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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 Bang for the Buck: Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Review article (546 comments in total)
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darngooddesign: "With your eye to the viewfinder you can use your finger on the touchscreen LCD to move the focus point around. It's a handy feature that lets you keep a firm grip on the camera instead of having to move your hand to use the four-way controller."

How does this make your grip any more firm? You are still moving your thumb around. Having to shift the camera so your nose, pressed against the screen of the camera, probably is more awkward than just manipulating a right-side d-pad. I think it would make more sense on the GX8 where your nose is out of the way.

Ignoring those issues, I do think the process of doing this with the screen is smoother and faster than the d-pad.

I use this on both a GX7 and a G6. No nose interference on either one, though it's a bit easier on the GX7.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2015 at 18:37 UTC
On Bang for the Buck: Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Review article (546 comments in total)
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darngooddesign: "With your eye to the viewfinder you can use your finger on the touchscreen LCD to move the focus point around. It's a handy feature that lets you keep a firm grip on the camera instead of having to move your hand to use the four-way controller."

How does this make your grip any more firm? You are still moving your thumb around. Having to shift the camera so your nose, pressed against the screen of the camera, probably is more awkward than just manipulating a right-side d-pad. I think it would make more sense on the GX8 where your nose is out of the way.

Ignoring those issues, I do think the process of doing this with the screen is smoother and faster than the d-pad.

My nose isn't that dexterous.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2015 at 08:00 UTC
On Bang for the Buck: Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Review article (546 comments in total)
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Mister Joseph: Smaller sensor cameras SHOULD focus beating larger sensor cameras in size/weight, burst fps, and video.

Example, 16 fps should compensate for the relatively low dynamic range (hand-held multi-exposure).

Care to back up that "low dynamic range" comment with some concrete examples? My GX7 provides every bit as much DR as my 1Ds MkIII did. Many other MFT shooters have found DR to be excellent. Do you actually shoot MFT, or are you just theorizing?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2015 at 03:29 UTC
On Bang for the Buck: Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Review article (546 comments in total)
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tkbslc: This has so few serious updates, it's a good time to take advantage of the discounts on the original E-M10.

It now has touch AF while using EVF - known as TouchPad AF on Panasonic for quite a while now. For me, the absence of this feature has been the single biggest factor preventing me from considering Olympus over Panasonic. It's that good.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2015 at 03:24 UTC
On Bang for the Buck: Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Review article (546 comments in total)
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Intermittentoverexposure: I just don't see the point. So many other ILC systems with bigger sensors that perform so much better.

Troll.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2015 at 03:17 UTC
On Bang for the Buck: Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Review article (546 comments in total)
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Ruy Penalva: Do we are in the XXI century? A 16 MP sensor sounds like a sub smart phone sensor. If it were only video dedicated may be but a mixed still and video sensor should have more pixels.

41 puny MP? Ha! I laugh at your meager MP! I must make life-size prints of Mt. Rushmore! I need - nay, I demand - 41 BP! That's BP with a B! Then I will rule the world! Ha ha ha ha ha!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2015 at 03:17 UTC
On Bang for the Buck: Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Review article (546 comments in total)
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darngooddesign: "With your eye to the viewfinder you can use your finger on the touchscreen LCD to move the focus point around. It's a handy feature that lets you keep a firm grip on the camera instead of having to move your hand to use the four-way controller."

How does this make your grip any more firm? You are still moving your thumb around. Having to shift the camera so your nose, pressed against the screen of the camera, probably is more awkward than just manipulating a right-side d-pad. I think it would make more sense on the GX8 where your nose is out of the way.

Ignoring those issues, I do think the process of doing this with the screen is smoother and faster than the d-pad.

"That was my point, on a camera with a center viewfinder your nose is going to get in the way and slow the process down."

It's funny hearing Oly users who've never used Panasonic speculating about this "new" feature that's been around forever. I've been using TouchPad AF on my Panasonic G6 and GX7 for a long time, and it works great. I have an average size nose, and I put my right eye to the EVF.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2015 at 03:12 UTC
On Crazy 8: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 sample gallery article (106 comments in total)
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IZO100: ahhh 4/3 ratio... What a silly idea.

Its IGORNANT cheez lern how to spel.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 25, 2015 at 03:01 UTC
On Crazy 8: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 sample gallery article (106 comments in total)

"The camera's ISO range tops out at 25,600 and offers a max burst rate of 8 fps with single AF and 6 fps with continuous AF."

Two corrections. First, it can actually do 10 fps with S-AF when using e-shutter.

Second, the grammar is all wrong. The above statement says that the camera's ISO range - not the camera itself - offers a max burst rate of... It should read:

The GX8's ISO range tops out at 25,600, and the camera offers a max burst rate of 10 fps (with electronic shutter) or 8 fps (with mechanical shutter) with single AF and 6 fps with continuous AF.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 24, 2015 at 15:49 UTC as 15th comment
On Alpha dog: Hands-on with Sony a7R II article (1088 comments in total)
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blink667: A $3200 dollar small, light, innovative camera body without a lens system that includes small, light, fast primes. Sony marketing genius does it again.

