Rick Knepper

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

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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
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).

You are a complete idiot.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2017 at 16:33 UTC
On article The Leica Summaron 28mm F5.6 is old-fashioned fun (189 comments in total)
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NoRules: On film, analogue cameras, this Topogon lens design has a lot going for it. It was created to give distortion free, CA free, corner to corner sharpness. The drawbacks were small aperture and vignetting. And this holds true. On a digital sensor, with microlenses or not, there is not much left of the strengths of the design. It's still small, elegant and CA free, but the fantastic sharpness is only in the center. For some reason the Summaron (and the Russian earlier version from the 50s) are have better corner sharpness on a Leica Monochrom, than on a Leica M9. It is of course flawless on a film Leica.
So the question everybody is asking, is why? Why this lens now? And I have honestly no idea :)

Need a boost to otherwise slow sales?

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2017 at 15:41 UTC

I own the 24-70 II and the 11-24. I can't imagine how these lenses couldn't be on everyone's Favorites list.

I am surprised Canon considered the 12-24 f2.8 and went with the 11-24 f4 instead.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 22:10 UTC as 42nd comment
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Sirus A: Great article. At first glance it seems the arguments are compelling, however, I think we need to slow down a bit. What I find bothering is that Fuji's MF is compared tp the best FF cameras of each category. Yes I agree that MF looses to an imaginary camera that has the ISO performance of Sony a7R2 and the dynamic range of Nikon D810 and the resolution of Canon 5dR. The problem is: it doesn't exist! I think it is only fair to compare this MF to another FF as a whole. I think the best argument against it is lack of great lenses.

In the Low Light category, looks to me like Fuji wins.
In the DR category, looks to me like the 645z wins.
In the shallow depth of field category, the reader loses b/c no MF camera was used.
In the Resolution category, DPR grudgingly gives MF the win.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 22:08 UTC
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MikeFairbanks: I saw that van right before it went out on the salt flats, and I was going to remind the driver not to go out there (just in case he didn't know).

But then I remembered the rule about not knocking, and I tip-toed out of there.

Let me be the first head to say "huh?"

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 21:07 UTC
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maxnimo: I wonder if the same reaction would follow the discovery of footprints made by Jesus or Alexander the Great ... or even some careless dinosaur.

You couldn't possibly be equating footprints to tire tracks?

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 18:01 UTC

My Outdoor Photographer mag was very thin this month.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2017 at 02:25 UTC as 157th comment
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steelhead3: I feel sorry for them in that last picture...why overburden yourself with those old time cameras?

Naw. They probably do not want their photos to look like they were taken with an iPhone..

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2017 at 17:07 UTC

Seattle Post-Intelligencer = Seattle PI

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2017 at 16:14 UTC as 25th comment | 4 replies
On article CP+ 2017: Updated Fujifilm GFX 50S sample gallery (83 comments in total)
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Edmond Leung: A bit disappointed. At100% details, several images showing fine straight lines are with significant zigzag effect. At this price level, Fujifilm should resolve the problems before sending the products to the market.

What are the sharpest lenses in the Sony stable at 18 & 25mm with AF? I am on record as stating that if I ever buy a Sony, it will be for use with native lenses only.

"Do you have equivalent 24-70/2.8, 70-200/2.8 zoom, TS-E lenses, super fast-aperture prime on 645z or GFX 50s?"

Yes I do b/c I won't sell my Canon equipment. You seem to be missing my point here. I'll have the best of all worlds.

The A7r II is too small for me to use handheld (I should have made that distinction). SAR keeps trotting out a rumor about an A9 which may or may not have more resolution and which may or may not be larger than the A7's. If so, it'll have to beat the GFX. Go you think DR and noise will improve, stagnate or decline if Sony crams more pixels onto that FF sensor?

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 00:45 UTC
On article CP+ 2017: Updated Fujifilm GFX 50S sample gallery (83 comments in total)
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Edmond Leung: Unfortunately this is just a camera with marginal acceptable image quality... What do we need is a total system to fulfill the needs in different enviroment for commercial purpose. But this camera alone is not qualified to do the job.

