Rick Knepper

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

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On article Fujifilm X-A10 sample gallery (165 comments in total)
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Elyharbour: I hope no newbies are reading these comments! Talk about mega-confusion. Their brains will explode. Total cr*p / great camera / wonderful JPEGs / not wonderful JPEGs / Bayer better / X-Trans better / great lens / rubbish lens / smartphone better / smartphone not better..did I miss anything?

Those conflicting comments may reflect a given user's experience (or lack thereof) with various cameras and lenses better or worse than the camera/lens being reviewed.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2017 at 18:09 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-A10 sample gallery (165 comments in total)
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Photo-Wiz: curious when these photos were taken as I was recently in Grand Tetons.

I was in Grand Teton NP for a week in July. Abundant wildflowers in July. Interesting to compare these images to the ones I took with the GFX. One location looks a lot like Shadow Mountain.

Looks like the group stayed at some fancy place in town. I just booked the same place for Sept 2018.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2017 at 02:08 UTC
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Clyde Thomas: Fashion photographers know that clothing designers use ultra thin models because their body shape does not intrude upon the haute couture or pret-a-porter concepts. It's not about the model. It's about the clothing.

Certain body styles are preferred for all types of industry including horse jockey, basketball player, sumo wrestler, astronaut... and yes, designer women's fashion.

Neither laws, policies, bans, fines, jail time, nor the opinionated snap judgements of mass market fashion Walmart shoppers will change that. But they will worsen the problem of anorexia and bulimia.

How does photoshopping love handles solve bulimia/anorexia?

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2017 at 06:19 UTC

Shouldn't we acknowledge Getty's right to do business the way they wish? Ya know, kind of like how you guys want the freedom to express yourselves. Surely, there is some place else where you can take your images.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2017 at 22:17 UTC as 74th comment | 1 reply
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genrxr: News flash for the person who said this is so tragic!

Did it ever occur to you that maybe this Seahorse life is much better off because it found that Q tip?

It found a way to anchor itself while travelling and using little energy.

The much more damning and dangerous and well, I will call it tragic, is to elevate a ocean critter to the level of a human being.

Humans actually work to make the oceans better. I do not ever recall a Seahorse working to make the environment better for all man/animal kind!

The world we live in today is much better than it has ever been. Start cracking down on socialist/communist countries like China that pollute and it will be even better!

Idiots.

Moron logic.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2017 at 07:52 UTC

Coincidentally, today I was reading about Brandi Mueller who discovered and photographed an airplane graveyard among the Marshall Islands 130 feet below the surface. At the end of WW II, the U.S. Navy did not want to transport over 150 planes back to the States, so they dumped them overboard. Not quite like medical waste, but still.

The pic above IS heart-wrenching.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2017 at 01:35 UTC as 31st comment | 4 replies
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JakeJY: I've been a Nikon fan for a while, but statements like this is part of the reason why I didn't hold out for any hope of a serious Nikon mirrorless product (esp a crop sensor one). Glad I didn't wait to pull the trigger on a MFT camera.

This doesn't bode well for the Nikon 1 line or anyone hoping for a serious crop sensor mirrorless from Nikon. And the tone deaf statement about how professionals don't use mirrorless does not bode well either for their FF effort.

"Either that or he's saying that no professional uses their products at all."

I'm curious about that myself.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2017 at 17:54 UTC
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JakeJY: I've been a Nikon fan for a while, but statements like this is part of the reason why I didn't hold out for any hope of a serious Nikon mirrorless product (esp a crop sensor one). Glad I didn't wait to pull the trigger on a MFT camera.

This doesn't bode well for the Nikon 1 line or anyone hoping for a serious crop sensor mirrorless from Nikon. And the tone deaf statement about how professionals don't use mirrorless does not bode well either for their FF effort.

This, "professionals don't use mirrorless", is not what he said.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2017 at 17:27 UTC
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dharmagreg: There is a reason why Tonga is the only country that allows you to swim with whales. All other countries where the humpbacks pass through don't allow it to protect them from annoying tourists as they have just given birth & they need to be left alone!

Don't understand how you got 3 Likes. You never actually stated the "reason why Tonga is the only country that allows you to swim with whales".

Also, where is the evidence that people taking pictures annoy the whales? Do we need to clear the ocean of other annoying life forms like fish and dolphins?

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2017 at 11:10 UTC
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Rick Knepper: So basically, the iPhone is a mature technology with little innovation to encourage an upgrade.

There's been plenty of innovation in desktop PCs and peripherals and much more to come. Of course, if your metric is "what have you invented this week", it might seem stagnant.

