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.

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 Roger Cicala compares Zeiss and Canon 135mm f/2 lenses article (87 comments in total)
In reply to:

Peter KT Lim: Today if Zeiss are Sogoood, than they no need to be a third party lens maker, where is their proud Contax Camera? Clearly show their product is not competitive in today environment.

It is a laugh that today still got some great lenses discovery master post their so call expert experience on site telling Z is good and C is not so good.

There were many reasons I chose not to bite on the A900 at release or in the used market after it was discontinued even though I really wanted something to mount the CZ 24-70 AF zoom on. You confirmed several more reasons. The A900 was Sony's first attempt at a pro body and goofs can be expected. I'm just wondering if Sony will ever give it another try.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2013 at 10:42 UTC
On Roger Cicala compares Zeiss and Canon 135mm f/2 lenses article (87 comments in total)

Canon will most assuredly close the price gap with a ver. II model in the next few years. That's the comparison I'll want to see. I purchase all of my Zeiss lenses in the Nikon mount so that I can use them on my Canon rig with adapter if I so desire. This one goes on the list but it's pretty far down. Too many other lenses are needed before this one i.e. the 25/2 & 100 Makro (which I hope to find used in the older ZF mount) plus assorted C&N AF models.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2013 at 10:36 UTC as 8th comment

Thank you Mr. Weinstein for capturing this bit of R&R history.

To the buyer posting as Beatles Photos, I for one would be interested in that link.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2013 at 15:15 UTC as 5th comment
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DotCom Editor: It may take until forever, but I continue to wait faithfully for a reunion concert of all four Beatles. Someday, I will have a front-row seat to this spectacle, albeit in rock 'n' roll heaven. Imagine -- all the people -- seeing John play that gorgeous JetGlo black Rickenbacker 325.

I don't have John Lennon's Rickenbacker but my copy of the classic guitar hangs on my wall next to a poster of John Lennon playing his. In my pic to the left, you can see the poster on the wall behind me and my guitar peeking out just under my ear.

I'm not crazy about the neck on these guitars. I like my Gibsons better for general playing.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2013 at 15:09 UTC
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boothrp: Nice to read about pictures instead of cameras.

The International Center of Photography provides many ways for like-minded folks to communicate. I'm sure you'd be free to be as pretentious as you would like.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2013 at 12:52 UTC

I see no reason to consider this monitor until the price settles into street. B&H has the NEC PA301w for $1849 without SV, a $450 discount from the price on the NEC website. NEC had a refurbed model for $1500 a few months ago. I'd say $1100 or $1200 would be just right for taking a chance on Lenovo.

Actually, when I saw the news headline, I nearly broke my mouse finger trying to pull up the article. Associating Lenovo with laptops, but not familiar with their nomenclature for Model numbers, I thought for a second this was about a laptop.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2013 at 11:49 UTC as 8th comment
On Just posted: Hands-on preview of the Canon EOS 100D/SL1 article (379 comments in total)

Okay Canon, let's do this in FF.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2013 at 10:58 UTC as 35th comment | 1 reply
On Pro DSLRs, Pro Photographers article (100 comments in total)

I read nothing in this article regarding the tools of the trade that wouldn't also be a concern for a typical advanced non-professional. What does being a professional have to do with needing the smallest possible shutter lag?

One concern expressed in the article was the cameras' "durability" in the field. These unquailfied opinions encourages the makers to continue to produce too large, too heavy (emphasis on the "too heavy") bricks. Sure, I want 5 star crash test ratings in my automobiles, but I don't want to drive a Humvee to get it. C&N need to do more R&D in this area.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2013 at 10:25 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies
On Photoshop Gradient Tool: Blending Images article (223 comments in total)
In reply to:

Dalius: The first photo is much better than the second one.
So where is the point of this manipulation?

