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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 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
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1252 comments in total)
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Mike FL: The real problem for Panasonic is lacking of innovation.

For the very first time, SONY became #1 b/c of innovation while Olympus was #1 for past three years in its homeland at least.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-KvQ64vgj450/VM_4NejjThI/AAAAAAAAMqw/rNOVZu0WYRs/s1600/mirrorless%2Bcamera%2Bsales%2Bstatistics%2Bfrom%2Bjapan%2Bbcn%2Bm43photo.png

Panasonic is going down in fast speed as seem from the chart as above.

Things could be changed if Pana can make its IBIS half good as Olympus.

Flamebait, trolling and bashing are against DPR forum rules.

Not to mention really obnoxious.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2015 at 02:33 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 they delivered images taken with GX8 and MFT best lenses to their magazine, they would be fired."

As far as I know, Ira Block has not been fired by National Geographic. You obviously are not a working pro. MFT is more than up to snuff for editorial print work, not to mention large-format printing.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2015 at 02:29 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1252 comments in total)
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Rick DeBari: The GX8 looks like a great camera design mostly. Too bad they ruined it by eliminating the built-in flash and using an utterly useless 2.5mm mic input. The fancy tilting EVF adds unnecessarily to the cost. A built-in flash would be more useful. I do love the fully-articulated LCD. Its about time other camera makers got rid of the stupid tilt-only LCD designs. I am anxious to see the new Lumix GH5 which, I assume, will also use the new 20MP sensor.

"The fancy tilting EVF adds unnecessarily to the cost."

It's unnecessary only for you. For others, it's both necessary and worthwhile.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2015 at 02:24 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1252 comments in total)
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Another anlge: Another angle at the focal length. Non-professional.

Couple of words about focal length in mm of lenses. Honestly, who understands them? Only the ones like you. But for casual user it means nothing. You have to know the system (sensor size), although in fact it’s enough to know how much mm in that system is giving you magnification 1 – meaning, that picture taken will have field of view as seen by human eye. Wait a minute!.. Why don’t just producers mark the magnification of lenses relative to what human eye sees? So just divide the mm of lenses by what mm would give the magnification 1! Let’s test: what the lenses 0,5-2 is? Easy and understandable. Now, c’mon DPReview, you know you can do it – make the world better and brighter :).

More useful and readily understandable would simply be to refer to a lens' angle of view instead of its focal length.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2015 at 02:21 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1252 comments in total)
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Ed Overstreet: As someone who owns an GX7 (excellent camera IMO) and is about to buy a new G7, I'm a bit surprised (and disappointed) that the GX8 appears to have fewer customization options than either of the other two cameras. I can only see two programmable Fn buttons on the camera body (possibly a third sitting on one of the top-right dials), and I suspect from both the other cameras the "virtual button" set on the touch screen will only accommodate five more for a total of maybe 8. I find important uses for all the buttons (9 on the GX7 and 11 on the G7) as well as the Custom dial settings (five for the GX7 and three for the G7, not at all clear from the photos what is available on the GX8).

At the moment, once I have my G7 I doubt this GX8 is going to tempt me to upgrade from my GX7 (which I love and which will be a great backup/complement to my G7). The extra 4 megapixels isn't enough of an increase to interest me, and all the other features mentioned are available already in the GX7 or G7

Ed -
"I'm a bit surprised (and disappointed) that the GX8 appears to have fewer customization options"

According to Gordon Laing at CameraLabs, the GX8 has EIGHT customizable buttons.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2015 at 13:02 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1252 comments in total)
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The Sage Knows: Thought I saw my next camera - but then I read it has no built in fill flash?
Not going to be toting a bulky accessory.
I'll just keep using the D810 until something better comes around.

Sage -
"Thought I saw my next camera - but then I read it has no built in fill flash?"

What camera did you think you saw? The GX8 looked good to you if only it had a built-in flash, and now it's not a D810 so fuggedaboutit? Way to move the goalposts, fella.

Why don't you just buy an A7RII and stop bugging those of us with an interest in MFT and small lenses. Oh, wait! The A7RII doesn't have a built-in flash either. Guess you're SOL.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 21:01 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1252 comments in total)
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The Sage Knows: Thought I saw my next camera - but then I read it has no built in fill flash?
Not going to be toting a bulky accessory.
I'll just keep using the D810 until something better comes around.

Oh, come on. Keep the Metz in a pocket and mount it only when needed. The D810 body and its lenses are much bigger.
http://j.mp/1HDxRlv

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 15:46 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1252 comments in total)
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what_i_saw: So much for the mirror less cameras being small in size. At this rate soon the smallish to normal sized DSLR will be at par on size and feature front. And with their usual fast focusing abilities + comparatively cheaper lenses, soon we will have to take a re-look at them.

"And better S-AF??"

Try it. Rocket fast, works at -4EV, no front/back-focus problems, and AF anywhere in the frame, not just on 11 AF points bunched uselessly in the middle. Better than my 1Ds MkIII.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 03:56 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1252 comments in total)
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Kissel: I like the dedicated exposure compensation dial.

"Most dSLRs don't have this feature, even professional ones."

Yeah, I don't know how I survived all those years with my Canon 1-series bodies. When will we get dedicated dials for ISO, shutter speed and aperture, not to mention AF mode, bracketing, and LCD brightness? Woo hoo! It'll be the Festival of Dials!

Actually, I do miss aperture rings.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 03:48 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1252 comments in total)
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The Sage Knows: Thought I saw my next camera - but then I read it has no built in fill flash?
Not going to be toting a bulky accessory.
I'll just keep using the D810 until something better comes around.

