He does have a special gift of getting even folks who think he's an idiot to click on his site's links. With his new, huge ads that must be disabled to get at his ravings, I have another incentive to simply say, "Ken who?" and not fall prey to his ploy. Ken's all too aware that his rants get his site the most traffic. If there isn't a term "troll page" for the kind of place Ken has built, there should be.
Another recent thread here compared Ken to Rush Limbaugh (fur the uninitiated, Rush is a controversial talk show host in the US). Reasonably apt comparison. Ken wants to be controversial much more than he wants to be right. While this may generate traffic to his site, I think this approach does a disservice to his visitors and I'd advise folks to just ignore him (or at least take what he says with a huge grain of salt). Don't base any important decisions solely on what Rockwell has to say.
Yes, I agree with Bob. I wish people would stop linking others to his site for serious infomation because it does cause a disservice to his visitors and the Nikon community in general since he's a Nikon user. His articles are usually based on emotion rather than rational reasoning or at times even facts. In my opinion, Thom Hogan does a better job for Nikon info. I can't wait for a good review of the D2x when it comes out...I have to start saving my pennies for this camera!
Yes, I agree that Ken does sometimes have the annoying habit of reviewing equipment that he has yet to use! However, there is quite a lot of very useful information on his site, and if you can get past those terrible flashing pop-ups, and understand the difference between his 'hands-on' reviews and the 'hands-off' (;-) ) ones, the information gleaned can helpful. For Nikkor lenses and other Nikon equipment, I find Bjorn Roslett's web pages are far better. When the D2X does finally appear, his review will I think be a very valid one. I also like a lot of Tom Hogan's website, and think that his Complete Guide series of eBooks are superb and extremely informative. ___________________________________________
Let's not be too harsh here. He makes it quite clear himself on his site that he should not be taken seriously (at least this was the case the last time I visited).
Time is limited, so I prefer to concentrate on more serious sites, like the ones mentioned above (Dpreview is not bad either. The paper version of Chasseur d'images is also very informative for equipment reviews).
IMHO, his reviews should be given no weight at all in buying or equipment choice decisions, with salt, pepper or whatever other type or quantity of seasoning.
Michel G. Sylvestre Nikonian from Montréal, Canada
"The best meter is the one built into your camera... There are other bigger, more complex and more expensive meters like the Sekonic, Minolta and Gossens. I find these too big and complex"
Has he ever even picked one of these up? I use a sekonic L-558 its simple and way more accurate in difficult lighting situations than in-camera metering, try metering flash in-camera.
After looking over his website this guy would have to pay me to go on one of his Workshops. Although I could go for one of his website designs. A few hundred google ads, some pop ups, referer links, and a donate page would really add to the professionalism of my site.