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 think of myself as a hiker/traveler first, photographer second. The initial idea behind taking up photography was to record the details of my travels/hiking which fade from memory over time. One never knows when the next visit to a National Park or other interesting location will be the last. Photography keeps these memories fresh. Hiking especially allows me to better understand my place in the natural world on a practical as well as spiritual basis. Hiking alone, seeking solitude in remote areas has enhanced this experience.

Maintaining this order of priority admittedly has become a bit of a struggle. Being a gearhead, the activity of making images during a hike has its own appeal but can be disruptive to the meditative aspects of the hiking/communing experience. However, viewing and studying well made images after the hike is long over allows me to see detail that I didn't see or notice with my own eyes while I was actually on location. It can also bring back spiritual thoughts I had while I was there without actually being there. I use the best camera equipment I can afford in order to record these places with as much clarity and preservation of detail as possible and to make studying the images a more pleasant experience.

I primarily compose images in a way that documents a scene as I am naturally viewing it at that time. Of course, I also allow myself the freedom to compose in ways that I feel are interesting beyond simple documentation. What I like about photography as a pursuit of pleasure is that I can compose freely and that I am not confined to composing for what may be attractive to a tourist in a gift shop. I am committed to improving my skills and talent as a photographer so that my actions do not counteract the clarity and resolution this fine equipment provides.

By the way, turning professional isn't an option. At my age, I am seeking to retire, not begin another career.

EOS 5D mkIII
EOS 6D
Nikon D800E
Nikon D3x
Pentax 645Z
EOS M3
TS-E 17mm f4L
EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
smc Pentax-D FA 645 55mm f/2.8 AL[IF] SDM AW
EF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS
smc Pentax-A 645 120mm f/4 Macro
smc Pentax-FA 645 200mm f/4
EF-M 11-22mm f4-5.6 IS STM
AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
EF 24-70mm f2.8L II
HD PENTAX-DA645 28-45mm f/4.5 ED AW SR
smc Pentax-FA 645 45-85mm F4.5
EF 70-200mm f4L IS
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD
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)
Nikon 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 Sony rides wave of US Mirrorless sales surge article (732 comments in total)

Let's get honest. Sony's A7r is budget hi-rez and/or light-weight, hitting the number one and number two hot buttons of its owners. I'm going the opposite direction, $8k and a 6.5 lbs with lens. I want a decent image not convenience and the ability to pack into my wife's purse.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 14:19 UTC as 24th comment | 9 replies
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Robert Kempen: I have an answer for this one:

When DPR announces a Leica product, just add: "this article is not for people who cannot afford Leica"

All the haters can then look elsewhere and comment on their usual 'blah-blah' I can get something cheaper and have fun, even while they admit that they have never used or tested Leica kit themselves - I believe they are selling more Leica kit with their BS than any marketing that Leica can do themselves!

Happy M240 user with Leica glass

I rented the Zeiss Otus 55mm f1.4 (sells for $3999) and it is hard to imagine the Leica being that sharp across the frame wide open. I can't use the newer Zeiss lenses anyway since they no longer have a hard stop at Infinity. Can one focus past Infinity on the newer Leica's?

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2015 at 16:09 UTC
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Robert Kempen: I have an answer for this one:

When DPR announces a Leica product, just add: "this article is not for people who cannot afford Leica"

All the haters can then look elsewhere and comment on their usual 'blah-blah' I can get something cheaper and have fun, even while they admit that they have never used or tested Leica kit themselves - I believe they are selling more Leica kit with their BS than any marketing that Leica can do themselves!

Happy M240 user with Leica glass

I owned the Leica R 28 2.8 and 35. I sold the 35. I kept the 28 and had a 'permanent' EOS mount installed. It is a great lens. The 35 not so much. The core of my argument is price vs benefit. There are too many new lenses being released by various manufacturers for less money that rival or beat the equivalent Leicas. Until Leica restructures their pricing model and upgrade their cameras, I find them nothing more a fringe player for most genres. Maybe they still dominate in street photography, but street photography gives me the heebie geebies.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2015 at 14:22 UTC
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Robert Kempen: I have an answer for this one:

When DPR announces a Leica product, just add: "this article is not for people who cannot afford Leica"

All the haters can then look elsewhere and comment on their usual 'blah-blah' I can get something cheaper and have fun, even while they admit that they have never used or tested Leica kit themselves - I believe they are selling more Leica kit with their BS than any marketing that Leica can do themselves!

Happy M240 user with Leica glass

Buying used and employing adapters allows some of us rift raft to 'experience' Leica and I am here to tell folks without that experience that I'll pass on the whole system. Leica should be selling the M240 for $2.5k to induce more buyers of their 'pricey' lenses. I like my Leica lenses but have sold off a few. Sorry, other brands have made up some ground on Leica lenses in recent years.

Direct link | Posted on May 30, 2015 at 17:14 UTC

Butt ugly.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2015 at 13:49 UTC as 6th comment | 3 replies

For people who have an aversion to open air?