Insult & flamebait noted.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2015 at 20:52 UTC
On Alpha dog: Hands-on with Sony a7R II article (1088 comments in total)
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blink667: A $3200 dollar small, light, innovative camera body without a lens system that includes small, light, fast primes. Sony marketing genius does it again.

sibuzaru, some people want AF lenses on their AF cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2015 at 03:13 UTC
On Alpha dog: Hands-on with Sony a7R II article (1088 comments in total)
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King of Song: If just 2 more things happen... If Zeiss comes out with a Biogon for this camera, and some long fast lenses are added to the line (300 2.8) Then it's lights out for Canon and Nikon. So superior is this mirrorless.

woodyggg, read again. KoS asked for TWO things, one a Biogon and the other a 300mm. Biogon is a WIDE ANGLE lens design.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2015 at 03:09 UTC
On Alpha dog: Hands-on with Sony a7R II article (1088 comments in total)
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dark goob: Battery life and control lag are the problem. I highly doubt you can adjust things as quickly here, as on yr 5DSR. Neat toy tho?

Having switched from Canon 1-series to MFT, I can now change most key settings without taking my eye from the viewfinder, thanks to info display in the EVF and Panasonic's excellent customizable UI.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2015 at 03:06 UTC
On Alpha dog: Hands-on with Sony a7R II article (1088 comments in total)
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Rocco57: I'm saving every nickel for this camera. I hope that it has the same ergonomics as a pro Canon. Everything else seems in order for a need to have.

Banh Mi:
"give me 100% what I see"
Uh, mirrorless cameras DO show you 100% of the image. Unlike most DSLRs.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2015 at 03:04 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1252 comments in total)

Which one's the "big beast"?
http://j.mp/1SiE6FL#sthash.TwuwdnLd.dpuf

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2015 at 02:52 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1252 comments in total)
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Trk: You can take a look at photography blog for review and sample images, taken with GX8 with 12-35 F2.8, expensive combo we are discussing whole time about here, expensive more than full frame.

You can perform test on those images, take image, sample it to 10 megapixels, interpolate back, do the same for 6 megapixels result.
You will see that there is no noticeable difference between 20 mpix and 6 mpix image, if any at all.

This demonstrates why we say that MFT lenses are soft lenses (especially with GX8), they resolve 9 megapixels on good cameras, 6 megapixels on GX8 where issue from GX7 continues and has not been fixed.

We also say that MFT lenses are dark lenses, 12-35mm F2.8 lens is comparable to full frame 24-70 F5.6 lens. There are mocking topics here on forums with photos of pros that take those heavy dslrs and lenses. It is because if they delivered images taken with GX8 and MFT best lenses to their magazine, they would be fired. Everyone wants perform the best work in his job!

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 27, 2015 at 12:39 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1252 comments in total)
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Trk: You can take a look at photography blog for review and sample images, taken with GX8 with 12-35 F2.8, expensive combo we are discussing whole time about here, expensive more than full frame.

You can perform test on those images, take image, sample it to 10 megapixels, interpolate back, do the same for 6 megapixels result.
You will see that there is no noticeable difference between 20 mpix and 6 mpix image, if any at all.

This demonstrates why we say that MFT lenses are soft lenses (especially with GX8), they resolve 9 megapixels on good cameras, 6 megapixels on GX8 where issue from GX7 continues and has not been fixed.

We also say that MFT lenses are dark lenses, 12-35mm F2.8 lens is comparable to full frame 24-70 F5.6 lens. There are mocking topics here on forums with photos of pros that take those heavy dslrs and lenses. It is because if they delivered images taken with GX8 and MFT best lenses to their magazine, they would be fired. Everyone wants perform the best work in his job!

My GX1 with 7-14 resolved as much as my Canon 1Ds MkII did with 17-40 f4L, and it was sharper in the corners. I got similar results with other lens comparisons in careful testing on a tripod shooting newsprint taped on my wall from 12' away. After seeing the results with my own eyes, I decided to switch. This notion that MFT resolves only 6MP of detail is utter hogwash. I put no stock in DxO's test scores.

If you have good glass on a FF camera with 24MP+, you will indeed see more detail than from a 16MP MFT file. So what? For those of us who don't need to crop heavily and print A2 or smaller, the so-called "advantage" is irrelevant.

What you and all the other MFT bashers fail to recognize is that every camera kit is a compromise. There's only the best kit FOR A PARTICULAR USE, and so the best choice depends entirely on each photographer's unique set of needs.

Write back when Sony makes a 70-200 or 28-280 that can fit in a coat pocket.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 26, 2015 at 23:45 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1252 comments in total)
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Trk: You can take a look at photography blog for review and sample images, taken with GX8 with 12-35 F2.8, expensive combo we are discussing whole time about here, expensive more than full frame.

