Rick Knepper

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

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On article Fujifilm GF 120mm F4 Macro sample gallery (113 comments in total)
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entoman: I realise that dpr has only a limited time in which to shoot gallery images, but the subjects could be better chosen. This is a macro lens. There are a couple of macro shots of flowers, but they tell us nothing about the performance of the lens in typical macro situations. Where are the shots of macro subjects in which there is fine detail across the full width of the frame?

@entoman

I may have been defensive due to remarks made in another part of this comments section. You apologized for that and I was called away before I could accept your apology.

My point being that Fuji seems to be going down the same road as Pentax and other MF brands have with regard to macro. My solution so far has been to retain my Canon FF equipment which makes certain types of photography easier and also provides lenses that only MF brands can only dream of.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2017 at 11:29 UTC
On article Fujifilm GF 120mm F4 Macro sample gallery (113 comments in total)
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entoman: I realise that dpr has only a limited time in which to shoot gallery images, but the subjects could be better chosen. This is a macro lens. There are a couple of macro shots of flowers, but they tell us nothing about the performance of the lens in typical macro situations. Where are the shots of macro subjects in which there is fine detail across the full width of the frame?

I am confusing no such thing. You are reading it wrong. You are an author. When I write, "sharp and in focus", those are two different conditions not necessarily related.

The problem on the table is how to get an object completely in focus with the 645z and a 120mm macro which seems to be the only macro lens in the Pentax 645 line-up. If you want to address this, fine. If the answer is, it can't be done, just say that and be done with it. If you have no experience with this setup, it's best that you do not answer at all.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2017 at 17:06 UTC
On article Fujifilm GF 120mm F4 Macro sample gallery (113 comments in total)
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BarnET: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1245044-REG/hasselblad_h_3026120_hc_macro_120mm_f_4.html

Just to put the price of the lens into perspective.

Surely not my cup of tea. But looks like a very solid entry into the Medium format market.

What is YOUR issue. I'm addressing the OP who is talking about a Hasselblad lens and is obviously confused. So now you are.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2017 at 16:49 UTC
On article Fujifilm GF 120mm F4 Macro sample gallery (113 comments in total)
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entoman: I realise that dpr has only a limited time in which to shoot gallery images, but the subjects could be better chosen. This is a macro lens. There are a couple of macro shots of flowers, but they tell us nothing about the performance of the lens in typical macro situations. Where are the shots of macro subjects in which there is fine detail across the full width of the frame?

I am not holding myself out to be macro expert and I do not understand all of this 1:1 and 1:2 bidness. With my Canon FF cameras and lenses, I was able to get acceptably sharp and in focus images quite easily (focus stacking notwithstanding).

However, I have yet to master the macro 120mm on my 645z. Stopping down to f32, I still can't get an entire flower in focus setting up at the distances I have been used to with the former setup and having the flower cover the entire frame.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2017 at 14:24 UTC
On article Fujifilm GF 120mm F4 Macro sample gallery (113 comments in total)
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Turboff: Looks excellent, but the system still really needs a lens with a very shallow depth of field, at least f1.8. I don't think medium format customers are overly obsessed with compactness, or would mind the extra cost.

Turboff, you do understand that this crop of MF cameras is all about compactness and price.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2017 at 14:18 UTC
On article Fujifilm GF 120mm F4 Macro sample gallery (113 comments in total)
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BarnET: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1245044-REG/hasselblad_h_3026120_hc_macro_120mm_f_4.html

Just to put the price of the lens into perspective.

Surely not my cup of tea. But looks like a very solid entry into the Medium format market.

You appear to be confused as to what lens is being sampled. Or, you have poor composition skills.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2017 at 14:15 UTC
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dash2k8: I shoot with Canon, Nikon and Sony gear, so I guess I have a sliver of objectivity when I say Nikon does have to pick things up a bit if these figures continue. Sony shouldn't be anywhere near taking over second place in the ILC market, so either Sony's stuff really has won over the crowd, or Nikon is slipping in its promotions. I myself prefer shooting photos with my Canon/Nikon gear while I would swear by my Sony A7s/A7s2 for video purposes, so I am a little puzzled how Sony managed this feat. Surely not so many ppl bought Sony ILCs to shoot video that it clouded sales figures?

