Rick Knepper

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

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ISO Wars. Ridiculous. A feature that makes the image look worse the more you apply.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2016 at 12:11 UTC as 159th comment | 2 replies
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jtan163: @Rishsi.
Thanks Rishi. Great article.
IMO shows the total superiority (again IMO) of the Nikon control/menu model over all others I have tried. Total control over every important, fundamental parameter/setting/feature in the camera with eye to the view finder and hands in shooting position. A beautiful concept, well executed.

HOWEVER...

One question: Have setting banks changed on the D5/D500/EXPEED 5 generation?

Can you save banks on the EXPEED 5 models so that you can later return to the exact same settings you started with in a session as you can with the U1/U2 settings on the lower in the range models?

Has Nikon finally allowed what should be an incredibly useful feature to reach it's huge potential?
Or are banks still just a disappointing tease and a total waste firmware bytes, menu and manual space?

It precludes combining the modes that appear on the dial since the modes are selected via hardware. For example, on my old D3x, Live View was one of the release modes so you couldn't do Timer while in Live View. Thankfully, Nikon saw the stupidity of this arrangement and put Live View on its own button but they should have done away with the whole notion of a release dial because there are other release modes that could be combined as well. The near universal Main Mode Dial has Av, Tv, M, Auto, etc., modes that cannot be combined even if you wanted to so those would be appropriate for selection via hardware.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2016 at 13:11 UTC
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jtan163: @Rishsi.
Thanks Rishi. Great article.
IMO shows the total superiority (again IMO) of the Nikon control/menu model over all others I have tried. Total control over every important, fundamental parameter/setting/feature in the camera with eye to the view finder and hands in shooting position. A beautiful concept, well executed.

HOWEVER...

One question: Have setting banks changed on the D5/D500/EXPEED 5 generation?

Can you save banks on the EXPEED 5 models so that you can later return to the exact same settings you started with in a session as you can with the U1/U2 settings on the lower in the range models?

Has Nikon finally allowed what should be an incredibly useful feature to reach it's huge potential?
Or are banks still just a disappointing tease and a total waste firmware bytes, menu and manual space?

I think the official name is Release Mode Dial.

http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/dslr/d7100/features04.htm

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2016 at 15:03 UTC
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jtan163: @Rishsi.
Thanks Rishi. Great article.
IMO shows the total superiority (again IMO) of the Nikon control/menu model over all others I have tried. Total control over every important, fundamental parameter/setting/feature in the camera with eye to the view finder and hands in shooting position. A beautiful concept, well executed.

HOWEVER...

One question: Have setting banks changed on the D5/D500/EXPEED 5 generation?

Can you save banks on the EXPEED 5 models so that you can later return to the exact same settings you started with in a session as you can with the U1/U2 settings on the lower in the range models?

Has Nikon finally allowed what should be an incredibly useful feature to reach it's huge potential?
Or are banks still just a disappointing tease and a total waste firmware bytes, menu and manual space?

Wow! You went from total superiority to total waste in just a few sentences.

IMO, the Nikon control setup is one of the most convoluted I have used. That Release Dial setup is just stupid and precludes the combination of some shooting modes that are possible with other brands.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2016 at 08:53 UTC

What's the application for a 17 hour exposure?

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2016 at 19:09 UTC as 44th comment | 14 replies

Seems to me that viewpoints like Taft Point, Sentinel Dome or Four Mile Trail would be optimal.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2016 at 21:04 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply
On article Lee releases pricing for SW150 Mk ll filter system (39 comments in total)
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Rick Knepper: I feel compelled to say that Lee makes wonderful filters but their holders and other accessories are near-junk quality. The engineering is impressive which may be done in-house but if they are outsourcing manufacture as I suspect they have, they need to pick another source. I bought two P105 Hood/holder combos and the bellows on both have separated from the holder. The screws that tighten the grooves where the filters slide into the holder have loosened in the field and I have lost filters when they just slide out of their holders. Filter Rings are actually two pieces soldered together and I've had one of those come apart. The SW150 is multi-piece affair and Lee does not make replacement parts. If you lose or damaged one piece, you either buy a whole new set or you do some engineering of your own. I haven't purchased any filter equipment in a while because I am all set but maybe they've upgraded.

