Rick Knepper

Rick Knepper

Joined on Oct 8, 2003

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Tazz93: Odd, I thought the best shot was only given an honorable mention.

Yep

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2020 at 00:16 UTC
On article Fujifilm's GF 30mm F3.5 R WR lens to ship in late July (89 comments in total)
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PWPhotography: Seriously, this is a very overpriced FF eq 24mm/F2.8 lens ;-) You can get cheaper FF 24mm/F1.4 lens that is 2-stop faster.

I'll take IQ over speed any day.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2020 at 22:51 UTC
On article Fujifilm's GF 30mm F3.5 R WR lens to ship in late July (89 comments in total)
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GinoSVK: Also excellent FE 24mm F1.4 GM cost $1,398.00, this GIF 30mm F3.5 R WR $1699.95, advantage of larger sensor is at least highly questionable there.

Fuji has fantastic promotions. I've purchased GF lenses for 300-400 off during a promotion. The last lens I bought was $500 off. Within a year, this lens will be in a promotion and will probably be 41400.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2020 at 22:50 UTC

In response to an inquiry about filters for the GFX system, I got this:

Dear Mr. Knepper, IC Clip Filter for GFX is going to release on 30th June. Please see STC e-shop or follow Facebook, we will post the news on it and send inform email to you when it is ready.

To temper my excitement, a review from Digital Camera World says:

The only significant downside with the ND Clip filters we sampled [Olympus camera] is their average optical performance. Colour casts and slightly inaccurate density ratings aren't necessarily deal breakers, but this is a sector where there's no shortage of high-performing ND filters that don't have such issues.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2020 at 15:26 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
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BigBen08: I wonder if a clear filter could be used as a way of keeping dust off the sensor. I could be shooting outdoors and swapping lenses without the worry of sensor dust. Does that sound reasonable? Of course the filter's effect on IQ must be considered.

Every DSLR I have ever owned has acquired dust on the sensors. I've owned every 5D through the 5DsR some worse than others from a dust standpoint. Went a different direction when the 5D IV was released. If you shoot at wide apertures, you may not notice the dust.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2020 at 22:53 UTC

I wish that you would have brought up the GF 30mm on the roadmap for this year.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2020 at 13:29 UTC as 7th comment
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Vahab: First Huawei, now DJI ... driving out competition.

If you are stealing technology, it is not really competition.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2020 at 20:21 UTC

Unfortunately, Ricoh continues to ignore their medium format product line. They should just announce that they do not intend to develop or release new MF products and put their customer base of their misery,

Link | Posted on May 15, 2020 at 11:02 UTC as 33rd comment | 1 reply
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Yes BossMan: THE GIANT IS AWAKE! A GAME CHANGER!
This coming announcement is a big deal If they deliver and don't cut any corners. Canon's technical muscle will put today's standards to the test. Wake up, we are entering a NEW NORMAL. Sony has to be looking over it's shoulder, the competition is coming to overtake them. Nice to have GREAT expectations from THIS GIANT.

Easy on the caffeine.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2020 at 02:27 UTC
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Bob Janes: It seems odd, as the virus is only supposed to live for a maximum of 72 hours on hard surfaces, so I would have thought that quaranting cameras for three days should make them safe to work on. I guess they may also have problems with too many engineers being in one place, or with a shortage of staff though..

As the CDC has stated elsewhere, the length of time it sticks around on surfaces depends on a variety of things including the type of surface and the amount of material that was left behind.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2020 at 19:46 UTC
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Bob Janes: It seems odd, as the virus is only supposed to live for a maximum of 72 hours on hard surfaces, so I would have thought that quaranting cameras for three days should make them safe to work on. I guess they may also have problems with too many engineers being in one place, or with a shortage of staff though..

SARS-CoV-2 RNA was identified on a variety of surfaces in cabins of both symptomatic and asymptomatic infected passengers up to 17 days after cabins were vacated on the Diamond Princess but before disinfection procedures had been conducted (Takuya Yamagishi, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, personal communication, 2020).

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6912e3.htm

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2020 at 17:00 UTC
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Rick Knepper: I can't argue with someone's process because...that would be dumb. But, if we are talking about one camera and one prime lens, give me a high resolution sensor and a high resolution wide angle lens and I'll determine the crop/framing in PPing.