I do not believe there was a mass exodus. Twenty three percent may represent a total increase of only 50 cameras. I would be shocked if 75% of all FF Sony sales weren't from switchers (or folks complementing their current brand) who bought no Sony lenses or very few.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2017 at 10:49 UTC
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dash2k8: I shoot with Canon, Nikon and Sony gear, so I guess I have a sliver of objectivity when I say Nikon does have to pick things up a bit if these figures continue. Sony shouldn't be anywhere near taking over second place in the ILC market, so either Sony's stuff really has won over the crowd, or Nikon is slipping in its promotions. I myself prefer shooting photos with my Canon/Nikon gear while I would swear by my Sony A7s/A7s2 for video purposes, so I am a little puzzled how Sony managed this feat. Surely not so many ppl bought Sony ILCs to shoot video that it clouded sales figures?

Folks can switch to Sony without switching lenses. That's how it happened.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2017 at 13:06 UTC

Sony should thank the adapter makers like Metabones for this surge. There is no way Sony is in 2nd place without knuckleheads being able to use lenses from the brand they own.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2017 at 13:04 UTC as 49th comment | 2 replies

I solved the problem of rain the first day I took up photography - I put my camera away, get under a tree & wait it out. To reduce even having to do that, I look at a weather report and avoid long hikes if there is a 40% chance or better of rain.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2017 at 12:52 UTC as 62nd comment

Photographers are outraged? I call BS on the hypocrits.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2017 at 22:45 UTC as 56th comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon D7500: What you need to know (540 comments in total)
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Rick Knepper: With a 20 MP sensor, this isn't an update, it's a compromise.

"The A6500 shoots lossy raws only." This is no good.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 19:12 UTC
On article Nikon D7500: What you need to know (540 comments in total)
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Rick Knepper: With a 20 MP sensor, this isn't an update, it's a compromise.

@sandy b. I am not championing Sony by any means but the a6500 managed 4k video and 11 fps on 24 MP.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 18:37 UTC
On article Nikon D7500: What you need to know (540 comments in total)
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Rick Knepper: With a 20 MP sensor, this isn't an update, it's a compromise.

I looked at the studio scene comparison and the difference in resolution is noticeable. But, the term "compromise" doesn't always have a negative connotation. In politics, compromise is a good thing unless you are on the left or right fringe.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 18:31 UTC
On article Nikon D7500: What you need to know (540 comments in total)

With a 20 MP sensor, this isn't an update, it's a compromise.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 16:35 UTC as 62nd comment | 8 replies
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Pentax 645Z vs Hasselblad X1D (347 comments in total)
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Woodyz: I still can't believe how little credit the 645Z gets. It's three years old and can still put up a fight. It can also use every Pentax 645 manual and autofocus lens created--without an adapter.

"Everytime i shoot the a 35 i m impressed by its perfection"

I assume you are talking about the older manual focus 35?

I bought the FA35 new but in an open box from Roberts Camera and was totally underwhelmed. I have purchased the A & FA 120 macro, FA 200, FA 45-85 all from Japanese dealers and was similarly underwhelmed. There is a distinct IQ difference between the film era-designed lenses and the digital ones. Period.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2017 at 14:21 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Pentax 645Z vs Hasselblad X1D (347 comments in total)
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Woodyz: I still can't believe how little credit the 645Z gets. It's three years old and can still put up a fight. It can also use every Pentax 645 manual and autofocus lens created--without an adapter.

I own the 645z. The newly released "for digital" 645 lenses are excellent but I would not say the same for its legacy lenses. The legacy lenses aren't dogs but they need modern coatings and perhaps be a bit sharper across the frame wide open.

I know Mr. Claff's PDR charts show the 645z, X1D & GFX to be neck and neck with the D810 & A7r II, but I find working high dynamic scenes just seems easier to expose and recover shadows with the 645z.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2017 at 22:30 UTC

After 5 years, whoohoo!

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 20:36 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Ming Thein joins Hasselblad as Chief of Strategy (346 comments in total)
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JamesWillis: In the span of only few years Ming transformed from being one of the most vocal M43 enthusiasts to arguing that nothing less than medium format satisfies his IQ requirements. He is a very good photographer but presenting paid ads as genuine reviews, and I am becoming growingly covinced that he is doing just that, is not only morally but also legally questionable (at least in the US).

This is evolution. One can base their camera choices on size/weight/ergonomics/price/etc but as the photographer becomes accustomed to evaluating image quality, and if image quality is of primary importance to the photographer (not always true), the conventional components of image quality remain the same.

Plus, if one listens to the scribes on the various DPR forums, photographers have to do other stuff these days to make a living and why not hawk Hasselblad. Better than hawking Sony.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2017 at 17:15 UTC
On article Canon EOS M6 sample gallery (114 comments in total)
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barrym1966: spend a little more and get the superior Sony A6300

And still have a pile of dung.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2017 at 16:42 UTC
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