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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J A C S: Nikon? Good choice. You really need all that dynamic range.

I think they're really going to be testing how "shockproof" the Keymissions really are...

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 02:41 UTC
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HakanL: What is this - not one of these things is CUT IN HALF! C'mon, this is Dpreview, isn't it?

Maybe Barney and Dale split their time on this?

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 00:27 UTC
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Peter Galbavy: Erm, DJI Osmo Mobile? Surly "kickstarter" and the like is there to fund innovation, not provide cash flow for product development?

"Late delivery, terrible logistics."

I "ordered" a waterproof camera holster (the Miggo Agua) off Kickstarter because it was from Miggo, an established company, and a camera bag is an uncomplicated product. They delivered a day early (said "early December" but it arrived in November), and I had an email with tracking info 3 days earlier. It totally depends on the people behind the offer, not Kickstarter. If they already deliver a product through other channels, this is a pre-sale - like Tiffen "kickstarting" a new Steadicam.

Of course, I've also been burned by crowd-funded products from "innovators" that simply never materialized due to mismanagement and financial incompetence (ah, the "Lumenator, Power Panel, Lumenaire" debacle). Still no reason to paint all of them with the same brush...

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 17:04 UTC
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Peter Galbavy: Erm, DJI Osmo Mobile? Surly "kickstarter" and the like is there to fund innovation, not provide cash flow for product development?

"Kickstarter and the like" are there to provide crowd-sourced cash flow.
What the cash is used for (innovation, development, product pre-sales, giant bouncy-castle parties, etc.) will vary, and hopefully the use is spelled out in the project. Ever since a few garage-innovators pulled in millions, even established companies are "kickstarting" things, rather than self-funding. Lower risk, tidier balance sheets.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 13:57 UTC
On article 2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Things (67 comments in total)
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UneVache: Wow, thanks a lot to the DPreview team for the feature. Happy new year to you and yours. :D

I could just "stare at your stairs" all day... (must be the architect in me).

Link | Posted on Jan 1, 2017 at 16:09 UTC
On article Beyond the table top: 5 mini tripods reviewed (201 comments in total)
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AriFLM: A note of interest: Adorama has the FLM CP10-A1 on sale right now for $89.20.
Not sure how long that price will last, but it's the lowest I've seen it so far.
Happy new year!

Thanks, Ari. Happy New Year to you as well!

Link | Posted on Jan 1, 2017 at 01:35 UTC
On article Happy Holidays from DPReview (149 comments in total)
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JaimeA: Where is Lars???
Merry Christmas!

Barcelona (lucky guy!).

Link | Posted on Dec 26, 2016 at 21:39 UTC
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LFPCPH: That blue 'Zeiss' badge could make me buy it :-)

Well, my Panasonic has a lens that says "Leica" on it, but no red dot.

Oh wait! There's a red dot for video recording... :-)

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2016 at 21:48 UTC
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Maoby: Very interesting, thank you for rediscovering the treasures of the past!

For those interested
I have here, the first digital compact with their original box (personal collection)
In chronological order
Among them the 1995 Ricoh RDC-1 (the first digital Ricoh)
Surely the most sophisticated camera of its time

see here
https://www.flickr.com/photos/maoby/albums/72157635352973786

C'est une grande collection!

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2016 at 13:07 UTC
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Joe Ogiba: They should come out with a 50x version with constant F2.8 and 4K UHD.

...and a sherpa.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 21:05 UTC
On article Handy tool helps you say no to work for 'exposure' (83 comments in total)
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HRC2016: I don't see an issue with doing work for exposure when you are starting out.
When I was starting out I sought out opportunities to work and make contacts. Yes, it did lead to paying gig and a great career. Were the people I worked for likely to hire someone for pay? Probably not.

Be sure to distinguish between "pro bono" for a charity or organization you believe in but you know doesn't have money (animal shelters, chuches, etc.), and "free" for people who will use your work to make money for themselves (small ad agencies, your hairdresser, the NFL).

SO my advice, if you're starting out and need to fill out a portfolio to get paying clients, do the "pro bono" contributions instead. You'll feel better and the clients will appreciate your work and probably give you much greater creative control.

Heck, we even see pros like Ben Von Wong doing splashy pro bono work (plastic bottle mermaids?) specifically because it gives him a great portfolio piece (and free advertising here!) while being creatively satisfying. He just doesn't do that all the time...