I've looked into the differences between the FOV of a given FL vs a crop from a wider FL to that same FOV and the difference is minimal at least for wide angles including 35mm and for my own purposes. That difference does widen with longer FLs as you suggest which is why I do not recommend anyone going with one camera and just one lens. I am sure the author is no longer hindered by the constraint he describes.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2020 at 14:05 UTC

I can't argue with someone's process because...that would be dumb. But, if we are talking about one camera and one prime lens, give me a high resolution sensor and a high resolution wide angle lens and I'll determine the crop/framing in PPing.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2020 at 12:34 UTC as 123rd comment | 6 replies

#6 has the expression I would have if I were in that wave.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2020 at 21:12 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
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Rick Knepper: It seems to me, given Japan's questionable response to the pandemic and extending the logic of NikonUSA's repair center closures, that NikonUSA should refuse shipments of new cameras from Japan.

Bloomberg

...While there have been disruptions caused by school closures, life continues as normal for much of the population. Tokyo rush hour trains are still packed and restaurants remain open...The looming question is whether Japan has dodged a bullet or is about to be hit. The government contends it has been aggressive in identifying clusters and containing the spread, which makes its overall and per capita number for infections among the lowest among developed economies. Critics argue Japan has been lax in testing, perhaps looking to keep the infection numbers low as it’s set to host the Olympics in Tokyo in July.

@ the most ignorant, please read article:

...While there have been disruptions caused by school closures, life continues as normal for much of the population. Tokyo rush hour trains are still packed and restaurants remain open...The looming question is whether Japan has dodged a bullet or is about to be hit. The government contends it has been aggressive in identifying clusters and containing the spread, which makes its overall and per capita number for infections among the lowest among developed economies. Critics argue Japan has been lax in testing, perhaps looking to keep the infection numbers low as it’s set to host the Olympics in Tokyo in July.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2020 at 12:17 UTC
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Bob Janes: It seems odd, as the virus is only supposed to live for a maximum of 72 hours on hard surfaces, so I would have thought that quaranting cameras for three days should make them safe to work on. I guess they may also have problems with too many engineers being in one place, or with a shortage of staff though..

The CDC is your primary reference. But, here you go.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-23/coronavirus-traces-lingered-in-vacated-cruise-cabins-for-17-days

Also, you can Google this information by using Diamond Princess and 17 days.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2020 at 12:16 UTC
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egk4260: Remember many of these US repair facilities are located in areas in which the Governors have ordered shutdown of all non essential businesses. I would need to use the Nikon facility in Melville NY. Apparently Nikon could not convince Governor Cuomo that bent lens mount repairs and AF tuning were critical services.

Is Melville the only Nikon repair center in the USA? Are Nikon's distribution centers closed?

Look, I am all for shelter in place even though that might kill my upcoming photo trips but I find this particular closure to be a bit duplicitous.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2020 at 12:12 UTC

It seems to me, given Japan's questionable response to the pandemic and extending the logic of NikonUSA's repair center closures, that NikonUSA should refuse shipments of new cameras from Japan.

Bloomberg

...While there have been disruptions caused by school closures, life continues as normal for much of the population. Tokyo rush hour trains are still packed and restaurants remain open...The looming question is whether Japan has dodged a bullet or is about to be hit. The government contends it has been aggressive in identifying clusters and containing the spread, which makes its overall and per capita number for infections among the lowest among developed economies. Critics argue Japan has been lax in testing, perhaps looking to keep the infection numbers low as it’s set to host the Olympics in Tokyo in July.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2020 at 12:02 UTC as 10th comment | 5 replies

Hmmm.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2020 at 02:18 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply
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Bob Janes: It seems odd, as the virus is only supposed to live for a maximum of 72 hours on hard surfaces, so I would have thought that quaranting cameras for three days should make them safe to work on. I guess they may also have problems with too many engineers being in one place, or with a shortage of staff though..

CDC says coronavirus survived in Princess Cruise ship cabins for up to 17 days after passengers left.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2020 at 02:17 UTC
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