I see virtually nothing substantially new with the iPhone 8 over the 7 or even the 6.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2017 at 15:12 UTC

So basically, the iPhone is a mature technology with little innovation to encourage an upgrade.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 21:39 UTC as 41st comment | 4 replies
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Rick Knepper: Seems cheap to me.

Well I drilled down a bit more. The Z8 spec sheets shows CPUs ranging from the Xeon 3104 (Intel suggested price $233) to the Xeon 8180 (Intel suggested price $10,009).

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 21:33 UTC

Seems cheap to me.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 19:48 UTC as 78th comment | 1 reply
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net1994: I thought this site was about photography? This seems more like an 'advetorial.'

It's about digital photography as in Digital Photography Review. Requires a computer. Der!

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 19:47 UTC
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PWPhotography: It blows current 1.3x-cropped MFs into water from this full-frame true MF, you'd need a very deep wallet however :-)

Is DPReview going to review this beast?

Okay, so 44x33 isn't as far from FF MF as I thought. :)

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 18:35 UTC
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PWPhotography: It blows current 1.3x-cropped MFs into water from this full-frame true MF, you'd need a very deep wallet however :-)

Is DPReview going to review this beast?

The part I objected to, "blown away" didn't come across as a joke at first but if it was, that's fine. But, isn't a joke often times a ridiculous exaggeration?

I am not only a Fuji owner, I own the Pentax 645z too. I also own the 5DsR. There is nobody that has chased pixels longer than me and I have chased dynamic range since the noise banding 5D2. But, I am not sure what 100 MPs and an extra stop of DR will get me at this juncture. Blown out of the water? I don't think so. if I were displaying huge prints in a gallery, I would be stoked about this digital back.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 18:32 UTC
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PWPhotography: It blows current 1.3x-cropped MFs into water from this full-frame true MF, you'd need a very deep wallet however :-)

Is DPReview going to review this beast?

I thought 645 was 6x4.5 cm = 60x45mm. In trying to further my understanding of the medium format, I couldn't google any site that claimed 56x41.5mm was a common dimension for 645 much less medium format although I found specific film models that used that size. That is not to say you are not right.

The original ridiculous post was made by a Sony user. Sony users in particular seem intent on denigrating the 44x33 sensor size.

The price of this back seems in line with previous Phase One 100 MP releases.

And I agree that the color characteristics will be the feature to watch. Except for work flows that are completely controlled by the photographer/artist from snap to print, not sure how this helps photographers whose work ends up online or goes through processes not controlled by the photographer.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 16:44 UTC
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Roland Karlsson: This is a cliche image and it is taken by lots of tourists in a staged photo session. Nothing really wrong with that. It is a bit sad though that one of the tourists's images wins a photo contest.

I remember one contest here at dpreview. It was an image from monument valley, I think. And it was an Indian on a horse in the image. And it won. Someone pointed out that this was a staged tourist image, taken by thousands of tourists, and that he had exactly the same image. That Indian guy came there almost every evening when the light was nice and the buses stopped there and maybe a hundred photographer took that very image at one event.

See what a little staging and planning can achieve :)

Other than that - yes this Madeleine is laughing stock right now. Wonder how she explains this to her friends.

There is a difference in the terms staged and fraudulent. Bresson "staged" his photos in the sense that he went out on the street and knew what to expect in general. I arrive at Yosemite and expect to see Half Dome. Scouting locations is a form of staging. It is not a negative. In the case of the image above, I'd like to hear the photographer's explanation as to how much staging was involved. Otherwise, criticizing the photo because it was staged in some form seems petty.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2017 at 14:46 UTC
On article Nikon D850 Review (2037 comments in total)
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Rick Knepper: That's a creative use of the term "compete". If you are comparing base ISO as a terminology, fine. But, the GFX (X1D & 645z) actually gives the D850 a spot. But if you are comparing ISO 100 straight up, the D850 is almost a stop away according to Bill Claff's chart.

@Dr_Jon

By default processed images, do you mean the Studio image in the case of DPR?

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2017 at 14:38 UTC
On article Nikon D850 Review (2037 comments in total)
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Rick Knepper: That's a creative use of the term "compete". If you are comparing base ISO as a terminology, fine. But, the GFX (X1D & 645z) actually gives the D850 a spot. But if you are comparing ISO 100 straight up, the D850 is almost a stop away according to Bill Claff's chart.

@Rishi

I thought we were talking about DR and base ISO, not low light performance. I didn't bring up fast lenses. I just reeled off a quip in response to IamJF's remark. Low light performance would be one of the good reasons to complement your GFX with a D850.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2017 at 14:32 UTC
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