Rick Knepper

Rick Knepper

Lives in United States Fort Worth, TX, United States
Works as a Computer Consultant
Joined on Oct 8, 2003
About me:

I am a hiker/traveler first, photographer second. I diligently strive to maintain this order of priority. The whole idea behind my photography is to record images of the places to which I travel and hike for future enjoyment. I use the best camera equipment I can afford in order to record those places with as much clarity as possible. I compose images in a way that captures the scene as I am viewing it but I am free to compose in ways that I feel are interesting too. I am not confined to composing for what may be commercially sellable to clueless consumers. I am continuously trying to sharpen and broaden my skills so that my actions do not counteract the clarity and resolution this fine equipment provides. Turning professional isn’t an option. I am seeking to retire, not begin another career.

EOS 5D mkIII
EOS 6D
Nikon D800E
Nikon D3x
TS-E 17mm f4L
EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
EF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS
AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
EF 24-70mm f2.8L II
EF 70-200mm f4L IS
Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f3.5 ZF
Contax Zeiss Distagon T* 21mm f2.8
Leica Elmarit-R 28mm f/2.8 (E55)
Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 25mm f2.8 ZF
Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f2 ZF
Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f2 ZF
Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 50mm f2 ZF
Canon 1.4x Teleconverter
Kenko 2x Pro 300 DGX Teleconverter
550EX Flash
EF 18-55mm kit lens (shelved)
EF 24mm f1.4L II (sold)
EF 35mm f1.4L (sold)
EF 16-35mm f2.8L II (sold)
EF 24-105mm f4L IS (Sold)
EF 50mm f1.2L (Sold)
EF 85mm f1.2L II (Sold)
EF 135mm f2L (sold)
EF 200mm f2.8L II (Sold)
EF 16-35mm f/2.8L (sold)
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L (sold)
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS (sold)
Canon 2x Teleconverter (sold)
Sigma 14mm f/2.8 (returned)
Olympus Zuiko 21mm f2 (returned)
Carl Zeiss 25mm ZF (returned)
EF 24mm f1.4L (returned)
EF 50mm f1.2L (2 returned)
Olympus H.Zuiko OM 24mm f2.8 (returned)
Nikon 14-24G (returned)
D700 (returned)
EOS 5D (Sold)
EF 100mm f2.8 Macro (Sold)
EF 17-40mm f4L (Sold)
EF 24-70mm f2.8L (Sold)
EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS (Sold)
Olympus OM 24mm f2 Zuiko MC (Sold)
Leica Elmarit-R 35mm f2.8 (E55) (Sold)
TS-E 24mm f3.5L (Sold)
Contax Zeiss Planar T* 50mm f1.7 (Sold)
Contax Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f2.8 (Sold)
Contax Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 35-70mm f3.4 (Sold)
EOS 5D mkII (Sold)
EOS 5D mkII backup (Sold)
EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM (Returned)

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On Nikon to offer D600 replacements if 'spots' continue news story (173 comments in total)

It took a totalitarian country like China to do what every other country on the planet should have done, stood up for their citizens' consumer rights.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2014 at 18:06 UTC as 58th comment | 6 replies
On Sony pins $1500 price tag on E-mount FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS news story (22 comments in total)

This is heavier than the Canon version and just as white.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 09:55 UTC as 5th comment
On 2014 Sony World Photography Awards finalists revealed news story (66 comments in total)
In reply to:

Zoron: I have seen very similar photos 1000 times....

LOL. These critics are in "review" mode, not "self-actualization" mode.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2014 at 11:57 UTC
In reply to:

mick232: Full-frame has reached the consumer market. If there was still any doubt about that, here's the proof.

LOL, good one Mick232.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 03:38 UTC

Promises promises: i.e."State-of-the-art optical design technology delivers superior image quality".

I'll take one for my D800E.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 03:36 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply

C'mon Zeiss. Crank out a few more Otus FLs.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2014 at 19:55 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
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B-rad: 50mm at $999.00 to do macro? I can see many insects leaving town with how close you will need to get to get a good close up of something small. What a joke.

How do you explain the Canon 50mm macro, Sigma 50mm macro, Sony A mount 50mm Macro & Zeiss 50mm Makro?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2014 at 19:54 UTC
On Using third-party lenses on Sony Cyber-shot a7 / a7R article (470 comments in total)

I am visiting here only because I saw the article at Sony Rumors criticizing DPR's conclusions. Without reading SR or DPR's article, I already have a strong opinion about adapted lenses based on my experience over the years adapting many other brands' lenses to my Canon cameras. The OEM alignments for camera/lens combos have to be precise and it's a miracle that copy variation isn't a bigger problem than it is but introducing an adapter (3rd party or OEM) has to increase the incidence of copy variation even more.

I long ago divested most of my alternative lenses to be done with adapters.

