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Ken Rockwell on Lens Sharpness
« on: September 22, 2013, 10:38:49 AM »
So many topics on the forum deals with lens sharpness that when I come up with the following page
http://kenrockwell.com/tech/lens-sharpness.htm
I felt obliged to post it.
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Ken Rockwell on Lens Sharpness
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Re: Ken Rockwell on Lens Sharpness
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2013, 11:07:38 AM »
He sounds upset..

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Re: Ken Rockwell on Lens Sharpness
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2013, 11:42:06 AM »
So many topics on the forum deals with lens sharpness that when I come up with the following page
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I felt obliged to post it.

I hope he is paying you because you are certainly increasing his ad revenue and helping him support his growing family. 
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Re: Ken Rockwell on Lens Sharpness
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2013, 11:43:39 AM »
So many topics on the forum deals with lens sharpness that when I come up with the following page
[...]
I felt obliged to post it.

I hope he is paying you because you are certainly increasing his ad revenue.

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Re: Ken Rockwell on Lens Sharpness
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2013, 12:20:02 PM »
I felt obliged to post it.

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Re: Ken Rockwell on Lens Sharpness
« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2013, 12:20:37 PM »
So many topics on the forum deals with lens sharpness that when I come up with the following page
http://kenrockwell.com/tech/lens-sharpness.htm
I felt obliged to post it.

isn´t that enough reason to ban him?

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Re: Ken Rockwell on Lens Sharpness
« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2013, 01:06:25 PM »
Oh man you better subscribe to his site its well worth supporting his family just .99 cents a month......

damn i gotta set this up on my blogs...

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Re: Ken Rockwell on Lens Sharpness
« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2013, 01:11:16 PM »
I felt obliged to post it.

"Who's the more foolish? The fool, or the fool who follows him?"
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In Israel we had a minister who said on his prime minister (and the founder of Israel) Ben-Gurion:
"I follow him with my eyes closed, only once in a while I open my eyes to make sure he do not walk with his eyes closed"
What the fault with Rockwell's logic? So far I have read only insults.
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Re: Ken Rockwell on Lens Sharpness
« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2013, 01:32:56 PM »
So many topics on the forum deals with lens sharpness that when I come up with the following page
http://kenrockwell.com/tech/lens-sharpness.htm
I felt obliged to post it.

Neither are his comments particularly unique or insightful, nor are they blatantly and absolutely wrong. While sharpness is very important, I believe many experts agree that this importance is overrated.
I fail to see the point here, other than inciting a group of people who dislike Ken Rockwell? While I am not a big fan of his, the internet provides us with the wonderful opportunity of choosing what we want to read, and ignore what we don't. If you don't like Rockwell, feel free to avoid his website...
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Re: Ken Rockwell on Lens Sharpness
« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2013, 01:44:09 PM »
I fail to see the point here, other than inciting a group of people who dislike Ken Rockwell? While I am not a big fan of his, the internet provides us with the wonderful opportunity of choosing what we want to read, and ignore what we don't.

If you don't like Rockwell, feel free to avoid his website...

i try to avoid him... but noobs keep on quoting him.   ;)

everyone who takes stock images will tell you that a sharp lens is not overrated.
other then that i would be suprised if KR comes up with something that the photography world does not know for ages.

ansel adams.... there is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.


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Re: Ken Rockwell on Lens Sharpness
« Reply #10 on: September 22, 2013, 01:54:13 PM »
When I read it, it seemed like he was giving tips for noobs on getting sharp photos, and for the most part, great.  I would agree that lenses are very good, especially compared to decades ago, too.  So far, nothing new.  I also agree that there are many other variables that must be addressed to get a great pic, again, nothing new.  To me, a sharp lens is one less variable that I have to worry about, so it IS important.  It is relative and contextual however.  I must want/need the lens, and it must be worth it to me.

Note that I did not criticize Ken Rockwell (I loved the lecture on where babies come from), but on the other hand, I am not selling my L glass either.


I felt obliged to post it.

"Who's the more foolish? The fool, or the fool who follows him?"
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In Israel we had a minister who said on his prime minister (and the founder of Israel) Ben-Gurion:
"I follow him with my eyes closed, only once in a while I open my eyes to make sure he do not walk with his eyes closed"
What the fault with Rockwell's logic? So far I have read only insults.
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Re: Ken Rockwell on Lens Sharpness
« Reply #11 on: September 22, 2013, 01:57:53 PM »
Ken Rockwell for President!!!  8)

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Re: Ken Rockwell on Lens Sharpness
« Reply #12 on: September 22, 2013, 01:59:53 PM »
Ken Rockwell is entertaining, and to be taken with a grain of salt and heavy filter. There are some good ideas and themes, but mostly its the same statements repeated. You have to admit he is good at what he does, but as with all things internet, take it or leave it.  It's not any different than any other outlet of information, whether it be NPR, FOX, or Reddit/Pintrest/Buzzfeed, viewer discretion is advised.
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Re: Ken Rockwell on Lens Sharpness
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Re: Ken Rockwell on Lens Sharpness
« Reply #13 on: September 23, 2013, 08:28:06 AM »
Ken Rockwell upsets too many "photographers" by saying things like -

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... there is a segment of the hobby where all people do is take pictures of brick walls and newspaper classifieds, but never make any photos of anything worthwhile.

The people who worry the most are those with the least experience.

Sound familiar?
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Re: Ken Rockwell on Lens Sharpness
« Reply #14 on: September 23, 2013, 11:51:55 AM »
You have to admit he is good at what he does...

Yes, he is.  But what he 'does' (as in, does for a living) is not photography, nor is it teaching photography or reviewing gear. It's running a for-profit website.  Controversial statements generate website hits and ad revenue.  Having people act as unwitting shills is great for KR's 'growing family'.
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