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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On BPG image format aims to replace JPEGs article (206 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 (296 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 (296 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 (296 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 (296 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 (296 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 (296 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 (296 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
On High-end pocketable compacts 2013 roundup article (264 comments in total)
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DRNottage: I have the LF1 and absolutely love it. I'm a pro, and I know a sharp lens when I see one, and this camera HAS one. I don't understand all the complaining about the EVF, because it's highly usable and more than adequate. Panasonic keeps NR to a minimum, unlike Sony, and the flash performance produces amazingly consistent results- unlike Canon, (I must say!) The video performance is nearly as good as Sony's. So, in other words, buy one, carry it, and use it. You won't be sorry.

I like the idea of the LF1, but DPR's Studio Scene images as well as CameraLabs' review show the lens to resolve substantially less than the LX7's. Both cameras share the same sensor. I'd love an LF2 with a sharper lens and would be willing to give up both zoom range and max aperture to get it in the LF1's small form factor. Something like a 24-100 f2.0-2.8 would do nicely for me as long as it yielded the LX7's excellent per-pixel sharpness.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 05:30 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2702 comments in total)

As a former FF shooter and now MFT shooter, I expected a bigger IQ advantage from the new 7D2. In fact, I see almost no resolution or noise advantage over a GX7 or E-M1 up to ISO 3200. At ISO 6400 it's about a half stop better, and at ISO 12,800 it's about one stop better but still a bit gnarly.

10fps at ISO 6400 is where this camera stands apart from its price competition, making this a decent budget choice for low-light action. Sony's a6000 offers a similar frame rate but, like MFT, falls behind in noise at 3200+. On the other hand, if one wants lower noise and/or higher rez and can put up with 6.5fps, Nikon's D750 looks compelling at "just" $500 more. If the D750 did 8+ fps, I'd consider it the better low-light action choice, but it doesn't, so users have to choose between speed and noise.

If you don't shoot a lot of fast action and don't regularly shoot over ISO 3200, I see no reason to choose this over MFT.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2014 at 07:26 UTC as 165th comment
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Dré de Man: 28mm equivalent is mostly boring for landscapes and cityscapes and way too short for almost all pictures of people. It's the one focal length I hardly ever use. It is very good though for egg head and other ugly pictures you can only excuse for by saying your phone manufacturer is smarter than you are.

I agree. I find 24mm & 35mm much more useful.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 12, 2014 at 13:23 UTC
On Post-Photokina polls - Tell us what you think article (198 comments in total)
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CaPi: It isn't the Sensor - it's the whole package that makes the camera for me. Add lens and direct access controls. How else would eg a Fuji X10 still do a reasonable job?
Answering your question: dream camera? 4/3 and above please.

Yes. With their excellent lenses, the LX3, LX5 & LX7 can yield nice sharp detailed prints at 12"x18" easily and even at 16"x24" with some careful prep.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2014 at 13:25 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 article (302 comments in total)
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Alan Ernst: Unfortunately Panasonic wants to sell follow-up models with select improvements only, rather than addressing all issues at once. GM1 is great but I see no need to upgrade to GM5 with same sensor and unavailable as body only. Where are the following improvements?
- raised border around the LCD preventing accidental shifting of focus point,
- ability to mount on tripod without poorly designed TA1 adapter,
- a larger sensor to better use image circle without reducing pixel count
- cable release socket or provision of wireless remote
- improved flash synch speed
- better battery capacity
- decent front grip such as Richard Franiec’s GM1 grip
- tilt / swivel screen
- improved sensor noise and low-light capabilities
The above could be incorporated in the GM5 to make it a really useful upgrade.
Add to that an optically convincing all-round zoom in the 13-75mm range (sharper, faster and smaller than the 14-140mm), and top-notch ultra wide 10mm f2.0 (missing from all the CSC line-ups).

I always have my phone with me, and I've set up a "favorite" wifi connection in the camera, so connecting with my phone takes only a few seconds. I much prefer this over having yet another little gadget in the form of a separate remote that would be easy to lose. That said, I agree with you that Panasonic should enable bracketing with the self-timer.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2014 at 05:15 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 article (302 comments in total)
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Alan Ernst: Unfortunately Panasonic wants to sell follow-up models with select improvements only, rather than addressing all issues at once. GM1 is great but I see no need to upgrade to GM5 with same sensor and unavailable as body only. Where are the following improvements?
- raised border around the LCD preventing accidental shifting of focus point,
- ability to mount on tripod without poorly designed TA1 adapter,
- a larger sensor to better use image circle without reducing pixel count
- cable release socket or provision of wireless remote
- improved flash synch speed
- better battery capacity
- decent front grip such as Richard Franiec’s GM1 grip
- tilt / swivel screen
- improved sensor noise and low-light capabilities
The above could be incorporated in the GM5 to make it a really useful upgrade.
Add to that an optically convincing all-round zoom in the 13-75mm range (sharper, faster and smaller than the 14-140mm), and top-notch ultra wide 10mm f2.0 (missing from all the CSC line-ups).

