Rick Knepper

Lives in United States TX, United States
Joined on Oct 8, 2003

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minababe: In answer to people saying how tribalism and racism are a part of human nature, just know that this is a classic tactic apologists of these ideologies resort to to defend the indefensible. It's called normalization. By taking something and making it seem like it's a "fact of life" or "human nature" or "in our genes", they are trying to get everyone to adjust to their skewed perspective as some kind of norm.

Because so many apologists are resorting to the act of normalization, these types of tweets and photos cannot be tweeted and shared enough. Racism, xenophobia and intolerance are not "norms", a fact of life, an indelible part of the human condition or "reality". They stem from the minds of individuals who are racist, xenophobic and intolerant and encourage this state of mind in others. If we don't counter this type of nonsense, we're going to allow these types of people with their skewed mindsets to redefine reality for the rest of us in the same way the Nazis did in the 1930s.

A lion and an impala aren't human beings. However, the lion and the impala co-exist just as they should just as you and a cow do.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 17:54 UTC
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boatphotog: The real "problem" with phone photography has nothing to do with the technical aspects of the camera related capabilities of the specific phone. The real problem for people serious about photographic images (please note that I didn't say "Photographic Equipment") is that the proliferation of throw away garbage images produced by people with absolutely no training or ability will lead to the numbing of public appreciation of photographic images produced by skilled photographers. Some, myself included, will say that phone photography has already achieved this effect. This in turn leads to turning a once respected artform into yet another ho hum, been there/done that victim of technology.

Translation: Most folks can take family & travel pictures that are just as good as or within 98% of a "skilled photographer" since they are more invested in the subject matter than producing a "photographic image".

I would say if you are having a problem competing with cellphone images, you should look inward.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 12:09 UTC
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Rick Knepper: The notion that Canon is stymied in certain areas by technological challenges they can't seem to solve has been stated and restated often by me. This is worse than "intentional segmentation".

Thanks for the Marketing 101 lesson. When you learn something worth knowing, let us know.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2017 at 23:07 UTC

My first reaction to this news was why would any company buy 45% of Leica? Then I read the entire news report: "Zeiss is potentially interested in Leica Camera, but would only agree to a deal if it was able to secure a majority stake..."

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2017 at 16:06 UTC as 4th comment

The notion that Canon is stymied in certain areas by technological challenges they can't seem to solve has been stated and restated often by me. This is worse than "intentional segmentation".

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2017 at 15:54 UTC as 112th comment | 3 replies
On article Fujifilm GF 23mm F4 sample gallery (90 comments in total)
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Charlie Jin: It is only F4 and why is this lens so expensive? It's around $2,500. Is there anything so special about this lens ?

Henry, are you talking about the camera system or the lens? Lenses do not cause noise and a lot of the distortion I see in these images is caused by the way the photographer is pointing the lens. You should download a few of the RAWs and run them through your PPing routine.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2017 at 11:01 UTC
On article Nine new lens adapters announced for the Fujifilm GFX (90 comments in total)
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Rick Knepper: I wonder how folks adapting Canon EF lenses will dial in an aperture without an aperture ring and no electronics?

I knew the answer before I asked it. I bought a GFX and a Kipon adapter for my Pentax 645 lenses that have aperture rings. I looked into an adapter for my EF lenses (the 100-400 would be awesome on the GFX) but the instructions on the Kipon website suggests the lens will not hold the aperture indefinitely. If it did, I'd set it for f8 and then rock and roll.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2017 at 01:33 UTC
On article Nine new lens adapters announced for the Fujifilm GFX (90 comments in total)

I wonder how folks adapting Canon EF lenses will dial in an aperture without an aperture ring and no electronics?

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2017 at 16:33 UTC as 3rd comment | 2 replies
On article Fujifilm GF 23mm F4 sample gallery (90 comments in total)
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Charlie Jin: It is only F4 and why is this lens so expensive? It's around $2,500. Is there anything so special about this lens ?

Did you look at the photos?

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2017 at 13:44 UTC
On article Fujifilm GF 23mm F4 sample gallery (90 comments in total)
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Marty4650: If nothing else, these samples prove that Carey Rose is a really good photographer.

You see, it really is the photographer and not the gear!!
:)

It's both.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2017 at 12:40 UTC
On article Fujifilm GF 23mm F4 sample gallery (90 comments in total)
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Marty4650: If nothing else, these samples prove that Carey Rose is a really good photographer.

You see, it really is the photographer and not the gear!!
:)

http://grammarist.com/spelling/hear-hear/

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2017 at 12:36 UTC

"•Not As Sharp as Competition"

Deserves the McCain thumbs down.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2017 at 17:09 UTC as 18th comment
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Steve in GA: I have had TSA pre-check for my last four flights. It's almost as good as flying before 9/11/2001.

I had pre-check on my ticket last Saturday in Salt Lake City Int'l. My speculation being I got grandfathered b/c I ordered the ticket months ago. Or, maybe I got profiled by a gov't bot that determined I am Caucasian enough to not require a security check.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2017 at 19:24 UTC
On article Nikon announces development of D850 (538 comments in total)
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Marty4650: And tomorrow Canon will announce the development of the Canon Digital Rebel 850D. Scheduled for delivery some time in Spring 2019.

And Sony will announce a 43 MP A7r III with less DR than all of the other FF cameras using the same sensor that will be so small, Barbie can hold it.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2017 at 19:57 UTC
On article Photo of the week: Spires of the Arctic Night (21 comments in total)
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Greg VdB: Beautiful, beautiful shot, Erez, thanks for showing!

I know there's cynics out there that find flamy-clouds-mirrored-in-water a boring cliché, but personally I find few things in life as satisfying to witness in person. No two sunrise/sunsets are the same, and waiting in anticipation - often in vain - is more than half the fun.

There are many photogs who claim that any landscape is boring. I find photos of common every day inanimate objects such as Campbell Soup cans a positively waste of photons. To each his own. Yes, I like the image and admire what it took to shoot it.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2017 at 14:53 UTC
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Rick Knepper: Micron, I'll remember this: "higher value markets and channels". If you ever come sniffing around a consumer market again, you'll not get a dime from me.

@ whyamihere Why are you here? This requires reading skills. These are not consumer markets. Derrrr!

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2017 at 09:59 UTC
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Rick Knepper: Micron, I'll remember this: "higher value markets and channels". If you ever come sniffing around a consumer market again, you'll not get a dime from me.

That's hardly what that saying suggests. What Micron's message really says is that the company doesn't want to compete, they'll stick with corporate customers who spend their stockholders' money indiscriminately and are wasteful and bloated themselves.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2017 at 23:35 UTC
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Rick Knepper: The Sony fanboys are quite amusing.

Was that criticism? I said Sony fanboys were amusing. Some might consider that a compliment.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2017 at 17:54 UTC

Micron, I'll remember this: "higher value markets and channels". If you ever come sniffing around a consumer market again, you'll not get a dime from me.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2017 at 17:49 UTC as 86th comment | 5 replies

The Sony fanboys are quite amusing.

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2017 at 17:18 UTC as 19th comment | 33 replies
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