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
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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Pixnat2: Disturbing. That should raise a debat about those feedlots.
Take a look in Google Earth, and you'll see more disturbing things in Texas.

Such as?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2013 at 13:05 UTC
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(unknown member): The problem with many forums today is that they are run and moderated by too many people that are politically correct lunatics that are biased, petty and immature. They like to portray themselves as liberal, fair and openminded but in fact they are the opposite of that. DPreview is guilty of that.

If DPR really believes in public commentary, they should allow public commentary on the actions of their moderators because the moderation is, to be kind, inconsistent. In lieu of this, every action their moderators take should be "moderated" by the management of DPR and reversible if need be. DPR seems to have no idea what is going on in their forums. I've had an entire post deleted for one "offending" acronym. That post took a considerable amount of time to think through and compose. Deleting the entire post and thus destroying my intellectual property was more than moderation. It was censorship on the part of the moderator. Bear in mind the acronym was a form of WTF which a search of the same DPR forum where my post was moderated/censored will uncover hundreds of posts using the form.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2013 at 10:56 UTC
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Mikhail Tal: Typical Canon - use the same sensor over and over and over and over...

People keep buying them. Why not?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2013 at 10:12 UTC
On Gorgeous color photos of America in the 1930's and 40's article (110 comments in total)
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Benarm: Interesting, but many of them look staged.

So, basically, many of you are confirming that the OP's observation was correct and astute, yet you are trying to belittle him. Now that's the typical DPR response.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2013 at 02:10 UTC
On Is the snapshot dead? post (70 comments in total)

The snapshot may or may not be dead, but the term will certainly live on at DPR as the sword wielded by the pretentious when insulting another's work.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 13, 2013 at 21:15 UTC as 39th comment
On Robotic Nikon cameras capture Wimbledon 2013 article (25 comments in total)

So, what does the professional phoographer actually do during the event while the robot is doing his job taking time-lapse pics, call his bookie?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 13, 2013 at 13:03 UTC as 9th comment

Overall, a good idea but the pricing needs work. A better idea would be an "interchangeable" mounting system that could be changed by the consumer like Zeiss is doing this now with their Compact CP.2 lens except maybe better.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2013 at 08:29 UTC as 28th comment | 1 reply
On Camera shipments continue to fall article (136 comments in total)

It would be a reasonable assumption that the market for (D)SLR, driven by non-professionals some of which were getting their toes wet for the first time, has hit its saturation point maybe for a num ber of reasons. Further aggravating the decline I would imagine is that within the top tier of 35mm DSLR products, there is an amazing lack of choice as evidenced by Canon and Nikon continuing to build the few cameras in this category with a "one size fits all" mentality.

And, there is still the lingering effects of the recession. These cameras are just too expensive, recession or not. If C&N want to broaden this market, and maybe they don't want to or cannot, they need to lower their prices.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2013 at 08:16 UTC as 77th comment
On 5 Reasons why I haven't used my DSLR for months article (591 comments in total)

Personally, I would not be satisfied with the image quality of these photos. However, I can agree with 1: I hate carrying all that weight.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2013 at 07:55 UTC as 120th comment | 1 reply

...we are given so many choices in terms of what type of camera/sensor (Full-frame DSLR, ASPC-sensor, Micro 4/3rds, Compact, etc)...

Naw, I only see one choice here with few sub-choices so I bought a cam from both brands. I quit reading presuming that the article is not meant for me.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2013 at 12:43 UTC as 29th comment

A fool and his money...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2013 at 10:35 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply

Resolution is impressive, noise isn't. I'm waiting on the FF, satellite version.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2013 at 17:59 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply

G.A.S. has long been a topic of conversation on BBSs, forums, email lists & Usenet where gear is a necessary part of the artistic or sporting endeavor. It was curious not to see G.A.S. discussed more often on DPR but I guess that is because DPR is a magnet for the "addicted" and the non-addicted move on.

It certainly is laudable of DPR to highlight the topic since it's parent ownership relies on acquisition addicts (of all ilks) to stay in business.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2013 at 11:02 UTC as 27th comment
On Carl Zeiss drops 'Carl', becomes 'ZEISS' article (116 comments in total)
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Craig from Nevada: They should have dropped their prices along with the "Carl".

Actually, this was quite funny in spite of the fact that most Zeiss lenses are well worth their price.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2013 at 13:47 UTC
On Carl Zeiss drops 'Carl', becomes 'ZEISS' article (116 comments in total)

Does this mean my Carl Zeiss lenses become collector's items?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2013 at 13:46 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R Preview preview (117 comments in total)

Looking at the images at the file size I commonly use, moire is hardly an issue. OTOH, moderate cropping would probably bring the moire out into the open. But, image quality is not the bottleneck for me here. A fixed 35mm FL is the problem. A 28mm lens would be better for my style but then, deeper cropping would be occasionally necessary which would tend to expose the moire and whatever noise that might be present more readily so, hmmm...

I agree with others on the price. It's a non-started for me. This cam vs a the price of a D800 (on rebate)? No contest.

I also agree with others concerning the size and weight. Sony has demonstrated that it is possible to get a FF sensor into a small package. One of the three, C&NorS, should design a FF DSLR for compactness of size and weight and see if it sells.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2013 at 11:36 UTC as 58th comment | 2 replies
On DSC00291 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

This pic illustrates the amount of captured detail and low noise that a hi-res FF sensor is capable of. Now, if only DPR could take their tripod with them next time... :)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2013 at 11:11 UTC as 1st comment
On Adobe releases Camera Raw 8.1 and DNG Converter 8.1 article (15 comments in total)
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Guidenet: Yep, downloaded this morning and installed ACR 8.1 and it looks to be the last one, even though they said they would continue to support both cameras and lenses for CS6. It's actually a bit vague here in that is this the final download or the final since the release candidates? Read it a second time and see what you think.

Andy has it correct. Has no bearing on the future update issue though.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2013 at 11:00 UTC

Cute gal. What is she doing with the pen?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2013 at 10:56 UTC as 1st comment
On Behind the Shot: Dark Matter article (52 comments in total)

Let me guess (before I read the article): he used an iphone.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2013 at 02:57 UTC as 6th comment | 2 replies
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