C is for cookie... that's good enough for me!" (If you know the song, it is now stuck in your head!)

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2017 at 02:13 UTC
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MikeFairbanks: The technology is coming along, but I wish companies would stop making such low resolution equipment.

Well, this model is all about price in an emerging market. Very high resolution 360 cameras are available, but right now they cost $4,000-$50,000. Consider the Ricoh Theta when it first came out: not perfect, but reasonably priced and reasonably good (and Ricoh has made 4 more versions of Theta, so they must be selling somewhere).

That this Insta360 Air is so small and physically attaches to a phone (for power, memory and processing) at $130 is the real magic here.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2017 at 01:47 UTC
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (495 comments in total)
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Terry M: Finally, a reviewer who doesn't fall all over himself getting lost in the rangefinder mythos. It takes time and a LOT of practice to consistently take good photos with them. But seriously, "I'm getting old"? LOL

Barney, I do hope you're flying first-class on all those trans-Pacific flights... you know, to stretch out your back. :D

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 21:02 UTC
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (495 comments in total)
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Terry M: Finally, a reviewer who doesn't fall all over himself getting lost in the rangefinder mythos. It takes time and a LOT of practice to consistently take good photos with them. But seriously, "I'm getting old"? LOL

Oh, come on... Barney is the "grand old man" of DPReview. He's in his 30's for pete's sake! ;)
Pretty soon he'll be too old to listen to vinyl or shoot film or muse wistfully about "craftsmanship."

(Good point about the rangefinder mythos, too!)

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 12:40 UTC
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (891 comments in total)

I've used some truly crappy versions of both (EVF on Sony A3000? OVF pentamirror on any low-end DSLR?), and have recently found I can use both when they are pretty good.

Right now, that's a Pentax prism OVF or a Panasonic OLED multimillion pixel EVF. There are bigger and better versions of each (645 prism, SL EVF), but as long as I only have to pick between roughly equivalent views, I'm able to switch between them with only a moment of recalibration. I guess that means I prefer a quality (O or E) VF.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2017 at 00:40 UTC as 201st comment

"We are currently working on a review of the device, so watch this space."
@Lars; do we get to see 360 video of you biking in the Pyrenees? That will need the stabilization for sure!

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 14:48 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply

Great article! Didn't one of the current DPR staffers work for the PI as a PJ?

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2017 at 14:19 UTC as 30th comment | 1 reply
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WastingTime: Laugh (or get scared) now but soon everyone will be using one of these babies, also a computer will become president of the USA, around 2021.

Will Skynet save us?

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2017 at 17:34 UTC
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