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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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 news story (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 news story (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 news story (142 comments in total)
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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 (490 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
On New image viewing options for forums news story (163 comments in total)
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marike6: Is it my imagination, or are the Gallery images are more heavily compressed? For example there is now heavy posterization in areas solid areas like skies.

Yes, this is what lead to my recent experience (detailed below).

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2013 at 14:02 UTC
On New image viewing options for forums news story (163 comments in total)
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Rick Knepper: The image quality is poor for images within posts and the images are embedded permanently in the posts. Deleteing the images from DPR galleries do not delete the image from the post. When I discovered how poor the resolution was when viewing images within the post, I attempted to delete the image without success.

Charles, Simon explained. I was just too desparate to remove those images to wait.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2013 at 13:57 UTC
On New image viewing options for forums news story (163 comments in total)
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Rick Knepper: The image quality is poor for images within posts and the images are embedded permanently in the posts. Deleteing the images from DPR galleries do not delete the image from the post. When I discovered how poor the resolution was when viewing images within the post, I attempted to delete the image without success.

Thanks! What is being done about IQ? My images are generally Post processed for the 1800x1200 image size viewed from 18 to 24 inches away. Any resizing affects IQ for this viewing distanc e but poor resizing really affects it.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2013 at 13:56 UTC
On New image viewing options for forums news story (163 comments in total)

The image quality is poor for images within posts and the images are embedded permanently in the posts. Deleteing the images from DPR galleries do not delete the image from the post. When I discovered how poor the resolution was when viewing images within the post, I attempted to delete the image without success.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2013 at 13:26 UTC as 8th comment | 4 replies
On Best Camera of 2012: And the Winner is... news story (1412 comments in total)
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Otto Fabricius2: I would like to see the numbers of the voting. Both to see the number of voters and the differences between the top cameras.

I own both Canon and Nikon FFs and I voted for the D800. Honestly, I didn't even know the Olympus existed.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 1, 2013 at 22:00 UTC
On Dpreview Users' Poll: Best Camera of 2012? news story (1514 comments in total)

Olympus still cooking the books? Maybe Olympus users have more sock puppets per user than members of the other forums. Just kidding.

I voted for the D800E (not the D800) because it directly addressed the style of photography I pursue. I didn't own one nor intended to own one when I voted. But if I had to be objective, the 5D series was already addressing the IQ of the style I pursue, but also addressed the AF and speed for general shooters. Not sure you can objectively reward a product (D800) for joining us in the 21st century. :)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 23, 2012 at 17:58 UTC as 153rd comment | 3 replies
On The Time magazine showcases Top 10 photos of 2012 news story (147 comments in total)

Pictures of dead, murdered people start or prolong wars more often than stopping them. Same for mass shootings: more pictures and videos, more imitators.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2012 at 10:15 UTC as 34th comment | 1 reply
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Hands-on Preview preview (626 comments in total)

Several issues for me.

Fixed prime at 35mm isn't wide enough for most landscapers, arguably a group that would benefit a great deal from this small nearly weightless kit since many of them hike climb scramble rough terrain to get to their subject matter. A 24-28mm fixed prime would be better.

Dovetailing into the first issue are MPs. With 36 MPs, cropping 24mm images to narrower FOVs would allow resolution to spare.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2012 at 12:35 UTC as 24th comment | 3 replies

If you want a $100 adapter for the Canon TSE-17mm (sans filters & holder), and wish to use Lee Filter products, here's a clever use of the $35 replacement lens cap for the 17mm and a Lee Filter ring adapter $79.

http://ben-egbert-photo.com/?page_id=206

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2012 at 09:03 UTC as 9th comment | 2 replies

Methinks it has less to do with the photo and more to do with a bias against the Post.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2012 at 10:29 UTC as 53rd comment | 2 replies
On BBC: Lomography turns 20 post (7 comments in total)

"There is also one kind of excitement that most digital photographers have forgotten, or will never experience - the wait for the film to come back from the lab."

This is exactly why I was never into photography before the Digital Age. Waiting on a lab, paying a lab - and for film. If this were still the Film Era, I'd be toting an MF or LF rig and have a darkroom in my home. Thank God for digital.

Having said this, it may be 6 months before I get around to processing all of the keepers from a typical photo trip. Once I start processing, it may take upwards of 2 months to complete @ a couple or so images per day. I may not be the greatest example of an excited photographer. I am more excited when I am actually there.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2012 at 18:09 UTC as 3rd comment

Compact Rangefinder styling
FF
24 MPs
2x zoom - 24mm - 50mm
f2 or f2.8
RAW
Decent bracketing options
Geotagging
Canon-style Live View & coated LCD

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2012 at 00:20 UTC as 188th comment | 1 reply
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system news story (736 comments in total)

The format of the reply frame is extremely problemtic. It appears that you are using a format that is reminiscent of a previous version and makes it difficult to place comments precisely. I liked the > delimiters. And it is also missing the preview frame. Not good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 11:20 UTC as 219th comment | 1 reply
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