So Dalius, did you at least hear a whistling sound over your head?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2013 at 13:04 UTC

PENTAX Announces Rebates on the Highly Acclaimed 645D System as well as on select Limited Lenses when purchased with its Flagship DSLR, the K-5 IIs

Unless I am reading this wrong, this statement does not seem to jive with the actual rebate verbiage on the website. These two cameras serve very different markets and seems illogical to tie the purchase of one to the other.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2013 at 23:07 UTC as 18th comment | 2 replies

I had to look up "dendritic".

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2013 at 12:59 UTC as 5th comment

I'll stick with NEC and their 30" for $1799 (at B&H). If Dell street prices the U3014 for $1100, that might be worth considering.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2013 at 22:10 UTC as 13th comment

Psst...Olympus. FF.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2013 at 13:55 UTC as 37th comment

The agony this photographer must have felt every time he squeezed off a shot from his VERY LAST roll careful to not waste a single frame. Now he knows to some degree the agony of the unwashed masses who had to buy their own film and shot so few keepers. Thank God for digital. That being said, these images while a tad "grainy" are beautiful.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2013 at 16:41 UTC as 29th comment | 3 replies
On Roger Cicala compares three 24-70mm F2.8 lenses article (142 comments in total)
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vodanh1982: According to the test result, more MP is sharper so the new MP war should begin.

More resolution = more detail, sharper lens = sharper detail.

I also agree that Canon is prepping for higher resolutions - across the frame.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2013 at 03:49 UTC
On Roger Cicala compares three 24-70mm F2.8 lenses article (142 comments in total)
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marike6: The Nikkor 24-70 tested better than the Canon on both Lenstip and Photozone. Both do far more thorough testing than LensRentals.

Roger's reviews are OK, but there's always the same caveat "I only had time to test X". Either you test a lens or you don't. You don't make wild statements about optical superiority based ONLY on resolution numbers at one focal length. 50mm is the Canon's best focal length by far. At 70mm the Canon is actually worse than the EF 24-70 Mk I (see Photozone conclusion). In contrast, ALL focal lengths are brilliant on the Nikkor.

I have been using the 24-70G on the D3x for several years now and just recently started using the 24-70 II on a 5D2. Small difference in camera resolutions. The 5D2/24-70 II is the clear winner in sharpness across the frame but this statement should not be taken to mean the D3x/24-70G combo isn't but a fraction behind. Throw in the D3x's edge on resolution and you've got a virtual draw. My new D800E will throw a new variable into the mix. But Canon is going to release their own hi-res camera -someday- so the D800E edge will be equalized or eclipsed.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2013 at 03:43 UTC
On Roger Cicala compares three 24-70mm F2.8 lenses article (142 comments in total)
In reply to:

HiRez: Anyone who can't get stunning photos from either the Nikkor or Canon 24-70...your problem is not with the lens.

But what does this have to do with making the actual choice? Your alias say HiRez. Is that an ironic HiRez?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2013 at 03:29 UTC
On CP+ 2013: Interview with Canon's Masaya Maeda article (489 comments in total)

I like the future of FF.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2013 at 03:05 UTC as 159th comment
On 21DSC01020_169ratio_rb photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Dear DPR, FYI, this image is slightly over-sharpened as viewed from my monitor.

I think a good idea for landscape samples is to include f11 and f16 versions. Yes, f8 & f9 presents the best center and overall IQ but even in this 16:9 cropped image, corners are already softening and would be significant on a full 3:2 aspect image. Is this the result of user defined DoF or lens aberration? I know this review is about the A99, but I wouldn't be interested in the camera without the CZ 24-70 and it's corner/edge performance in this series is inconclusive. Sure, I can extrapolate from the presented evidence but why not make it conclusive?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 26, 2013 at 12:53 UTC as 1st comment

I'm always disappointed when Canon doesn't release products in the category I am interested in but I also understand that Canon has to throw the five companies in the world using Canon Cinema products a bone once in a while.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 11, 2013 at 17:18 UTC as 6th comment
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