PIX 2015
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.

Comments

Total: 232, showing: 41 – 60
« First‹ Previous12345Next ›Last »
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1253 comments in total)
In reply to:

The Jacal: Looks good ergonomically, leaps and bounds ahead of that ergonomic disaster-pig that was the GX7.
But, my oh my, what a heifer!

I hedged my bets by buying both a G6 and a GX7, thinking the G6 ergonomics would be better. The grip is comfier, but overall I wound up preferring the GX7. Its grip is actually fine, if not beefy, the shutter button position is comfortable, if a bit rearward, and the rear buttons are easy to find by touch. I can happily make 2,000 shots in a day with it.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 02:55 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1253 comments in total)
In reply to:

justmeMN: The Panasonic GX8 body is roughly the same size as the Canon SL1 /100D, a big size for a small sensor. (The former is actually wider.)

http://camerasize.com/compare/#629,448

Androole, the SL1 has more pixels - 18MP. Not that it matters.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 02:51 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1253 comments in total)
In reply to:

misolo: Can't seem to find this anywhere: what is the aspect ratio of the viewfinder? Does the .77 magnification number apply in 4:3 aspect ratio?

The GX7's viewfinder is .7 equivalent magnification, but I think that's only in the 16:9 ratio. In the 4:3 ratio I believe it's about .525.

Gordon at CameraLabs says it's 4:3. Yea!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 02:48 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1253 comments in total)
In reply to:

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.

what_i_saw -

"Given the size of GX8 I will actually go for nikon D3300 + a 35mm prime."

If you do that, you're giving up IS, better S-AF, 6/8/10fps, super-customizable UI, weather seals, a tilt & swivel screen, and all the advantages of an EVF.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 02:26 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1253 comments in total)
In reply to:

Markol: Twice the price of a Sony Alpha 6000.
Ok, 4k and 2-axis IBIS.
Also compared to the Samsung NX500 this is extremely overpriced.
20MP vs. 16 makes not a lot of difference, IF there is no significant advance in IQ.
Bottom line: too many compromises for a high-end camera.

"Twice the price of a Sony Alpha 6000."

Which lacks IBIS, touch screen, touch AF, weatherproofing, a bunch of custom function buttons, and a whole boatload of lenses.

Don't get me wrong, the a6000 is a very compelling value and a strong performer, but there are many good reasons why I passed it over in favor of MFT when I switched from FF. Price didn't enter into it.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 00:53 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1253 comments in total)
In reply to:

Kissel: I like the dedicated exposure compensation dial.

snapa -

I'm a working professional. When shooting outdoors, I use EC all the time (indoors, I shoot manual). On the GX7, the dial that's not setting aperture or shutter speed in A or S modes is effectively a dedicated EC dial. In fact, it looks like the GX8's EC dial may actually be harder to reach.

Can you explain to me how the GX8's EC dial is easier to use than the front or rear dial on the GX7?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 00:49 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1253 comments in total)
In reply to:

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.

A passel of MFT lenses will fit in a purse. With APS/FF, you need a backpack. It's the total system size that counts, not just the body.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 23:57 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1253 comments in total)
In reply to:

Miki Nemeth: A major drawback of all m43 cameras is that in video mode while recording, the screen or EVF cannot be switched to magnified mode. No touch-to-magnify in any m43 cameras :-( while recording a movie. Focus peaking nearly unusably slow or totally missing when in magnified mode. Have these been fixed with the GX8?

"Focus peaking nearly unusably slow or totally missing when in magnified mode."

Huh? Not on my GX7.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 23:34 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1253 comments in total)
In reply to:

Kissel: I like the dedicated exposure compensation dial.

I don't see the need and never missed it on my GX7. In A or S modes I've always set EC with one of the two control dials, while the other set the shutter speed or aperture. Why the need for yet another dial?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 23:28 UTC
In reply to:

Photoman: Good to see Panasonic releasing new products, but another 25mm lens?! Try again.

Yeah, I'm surprised MFT still lacks a fast semi-wide. There's a reason every FF system has a 35mm f1.4, 50mm f1.4 and 85mm f1.4. We've got a fast short tele and a fast-ish normal. Two down, one to go.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 22:43 UTC
In reply to:

Jacques Cornell: Looks premium, but f4.0-6.3? Ugh. I would have liked a shorter range (100-300 or 100-250) and a constant f4 aperture.

starwolfy -

Read again. I didn't ask for 800mm EFL. I asked for 500-600mm EFL. See my post above to find out why.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 22:36 UTC
In reply to:

fanedi: a 100-400 with a bad 400 mm ( zoom are generally bad at the maximum focal length )

why not a good fixed 400mm F4 lens !

Why assume it's bad at 400mm? Sure, some of the consumer zooms are a bit soft at the long end, but this one looks higher-grade. As for why zoom rather than prime, that should be obvious.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 22:33 UTC
In reply to:

Jacques Cornell: Looks premium, but f4.0-6.3? Ugh. I would have liked a shorter range (100-300 or 100-250) and a constant f4 aperture.