A GX8 + Metz 26 AF-1 is still a heck of a lot less bulky than your D810 rig.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 03:42 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1252 comments in total)
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Impulses: Does IBIS not work at all with non-Panasonic lenses or is it the combination of IBIS+OIS that doesn't? I'm fine with the latter tbh, it's somewhat understandable... There seems to be very little talk of IBIS sans OIS tho.

Is there an EFC or has the faster sensor readout mitigated rolling shutter effects enough to not need EFC? (doubtful)

Does the exposure compensation dial and exp compensation itself work in conjunction with Auto ISO in Manual mode? Would love to have an answer to all these before August and general availability.

Also, if IBIS isn't used at all for video even at 1080p, can we assume it's not used during the 4K Photo modes either? Is it active during image composition? I'll love you long time if you can answer even half of these Richard. :P

"Does IBIS not work at all with non-Panasonic lenses or is it the combination of IBIS+OIS that doesn't?"

For reasons that should be obvious, you won't get IBIS + OIS if the lens doesn't have OIS. You'll get IBIS with non-OIS lenses and IBIS + OIS with certain OIS lenses that are compatible and have appropriate firmware.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 03:35 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1252 comments in total)
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bernardf12: This looks like a fine camera, except for one feature, the flip out screen. I found on a Canon I owned that there's some usability issues with the design.

In the end I settled on the method of closing the screen and flipping it out for every shot I took, which was annoying to say the least because you cannot take a shot quickly. If you close it with the screen side outside, then you cannot tilt it without flipping it out and making a 180 degree tilt which is more annoying. And then it is also a bit unnatural to compose by looking to the screen on the left of the scene you want to capture.

Promised myself I would never buy this design again. Are there really people who like/prefer to use a camera in this way?

"In the end I settled on the method of closing the screen and flipping it out for every shot I took"

The GX8 has this thing called a "viewfinder". You can hold the camera up to your eye and look through it instead of holding the camera out in front of you at arm's length. Really nifty. If you don't need one, you might as well get a GM7 or E-PL6.

FYI, the tilt & swivel screen makes it easy to make vertical shots from high or low angles, something you can't easily do with a tilt-only screen.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 03:27 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1252 comments in total)
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haiiyaa: Why would anyone want a larger size? Isn't the whole point or mirrorless, and ESPPECIALLY m43 to have a small camera? I was going to buy this but now I'm not so sure

"Isn't the whole point or mirrorless, and ESPPECIALLY m43 to have a small camera?"

This is still a small camera. It's much smaller and lighter than, say, a D7200, not to mention a 7DII. And, the lenses even more so.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 03:23 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1252 comments in total)
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mosc: What's this camera's biggest drawback? To me it's the thought of a similarly priced APS-C version of the A7Rm2 which will focus EF-S/DX glass and match it's 4K/IBIS headline features. Sony's recent 1" sensor releases also have sensor tech that seem already well ahead of what will likely be the best m43 has to offer for years to come.

I have to say I find the ample grip, viewfinder, and especially fully articulated screen in the rangefinder layout all very close to ideal. Hard to fault panasonic of late on the physical layouts of their cameras like the LX100, G7, and GX8.

Makes me hope an LX100m2 is close behind featuring the GX8's sensor, the LX100's lens, and some other polish without matching the GX8's large $1,200 pricetag.

"What's this camera's biggest drawback? To me it's the thought of a similarly priced APS-C version of the A7Rm2 which will focus EF-S/DX glass and match it's 4K/IBIS headline features."

The GX8's biggest drawback is a THOUGHT?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 03:17 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1252 comments in total)
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daddyo: Wow, what was Panasonic thinking? This 'behemoth' weighs a whopping 3 oz. more than the GX7! That's almost 1/5 of a pound!
I'm not sure I'd be able to lift it to my eye level -- especially with one of those huge micro four thirds lenses attached.

Back to reality, a small but legitimate problem I see is that the hot shoe is off-center from the lens axis (unlike the GX7 which is centered). This will result in slight side shadows when using a flash.

Other than that, it looks like a pretty nice camera -- pending in-depth reviews.

"I'm not sure I'd be able to lift it to my eye level"

I used to have a professional weight lifter hold my 1Ds in front of my face.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 03:16 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1252 comments in total)
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Giuseppe Fallica: The "essence" of the matter is only one: has this new Lumix GX8, changed "party", adopting the brand new IMX269 EXMOR SONY sensor?
If the answer is affermative, this new GX series camera could be a really new camera and not a simple restyled GX item.
At this point, it would be useful to know something more about this sensor.
Is it really a sensor with a notable dynamic range increased and noise reduced? or are these just rumors?
These are the questions. Everything else, are secondary issues.

Guiseppe -

"what makes concrete difference between a camera and an other one, is only the sensor"

So there's no difference between a Nikon F1 and a Canon EOS-3 because they both use the same film?

Once sensors reach a certain performance level, ergonomics, handling, speed, metering, size, weight, reliability, lens availability, and user interface become critical differentiating factors, as far as I'm concerned. If I can't get a camera to do what I want instantly, easily and comfortably, it doesn't matter what sensor is in it.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 03:13 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1252 comments in total)
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MDGColorado: It's odd to consider recent Panasonic innovations like DFD and IBIS + lens IS to be a drawback. These features have improved performance using Panasonic lenses, but they have not hurt performance using other lenses.

Richard -

"However, moves that limit you to Panasonic's own-brand offerings undermine part of the appeal of a multi-party system. "

I don't see how Panasonic's new technologies "limit" users of Oly lenses in any way. If anything, LACK of IBIS in Panasonic bodies makes Oly lenses less useful. Panasonic is unable to offer 5-axis IBIS due to its commitment to 4K video, but rather than skip IBIS entirely and rely only on OIS, they've provided the best IBIS they can - which benefits owners of Oly lenses - and improved the utility of OIS lenses as well. It's a win-win for everybody.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 03:08 UTC
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