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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Knock Knock Who is There: Looks like a nice tripod, but again - like with most tripods - it doesn't come with a base leveler, which makes it hard for panning and panorama shots. Without the base level plate you always run into a risc of none level panorama shots.

Always look for a tripod head that has two points (one on the base and one just beneath the clamp, where it can turn 360 degrees. Or use a good leveler on which you can then place your ballhead on.

Twist locks or clips for extending/retracting the legs is very much a personal choice. Both systems have their own advantages and disadvantages.

Yeah, it's all squished in there, which might be part of the usability problem.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2021 at 16:33 UTC
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Knock Knock Who is There: Looks like a nice tripod, but again - like with most tripods - it doesn't come with a base leveler, which makes it hard for panning and panorama shots. Without the base level plate you always run into a risc of none level panorama shots.

Always look for a tripod head that has two points (one on the base and one just beneath the clamp, where it can turn 360 degrees. Or use a good leveler on which you can then place your ballhead on.

Twist locks or clips for extending/retracting the legs is very much a personal choice. Both systems have their own advantages and disadvantages.

From the photos, the clamp has integrated panning (with an engraved index, no less), which means you can level the camera on the ball then pan from above the ball.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2021 at 16:04 UTC
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Horshack: First sponsored story I've seen here with the comment section enabled, I suspect by mistake since the associated YouTube video has its comments disabled. I feel so naughty for being able to post...

All your comment are belong to us

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2021 at 14:38 UTC
On article Happy New Year from DPReview! (90 comments in total)
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Ed Ingold: Do you ever feel that 2021 is 2020 Act 2"

“I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo.
"So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

Link | Posted on Jan 2, 2021 at 03:16 UTC
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Not just a hobby: So he was warned twice and kept doing it. No excuse.

...but all the "Likes"!!!

Link | Posted on Dec 26, 2020 at 19:26 UTC
On article Tested: Four travel tripods for every budget (520 comments in total)
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mfinley: What I'd really like to see is a shoot out between two well known and TALENTED photographers both using a $600 travel tripod and a $40 travel tripod. My prediction would be that there would be no difference in the results.

Then let's really quantify the results based on making them have the choice of carrying around these tripods for 1 month and see how many times they left the $600 tripod at home.

Hmm... well known and TALENTED photographers generally (hopefully!) make a decent living from their photography and therefore invest in gear that gets the job done and only has to be bought once. So, they'd already have the $600 (or $1200) travel tripod and might say "if you can afford one, buy this brand then stop shopping and start shooting." No $40 tripod would be bothered with.

Of course, we should all be expected to make the best use of whatever we have available, even a $40 tripod. Will it be enjoyable (or profitable)?

Link | Posted on Dec 26, 2020 at 15:06 UTC

Now throw curved sensors into the mix. 8-o
https://www.dpreview.com/news/7542036825/french-startup-is-preparing-its-curved-cmos-image-sensor-for-mass-production

Sigma's Yamaki-san has it right. We'd need variable curvature sensors to correct for different lenses. That said, the smartphone market will be all over this!

Link | Posted on Dec 26, 2020 at 14:53 UTC as 29th comment | 2 replies
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ProfHankD: Well, I suppose it looks cool enough, and I definitely agree with matching any thread mount offset in the adapter (as they do), but titanium isn't needed.

Truth is, I have a fleet of cameras and tripods in my lab and as students borrow 'em, we lose mount plates all the time. So, we 3D-print our own to use with standard 1/4-20 screws at a total cost of about $0.11 each -- $0.10 for the screw and $0.01 for the 3D print. We've never had a problem with the strength nor rigidity of the PLA printed parts; the natural orientation of the printed layers gives really durable parts. We've sometimes also 3D-printed the screws themselves, and that works, but 1/4-20 is really too small for FDM printers, so it's touchy to get good screws that way, and they're definitely not always as strong as we'd like because the layers are naturally in an unfortunate orientation that leaves delamination of the screw layers possible.

Hank, you need to get a laser sintering machine, then you can also make them out of titanium! ;-)

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2020 at 13:58 UTC
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JEROME NOLAS: How much titanium is in it? 10%?