You can perform test on those images, take image, sample it to 10 megapixels, interpolate back, do the same for 6 megapixels result.
You will see that there is no noticeable difference between 20 mpix and 6 mpix image, if any at all.

This demonstrates why we say that MFT lenses are soft lenses (especially with GX8), they resolve 9 megapixels on good cameras, 6 megapixels on GX8 where issue from GX7 continues and has not been fixed.

We also say that MFT lenses are dark lenses, 12-35mm F2.8 lens is comparable to full frame 24-70 F5.6 lens. There are mocking topics here on forums with photos of pros that take those heavy dslrs and lenses. It is because if they delivered images taken with GX8 and MFT best lenses to their magazine, they would be fired. Everyone wants perform the best work in his job!

"If you take 42.5 f1.7 lens, you must compare it to something what is comparable, e.g. Sony 85mm f2.8 for 298usd"

You are correct that comparing to a FF 85mm f2.8 would be more apt. However, B&H lists no such E-mount lens. And, the Sigma 30mm is for APS-C, not FF. As for your characterization of MFT lenses as soft, you're simply wrong. I shot with Canon 1-series and L lenses for many years, and my MFT glass is at least as good, often better. I'm starting to think you haven't a clue what you're talking about.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 26, 2015 at 20:51 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1252 comments in total)
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Trk: You can take a look at photography blog for review and sample images, taken with GX8 with 12-35 F2.8, expensive combo we are discussing whole time about here, expensive more than full frame.

You can perform test on those images, take image, sample it to 10 megapixels, interpolate back, do the same for 6 megapixels result.
You will see that there is no noticeable difference between 20 mpix and 6 mpix image, if any at all.

This demonstrates why we say that MFT lenses are soft lenses (especially with GX8), they resolve 9 megapixels on good cameras, 6 megapixels on GX8 where issue from GX7 continues and has not been fixed.

We also say that MFT lenses are dark lenses, 12-35mm F2.8 lens is comparable to full frame 24-70 F5.6 lens. There are mocking topics here on forums with photos of pros that take those heavy dslrs and lenses. It is because if they delivered images taken with GX8 and MFT best lenses to their magazine, they would be fired. Everyone wants perform the best work in his job!

While you can find some body & lens combos where Sony is cheaper, for the kit I need with the classic 3 zooms and a couple of faster primes, Sony remains 30% more expensive and 60% heavier, not to mention that the telezoom won't fit in a coat pocket.

GX8 kit: $5200, 1702g
Similar a7II kit: $7050, 2804g

GX7 kit: $4500, 1617g
Similar a7 kit: $6550, 2664g

a7II = $1700, 556g
GX8 = $1200, 487g

a7 = $1,200, 416g
GX7 = $500, 402g

16-35mm f4 = $1350, 518g
7-14mm f4 = $900, 300g

28-70mm f3.5-5.6 = $500, 295g
12-35mm f2.8 = $1000, 305g

70-200mm f4 = $1500, 840g
35-100mm f2.8 = $1300, 360g

35mm f2.8 = $800, 120g
17mm f1.8 = $400, 120g

85mm f1.8 = $1200, 475g
42.5mm f1.7 = $400, 130g

These kits are NOT strictly "equivalent". With the a7 kit you do get 50% more pixels. That's the difference between a 13"x17" print and a 13"x20" print. You also get 1 stop higher usable ISO with some lenses, 2 stops with others, as well as shallower focus. If you need those things, go for it. I don't.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 26, 2015 at 15:53 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1252 comments in total)
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Trk: You can take a look at photography blog for review and sample images, taken with GX8 with 12-35 F2.8, expensive combo we are discussing whole time about here, expensive more than full frame.

You can perform test on those images, take image, sample it to 10 megapixels, interpolate back, do the same for 6 megapixels result.
You will see that there is no noticeable difference between 20 mpix and 6 mpix image, if any at all.

This demonstrates why we say that MFT lenses are soft lenses (especially with GX8), they resolve 9 megapixels on good cameras, 6 megapixels on GX8 where issue from GX7 continues and has not been fixed.

We also say that MFT lenses are dark lenses, 12-35mm F2.8 lens is comparable to full frame 24-70 F5.6 lens. There are mocking topics here on forums with photos of pros that take those heavy dslrs and lenses. It is because if they delivered images taken with GX8 and MFT best lenses to their magazine, they would be fired. Everyone wants perform the best work in his job!

I have a G6, GX7, 7-14mm f4, 12-35mm f2.8, 35-100mm f2.8, 45-200mm f4-5.6, 20mm f1.7 and 45mm f1.8. Show me how I can get an equivalent Sony kit that's cheaper and not a whole lot bigger.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2015 at 16:23 UTC
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