Ken Rockwell

Ken Rockwell

The 'world's largest independent source of photography information' and the 'most read photography author in history' (to quote his own about page), Ken Rockwell divides opinion like little else in our industry. Forthright and opinionated (and often with tongue lodged firmly in cheek), Rockwell's writing is anything but boring (and he seems to hate dpreview and all we stand for).

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Dec 20
20 December 2013, Friday
Nikon Df and 1970 Nikon GN Auto NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8. NEW: Nikon Df Review. I've completely re-written it... show more
Nikon Df and 1970 Nikon GN Auto NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8. NEW: Nikon Df Review. I've completely re-written it over the past 36 hours with all new data and illustrations based on my past month of shooting. Of course I dumped the Df and grabbed my 5D Mk III for snapping the kids at their Christmas concerts where I want great photos, as opposed to a collectible camera to use with my relic F-Mount lenses.   DEAL: Refurbished Nikon S800c Android point-and-shoot: $95. Forget this; go look at the Canon giveaways listed below.   show less
Dec 19
19 December 2013, Thursday
NEW: Canon 5D Mk III vs. LEICA M 240 vs. Sony A7 Image Quality Comparison.   Need cash? Don't... show more
NEW: Canon 5D Mk III vs. LEICA M 240 vs. Sony A7 Image Quality Comparison.   Need cash? Don't forget that Adorama pays top dollar for your used gear.   The Nikon SB-400 finally sold out. No worries, I'd get another one used at eBay (see How to Win at eBay) long before I bought the crummy SB-300 that replaces the SB-400.   CANON GIVE-AWAYS!!!! Adorama's blowing out a whole bunch of the hottest Canon gear at prices too low to last any lentgh of time. Catch them while you can! Note that most of them are secrets, and require you to start the checkout process to see your actual low selling prices.   Canon 5D Mark III for $2,699! Includes free US shipping and 2% rewards. To get this special price, hit ADD TO CART, then hit CHECKOUT.   Canon 5D Mark III with 24-105L IS for $3,239! includces free US shipping and 2% rewards. This secret price is not shown until after you hit PROCEED TO CHECKOUT.   Canon S110 with 8GB SD Card & Canon Leather Case: $190! Includes free 2-day US shipping. This secret price is probably not shown until after you hit PROCEED TO CHECKOUT.   Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II for $1,329 after rebate! Includes free US shipping and 2% rewards. This secret price is probably not shown until after you hit PROCEED TO CHECKOUT. Canon 24-70mm f/4L IS for $899 after rebate! Includes free US shipping and 2% rewards. This secret price is probably not shown until after you hit PROCEED TO CHECKOUT. Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II for $1,699 after rebate! Includes free US shipping and 2% rewards. This secret price is probably not shown until after you hit PROCEED TO CHECKOUT. Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM for $129. Includes free US shipping and 2% rewards.This secret price is probably not shown until after you hit PROCEED TO CHECKOUT. Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II: $1,799 after rebate! Includes free US shipping and 2% rewards. This secret price is probably not shown until after you hit PROCEED TO CHECKOUT.   Canon SL1 DSLR Body with Lowe-Pro bag and 16GB Lexar card, for $369! Includes free US shipping and 2% rewards. This secret price is not shown until after you hit PROCEED TO CHECKOUT. Canon 70D for $979. Includes free US shipping and 2% rewards. This secret price is probably not shown until after you hit PROCEED TO CHECKOUT. Canon T5i with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM for $699. Includes free US shipping and 2% rewards. This secret price is probably not shown until after you hit PROCEED TO CHECKOUT. Canon T3i with 18-135mm IS for $679. Includes free US shipping and 2% rewards. This secret price is probably not shown until after you hit PROCEED TO CHECKOUT.   Canon 5D Mark III with 24-105mm f/4L IS for $3,349 with free shipping and 2% rewards. To get this price: 1.) Click on the item bundle (price reads $3,899) and click ADD TO CART. 2.) A window pops up with a whole bunch of free stuff that's added. The price still reads $3,899. Scroll down and click CHECKOUT at the bottom of this window. 3.) You see a whole list of items in your cart, and the price still reads $3,899. 4.) Click PROCEED TO CHECKOUT. The price drops magically to $3,349, which is what you pay. Shipping is free, at least in most of the USA.   Canon T5i with 18-135mm IS STM for $849.50 (Regular Price $1,049.00), includes Free US Shipping and 2% rewards. (follow the tricks above to get the special price.)   Sony RX10, open box, for $937 with free shipping. Regular Price $1,049.00.   show less
Dec 17
Gift Ideas. Stuck on what to get your favorite photographer? Here are thoughtful ideas everyone will love. ... show more