I will not be interested in the A7r until a full range of native lenses become available and field results made known.

OT: I will probably wait until Sony produces a longer lasting battery.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2014 at 12:50 UTC as 30th comment | 1 reply

Here's the thing we all want to know Mr. Hasselblad. Will CMOS help make the camera affordable?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2014 at 19:43 UTC as 55th comment | 7 replies
On Have Your Say: Best DSLR / SLT of 2013 news story (349 comments in total)

2013 was not a year for DSLRs that fit my needs. I'm looking at ya, 2014. Maybe Sony will jump back in.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 21, 2013 at 00:33 UTC as 29th comment
On Want to remember something? Don't take a photo news story (185 comments in total)

I think the sudy has some validity after recognizing that my hikes became more about photography than about an appreciation of nature which it had been up until I began taking a camera with me. I have to consciously devote time on the hikes without thinking about cameras and settings and which lens to use. Having said this, trying to recall a hike later that evening or the next day is one thing and trying to remember abything about a hike several years later is another thing ( for an old fart like myself). I'm taking the long view in favor of the short term memory of the event.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2013 at 18:08 UTC as 81st comment | 1 reply
On In Photos: Portraits of the living legends of blues news story (35 comments in total)

Portraits of the living legends of blues

Since 2008, photographer Lou Bopp has made regular trips down Mississippi's Route 61 — known as 'The Blues Highway' — to document the lives of unknown musicians who have made important contributions to the classic American musical genre.

These fellows are either living legends or unknown musicians. I don't think you can have it both ways. Since I own CDs of most of the Legends of Blues, living or otherwise, I was surprised to see these names mentioned under a title containing the term "Living Legends". DPR, you need to work a little harder on your editorial skills.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 16, 2013 at 11:33 UTC as 22nd comment | 10 replies

Depending on how one defines the word "stage" in photography terms, most photos are staged in one respect or another even in some so-called candid photography. In this case though, it appears unlikely that the subject was "pretend dying" for the camera which is the prevalent concern for PJ.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 2, 2013 at 09:17 UTC as 56th comment | 1 reply
On Fresh from Tennessee: Sony A7R real-world samples news story (154 comments in total)

Some of the responses below indicate to me that folks either don't know what to look for or didn't look at all. This camera produces a tremendous amount of detail - exactly what any landscape shooter would want. The lens? meh. It has the typical Zeiss bokeh (non-Otus of course) but it does a fair job otherwise. It would help if DPR would find a suitable landscape site that is worthy of the sensor and in this case, the lens pedigree.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2013 at 01:56 UTC as 49th comment | 2 replies
On Marco Bohr investigates 'hipster photography' news story (105 comments in total)

Why is this image "hip"? It's a moron smoking a cigarette with a costume on.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2013 at 11:50 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Review preview (499 comments in total)

DPR, I know your staff is busy but if the samples don't include basic scenes from a variety of genres, what good is the rest of the review? For natural landscapes, you need to find a location that provides a grand vista. If the lens has a WA equivalent, and the location is high enough, the scene will produce infinity in every corner of the image creating a flat wall effect. Scenes like this tell us a lot about the lens used (in the case of compacts - should be ultra important) as well as the IQ of the camera. It should be a standard for samples like your studio test thingie is. I have a location in my home town that produces an inifinity landscape/cityscape all in one fell swoop. I have posted it many times in the Canon & Nikon forums for a variety of camera and lens comparisons.

Link to a sample of my special location:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7429/9386295692_a459c1813f_z.jpg

You are in Seattle so finding a place that is even better than the one I have should be a breeze.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2013 at 11:09 UTC as 126th comment
On How many megapixels do you need? post (220 comments in total)

More MPs is always better if one likes to capture detail. Not sure why DPR felt there was a need for an article about MPs or why they decided to quantify a ridiculously low number for general purpose photography. The problem with cameras in cell phones is not the MPs, but the size of the sensor and the folks who use them and wouldn't know good IQ if it slapped them in the face.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2013 at 11:30 UTC as 28th comment | 3 replies
On From Dusk Till Dawn in the My best picture this week challenge (8 comments in total)

Great shot!! It deserved a first place vote. This is a warehouse district but the balconies suggest homes or hotels.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2013 at 11:19 UTC as 6th comment
On iPhone 5s Studio Comparison article (263 comments in total)

If one looks toward the edges (Zone C), the iPhone 5s beats the others pretty handily but this is not saying much. Then it falls apart in the corners.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2013 at 02:42 UTC as 85th comment
On IMG_0281 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

PS CC Shake Reduction would not work on this image for whatever reason. Distortion at WAs and significant softness around the edges, infinity needs clarity. Overall, I am disapponited. The 1.7 sensor is just too small for detailed landscape images.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2013 at 13:07 UTC as 1st comment
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