Kawika,

If you've already got a smartphone and the camera, all you're adding is the (free) app, and it works well. I'm much more likely to have my phone with me than to remember to bring a separate remote.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 1, 2014 at 16:36 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 article (302 comments in total)
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Alan Ernst: Unfortunately Panasonic wants to sell follow-up models with select improvements only, rather than addressing all issues at once. GM1 is great but I see no need to upgrade to GM5 with same sensor and unavailable as body only. Where are the following improvements?
- raised border around the LCD preventing accidental shifting of focus point,
- ability to mount on tripod without poorly designed TA1 adapter,
- a larger sensor to better use image circle without reducing pixel count
- cable release socket or provision of wireless remote
- improved flash synch speed
- better battery capacity
- decent front grip such as Richard Franiec’s GM1 grip
- tilt / swivel screen
- improved sensor noise and low-light capabilities
The above could be incorporated in the GM5 to make it a really useful upgrade.
Add to that an optically convincing all-round zoom in the 13-75mm range (sharper, faster and smaller than the 14-140mm), and top-notch ultra wide 10mm f2.0 (missing from all the CSC line-ups).

Many of the things you're requesting (larger sensor, larger battery, grip, tilt/swivel screen) would make the camera substantially larger. I don't see a larger sensor happening anytime soon, as it would no longer meet the MFT spec, and it would require a complete sensor redesign for just this one model. As for remote control, this is available via wifi with the excellent Panasonic Image App.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2014 at 19:00 UTC
On Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 article (437 comments in total)

I wonder why Panasonic didn't use the same 20MP 1" sensor as the FZ1000, given that it seems comparable in high-iso noise and superior in resolution. It would have allowed a smaller camera and/or faster lens. The LX100 seems like a great camera, but it doesn't provide a pocketable option for current MFT owners. Waiting for an LF2 with a better lens.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2014 at 18:33 UTC as 37th comment | 11 replies
On Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 article (437 comments in total)
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Valentinian: What would be the technical reason not to release a 24-75mm(equivalent)/f1.7-2.8 for the interchangeable lens micro four thirds system?

Plus, this lens doesn't cover the full MFT image circle.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2014 at 18:24 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1864 comments in total)
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accupix: If only the LX100 had one or two of the following features- (a) a real EVF, (b) a flipping screen, (c) a ASA/DIN dedicated control wheel with an 'A' setting- I would have placed a pre-order by now. Lacking that, I'll wait to see the camera 'hands-on' and shoot IQ tests vs. my Sony RX100 before spending close to a grand (including extra battery, case, etc.)

The LX100's EVF is the same as the GX7's, which is to say quite good. You must be thinking of the GM5.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 05:26 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1864 comments in total)
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KonstantinosK: Although this must be a great camera, it's also a bit of a let down. I really hoped for a 1" sensor in a more pocketable package to directly compete with the RX100, offer an alternative and help draw the prices down. Now it seems that the RX100 is still left without competition in the pocketable camera segment.

I agree. 1" sensor, 16-20MP, 24-90 f2.8-4.0, LX7 or smaller size, is more what I had in mind for the casual travel & landscape shooting I did with my LX7 and now my GX7. This thing is too close in size to my GX7, and 13MP is not that much more than the LX7's 10MP. LF2 with 24-90 anybody?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 05:23 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1864 comments in total)
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okaysee: "Thus, the effective sensor area on the LX100 is really 1.5X larger than 1inch" that's from the Introduction of the LX100 preview, 3rd paragraph down.

Um, that doesn't sound right at all. 1.5X larger than a 1-inch sensor would be 1.5". The LX100 DOES NOT use a 1.5" sensor. It uses a 4/3" sensor which measures 1.333". The EFFECTIVE amount of the sensor the LX100 uses out of the 1.333" available is 1.0667". The effective sensor size is therefore 1.0667X larger than a 1" sensor, not 1.5X larger.

Jeff Keller, I hope that helps.

It's 50% more AREA, not 50% wider or taller.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 05:14 UTC
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