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  1. #11
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    Ken Rockwell is his own form factor.
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  2. #12
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    oh come on..the guy's an idiot. entertaining idiot sure, but he IS an idiot.
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  3. #13
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    And everytime someone clicks on his site, he just goes "ka-ching". I'm not totally convinced that the controversial nature of many of his postings on his site are not absolutely intentional. If it were boring, people woudn't come back again and again to see what he said this time. This is basically how that idiot Howard Stern makes his living.

    There are a number of articles that have been on his site that have made perfect sense. But there's always one or two there that seem destined to get people's blood boiling. Remember, when you click, he makes money.
    Eric Lund
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  4. #14
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rooz View Post
    oh come on..the guy's an idiot. entertaining idiot sure, but he IS an idiot.
    Again, I haven't spent an amazing amount of time on his website.... but
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  5. #15
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rooz View Post
    oh come on..the guy's an idiot. entertaining idiot sure, but he IS an idiot.
    YES!!!

    Here are some good Rockwell quotes:

    On film:

    "There are other advantages, like never missing a new shot while looking at an old one on the back of the camera"

    On the Fuji S5:

    "Best skin tones I've ever seen (with pink people)."

    Misc:

    "Camera phones also can be just as good as any other camera."
    Sam


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  6. #16
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    Quote Originally Posted by swpars View Post
    YES!!!

    Here are some good Rockwell quotes:

    On film:

    "There are other advantages, like never missing a new shot while looking at an old one on the back of the camera"

    I assume that he is suggesting that with Digital Format, it is possible that you may miss a critical shot when you are busy reviewing the shot that you just took. Obviously, this is not an issue with Film Format.

    On the Fuji S5:

    "Best skin tones I've ever seen (with pink people)."

    No comment....haven't seen pictures from this camera.

    Misc:

    "Camera phones also can be just as good as any other camera."

    Now in this case, I too would have thought that this is a stupid thing to say....but when I followed a link to some shots that had "supposedly" been taken with a Phone....and they were rather remarkable (even more so if they were taken with a Phone)
    I am no defender of Ken Rockwell....never met the man....don't know the man. But as per my comments in blue above, I don't see his "quotes" as being idiotic.

    Any of us can appear stupid if someone wants to take an individual quote from one of our posts.
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  7. #17
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    Agreed, but these quotes epitomize Ken Rockwell's generalizations and style to me, so I think they're hilarious out of context.
    Sam


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  8. #18
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    Are you guys using Internet Explorer or something?

    I used firefox with the free auto updating ad blocker
    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1865

    You just click it within firefox to install. Simple. No more ads. Surfing is much better and safer with it.

    KM

    Quote Originally Posted by erichlund View Post
    And everytime someone clicks on his site, he just goes "ka-ching". I'm not totally convinced that the controversial nature of many of his postings on his site are not absolutely intentional. If it were boring, people woudn't come back again and again to see what he said this time. This is basically how that idiot Howard Stern makes his living.

    There are a number of articles that have been on his site that have made perfect sense. But there's always one or two there that seem destined to get people's blood boiling. Remember, when you click, he makes money.

  9. #19
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    Quote Originally Posted by kieranmullen View Post
    Are you guys using Internet Explorer or something?

    I used firefox with the free auto updating ad blocker
    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1865

    You just click it within firefox to install. Simple. No more ads. Surfing is much better and safer with it.

    KM
    Firefox's ad blocker has nothing to do with clicking on or visiting Ken Rockwell's site. It blocks ads from reaching your screen, but the ad information still gets transmitted to the hardware/modem receiving your internet signal.

    Ken Rockwell's target audience are not semi-pros or professionals. His style of writing contains elements of simplicity and confidence that would be attractive to beginners or amateurs (i.e, the general public). The general public would probably shy away from the far more technical reviews (especially those reviews with graphs and data tables) that would be geared towards higher-end users.

  10. #20
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    I'm honestly surprised at the amount of positivity towards Ken Rockwell. The guy is a buffoon; I was just reading his "review" of the Sigma 30mm f/1.4, and shaking my head at how plain dense he can be. Ken has so little imagination or creativity - he develops an opinion right from the get-go, and doesn't have the wherewithal to climb out of the uninformed opinion to something more realistic after more experience with something.

    Plus, his example shots always look horrible. Do beginners look at them and actually desire to create similar photographs? I find that exceedingly unlikely.
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