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I look at Ken Rockwell's website occasionally and I like to read his writings, like I do with others writing photography in the Internet. Many times I had wish he would have used different words to express his feelings or his testing of gear.
"Tripods are obsolete" he began to write recently after using VR lenses. While indeed VR lenses help, nothing beats a good tripod for stability and composition. I could go on and on.
I have no experience with either of the cameras he discussed in his website (5D II and D3X) but a $8000 has to be superior to a semi-professional camera. He is very enthusiastic of the old 5D and I am too. To my personal taste, the files from the old 5D look to my eyes better than those of the D3 or D700.
I agree that he is kind of controversial but on the other hand I see that he has made many contributions to photography, good or bad. In my case, for instance, I have done none.
I was totally unaware that Reichman and Rorslett took time to comment about his writings.
Some of his reviews are helpful but he is way too opinionated to be fair.
And in image quality a professional camera is not necessarily better than a semi professional or even consumer one.
There is not much diff in IQ between the 5dmk2 and 1dsmk3 and yet the 1dsmk3 is 6k vs 3k for the 5dmk2.
The diff is in features/build, speed, AF.... that's what you pay for in the 1dsmk3. For some people is worth it for others is not.
Comparing Jpeg is not the right way to compare cameras at this level.
Nobody in their right mind would buy an 8k or even a 3k camera and shoot jpeg.
And it works the other way too. A D3 jpeg is worse than a 5dmk1 jpeg in sharpness.
If you look at other reviews you will see that yes the D3x has an edge on the 5dmk2 but is more in line with the diff in mpx.
It's impressive that Nikon was able to improve so much the high iso of the Sony sensor.
For me the 5dmk2 is nothing more than using bin parts to build a mix of existing cameras.
5d AF, mirror box. 1dsmk3 sensor.
The only thing new is the video (the LCD was introduced on the 50D).
That doesn't make it bad is just that is nothing revolutionary as some present it to be.
Even the price for 21mpx is not revolutionary as you can get the 24mpx sony for the same price. (worse iso, but other advantages)