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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1864 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 (1864 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 (1864 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 (1864 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
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1864 comments in total)
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burnin: An 'all-in-one" camera without a built-in flash doesn't make a whole lot of sense. At all.

Given the choice between an EVF and a pop-up flash, I'll take the former. No contest. As a working pro, I prefer to have a hotshoe so I can mount a proper flash or even a radio trigger for off-camera flash.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 20:02 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1864 comments in total)
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Ivan Lietaert: Seems like an amazing camera. I just hope the EVF is good enough. (The EVF on the GH3 is sub par imo) As an LX3 owner (my first real camera), to see this the progress with this series is just intriguing.

It seems to be the same EVF as the GX7, which has excellent color and resolution.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 20:00 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1864 comments in total)

What's the flash sync speed? This could be VERY interesting for professional use with flash outdoors.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 19:52 UTC as 338th comment | 5 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1864 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.

A hotshoe is useful for mounting a radio trigger for off-camera flashes. I'm thinking this thing might be able take the place of my GX7 + 12-35 f2.8 for paid low-light event work.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 19:50 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1864 comments in total)
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Bjorn_L: Seems like a lovely pocket camera. Something to finally trump the Sony RX100 series.
However the "multi-aspect" cropping modes is just stupid. How about using the entire sensor and letting us choose how to crop it ourself? Tossing out 25% of the pixels (or more) by doing what anyone with any photo editing software can do better on their own?
It doesn't change the fact that this is the camera with the largest sensor in class (ignoring the APS-C bulky things). But all anyone who wants to trump this camera has to do is make a clone of it without these modes and they can legitimately claim to have a 25% effective larger sensor and a higher resolution as well.
Dumbest feature ever.

A lens that could cover a full m43 sensor would be substantially bigger.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 19:48 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1864 comments in total)

Damn! This is practically a $900 12-35mm f2.8 with a free GX7 attached. 16MP vs 13MP makes little difference to me if the lens is sharp. DFD & 11fps are big upgrades over GX7. Does it have TouchPad AF and e-shutter?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 19:38 UTC as 343rd comment | 4 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1864 comments in total)
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wsalopek: Looks beautiful...but...compared to an ILC camera (Sony Nex-6 / A6000):

1) Smaller sensor,
2) Same general size, and
3) MUCH more money?

The only reason for me have an non-ILC camera, is so I can put it in my pocket and have it with me all the time.

Once a camera crosses over from pocketable (keep with you all the time), to bigger (and NOT with you all the time), it totally changes it's customer base and usability. This Panny like a very nice camera, but it's much bigger than the the LX-7, which itself was only semi-pocketable.

So...

Besides 4K, is there any reason to buy this over a similar-sized, and significantly cheaper, ILC camera with a BIGGER sensor?

"2) Same general size"
An equivalent lens on an ILC, especially APS, is MUCH larger.
"3) MUCH more money?"
How much does a 24-75mm (equivalent) f1.7-2.8 zoom for any ILC cost? Panasonic's 12-35mm f2.8 costs $1,000 all by itself. By comparison, the LX100 is a screaming bargain. Think of it as a great lens with a FREE kit body. And, actual street price will probably drop after a few months.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 19:22 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 article (304 comments in total)

Is the LX100 going to eat the GM5's lunch?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 17:26 UTC as 69th comment | 4 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1864 comments in total)

Will Panasonic ever make a high-IQ shirt-pocketable? Turning blue holding my breath here.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 16:17 UTC as 379th comment
On Travel tripods: Comparing 5 aluminum kits article (108 comments in total)

On the Benro, I much prefer the B-series heads over the V-series head that the reviewer likes so well. For me, it comes down to the simplicity of the B-series' single-action lever and the ease of use of the B-series' QR. I always find Arca-style QR finicky to engage. My A1690T came with a BH0 head, and I'm very happy with the whole package. Even bought a BH1 for use on my larger tripod. The same QR plates also work with Oben's screw-on QR base, which I use to mount my camera on a flash bracket.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2014 at 15:12 UTC as 41st comment
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1600 comments in total)
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ipecaca: Wich of these improvements couldn't be implemented in a firmware update?

I think you mean "witch". ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 16:22 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1267 comments in total)
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Jacques Cornell: DPR's studio test shots show significantly less resolution than from a GX7, which has "only" 16MP. The FZ lens appears to be the limiting factor. Now, the GX7 test shots were probably made with a prime, but I'm guessing that a good m43 zoom such as the Panasonic 14-140II would probably do better than the FZ. It would certainly be interesting to see comparison shots from these two packages.

Good catch. Thanks. It looks like the FZ1000 resolution is about on par with the GX7 in those images. Noise is slightly higher, maybe 1/2 stop. I'm impressed.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2014 at 13:38 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1267 comments in total)

DPR's studio test shots show significantly less resolution than from a GX7, which has "only" 16MP. The FZ lens appears to be the limiting factor. Now, the GX7 test shots were probably made with a prime, but I'm guessing that a good m43 zoom such as the Panasonic 14-140II would probably do better than the FZ. It would certainly be interesting to see comparison shots from these two packages.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 15, 2014 at 14:56 UTC as 210th comment | 2 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1267 comments in total)
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snegron2: Beautiful design, great lens, but like the FZ-50 (which I still own) the details look smeared. In the studio comparison section check out the green blades of grass (or feathers?). The smeared details at ISO 400 are very similar to what my old FZ50 would produce. As I mentioned here when I wrote about my FZ50, I wish I had the technical expertise to swap out the FZ50's sensor with that of a better performing sensor. Even my old LX3 could out-resolve my FZ-50. This time around I think I can get equal or better results from my mirrorless G5.

This looks like a consequence of squeezing a huge zoom range into a small package. Same difference found between LX7 and LF1, which share the same sensor. The LX lenses have been superb and capable of delivering the sensors' full resolution. In this case, the lens seems not up to that task. Detail junkies will want an LX8 or m43 instead.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2014 at 20:44 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1267 comments in total)
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beavertown: Touch screen only for toy cameras.

We don't need a touch screen for the 1DX. FZ1000 also.

"We don't need a touch screen for the 1DX. FZ1000 also."
Maybe YOU don't need a touch screen. But, I find the TouchPad AF on my G6 & GX7 to be the fastest and most precise way ever to manually select an AF point while looking through the VF. My previous camera was a 1Ds3. Try it. You might like it.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2014 at 20:34 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 article (102 comments in total)

Thanks, DPR, for posting the studio test shots already. It seems that despite the MP advantage the level of detail and sharpness is noticeably less than m43 even at base ISO, probably due to compromises needed to squeeze such a huge zoom range into a smallish lens. The same is true of the FZ200 and LF1 in comparison with the LX7: the latter's superb lens gets much better IQ out of a similar sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 16:54 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply
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