Rick Knepper

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

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On article Fujifilm GF 32-64mm F4 R LM WR sample gallery (139 comments in total)
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peterm1: In my experience, the 32-64mm is an amazing quality zoom. I rarely feel the need to use the 63mm prime.

For samples in a more urban environment, see my blog post: https://www.mendelsonfineartphotography.com/blog/new-orleans-with-the-fujifilm-gfx-50s-camera

The blues are a little stout. Changing the profile really doesn't help but changing the WB balance does. I got used to Canon's AWB usually being right on. (Nikon too for that matter) I hope this firmware update addresses the blues (pun intended).

Link | Posted on May 29, 2017 at 16:45 UTC
On article Fujifilm GF 32-64mm F4 R LM WR sample gallery (139 comments in total)
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pepeta: Incredible performance....

Regarding sharp corners, bear in mind the photog featured wide apertures a majority of the time. Take a look at image #6 @ f4, #28 @ f9 and #30 @5. Also bear in mind to get a FF equivalent, multiply the f stop by .79 making some of these corners unbelievable for a zoom lens.

Believe me, the dark shadows in some of these images was the choice of the person taking the shot and processing the image. Looked like the photog was trying to avoid highlight clipping resulting in many under-exposures which is fine because shadow recovery is awesome. It is curious why shadow recovery wasn't employed more aggressively. You can download a few of the RAWs and take a shot at processing these for yourself.

This is not a high price for what one gets in terms of image quality and excellent lenses. It would be impossible for me to show you any image that would justify the price if said price were beyond of your reach.

Link | Posted on May 29, 2017 at 16:31 UTC
On article How do you know you need a new camera? (409 comments in total)
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Rick Knepper: I do not shoot every day or even every month. I pick up a camera only to shoot landscapes/locales I may never see again so the image quality matters. My last minimum was 50 MPs. My next is 70 MP on FF and 100 MP for MF noise notwithstanding.

I ordered the D700 in Aug of 2008 but returned it when Canon announced their 21 MP 5D2. Nikon soon followed with the D3x. I owned both of those cameras. IMO, in terms of IQ, the D700 was obsolete within a month of release unless one was only going to post/print 4x6s.

OlyPent, I see you've done your troll homework. There are cell phone photographers who will say the same thing about whatever low-rez stuff you use so I think it is you who is whistling in the dark.

Peace. Out.

Link | Posted on May 29, 2017 at 11:27 UTC
On article How do you know you need a new camera? (409 comments in total)
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Rick Knepper: I do not shoot every day or even every month. I pick up a camera only to shoot landscapes/locales I may never see again so the image quality matters. My last minimum was 50 MPs. My next is 70 MP on FF and 100 MP for MF noise notwithstanding.

I ordered the D700 in Aug of 2008 but returned it when Canon announced their 21 MP 5D2. Nikon soon followed with the D3x. I owned both of those cameras. IMO, in terms of IQ, the D700 was obsolete within a month of release unless one was only going to post/print 4x6s.

And folks have to accept criticism when they claim 12 MPs is fine for large prints or that they cannot tell the difference between 16 and 24 MPs on a 16x20 print. It wasn't fine in 2008, it isn't fine now IMO. Prior to 2008, it was simply all most folks had or could afford. There is no excuse for folks to believe this today. This goes both ways. I've been willing to drop this for a while. You've made your point. I've made mine. Perhaps you still do not understand the point. But continuing to drill down with personal insults as OlyPent has goes beyond making a point of any kind.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2017 at 15:44 UTC
On article How do you know you need a new camera? (409 comments in total)
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Rick Knepper: I do not shoot every day or even every month. I pick up a camera only to shoot landscapes/locales I may never see again so the image quality matters. My last minimum was 50 MPs. My next is 70 MP on FF and 100 MP for MF noise notwithstanding.