Here's why I want a 100-300 f4 for event work: I'd park it on a third body on a tall tripod at the back of the ballroom to shoot over the crowd and get closeups of presenters onstage. I carry two cameras and use my 35-100 f2.8 handheld from the middle or front of the room, and I really like its small size and light weight. Trying to minimize my burden as I work really long hours and some of my joints are getting creaky. This is one of the reasons why I switched from FF to MFT. So, yeah, the Oly + TC gets me the FL and aperture I want, but it's a bigger package than I want to carry all day. I don't want a lens that replaces my 35-100, I want one that complements it.

Still considering a couple of long legacy tele primes or an FF 70/80-200 f2.8/4. Should have kept my old Canon 70-200 f4L. Grrr.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 22:30 UTC
In reply to:

Jacques Cornell: Looks premium, but f4.0-6.3? Ugh. I would have liked a shorter range (100-300 or 100-250) and a constant f4 aperture.

Yeah, I get that this is good for wildlife shooters. But, I'm an event shooter, and I need the speed, f4 at least.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 11:50 UTC

Looks premium, but f4.0-6.3? Ugh. I would have liked a shorter range (100-300 or 100-250) and a constant f4 aperture.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 11:34 UTC as 23rd comment | 10 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Review preview (446 comments in total)
In reply to:

cheenachatze: I wish Panasonic would make 24-120mm equiv. zoom lens that's not too expensive, and bundle it as kit lens with this camera. It would make a perfect travel camera for people that care about image quality, but don't want to carry a lot of gear.

Troll.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 12, 2015 at 23:43 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Review preview (446 comments in total)
In reply to:

wherearemyshorts: the cyclist should be wearing a helmet!!!

What for? So gray matter on the pavement doesn't pose a slip hazard for pedestrians.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 12, 2015 at 16:11 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Review preview (446 comments in total)
In reply to:

cheenachatze: I wish Panasonic would make 24-120mm equiv. zoom lens that's not too expensive, and bundle it as kit lens with this camera. It would make a perfect travel camera for people that care about image quality, but don't want to carry a lot of gear.

Francis,

"Only decent lenses for a the M4/3 form factor is from Voigtlander"

Panasonic's 42.5mm f1.2 and Olympus' 75mm f1.8 get glowing reviews. Both makers' kit lenses are consistently better than those from CaNikSon. The f2.8 zooms give DSLR pro glass a run for it's money. My Pan 7-14mm f4 is noticeably sharper at the edges than my Canon 17-40mm f4L was. And my Pan 20mm f1.7 runs rings around my old Canon 35mm f2.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 12, 2015 at 16:04 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Review preview (446 comments in total)
In reply to:

munro harrap: I am still trying to understand, yet I cannot, as the format itself is so poor. The published samples here are worse than any 16MP APS-C camera, and are certainly not as good IMHO, as I get from an FZ1000: they do not have a photographic quality.

I try to be generous, I try to make allowances, but in a medium in which the lenses now cost as much as full-frame lenses do, why should anybody?

There is no comparison between the results here and those you can get from ANY full-frame SLR, and my ancient 20D and D200 both do better.

The mediums limitations have it stuck at 16MP as well, so it appears that nobody possessing excellent Olympus, Leitz and Panasonic lenses has any possibility of enlarging their work to match other more competent media, and I feel sorry always for people who have bought into the system when I see them.

As noted in the review several pictures show shake they ascribe to shutter shock I dont get ever with 10 year-old equipment. And certainly not with an FZ1000

"There is no comparison between the results here and those you can get from ANY full-frame SLR, and my ancient 20D and D200 both do better."

Then your 20D is better than my 1Ds Mark II was. My GX7 easily matches or even bests it at resolution, noise and DR This fellow thinks so, too, and demonstrates:

http://admiringlight.com/blog/micro-43-vs-a-full-frame-legend/

Methinks you've never done a direct comparison yourself.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 12, 2015 at 14:41 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Review preview (446 comments in total)
In reply to:

Asinello: Offering 4K as well, the G7 is a strong competitor to Pana's own GH4 now. As long as I don't need a heavy weather-sealed MFT-cam or want to do video on a pro level, I see little reason to spend double money.

I would have liked to see pictures yet showing how severe the effect of shutter shock, so now I don't bother much about that.

Instead, I'm concerned the electronic shutter read-out-time still might be at 1/10 sec (as with G6) or 1/30 sec (as with GH4) thus keeping rolling shutter "features", and still dropping precious bits of every pixel.

Meanwhile, I am missing two things I really would have wanted.

a) Burst mode - Shooting raw, instead of "rapid burst, continous shooting" I'd only get the good old "tooshort burst, looonger wait".

b) IBIS - While Olympus an Sony proudly present their brilliant 5-axis-IBIS, Panasonic insists in their OIS, ignoring the issue of tilting, that is already solved by others.

So I won't buy now. I will wait for Pana's GH5 and Oly's M1 II to arrive.

IBIS or 4K. Pick one. Oly & Sony chose the former. Panasonic chose the latter - for this model. That's why Panasonic also has the GX7 with IBIS for stills-priority shooters.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 12, 2015 at 14:25 UTC
Total: 232, showing: 41 – 60
« First‹ Previous12345Next ›Last »