Jacques Cornell

Jacques Cornell

Lives in Kazakhstan Almaty, Kazakhstan
Works as a photographer
Has a website at jacquescornell.photography
Joined on Jul 13, 2002
About me:

I co-founded event photography company Happening Photos in New York and serve clients around the world. I also shoot, print, exhibit and sell fine art travel & landscape photos.

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whumber: That seems really cheap for a new top of the line geared head. Isn't the current version 480 GBP?

EDIT: Seems like the load capacity is pretty low at 4KG.

This replaces the 410 Jr., the BOTTOM of the line.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 05:29 UTC
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RichRMA: Since Manfrotto heads and tripods are cheap, that means the effort needed to turn those adjustments will be noticeable. Check how your hands feel after cranking those knurled knobs a dozen or so times. This is why I'd never own a tripod with circular leg tighteners, they KILL the hands after a while.

I find the 410's resistance a bit heavy, but not the problem you describe. However, people with arthritis in their hands or wrists might have trouble with a 410.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 05:27 UTC

I don't know why DPR describes this as a "heavy-weight" head for "weighty" equipment. It replaces the 410, which was always Manfrotto's smallest, lightest geared head, and it holds no more than 9lbs. Also, the XPRO is clearly designed for weight savings, not tank-like construction, and for use on lighter tripods.

Yea! Finally, a geared head for hikers and walkers.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 05:25 UTC as 11th comment
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Digitalis32: As a manfrotto 405 user here I have to say I'm disappointed they chose to "update" the 410 first with all that ...plastic. They can say whatever they want about engineering plastics but I'm not sold on using them to stabilize and secure $10,000 dollars worth of photographic equipment on. Also manfroto: your tiny QR platforms defeat the purpose of using a heavy tripod head in the first place. I'd rather have a broader QR plate that spreads the weight out evenly and has enough mass to help dampen vibrations than a small one that is going to be prone to vibration and easily misplaced.

As a 410 owner and Micro Four Thirds shooter, I welcome this as a 410 replacement. I often leave the 410 behind due to the weight when I go out to shoot outdoors. I've long thought it would be useful to have a lighter geared head for such use with small cameras. And now it's here. Yea!
If you want a heavy head or need bigger plates, there's the 405, which might suit you better than the 410 anyway.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 05:18 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Review preview (482 comments in total)

DPR, would you please include info about the aspect ratio of EVFs? Just reporting the total EVF pixels tells us little about the appearance of 16:9 video and 4:3 stills.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2015 at 12:02 UTC as 14th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Review preview (436 comments in total)
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thxbb12: That's a shame DPR didn't show a comparison of the EVF size compared to other models (Sony RX100 III, Panasonic LX100 and some other MFT bodies).
It's difficult to gauge how small it is compared to a "regular" MFT body (E-M10, GX7, etc.).

You could say the same about sensors...😄

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2015 at 20:24 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Review preview (436 comments in total)
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thxbb12: That's a shame DPR didn't show a comparison of the EVF size compared to other models (Sony RX100 III, Panasonic LX100 and some other MFT bodies).
It's difficult to gauge how small it is compared to a "regular" MFT body (E-M10, GX7, etc.).

Yes, a graphic showing the relative apparent sizes of EVFs, similar to those comparing sensor sizes, would be very helpful.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2015 at 03:39 UTC
On Panasonic releases trio of compact superzooms article (102 comments in total)
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straylightrun: Couldn't they go from 18MP to 16MP? Why 12? That's a huge jump down in resolution.

The 10MP LX7 can yield sharp prints up to 16"x24". That's plenty for me. It's the lens that makes all the difference.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2015 at 03:42 UTC
On Panasonic releases trio of compact superzooms article (102 comments in total)

Disappointed we still don't have an LF2 or similar with a high-quality 3x or 4x lens, something with LX7 IQ in a shirt-pocket package.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2015 at 03:40 UTC as 7th comment
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Suntan: Bitorrent Sync and half a brain will get you all of that and more for no dollars a year.

-Suntan

How do you do this and make it SEAMLESS? Could you describe in more detail the workflow you're alluding to? And, does it work with RAW files? I don't want to rank in one app on a tablet, then have to export into separate folders, then transfer to computer and have to reimport the folders into yet another app. I want a way to rank on the tablet, then put it down and immediately start retouching on the computer. And, I want to then be able to pick up my tablet and have ALL that work accessible on it so that I can share the finished images online at any time from anywhere. That's what I mean by seamless, and that's where Apple seems to be headed with Continuity and Handoff.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 03:40 UTC
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Suntan: Bitorrent Sync and half a brain will get you all of that and more for no dollars a year.