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2016 at 13:57 UTC
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Adrian Tung: "a 20MP APS-C camera 'based on Samsung Galaxy NX technology' with a fixed prime lens"

It looks like a Samsung Galaxy NX wrapped up in leather/pleather/fake leather, and one of the NX Pancake prime lenses.

Probably refurbs and returns bought (in an auction lot) from the shuttered Samsung Imaging USA offices and repair department.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2016 at 13:51 UTC
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WGChsv: I'm sort of interested to hear how they got enough Galaxy NX bodies to launch this company with.

Well, how many cameras will they realistically need? (And do they need to stick with NX?)

I'm sure Samsung has a couple hundred NX bodies laying around from refurbs and returns. The rear LCD and most of the buttons don't even need to be there...
I'd guess $30 for the obsolete hardware, $50 for the lens, and maybe $10 to enclose it in leather. Then the $99 membership would cover the camera cost and then some!

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2016 at 13:06 UTC
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AshMills: Looks like weather-sealing got another good test. One day the light will come out for this camera.

In the meanwhile, we know it handles neutral tones!

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 13:55 UTC
On a photo in the Heliskiing with the Olympus E-M1 Mark II sample gallery (1 comment in total)

You can really see the high-res... wait, what?

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 13:53 UTC as 1st comment
On article Venus Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D sample gallery (125 comments in total)
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entoman: An interesting set of images, that shows really well how the lens will perform in practical situations. No visible rectilinear distortion, near-perfect verticals when the horizon is kept central, slight vignetting but very well controlled and easily rectified in post.

It would be nice to have AF and aperture linkage, this is not a major hurdle, as the lens would mainly be used for static subjects when there is time to set exposure and focus manually.

Thanks, Damien. Pentax bodies record the aperture if the lens has the little "max aperture resistors" (a pattern of plastic and metal bumps) on the mount, and the Laowa 12mm has them, so EXIF is intact. Curiously, the Laowa 105mm STF has an aperture linkage as well, but no EXIF because it lacks the bumps.

@entoman - Canon EF uses an electronic aperture, and this lens has no electronics, so... stop-down meter and shoot!

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 00:54 UTC
On article Venus Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D sample gallery (125 comments in total)
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entoman: An interesting set of images, that shows really well how the lens will perform in practical situations. No visible rectilinear distortion, near-perfect verticals when the horizon is kept central, slight vignetting but very well controlled and easily rectified in post.

It would be nice to have AF and aperture linkage, this is not a major hurdle, as the lens would mainly be used for static subjects when there is time to set exposure and focus manually.

I have a Pentax K-mount version of this 12mm, and it has aperture linkage (essentially an A-series lens). My understanding is that the Nikon version also has auto-aperture linkage.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2016 at 21:02 UTC
On article Venus Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D sample gallery (125 comments in total)
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piratejabez: Interesting gallery. Where were these shot?

@Photomonkey - Portsmouth, Essex and Ronda would look very tiny in pictures taken from the US. ;)

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2016 at 20:56 UTC

A nice and practical use of the reflection-removal research.

Now I wonder if you can apply "aged photo" filters to your scan?

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 22:08 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
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Mark Banas: Wow! The use of much larger sensors than GoPro (or pretty much all the other 360 cameras) makes a huge difference in dynamic range and realistic detail. Sure, 6K is only approaching sufficient, but to get this kind if color and range quality in 360 is no mean feat. Beast indeed!

Exactly that. 6K video frames are between 4K (3840 × 2160) and 8K (8192 × 4320), which is huge for traditional "framed" video, but this is 360 video, Without massive distortion, the field of view you can physically see at any one time is less than 1/3rd of the total resolution recorded (ultra-wide VR goggles and viewers show 110° FOV across the diagonal, so in VR you might only see 1/4 of the frame that was recorded). IOW, we need an 8K resolution 360 recording to be able to show an undistorted wide view at regular HD resolution (not UHD) for any direction of a 360 video.

That's why I write "6K is only approaching sufficient." Look at the sample video in fullscreen 360 (ie: on Chrome) without panning around... this is not quite up to current TV or film standards yet. Getting closer, though!

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2016 at 20:44 UTC
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