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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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 27th 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 (115 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)
In reply to:

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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Maxfield_photo: I have to think it would be easier to train a photographer as a writer than to train a writer as a photographer, no offense meant.

This is the dumbest thing I've read in a while as evidenced by the sheer volume of incredibly bad composition, grammer and spelling in these forums all supposedly by photographers of some ilk or another. It takes way less time to learn photography than to master one's own native language though maybe that's one of the reasons for print journalism's downward spiral - a lack of mastery of the language.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 2, 2013 at 16:31 UTC
On Photoshop CC: Adobe responds to reaction article (1853 comments in total)

"Yes. Adobe is offering a special introductory price for CS3 and later owners of $9.99 per month for the first 12 months. The regular price for a Photoshop CC-only subscription is $19.99 per month with an annual commitment and $29.99 per month for the ability to cancel at any time."

When I went to a chat on the Adobe website, I asked extensively about the $9.99, $19.99 & $29.99 price points I was told that after 12 months, they all lead to the $49.99 plan. It could have been that rep's first day on the job for all I know. The paragraph above seems to suggest that the $9.99 intro plan turns into the $19.99 plan after 12 months. Can anyone help me decipher?

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2013 at 20:28 UTC as 165th comment | 2 replies

On Adobe forum, asked about ongoing ACR updates.

created by MadManChan2000 in Adobe Camera Raw - View the full discussion
ACR 7.4 is the last 7.x version. However, ACR 8 will soon be available for both CC and CS6 users. (This is a departure from the past, in that the new ACR 8 will be available for an older Ps version.) New camera support and lens profiles will be included with this ACR 8 update, so if you currently have CS6 and all you're looking for are the latest camera support, camera profiles, and lens profiles, you will be all set.

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2013 at 16:06 UTC as 419th comment | 2 replies
On Photographer turns camera on teenage 'freighthoppers' article (189 comments in total)
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vFunct: Listen up fellas, this is REAL photography.

Learn to photograph like this.

Otherwise, go back to your overprocessed HDRs on that disgusting 500px site where all the morons think sharpness and lens-correction are somehow going to turn you into an artist..

Pretentiousness is alive and well. The reason folks photograph Nature is because Nature doesn't lie, cheat, commit crimes, pose as the downtrodden, or pose as artistic paragons commenting on the state of photography.

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2013 at 12:12 UTC
On Photographer turns camera on teenage 'freighthoppers' article (189 comments in total)
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JackM: Um, yes, great photos, but please remember the whole thing is contrived. He said it himself, homelessness by choice. So keep in mind that the photos that at first stir up emotions similar to Afghan Girl, photos seemingly of poor victims of circumstance, are actually snapshots of people on vacation.

Anyone with the mental and physical capabilities to hop a freight is homeless by choice. They and their enablers may not see the choice, but they have choices. They can hop an employment line. They can report their abusive parents. Whatever.

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2013 at 14:06 UTC
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