Click the link in the article to the alloy. Should be 90% Ti at least.
Also, does that matter to you?

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2020 at 13:54 UTC
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mariuss: Chris and Jordan, please make a Zoom meeting with all those youtube friends!

Ooh, that might be hard. Most of those folks don't like to be on camera...
;-)

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2020 at 02:09 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Leica Q2 Monochrom review (57 comments in total)

"Sometimes black and white is not the answer. Edit that out!"
;)

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2020 at 15:06 UTC as 26th comment
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entoman: The ground-based shot #5 is an excellent image, but the rest just look messy, especially #3, but I guess the guys taking the aircraft to aircraft shots have got other things to concentrate on!

In the video you can see the follow plane (not sure what type), which is a trainer with the dedicated naval photographer (MC specialist) in the back, enjoying his or her job for once! Can you imagine telling a fighter pilot "descend so I can get the sunset in the frame?"

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2020 at 15:44 UTC

FYI: the "deep dive" on the transition and mods is actually on Navy Aviation News (without all the ads from The Drive): https://navalaviationnews.navylive.dodlive.mil/2019/02/26/transitioning-from-hornets-to-super-hornets/

Great jets, great team, awesome shows.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2020 at 15:27 UTC as 11th comment
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Mark Banas: This is a bit like watching the Chicago Bulls lineup being built in the early 90's. DPR already boasts a phenomenally talented staff in Seattle, but with Chris & Jordan on DPR TV, and now Roger-the-lens-greek, you're adding specialists that eclipse all others. Please don't say you're retiring to play baseball, Barney!

Ha! Rounders... or the pastoral, Victorian version of baseball, before big money crept in and ruined everything. Glad you didn't say cricket. ;)

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2020 at 20:28 UTC

This is a bit like watching the Chicago Bulls lineup being built in the early 90's. DPR already boasts a phenomenally talented staff in Seattle, but with Chris & Jordan on DPR TV, and now Roger-the-lens-greek, you're adding specialists that eclipse all others. Please don't say you're retiring to play baseball, Barney!

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2020 at 17:06 UTC as 45th comment | 3 replies
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TN Args: Why don't Roger's comments below appear in the "DPR staff" comments tab?

Hmmmm?

;)

Crazy, isn't it? I may have written some articles, but the logo remains mainly because I have a 2013 Lensrentals "Photo Greek Award" on my desk, just like Dr. Rishi Sanyal.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2020 at 16:58 UTC
On article Opinion: Camera names are getting ridiculous (705 comments in total)
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Don Sata: I'm not sure I would buy a camera named Edsel or Gremlin though.

What about Aztek?

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2020 at 18:12 UTC
On article Opinion: Camera names are getting ridiculous (705 comments in total)

Toyota/Scion's naming has nothing on the old Ford/Merkur XR4Ti

(Actually saw one on the road last week. Really took me back...)

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2020 at 18:10 UTC as 205th comment | 2 replies
On article Tested: Four travel tripods for every budget (520 comments in total)
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five0guy: While I applaud DPR in providing comparative testing in this category - travel tripods - I take issue with thier testing methodology or lack thereof. DPR doesn't specifically state what objective testing they performed, so it is unclear how they reached their conclusions, other than via subjective, casual use. In the future I'd vote for a series of standardized, scientific tests to be performed in order to compliment subjective commentary - just like DPR does for digital cameras.

Yeah, back in 2014, that was me. I now live 550 miles from the workshop with my testing rig, and frankly, David at thecentercolumn.com does a better job with the technical testing and explaining. The tough part is bridging the gap between objective data and subjective impressions of value.

Glad the newer tripods are being reviewed, since nothing beats a great set of legs. ;)

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2020 at 23:56 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Canon EOS R6 review (574 comments in total)

Once again, I watched the entire video review and thoroughly enjoyed it, despite having no interest in the camera being presented. The resulting photos and video are gorgeous, showcasing the skill of the two guys who are also pretty good in front of the camera. Amazon could double your pay and still be getting a bargain. Thanks again, chaps!

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2020 at 00:39 UTC as 38th comment | 4 replies
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