I'm pretty much neutral on Ken Rockwell. He does thing differently in a fairly beige world. At least the guy gets a response!
But sheesh! If he offends, just don't read him!
Point missed by you and his other apologists, and by a wide margin.
that his "opinions" influence people: but what those same people are unlikely to know about the f**ker (yes, I have a problem with him) is that - once, many moons ago - he was forced to admit that he has made up (and probably still makes up) a significant number of his "reviews", without ever touching the equipment he so happily pontificates about.
There's also a very specific personal dimension to my perspective here: back when I didn't know any better about this tool (Rockwell), and when I was still a Nikon shooter, I took at face value - and was so influenced by - his gushing praise of the Nikon D200, that I bought not one but two of the the things.The Nikon D200 was and is far and away the biggest piece of sh1t I've ever laid hands on
The point being that not only is he supremely
arrogant in his assumption that his photography (and let's be honest - everything
he does could be achieved with a P&S and Irfanview to whack the saturation right up) accurately reflects the demands and requirements of other photographic genres; but that when they're so confidently expressed, Rockwell's "opinions" come across as very authoritative, so God help you
if you read them without the filter of experience to interpret them through.
The man is the definitive example of the internet phenomenon of being able to spout any old crap, secure in the knowledge that there's bugger all anyone can do about it.