I ordered the D700 in Aug of 2008 but returned it when Canon announced their 21 MP 5D2. Nikon soon followed with the D3x. I owned both of those cameras. IMO, in terms of IQ, the D700 was obsolete within a month of release unless one was only going to post/print 4x6s.

The problem in thread is you!!

Link | Posted on May 28, 2017 at 15:26 UTC
On article How do you know you need a new camera? (409 comments in total)
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Rick Knepper: I do not shoot every day or even every month. I pick up a camera only to shoot landscapes/locales I may never see again so the image quality matters. My last minimum was 50 MPs. My next is 70 MP on FF and 100 MP for MF noise notwithstanding.

I ordered the D700 in Aug of 2008 but returned it when Canon announced their 21 MP 5D2. Nikon soon followed with the D3x. I owned both of those cameras. IMO, in terms of IQ, the D700 was obsolete within a month of release unless one was only going to post/print 4x6s.

Yes, the comment is ridiculous. It was meant to be. It was hyperbolic by design.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2017 at 10:33 UTC
On article How do you know you need a new camera? (409 comments in total)
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Rick Knepper: I do not shoot every day or even every month. I pick up a camera only to shoot landscapes/locales I may never see again so the image quality matters. My last minimum was 50 MPs. My next is 70 MP on FF and 100 MP for MF noise notwithstanding.

I ordered the D700 in Aug of 2008 but returned it when Canon announced their 21 MP 5D2. Nikon soon followed with the D3x. I owned both of those cameras. IMO, in terms of IQ, the D700 was obsolete within a month of release unless one was only going to post/print 4x6s.

"With most people unable to tell the difference in 16x20 prints taken with 16 and 24mp cameras, you're 4x6 max for the D700 is delusional."

I can assure you that I am not delusional.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2017 at 00:34 UTC
On article How do you know you need a new camera? (409 comments in total)
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Rick Knepper: I do not shoot every day or even every month. I pick up a camera only to shoot landscapes/locales I may never see again so the image quality matters. My last minimum was 50 MPs. My next is 70 MP on FF and 100 MP for MF noise notwithstanding.

I ordered the D700 in Aug of 2008 but returned it when Canon announced their 21 MP 5D2. Nikon soon followed with the D3x. I owned both of those cameras. IMO, in terms of IQ, the D700 was obsolete within a month of release unless one was only going to post/print 4x6s.

OlyPent, I own a Canon 5DsR, Pentax 645z and Fuji GFX 50s. I think the conversation within this thread was influenced by the author's example and my past experience with said camera. My comments are actually about mega pixels and not really about any one brand.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2017 at 16:51 UTC
On article How do you know you need a new camera? (409 comments in total)
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Rick Knepper: I do not shoot every day or even every month. I pick up a camera only to shoot landscapes/locales I may never see again so the image quality matters. My last minimum was 50 MPs. My next is 70 MP on FF and 100 MP for MF noise notwithstanding.

I ordered the D700 in Aug of 2008 but returned it when Canon announced their 21 MP 5D2. Nikon soon followed with the D3x. I owned both of those cameras. IMO, in terms of IQ, the D700 was obsolete within a month of release unless one was only going to post/print 4x6s.

"My last minimum was 50 MPs. My next is 70 MP on FF and 100 MP for MF noise notwithstanding."

I'd like to amend the comment regarding 70mm for FF. We all know that Sony will be releasing 100 MP for MF in 2018. It is not as certain regarding FF. I heard someone claim that 72 MPs for FF would be the next level b/c it accommodates video well. Whatever it turns out to be, maybe less, maybe more, that will my signal to buy the next camera.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2017 at 16:47 UTC
On article How do you know you need a new camera? (409 comments in total)
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Rick Knepper: I do not shoot every day or even every month. I pick up a camera only to shoot landscapes/locales I may never see again so the image quality matters. My last minimum was 50 MPs. My next is 70 MP on FF and 100 MP for MF noise notwithstanding.