This does not match my experience. Lee Filters USA would not provide parts even if I paid for them, and Lee Filters in Britain or wherever they are located refused to talk to me and referred me back to Lee Filters USA.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2016 at 20:47 UTC
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SKPhoto12: I do not agree with his approach! Look at the distortion of the nose of the model. It is laaarge and not pretty, whereas the model is quite nice in reality.
One can achieve all the same effects of background and bouquet by using a 50mm lens, which is long enough not to distort and wide enough to get the background.
In order for the distortion not to ne disturbing with a WA lens, one has to be quite far away from the subject and then his whole argument is gone.
For portraits, be they close or with background, 50mm is the minimum for me. Now, if you photograph a group, the question s completely different and a WA works quite well, because you are far away from the subject.

bouquet?

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2016 at 15:11 UTC
On article Hands on with Sony's a6300 and G Master lenses (289 comments in total)
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dynaxx: "And for its full-frame range, Sony introduced a new lens class: G Master. "

Just in case this comment above is taken literally, the 3 new "G Master" lenses will work well with any "E "mount camera including the A6300.

The reach and resolution of detail advantage of the A6300 for someone using an A7 too should be significant noise and other factors notwithstanding. For an A7r II user, much less significant. I'd have to see a side by side comparison to see if the A6300 IQ holds up against the A7r II.

As far as trying to frame correctly in the field, you sound like someone who doesn't get out into the field often, much less out into the backcountry in remote areas where keeping the pack as light as possible is paramount.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2016 at 15:52 UTC
On article Hands on with Sony's a6300 and G Master lenses (289 comments in total)
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dynaxx: "And for its full-frame range, Sony introduced a new lens class: G Master. "

Just in case this comment above is taken literally, the 3 new "G Master" lenses will work well with any "E "mount camera including the A6300.

@Dynaxx excerpt from the Digital Picture 5Ds review

"No longer is the 7D Mark II's pixel density an advantage for reach reasons – or for angle of view reasons."

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EOS-5Ds.aspx

Maybe a 24 MP camera has a slight advantage. If I know how to calculate pixel density on a sensor, I could make a stronger statement.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2016 at 15:49 UTC

Still no histogram in Preview (or anywhere)? Maybe I am missing a setup item in preferences. Otherwise, this is bitterly disappointing.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2016 at 08:54 UTC as 16th comment
On article Hands on with Sony's a6300 and G Master lenses (289 comments in total)
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dynaxx: "And for its full-frame range, Sony introduced a new lens class: G Master. "

Just in case this comment above is taken literally, the 3 new "G Master" lenses will work well with any "E "mount camera including the A6300.

@Thermidor, my original comment concerned the use of new and expensive GM lenses on an A6300. Everyone's experience with other combos is irrelevant if we stick to the strict rules of debate. I stupidly got drug into a discussion about a format I haven't used since 2005. I've thought about getting a crop camera for the "reach" but with 42/50 MP FF cameras in consideration, the "reach" advantage is minimal or non-existant.

So, why would anyone even consider an A6300 and its downgrade in IQ over FF? An unrealistic expectation of improved AF notwithstanding, cost mostly. Your savings would be quickly overcome from buying a FF lens for double the price of your camera that you'd only be using a part of. It's the whole crop camera ownership thought process that I don't understand.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2016 at 08:37 UTC
On article Heavy hitter: Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM first shots (349 comments in total)
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Rick Knepper: In case someone hasn't mentioned it to DPR, the links to several of the RAW files pull the same image of the boxers.

The 24-70 GM looks very good based on the jpegs of the images I want to view. I'd like to see a landscape image with plenty of infinity in it. Let's see how the edge/corners stand up wide open.

Thanks!