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2015 at 21:06 UTC as 16th comment
On Lee releases pricing for SW150 Mk ll filter system article (37 comments in total)

I feel compelled to say that Lee makes wonderful filters but their holders and other accessories are near-junk quality. The engineering is impressive which may be done in-house but if they are outsourcing manufacture as I suspect they have, they need to pick another source. I bought two P105 Hood/holder combos and the bellows on both have separated from the holder. The screws that tighten the grooves where the filters slide into the holder have loosened in the field and I have lost filters when they just slide out of their holders. Filter Rings are actually two pieces soldered together and I've had one of those come apart. The SW150 is multi-piece affair and Lee does not make replacement parts. If you lose or damaged one piece, you either buy a whole new set or you do some engineering of your own. I haven't purchased any filter equipment in a while because I am all set but maybe they've upgraded.

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2015 at 01:49 UTC as 5th comment
On A View Through The Arch in the Holes in Nature challenge (12 comments in total)
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Rick Knepper: Is this Thunderstorm Arch?

Have you downloaded this?

http://www.synnatschke.com/e-guides/store.php

Direct link | Posted on Apr 27, 2015 at 03:05 UTC
On A View Through The Arch in the Holes in Nature challenge (12 comments in total)

Is this Thunderstorm Arch?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2015 at 20:27 UTC as 5th comment | 3 replies
On Tamron15-30_BSB_2565_ISO64_1.3s-F5.6 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

f5.6 is still showing improvement in the corners but it is barely noticeable because of the eye-catching distortion at the edges due to such a wide angle. My 14-24G has similar distortions and it would have been fun to see a side by side comparison with the Tamron on such a scene.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 19, 2015 at 12:04 UTC as 1st comment
On Linkedin announces lynda.com acquisition article (28 comments in total)
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Rick Knepper: I see no obvious synergy between the two.

I would think that NAPP (or whatever they are calling themselves these days) would be a better fit for LinkedIn at least in photography.

So, Lyndia.com must have tutes for all kinds of software not just photography.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 18:09 UTC
On Linkedin announces lynda.com acquisition article (28 comments in total)

I see no obvious synergy between the two.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 13:11 UTC as 8th comment | 3 replies

Knowing how slow Lee Filters can be, it may be a year or more before the initial demand if not the initial shipment is fulfilled so expect huge wait times.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2015 at 02:12 UTC as 8th comment
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Robin Ducker: While this is an impressive performance I would be far more impressed if there were some near-field shots with objects taken at less than a metre and extended into 5-10 metres away. This is where a lens performance can really be judged because infinity focus is just one parameter.

Second, buyers of the 14-24 2.8 are attracted to the lens' build quality and durability so It would be good to have some sort of insight into how long the Tamron could perform. Not knocking - just acting like a real lens buyer.

The image above tells us about a lens' corner/edge performance. Shooting a scene that is corner to corner infinity is the same as shooting a flat wall. This removes DoF (other than the aberration) as a source of softness. Of course, there are many other tests necessary before making a final judgment on any lens. @15mm & f2.8, 5 meters is infinity.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2015 at 11:57 UTC
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stevo23: I'm really disappointed in these samples - grainy, noisy, poorly focused. This has to be one of the most useless "real world sample" pages I've ever seen. Do these guys actually know how to use this camera? I make better images with a small sensor point and shoot.

Minute 34:30 View it and learn

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/1115167469/creativelive-gear-day-2015?utm_campaign=internal-link&utm_source=mainmenu&utm_medium=text&ref=mainmenu

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2015 at 02:18 UTC
On 11598_IMG_2210-ACR final photo in Rick Knepper's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

Sorry for the delay in the response. I didn't get an alert that someone has commented. Yes, this was the 200/2.8L. It is a crop representing about 1/3 of the full image.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2015 at 12:12 UTC as 1st comment
On IMG_7259 photo in Rick Knepper's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

Thanks, although I have forgotten why I even uploaded this to DPR. This is Lake Tahoe.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2015 at 12:00 UTC as 1st comment
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stevo23: I'm really disappointed in these samples - grainy, noisy, poorly focused. This has to be one of the most useless "real world sample" pages I've ever seen. Do these guys actually know how to use this camera? I make better images with a small sensor point and shoot.

" it's going to be a great lens" Then, you and I agree though I was able to see that from the samples Rishi posted.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 22:42 UTC
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stevo23: I'm really disappointed in these samples - grainy, noisy, poorly focused. This has to be one of the most useless "real world sample" pages I've ever seen. Do these guys actually know how to use this camera? I make better images with a small sensor point and shoot.

To Stevo23, it is amazing to me that you have the audacity to turn this around and accuse me of being unpleasant. Here's your comments below. This isn't unpleasant? You are treating Rishi like he is a waiter that has displeased you.

"I'm really disappointed in these samples - grainy, noisy, poorly focused. This has to be one of the most useless "real world sample" pages I've ever seen. Do these guys actually know how to use this camera? I make better images with a small sensor point and shoot."

Direct link | Posted on Mar 8, 2015 at 10:39 UTC
In reply to:

stevo23: I'm really disappointed in these samples - grainy, noisy, poorly focused. This has to be one of the most useless "real world sample" pages I've ever seen. Do these guys actually know how to use this camera? I make better images with a small sensor point and shoot.

To JACS, the issues with the A7r camera are well documented and not worth continued trolling. Again, I could care less about the A7 II. This post is about a lens and if you can't extrapolate, then maybe a P&S would be yours & Stevo best bet anyway.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2015 at 17:52 UTC
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