-Suntan

If you know of a way to download images to an iPad on the road, cull, rank & organize them, then seamlessly transfer to my Mac for adjustments & retouching, I'd love to hear about it.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 3, 2015 at 18:07 UTC

The scanty info we have so far indicates that this is the direction Apple is going with Photos - RAW editing and syncing to OS X and iOS versions of Photos via iCloud. I just got my first iPad in anticipation of such a cross-platform workflow solution so that I can cull, rank & organize photos from a job on the iPad while I'm still on the road, then seamlessly transition to my Mac on return to my office for adjustments & delivery. Of particular interest to me is Apple's forthcoming extensible RAW engine, which will give 3rd-party tools direct access to the RAW pipeline. I think this is why Apple is dropping Aperture: why should Apple build NR, perspective correction, lens correction, album layout and other tools, when 3rd-party devs can deliver them as extensions? It could really be a best-of-all-worlds a la carte solution where we can choose our favorite tools and have them all work seamlessly together without doing the TIF-export-round-trip shuffle.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 3, 2015 at 18:05 UTC as 2nd comment
On BPG image format aims to replace JPEGs article (208 comments in total)

What ever happened to JPEG 2000?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2014 at 23:35 UTC as 65th comment | 2 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 First Impressions Review preview (302 comments in total)
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JEROME NOLAS: Great little camera without built in flash, what you do when you loose clip on unit, step on it...? Look mom pic isn't that bad considering it was shot at ISO 12800..

Built-in flash always looks terrible. The only use I have for it is to trigger an off-camera flash, and for that I'd rather have a radio trigger on the (now available) hotshoe.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2014 at 14:54 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 First Impressions Review preview (302 comments in total)
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Ben O Connor: It would be better idea to put articulating screen and keeping built-in flash. Possible owners of this camera (likes control, yet pocketable) would not mind to be without evf.

Hopefully Panasonic's decision will be correct one.

Definitely not. I will never again buy a cam that lacks an EVF.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2014 at 14:52 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 First Impressions Review preview (302 comments in total)
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JohnColtrane: Just search the price on amazon.jp.
GM1:¥ 45,800 for black, ¥ 51,688 for silver.
GM5:¥ 97,000 for black.

That means it costs you guys about ¥50,000($ 416) to buy an EVF+1080,30p->1080,60p-flash.

Yup. I'll buy one in 6-12 months. Def.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2014 at 14:51 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 First Impressions Review preview (302 comments in total)
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Reinhard136: Big loss not having a flash with you all the time, even in day time for backlit shots. Essential for an all purpose camera. Good for triggering other flashes too.
Not sure why someone doesn't come up with a flash which slides on the side of the camera ....... it could either pop up from there, or be demountable and move to the hot shoe when you need it - at least it is can be with you, not in your bag. A bit of styling and it could double as a grip.
Good idea for someone on kick starter .........

I couldn't care less, and I'd rather have the hotshoe & EVF. When I use flash, it's usually off-camera, so a shoe for a radio trigger is great for me. The GM1 wouldn't work in my pro kit, but the GM5 would.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2014 at 14:50 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 First Impressions Review preview (302 comments in total)
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JohnHoppy: I'm constantly surprised how photographers still moan about batteries. I have a GM1 and sure, after a couple of hundred it's running down, but I always have back-up batteries and many compatibles are really good as well as cheap. I got a pack of 2 for the GM1 at around £12 (USD19), no problem with them. Take up space? - Get outta here! I love the EM1 but it's the GM1 that goes everywhere with me.

Yeah, and the batts are tiny. It's not exactly a burden to tuck a few into a bag/pouch/pocket.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2014 at 14:45 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 First Impressions Review preview (302 comments in total)
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daddyo: I guess I don't get the real purpose/benefit of this camera.
Based on the Studio Test Scene, the Olympus E-M10 offers obviously better IQ at high ISO's. It also has built-in flash, a higher magnification LCD and EVF, a tilting LCD, IBIS, and a reasonable grip -- just to name a few advantages, not to mention a $200 lower price tag.

While I understand that the GM5 is a bit smaller and lighter, one still has to carry the clip on flash and a lens or two. If the idea is to simply use the GM5 with only the 12-32mm lens so you can stuff it in a pocket, what's the point of interchangeable lens design? Why not simply get one of the top tier P&S cameras with a reasonable zoom range - something like the Sony RX100 III?

I just looked at the studio test pics, and the E-M5/10 offers perhaps a 1/3-stop noise advantage over the GM5/GX7. I don't consider the difference significant.

I can see a spot for a GM5 in my working kit. There are times when I'm shooting events with an f2.8 zoom on each shoulder and I want a fast prime but it's inconvenient to swap. Adding this as a third cam would be an almost weightless solution. I now use Optech's Double Sling to carry two bodies. If I switch to a Dual Harness, I can hang the GM5 on the chest mount. I really, really like this idea and am just waiting for the GM5 price to drop.

The GM5 would also do double-duty as my carry-everywhere cam. Justifying the purchase of the two tiny zooms would take a bit more mental gymnastics, but I suspect I'll get there. :-)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2014 at 14:43 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 First Impressions Review preview (302 comments in total)
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Gesture: Smaller sensor. Smaller, less complicated camera than DSLR. $500 would be appropriate.

New GM1 bodies are going for $375. This time next year I'll pick up a GM5 as my third body. Then I'll work with a larger MFT+zoom on each shoulder and the GM5+20mm pancake on a neck strap. Groovy.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2014 at 14:19 UTC
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