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2016 at 20:51 UTC
On article Hands on with Sony's a6300 and G Master lenses (289 comments in total)
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dynaxx: "And for its full-frame range, Sony introduced a new lens class: G Master. "

Just in case this comment above is taken literally, the 3 new "G Master" lenses will work well with any "E "mount camera including the A6300.

You look and talk like a complete idiot.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2016 at 22:24 UTC
On article Heavy hitter: Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM first shots (349 comments in total)
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Nimbifer: Cooked RAWs? Thanks for the information, DPR. That was all I needed to know.

I'll never ever consider purchase of such cameras or lenses. To me it is the exact equivalent of olympic athletes proven guilty of doping. No way, Sony. I do hope, DPR takes this into account in their reviews and will not hand out gold or silver awards to that stuff.

I am a little perplexed about the wording of the article. I would assume all of these helper features that are applied in-camera are embedded in the RAW for use in that camera's proprietary software. Third party software doesn't recognize those changes. I would have believed that ACR would be one such 3rd party software. I turned on all of these helper features in all of my cameras in case I decide for whatever reason I'd like to take advantage of them while believing ACR, my converter of choice, for 99.99% of my processing and conversions ignores them.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2016 at 10:35 UTC
On article Heavy hitter: Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM first shots (349 comments in total)
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Tariag: Why dropping the Zeiss name for high end? Is the license too expensive? Or is the GM range under the CZ range (between G and CZ)?

Also I wonder how this lens compares to the A-mount CZ 24-70...

To Tasslenick & Zenetick: I derived my opinion from the many samples posted to DPR. Even at f8-11, the lens did not seem sharp to the edge/corners for landscape purposes. Actually, I coveted the A-mount CZ 24-70 for many years while I waited for an A900 successor (that would that camera's flaws). When the A7 series made a debut, I seriously looked at the IQ for the first time (yes, I just assumed the lens was fabulous because it had Zeiss on the barrel) and discovered its shortcomings.

Now it is possible, based on the comment about the E mount lens, that I have may been looking at samples from the lens instead of the A-mount version. Can either of you point me in the direction of serious landscape images shot with the A-mount lens that exploit the edges/corners without needing a crop?

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2016 at 10:24 UTC
On article Hands on with Sony's a6300 and G Master lenses (289 comments in total)
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dynaxx: "And for its full-frame range, Sony introduced a new lens class: G Master. "

Just in case this comment above is taken literally, the 3 new "G Master" lenses will work well with any "E "mount camera including the A6300.

And it's not like I haven't been called Ricky before. Address folks by their names like you are half way adult and you won't have to endure return zingers.

If I were shooting sports or any type of action, I would not be screwing around with a 7D2.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2016 at 10:07 UTC
On article Heavy hitter: Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM first shots (349 comments in total)
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Tariag: Why dropping the Zeiss name for high end? Is the license too expensive? Or is the GM range under the CZ range (between G and CZ)?

Also I wonder how this lens compares to the A-mount CZ 24-70...

I think the GM range will be top of the line. You have to spend $4-5 grand to get Zeiss top of the line and those are primes.

The A-mount 24-70 CZ was mediocre which Is why Sony probably had to step in. Leave Zeiss to doing what they do well - primes.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2016 at 20:14 UTC
On article Heavy hitter: Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM first shots (349 comments in total)

In case someone hasn't mentioned it to DPR, the links to several of the RAW files pull the same image of the boxers.

The 24-70 GM looks very good based on the jpegs of the images I want to view. I'd like to see a landscape image with plenty of infinity in it. Let's see how the edge/corners stand up wide open.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2016 at 20:10 UTC as 44th comment | 4 replies
On article Hands on with Sony's a6300 and G Master lenses (289 comments in total)
In reply to:

dynaxx: "And for its full-frame range, Sony introduced a new lens class: G Master. "

Just in case this comment above is taken literally, the 3 new "G Master" lenses will work well with any "E "mount camera including the A6300.

Gee jack 0ff I doubt that.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2016 at 19:43 UTC
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