Tue 30-Jul-13 07:04 AM | edited Tue 30-Jul-13 08:32 AM by jrp
Ken Rockwell says that tripods are no longer required with digital photography. He further goes on to ridicule those who use tripods in his review "How to Use Ultra-Wide Lenses" and in "Digital Killed my Tripod"
What's wrong with Ken? He is supposed to guide newcomers and not misguide them. I think he is off his rocker!
Tue 30-Jul-13 06:07 AM | edited Tue 30-Jul-13 06:08 AM by briantilley
Nothing, really! He's a mediocre photographer at best, but a very clever marketer. His prime aim is to attract web traffic, not to educate - hence the deliberately-controversial statements. And remember that every time someone refers or links to his name or website... he wins!
I stopped being concerned about those reviews a while back. However, I think that the article in question dates back a few years to when we had DX sensors and 10 mega pixels.
The Rockwell article on this topic that I saw referred to the fact that VR helps to lessen the need for a tripod, as do the higher ISO speeds that can be achieved. At the time a tripod switch on a VR lens was uncommon, and thus the use of a tripod with VR was not recommended. He makes the point that tripods weigh you down. All good points, especially in 2008.
He still said that without VR or for long exposures a tripod is useful.
Surely only those who are starting out in a field are going to be fooled by such false gurus. We should make our choices based on our individual needs. Each of us would look at the same scene in our own way, long exposure, short exposure, wide angle, telephoto, wide F stop, small F stop, tripod, no tripod, etc. Brian has it nailed, Ken is playing at being a shock jock to generate traffic and is 'entertainment' rather than too much else. The only thing to say is that if you think you need but do not have a tripod 'on the day', don't miss the shot of a life time!
Good ol' Ken Rockwell is a hustler, opinionated, and sometimes, contradicts himself. Nevertheless, if you dig deep enough, a gem of truth can often be found...like, Nikon's 18-55 and 55-200 "kit" lenses are excellent! And, they are. A certain level of knowldedge is expected, so the remark about him sometimes misleading those with minimal photo knowledge/skills is accurate.
The same can also be said of past and present photo magazines, YouTube and...dare I say it?...Photo forums.
Now to return to the subject: He has discovered that tripods are a Royal PAIN! He says he doesn't use tripods, but keeps a small, light weight Colica in his car's trunk, "just in case". Hmmmm...
With adjustable ISO, tripods are not the necessity they once were, but nevertheless handy on occasion. And,that's my opinion!
I'm not sure tripods were ever required. But they do make for sharper pictures especially with slower shutter speeds. I use a tripod most of the time but have to say it's kind of nice sometimes to shoot without one. I never use a tripod with my Nikon 1.