Dude, you can't afford this imaginary system of yours even if it existed. Phase One has a 100 MP FF 645 back for $50k and a full complement of lenses. Why aren't you running over there to buy one?

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2017 at 03:14 UTC
On article CP+ 2017: Updated Fujifilm GFX 50S sample gallery (83 comments in total)
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dmanthree: I'll consider MF when it's real MF, not one of these scaled down psuedo MF cams. I guess in my own little fantasy world I'd love a 6x7 100M sensor. Then I'd sell my house to buy it. ;-)

Phase One has a 100 MP FF 645 back for $50k or is that not medium format enough for you?

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2017 at 03:11 UTC
On article CP+ 2017: Updated Fujifilm GFX 50S sample gallery (83 comments in total)
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Edmond Leung: A bit disappointed. At100% details, several images showing fine straight lines are with significant zigzag effect. At this price level, Fujifilm should resolve the problems before sending the products to the market.

Is there a significant number of Sony shooters clamoring for 50+ MPs?

Yes, the 645z and the 5DsR are equal in max resolution but the Pentax has astounding DR and noise characteristics that I have not seen even with Nikon. Whatever lenses the Pentax or the Fuji lack, the Canon system gives. That's one reason why I use at least two systems.

I rented the A7r II and Batis 25mm and the DR is decent, the resolution is less than I had hoped for although if I were plagued by money problems it would do in a pinch but the camera itself is unusable. Too small. And, there is only two native mount lenses I am interested in having at this point, the Batis 18mm & 25mm (although the digital picture doesn't review Sony lenses so I do not know if I really want the 8mm).

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2017 at 03:07 UTC
On article CP+ 2017: Updated Fujifilm GFX 50S sample gallery (83 comments in total)
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sh10453: I think skipping FF and going straight to MF is a smart move.
It would've been a much tougher field to compete in. Lots of FF players out there, but only a couple of MF players to compete with.
No doubt this camera will find home in many studios worldwide, as well as in landscape, to say the least.
Thanks for the initial hands-on, and the gallery, although lots of these images do not give this camera justice, but I understand the circumstances.

Since I already use a camera with this sensor (although Fuji claims it is different from the other similar sized sensors on the market), the real incentive for me is to get this quality in a lighter package.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2017 at 20:17 UTC
On article CP+ 2017: Updated Fujifilm GFX 50S sample gallery (83 comments in total)
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fedway: Rawtherapee 5.0 processes the raws just fine. This camera wasn't designed for sooc jpeg only shooters though the film simulation modes look fun. Download, convert the raws, adjust to taste and see what you get. Enjoy.

They are not going to do that. Most of these objections are trolls from those who cannot afford a ticket to the party. If Phase One lowered the price of their 100 MP back to $10k, the stated objections would change but the real objection wouldn't.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2017 at 20:13 UTC
On article CP+ 2017: Updated Fujifilm GFX 50S sample gallery (83 comments in total)
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Edmond Leung: A bit disappointed. At100% details, several images showing fine straight lines are with significant zigzag effect. At this price level, Fujifilm should resolve the problems before sending the products to the market.

What makes you think Sony is coming out with anything? They had a chance to leapfrog the competition with the II 2 years ago and didn't.

Lens choice is a ridiculous objection to a brand new system. In fact, that's still the chant for Canon/Nikon fanboys regarding Sony. There is an adaptor offered as an accessary which means there are more lenses available than just the initial 6 native lenses.

Mared, what photos did you click through?

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2017 at 20:08 UTC
On article CP+ 2017: Updated Fujifilm GFX 50S sample gallery (83 comments in total)
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Kazzaz: it would be very interesting to see a comparison between the GFX and the current full frames from sony, nikon and canon.

You'll also see a landscape comparison from me GFX vs. 5DsR

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2017 at 16:05 UTC
On article CP+ 2017: Updated Fujifilm GFX 50S sample gallery (83 comments in total)
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Edmond Leung: A bit disappointed. At100% details, several images showing fine straight lines are with significant zigzag effect. At this price level, Fujifilm should resolve the problems before sending the products to the market.

https://www.nathanelson.com/blog/the-fuji-gfx

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2017 at 16:03 UTC
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