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Re: Letter to Mr Rockwell in regards to his 5Dmkiii review
« Reply #105 on: April 08, 2012, 10:18:21 AM »
And he consistently has one of the top hits in Goog searches. Seems to be doing something right, even if Real Photographers don't like him.
Where are you getting your info? I just checked a few sites that show top hits and he doesn't make the top 25 on any of them.

Purely anecdotal, when I do searches on gear or photography he comes up in the top ten more often or not, according to my memory. Could be entirely wrong here.

This discussion is pointless, I'm exiting. Some people like him, some don't mind, some hate him. Big deal.

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Re: Letter to Mr Rockwell in regards to his 5Dmkiii review
« Reply #105 on: April 08, 2012, 10:18:21 AM »

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Re: Letter to Mr Rockwell in regards to his 5Dmkiii review
« Reply #106 on: April 08, 2012, 12:34:34 PM »
The problem is that more often than not he has to push home his point with needless hyperbole so that rather than looking to advise people on the equipment thats best for there needs he just hammers home one option.

... but he frequently adds "that's just me", and since his website of course offers his opinion he can very well speak up as far as I'm concerned. I'll make up my mind only after reading a *lot* other sites and sources than just one. Concerning the tech stuff - thanks for the info, I wouldn't have noticed but on the other hand I only look at his site for general advice (like the uwa article) or a quick lens review.

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Re: Letter to Mr Rockwell in regards to his 5Dmkiii review
« Reply #107 on: April 08, 2012, 02:12:30 PM »
Just an update.  No response to my email, and no changes to his misinformed website.  If I ran a website that reviewed gear for a living and I got an email pointing out a bunch of clear and glaring mistakes on said website, I'm pretty sure I would be pretty quick to respond and update the site, although I'm not a technologically inept tool with a website designed in the late 90's.

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Re: Letter to Mr Rockwell in regards to his 5Dmkiii review
« Reply #108 on: April 08, 2012, 06:44:13 PM »
Yes Ken Rockwell is not considered the supreme camera authority, but he is good for new camera users looking for a plain English review. I don't find anything useful for advanced users. Of course DXO is sort of for tools also and people seem to love them so don't get upset read lots of sites and form a good overall opinion instead of relieing on one source.

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Re: Letter to Mr Rockwell in regards to his 5Dmkiii review
« Reply #109 on: April 08, 2012, 10:06:12 PM »

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Re: Letter to Mr Rockwell in regards to his 5Dmkiii review
« Reply #110 on: April 09, 2012, 09:10:07 AM »
Just an update.  No response to my email, and no changes to his misinformed website.  If I ran a website that reviewed gear for a living and I got an email pointing out a bunch of clear and glaring mistakes on said website, I'm pretty sure I would be pretty quick to respond and update the site, although I'm not a technologically inept tool with a website designed in the late 90's.

Well, 99% of Ken's readers don't know enough about camera's to know when he's wrong. I wouldn't expect him to be in any hurry to change anything.
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Re: Letter to Mr Rockwell in regards to his 5Dmkiii review
« Reply #111 on: April 09, 2012, 11:21:53 AM »
After reading this on Rockwell's site....:

"No big deal; the video guys LOVE the D800, D4 and 5D Mark III. These are the new Messiah to them. Nikon and Canon did the Japanese two-step adding all the things vidiots wanted, added more resolution to stultify we still shooters with desire, and had to pull some of the things we still photographers need to make room for the video features."

...this guy is now on my list.

I did not know just because I shot video with my HDSLR I was a "vidiot".

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Re: Letter to Mr Rockwell in regards to his 5Dmkiii review
« Reply #111 on: April 09, 2012, 11:21:53 AM »

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Re: Letter to Mr Rockwell in regards to his 5Dmkiii review
« Reply #112 on: April 10, 2012, 12:45:27 AM »

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Re: Letter to Mr Rockwell in regards to his 5Dmkiii review
« Reply #113 on: April 10, 2012, 02:07:26 AM »
LOL, now he loves the 5D MK3 :)

http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/00-new-today.htm

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Of course, because he actually starting to LEARN how to use the camera.  What a F______ idiot.  still no reply to the email and he is still using all three custom functions to switch between AF modes, which is a ridiculously dumb solution when you can do it faster and easier with button customization (which I included in my email).

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Re: Letter to Mr Rockwell in regards to his 5Dmkiii review
« Reply #114 on: April 10, 2012, 02:16:56 AM »
LOL, now he loves the 5D MK3 :)

http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/00-new-today.htm

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Of course, because he actually starting to LEARN how to use the camera.  What a F______ idiot.  still no reply to the email and he is still using all three custom functions to switch between AF modes, which is a ridiculously dumb solution when you can do it faster and easier with button customization (which I included in my email).


