Ken Rockwell always exaggerates one way or the other.
His advice and reviews are unreliable and he often contradicts himself.
He knows near nothing about Canon lenses,.....and often reviews lenses based on reading specs alone.
Read his review of 85 1.2,...one of the best lenses ever made by anyone. It is funny in its ignorance.
The review of 100 2.8 is Macro is just as clueless.
He just recently reviewed the 35 1.4,...... which is and has been and should have been a must,.... for any wanna be reviewer of photographic equipment.
For Canon reviews I trust The Digital Picture with no problem, any day, ahead of Rockwell.
For example to say repeatedly that the best thing is to buy a camera when they are first announced,.... is nothing else but stupid advice.
Whenever I did that, I had nothing but problems with the camera,.....and then the price drops in a few months by 30% and that makes you fell like a loser.
He keeps crying that he does not get paid by camera manufacturers but it makes you wonder when he gives advice like that,.... that plays into selling tactics.
I never met a crooked person that ever claimed they were crooked,.....just the opposite,....they were always screaming loud and clear they were innocent and honest. Not saying this is necessarily the case with him but it would not be surprising in an age where everyone gets their own,.... that Rockwell's integrity is not what he advertises.
For a guy begging for donations,...He seems to have a Mercedes and a Porsche Cayenne ,....and recently he just bought (according to him),... D800e, D600, Canon 5DMArk III, Canon 6D, Canon 35 1.4...Why would anyone want to own all these at the same time?!
His claim that he always goes the cheapest rout is hilarious.
Lastly,... his abundant pictures of his family are awful, weak pictures, that display no creativity whatsoever,...plain and filled with expected angles of view, where everything looks flat and uninteresting.
He must be a guru for people that need a guru,.... because they cannot think for themselves,.... and need someone to tell them this and that,.... and don't mind being abused or like to be called idiots.
No wonder people with rebels and g15s love him.
His website has some interesting advice but it is not ,by any means,.....the ultimate authority ,.... when I want objectivity and unbiased advice.
Most of what you say is crap to me.
1. You have no way of knowing how he reviews his lenses.
2. You clearly missed his point of buying camera when they are announced. Read carefully: He says if you want to own a camera, if you want a camera as soon as it comes out, it is best to pre-order it so you can have it early. Something wrong with that??
3. You have no right to judge anyone's integrity without proof. Damn!
4. Seems to have expensive car and gear... He clearly states he buys used cars. He DOES educate and help lot of general camera users and DESERVES to earn his money. He says 'If you feel that you have been helped, contribute $5.' To me that is fine...
5. He reviews gear. If he can buy it what is your problemmmm? He may be reselling etc. But what he buys is not of your business...
6. You have a problem with Guru? Then do not go to any expert's website including this. Resolve all your questions yourself..
7. He is for the general public out there who need his help. Am assuming you are a pro. He is not for you.
8. I agree about your thought on his family photos. However, the people who read him want to perhaps take regular family/vacation photos... He is advising them...
9. Ultimate authority?? Did he claim he is? He is giving his opinion.
Sorry about the rant. Apologies.
Are you testing my Rockwell knowledge?
He said to buy cameras right away because engineers are present at first ,....and that makes for better quality control.
False,....a lot of new cameras have problems,....some of them hard to fix. I experienced that.
Most of his recent lens reviews have identical copy/pasted fragments from other lenses he reviewed in the past. Same goes for cameras.
When a lens gets announced and nobody has it,...right away he posts a review with his opinions about it and specs.
He was raving about the D800 in initial reviews,...changed his mind when he got the camera and modified review.
I think that a lot of his reviews are based on very superficial usage of the equipment in question.
Something like,...."Let me borrow it for a few minutes,...so I can show you that camera is not important and neither are the lenses."
After I read his reviews of 85 f1.2 and 100 2.8 macro L is,... I am very confident that he never used those lenses,...just copy/pasted stuff from cheaper 100 f 2.8 non is,.... and the 85 1.8 and that made some assumptions to complete the review.
The things I hate most are Hypocrisy,...Intentional Misleading Biased Fraud,...Unjustified Arrogance,....and Injustice,lack of correctness.
Rockwell is guilty of all of these.
That's why it bugs me when people kiss his footprints.
I have no problem with any people having backed up their arrogance with something substantial.
Richard Avedon, Cristiano Ronaldo, Jack Nicholson etc.
Rockwell,.....Keeps advertising BH and Adorama when the best deals can be found at Amazon,...and their customer service is best.
BH has a limit of 200 clicks if you decide to return camera,...Amazon no limit.
Amzon might be trying to drive those two out of business,....
You want really good advice?
A trick I've learned,...add things to Amazon cart (make sure they are sold by Amazon) and check cart daily,...they will notify you of any price changes unlike BH and Adorama which only keep the original cart price. Sometimes Amazon has great one day sales. This is the only way to find out.
If you add lenses to cart and wait,.... they will offer them to you at an extra 5% under YOUR NAME DEALS,.....every 24 h they offer you something based on your searches,previous buys and items in cart.
Make sure you delete the cart item and re add it from that link, when checking out, otherwise they will have the original price.
If you guys want a contest,....we can do this,....The Best Pictures of a Door Knob.
If agreed,.....Everyone post your best picture of a door knob.
I will prove to you that no subject is less interesting then another by such a large margin to not be worth photographing.
When anybody posts something pertaining to their private life on a public viewing site,it becomes less personal immediately and anybody can decide to comment on it as they wish.
Try and buy a Porsche Cayenne cheap and let me know how you did it.
You will be my guru then.
That begging for money at the end of each article,....is pathetic and unique to him,....you must need "big american strong hands" to write that.