I ordered the D700 in Aug of 2008 but returned it when Canon announced their 21 MP 5D2. Nikon soon followed with the D3x. I owned both of those cameras. IMO, in terms of IQ, the D700 was obsolete within a month of release unless one was only going to post/print 4x6s.

The 4x6 comment was a little bit of hyperbole although I had small web sizes (circa 2008 when the D700 was released) in mind when I said it. I owned the D700 for two weeks and I felt my viewpoint added to the knowledge base. In the case of the D700, for someone who's main focus was image quality, it would not have been a good time to buy a new camera at least not that one. Other cameras were being released with better resolution. A few years later, I bought the D3x (used) and was ecstatic with the image quality @ 24 MP. Turned out as a bonus, it was the first FF Nikon to implement the Sony sensor. Remember the D3x? Nobody ever mentions this one b/c maybe a dozen people on the planet owned one due to its price.

Of course, I have 12 & 20 MP images (Canon cameras) posted to my Flickr account from back in the day and I am not going to take them down. But I am honest enough with my self to know these would have looked better with more MPs.

You guys act like you never crop either. Hmmm.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2017 at 16:38 UTC

Avis was number two for many years, but is now number 3.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2017 at 12:31 UTC as 39th comment
On article How do you know you need a new camera? (409 comments in total)

I do not shoot every day or even every month. I pick up a camera only to shoot landscapes/locales I may never see again so the image quality matters. My last minimum was 50 MPs. My next is 70 MP on FF and 100 MP for MF noise notwithstanding.

I ordered the D700 in Aug of 2008 but returned it when Canon announced their 21 MP 5D2. Nikon soon followed with the D3x. I owned both of those cameras. IMO, in terms of IQ, the D700 was obsolete within a month of release unless one was only going to post/print 4x6s.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2017 at 12:28 UTC as 148th comment | 22 replies
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Rick Knepper: Good! Hopefully, this will put pressure on camera companies to shorten their product cycle, not stretch it out to half a decade.

Ethics? Context?

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 16:10 UTC
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TBLF: Reminds me of what happened to Comdex... (old computer geeks will know what I am talking about. I saw Tony Benet sing at a WordPerfect intro at a Comdex, and that was before Novell then Corel bought them out!) When a market becomes driven by other factors, trade shows take a hit. Locally we had ExpoTech, where I saw my first Nikon/Kodak collaboration VGA DSLR... a $25K proposition at the time. That event is long dead too. Photokina could be seeing the writing on the wall...

My recollection of Comdex was that it collapsed the year after 911 and I always thought it was because of 911. Comdex was a cherished time of year for me. October in Las Vegas is simply magical. :)

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 21:53 UTC

Good! Hopefully, this will put pressure on camera companies to shorten their product cycle, not stretch it out to half a decade.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 21:50 UTC as 10th comment | 4 replies

Ah, the good ol' days when you could smoke on the job and lung cancer did not exist.

I remember Brilcreem too,

Link | Posted on May 16, 2017 at 09:52 UTC as 6th comment

The 11-24L (and the 100-400L, 5DsR) are what keeps me from leaving FF for MF altogether. Considering the abysmal history of Canon,s UWA efforts, the 11-24L proves that if a company quits building to a price point and just builds a decent lens, they can be successful.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2017 at 00:07 UTC as 8th comment

Alternate title: Sony Finally Offers Pro-Level Customization.

:)

Link | Posted on May 4, 2017 at 14:46 UTC as 36th comment | 1 reply

What I remember about the 1 series cameras in 2003 was their ridiculous pricing and that it almost kept me from buying my first DSLR. If it were not for rumors (mostly wishful thinking) that an affordable full frame camera would come soon, I would not have bought the 6 MP DigiRebel as an interim camera and begin building my lens line-up.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2017 at 14:44 UTC as 83rd comment
On article In praise of shooting monochrome landscapes (342 comments in total)

Monochrome requires the right composition IMO. To that end, the first composition works in monochrome very nicely. The others? Meh.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2017 at 13:54 UTC as 96th comment
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