LOL I actually started reading about HOW he is getting around his complaints please for the sake of your blood pressure dont read it, or at least have soeone nearby ready to call 911 for you, but a hint is using C1 C2 and C3...
I didn't finish reading as i fell out of my chair after the first 2 sentences...
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Re: Letter to Mr Rockwell in regards to his 5Dmkiii review
« Reply #115 on: April 10, 2012, 03:14:50 AM »
OMG

Just read his review on the 5DIII. This paragraph says it all

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"The Mark III's new autofocus system is more complicated than it is good. It's about the same as Nikon's old D300 AF system from 2007. Its added complexity and inferior, obstructive LCD finder display is getting in the way of my pictures. I can't see my subject under the ugly black AF-area squares, and its added complexity demands that I stop what I'm doing to set it. By comparison, the simple, fast AF system of my 5D Mark II and original 5D never required more than one click to adjust, and my eyes never had to leave my subject. "


He needs to:

- read the manual
- take 10 steps back and clear his mind

From his 7D review:

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"Bad

1.) New AF system draws big, black rectangles as each AF sensor goes active — and they never turn off as you're trying to compose! These big, ugly, distracting rectangles don't go away until after you've taken your picture! This makes it difficult to see your subject's expression, or even your subject! (better cameras turn off the AF point indicators after focus locks.)

2.) New 19-sensor AF system is so complex that it doesn't work as well as Canon's classic 9-point system. This is because when you need to change among settings, there are now so many settings that you need to stop what you're doing and click a few buttons to do what you used to be able to do with one finger. "

Well I jumped from the 5DII to the 7D to the 1D4 - and found it easier to do what I wanted on every jump.  Nothing complex - just more function to tap into. The only real issue is whether you use the expansion point or change the tracking speed. If he cant get his mind round that .........

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Re: Letter to Mr Rockwell in regards to his 5Dmkiii review
« Reply #116 on: April 10, 2012, 01:58:35 PM »
Quote from: Ken "I'm awesome" Rockwell
After shooting another day with my 5D Mark III, I am so digging it. Its magic in-camera lens correction is letting me shoot fly-weight plastic Canon lenses, like my weightless and ergonomically superior 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5, getting great results, and lightening my load, all at the same time.

You know, right before the release of the 5D mkIII I said to myself, "I really hope Ken tests and reviews this $3500 camera with sh*tty lenses".

I really hope he tests the 1Dx with the ef 75-300.
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Re: Letter to Mr Rockwell in regards to his 5Dmkiii review
« Reply #117 on: April 10, 2012, 03:04:01 PM »
Quote from: Ken "I'm awesome" Rockwell
After shooting another day with my 5D Mark III, I am so digging it. Its magic in-camera lens correction is letting me shoot fly-weight plastic Canon lenses, like my weightless and ergonomically superior 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5, getting great results, and lightening my load, all at the same time.

You know, right before the release of the 5D mkIII I said to myself, "I really hope Ken tests and reviews this $3500 camera with sh*tty lenses".

I really hope he tests the 1Dx with the ef 75-300.

Hahaha. He always complains about the heavy and bulk of large lenses and cameras but is front page image is him with a Nikon super-tele. I guess just to look cool and "pro"
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Re: Letter to Mr Rockwell in regards to his 5Dmkiii review
« Reply #117 on: April 10, 2012, 03:04:01 PM »

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Re: Letter to Mr Rockwell in regards to his 5Dmkiii review
« Reply #118 on: April 10, 2012, 04:50:03 PM »
He can't see the forest for the trees.  Or is it vice-versa...  8)   If he would actually read the manual and spend some time with the camera he would realize that Canon instilled a LOT of useful customization features for camera and focus system that makes it VERY easy to use.  In fact I would say the focus system is a revolutionary jump forward from the MKII and given it's jump in features, usefulness and "complexity", it's as easy or easier to use than the previous generation.  And in turn his beloved Nikon actually took away ease of use of their focus system.

It's kind of funny, I actually have focus schemes tied into my C settings as well, but it's not because I can't figure out the focus system or how to make it work quickly and simply to my liking.

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Re: Letter to Mr Rockwell in regards to his 5Dmkiii review
« Reply #119 on: April 11, 2012, 01:48:55 PM »
Just an update.  No response to my email, and no changes to his misinformed website.  If I ran a website that reviewed gear for a living and I got an email pointing out a bunch of clear and glaring mistakes on said website, I'm pretty sure I would be pretty quick to respond and update the site, although I'm not a technologically inept tool with a website designed in the late 90's.


Perhaps you should read Ken Rockwell's "manual":

http://www.kenrockwell.com/about.htm

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It is a work of fiction, entirely the product of my own imagination. This website is my personal opinion. To use words of Ansel Adams on page 193 of his autobiography, this site is my "aggressive personal opinion," and not a "logical presentation of fact."


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I have the energy and sense of humor of a three-year old, so remember, this is a personal website, and never presented as fact. I enjoy making things up for fun, as does The Onion, and I publish them here — even on this page.


Therefore, if you are reading his page and making the mistake of taking him seriously, then you're the one with the problem.

If you are looking for site with serious reviews, then look somewhere else.  End of discussion.

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Re: Letter to Mr Rockwell in regards to his 5Dmkiii review
« Reply #119 on: April 11, 2012, 01:48:55 PM »