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 High-end pocketable compacts 2013 roundup article (173 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 (2600 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 145th 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 (309 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 (309 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 (309 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 (434 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 (434 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 (1869 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 (1869 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 (1869 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
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1869 comments in total)
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Jacques Cornell: I'm wondering why they went with an m43 sensor rather than the very nice 1" sensor found in the FZ1000. The latter would have matched the FZ1000 and allowed a larger aperture and/or longer zoom range in a same-size package.

For stills, I don't know. Looking at DPR's studio test shots, the FZ1000 holds up pretty well against the GH4 in terms of detail and high-ISO noise. The GH4 seems to resolve more, but that's probably due to having better glass. Cropping just 13MP out of the m43 sensor, I suspect the LX100 might resolve less than the 1" sensor would have or my GX7 does. I've pretty much determined that 16MP is the minimum resolution I need for large prints - which is part of the reason I moved to m43 and retired my LX7 - so this is a bit disappointing to me. As for multi-aspect, Panny could easily implement this with the 1" sensor, yielding about 16MP rather than the 13MP we get from the m43 sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 08:23 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1869 comments in total)

I'm wondering why they went with an m43 sensor rather than the very nice 1" sensor found in the FZ1000. The latter would have matched the FZ1000 and allowed a larger aperture and/or longer zoom range in a same-size package.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 00:25 UTC as 307th comment | 6 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1869 comments in total)
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akaloith: if you compare panasonic fz1000 (1'' 20mp) and panasonic gh4 (4:3 16mp)
you will sadly find no obvious difference to raw high iso
they are almost identical
so the bigger 4:3 sensor clearly does not deliver much better high iso in comparison to the smaller 1''

the lens is equally bright to rx100 III, so i would prefer the standard 1'' but a brigher lens 24-75 f:1.2-2.0 since the bigger sensor does not make much of a difference in high iso or
a 24-120 f:2.0 in 1'' sensor

I'm with you, not for a faster lens, but for greater resolution. I'd even give up the multi-aspect and 1/3 or 2/3 stop of lens speed to get the sensor's full 16MP of resolution in a same-size package. As it is now, its strength is low-light performance, but I'd want it for shooting detailed landscapes. That's what prompted me to trade in my LX7 for m43.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 00:07 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1869 comments in total)
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f8BeThereToo: I suppose that I will have to wait for the full review to learn the shot-to-shot speed when shooting RAW?

While JPEG shooting speed is quite fast I am usually disappointed in how fast I can snap pictures in RAW mode...

Frame rate is described as 11fps. No distinction is made between JPEG and RAW. This was true for the LX7, and that camera also shot RAW at 11fps, albeit 10MP rather than 13MP.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 23:58 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1869 comments in total)
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Photos Of Our Planet: Being able to throw my LX3 in my pocket and take decent pictures without any accessories or worrying about remembering any addons has always been great. Having to tag along with a clip on flash does not sound exciting. Since I consider this series an: all in one, no accessories needed, camera; I would have appreciated a pop up flash over a hot shoe. I'm sure others will have an opposite opinion. What really are you going to put on that hot shoe anyway... a big dangly flash. That being said, I'd much rather have a viewfinder than a flash if I could only have one of the two, so kudos on that.

I don't understand what you mean by "it doesn't use contacts. You can just let those dangle". A radio trigger needs to receive a flash trigger signal from the camera via a hotshoe. The only way to "let those dangle" is to connect them with a cable to a PC terminal, which no compact camera has, AFAIK.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 21:30 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1869 comments in total)
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Jacques Cornell: What's the flash sync speed? This could be VERY interesting for professional use with flash outdoors.

That's what I'm hoping. This would enable using speedlights to overpower the sun when shooting with flash in daylight. Speedlight shooters rely on HSS to do this now, but it drastically reduces output power. Come to think of it, I wonder if the FZ1000 does this...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 20:52 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1869 comments in total)
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Sir Punk: the prices of prosumer cameras have gone through the roof! it's crazy. For this much I can get a Nex 6 with 2-3 lenses.

Will this camera still have horrible JPEG colors?

A Nex 6 with comparable fast glass would be much bigger and cost a lot more, if it even exists, which I doubt.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 20:22 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1869 comments in total)
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hrt: The spec of this camera is impressive indeed.
With 4/3 sensor + 24mm equivalent zoom + low light capability + control dials + EVF + light weight portability, this camera potentially could replace my APS-C DSLR.
With an integrated EVF, there is no need for a tilting screen.
Exterior looks of the camera doesn't matter, so long as it has a good grip, sufficient dials for control, and no sloppy covers that can easily be bent.
Can't wait to see some test results.
By the way, do you know whether it's weather sealed ?

"With a tilt screen you don not need an EVF."

How do you figure? EVF lets you hold the camera steadier, track moving subjects better, and see the image clearly in bright light.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 20:05 UTC
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