Gift Ideas. Stuck on what to get your favorite photographer? Here are thoughtful ideas everyone will love. Want a great DSLR for $349 - with lens? Get a refurbished D3100 kit! THat's what I'd buy my mom if she asked and tell my friends who ask for a great camera for normal people. (Actually mom's getting a used Nikon N55 for Christmas. She prefers real pictures and her last one broke.)   Recommended Canon Lenses You asked, so here's the couple of Canon full-frame lenses I actually use and suggest.   show less
Dec 16
16 December 2013, Monday
NEW: Nikon D5200 iPhone/iPod/iPad App. Nikon D5200 Users Guide App. Whew! This app took almost a year... show more
NEW: Nikon D5200 iPhone/iPod/iPad App. Nikon D5200 Users Guide App. Whew! This app took almost a year to develop to be sure it looks awesome on iPad, iPhone and iPod and the various OSs.   Nikon D5300, Sony A7 and Nikon Df I have my new D5300, but haven't gotten to it yet. I was shooting my Sony A7 all weekend, as well as my Nikon Df. My own LEICA M typ 240 should be here soon, too, so I can finally complete the review I attempted to start in October with a loaned unit. Fast take on each camera: The Sony A7 is better than the LEICA M typ 240 for available-light reportage, portraiture, people, action and street photography with the EVF because the Sony just works better — with excellent full-time, full-frame manual focus assist. The Type 240 is better for careful nature and landscape work because the LEICA lenses work better with its sensor; adapted LEICA lenses on the A7 aren't as sharp, especially on the sides and corners, as they are on the typ 240. The A7 charges from any USB port in your car or from AC power or from a USB backup battery in your pocket, while oddly the LEICA's battery lasts longer. The LEICA M typ 240 is like a Rolex or a Ferrari, and owned by the same discriminating crowd. A LEICA is not for regular people. No one buys a Rolex to tell time or a Ferrari to take kids to school or get to work. The LEICA is bigger than taking pictures, just as any Casio G-Shock keeps better time, is more legible and more reliable than a Rolex. The Df is also a special camera for the man who knows what he likes. If you're a casual buyer who selects a camera based on features, price, specifications and test reports, get a D610 for less money. If you're a seasoned shooter who knows what you love, you'll prefer the Df. I love mine; the Nikon Df is the most revolutionary Nikon since the Nikon F4 of 1986; even the world's first practical DSLR, the Nikon D1 wasn't revolutionary; it was simply evolutionary. Only the D1's price was revolutionary, not the camera. In the Df, we have the world's first original DSLR that isn't simply a regurgitation of an existing 35mm SLR, as the D1 was a digital adaptation of the Nikon F5 and the D2 was a version of the Nikon F6. When things slow down I can add my usual excruciating factual detail to each review. Of course my 5D Mark III and 50mm f/1.2 L is what I grabbed today when I finished writing this and actually needed good photos in my son's classroom; the 5D Mark III is superior to anything digital from Nikon or LEICA.   Nikon SB-400 Nikon SB-400. Nikon's best flash, the SB-400, has become more difficult to find. Some say Nikon stopped making it, which is no big deal since you can buy all you want from Adorama from stock, or used at eBay. Unlike digital cameras, flashes should be bought gray market; you're not going to need service or firmware updates for them. The SB-400 is exceptional. Canon has nothing to compete with it, and the Nikon SB-300 is crummy by comparison, too.   show less
Dec 13
Last few hours: These were supposed to have expired yesterday, but they still seem active: To get these secret... show more
Last few hours: These were supposed to have expired yesterday, but they still seem active: To get these secret deals, you have to start the checkout process. You'll see higher prices on their pages and in your cart until you hit ADD TO CART and then hit CHECKOUT: Canon 70D body: $949 (Reg: $1199) with free shipping and 4% Adorama rewards. Canon 600EX-RT Flash for $449 (reg. $549) with free shipping and 4% Adorama rewards. Ricoh GR pocket camera, 16 MP and HD with Lexar 32GB SDHC Card, free shipping and 4% Adorama rewards for $699.   show less
Dec 12
12 December 2013, Thursday
NEW: Sony LA-EA4 Adapter review. Sony LA-EA4 Adapter. This gizmo really works; I can shoot my 1980s... show more
NEW: Sony LA-EA4 Adapter review. Sony LA-EA4 Adapter. This gizmo really works; I can shoot my 1980s Minolta MAXXUM AF lenses with full autofocus on my full-frame Sony A7! I also just got my Sony A7 less than 24 hours ago. I posted some quick sample shots. I'm loving it; it's better made than the LEICA M typ 240; the M typ 240's EVF is made in China out pf plastic, while the A7's finder is part of the camera which seems like solid metal.   show less
Dec 11
11 December 2013, Wednesday
NEW: Nikon 58mm f/1.4 G review. NEW: Nikon 50mm and 58mm Bokeh Comparison. Nikon 58mm f/1.4 G. ... show more
NEW: Nikon 58mm f/1.4 G review. NEW: Nikon 50mm and 58mm Bokeh Comparison. Nikon 58mm f/1.4 G.   show less
Dec 06
06 December 2013, Friday
NEW: Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 review. Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8.   NEW: TDK A33 Bluetooth Speaker... show more
NEW: Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 review. Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8.   NEW: TDK A33 Bluetooth Speaker Review. TDK A33 Bluetooth Speaker. A fantastic bluetooth speaker — practically free!   More Christmas Deals Wow! Here's what you really want for Christmas. These are what I shoot when I want it done right and aren't wasting my time testing some baloney camera. Want to know what I shoot? Here you go: World's best DSLR: Canon 5D Mark III with 24-105mm f/4L IS: click Buy Together and Save, add the Pixma Pro100 printer for $3,347.00 price after mail-in-rebate. Heck, I paid more than this for just my 5D Mk III body! Canon's pro ultrawide: Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM: Price at Checkout $1, 549, Final Price after mail-in-rebate: $1,349.00. 16-35/2.8 II review. World's sharpest midrange zoom: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM: Price at Checkout $1,999.00, Final Price after mail-in-rebate is $1699.00. 24-70/2.8 II review. The Canon tele I shoot myself: Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS USM: Price at Checkout $1,199.00, Final Price after mail-in-rebate: $999.00. 70-200/4 IS review. I haven't seen it this low since I bought mine back in 2007! More great stuff: Canon 85mm f/1.2L II USM: Price at Checkout is $1,999.00 and Final Price after mail-in-rebate is $1,799 — with Free Shipping! 85/1.2 review. Sony SLT-A58 and 18-55 and 55-200mm, HVL-F20M Flash: Price after $50 Adorama Gift Card $498.00. Canon ELPH 115 IS (16 MP, 8x Optical Zoom) in pink, black or blue: Price in Cart $89.00. All these prices always move up and down, so get them while you can.   show less
Dec 04
04 December 2013, Wednesday
NEW: Nikon D610 review. Nikon D610 and 50mm f/1.4 G. As expected, a super camera, just like the D600,... show more
NEW: Nikon D610 review. Nikon D610 and 50mm f/1.4 G. As expected, a super camera, just like the D600, but without the overblown oil spot fiasco. My D610 page has been completely updated with new Performance and Usage and Recommendations sections.     show less
Dec 03
My wife had a dream about me — so I'm in trouble! You married guys know the drill: you're guilty for... show more
My wife had a dream about me — so I'm in trouble! You married guys know the drill: you're guilty for whatever you do in your woman's dream just the same as if you really did it. I know you're going get a kick out of what I did last night in my wife's dreams. As you know, my wife's real job for decades has been pharmaceutical sales. She's extremely good at running around to doctors' offices all day helping them learn about whatever drugs or biotech product she's peddling. That's why I can sit here and help people learn about photography instead of working a real job: because my wife earns the real cashola. Anyway, in her dream she instead sold cameras door-to-door! She sold to both friends and strangers. She placed the camera orders with her company who shipped them to our house, and she then went out and delivered them personally the next day: just like selling Burpee Seeds or Girl Scout cookies. Don't you love what devious predicaments our own brains concoct for ourselves? Whose side are we on anyway? All was going well because she's one of the world's top salespeople. She had loads of orders, and loads of cameras came and went each day as she sold boatloads. There was only one teensy-weensy problem in her supply chain: I was taking the cameras out of their boxes as they arrived and testing them! Boy was she ticked when she went to deliver her cameras, and discovered that her shipping boxes were empty because I was piddling with them! She was really in trouble because there was an awesome sunset, and all her friends were taking pictures of it — except for the friends whose cameras I had all taken aside to test! I was all over it; the cameras she sold were all different and I wanted to test each one. I even tried to tell her that I was helping her customers by ensuring all their cameras were AOK, and that they should be thanking me — except that there was this awesome sunset and all her friends wanted the cameras they had ordered! Heh heh, I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried.   Deals Sorry about all the deals, but here are more today: Refurbished D600 for $1,399! Fujinon 14x40 stabilized binoculars for $999. This is what I got myself for Christmas in 2006, and I paid $1,100 for them back then. I still use mine every day Fujinon 14x40 review.   show less