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)

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 (1586 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
On Flashpoint Budget Studio Monolight Review article (42 comments in total)

These appear to be made by Godox. I hope Adorama will carry a broader range of Godox' lineup, in addition to their current Streak Light (rebranded Witstro). On eBay, just $30 more will get you a Godox DS-300, which has a Bowens mount, power control down to 1/32, and remote control of output power via Godox' FT-16 series of radio triggers. The next step up in the lineup is a QS-300, which features a halogen modeling lamp and sturdier construction, for about $190 on eBay. The other product I'd like to see them carry is Godox' Xenergizer DC pack & head kit, which is slated to be sold by CheetahStand in the US.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2014 at 18:42 UTC as 6th comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2962 comments in total)
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utomo99: The biggest problem is: the Price is too expensive. Many people did not willing to pay for expensive compact camera. Max 600 maybe still ok

Panasonic's excellent little LX7 is getting old. I'm guessing that they're working on an m43 compact, something like a more pocketable GM1 with a built-in lens.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 14:03 UTC

Appallingly shameless and unoriginal.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 04:48 UTC as 8th comment
On ThinkTank Streetwalker HardDrive Backpack Review article (69 comments in total)

Will they make a skinnier one with no padding, outside pockets made of fishnet and a tripod slot down the middle and call it the Don't ThinkTank Crack Whore? How about the ThinkLess Nosehair, DeathCamp, DogVomit/MonkeyPuss, and, of course, PainfulRectalItch?

If you're under 40, this SNL sketch will explain.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ht7Jmp4tZsk

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2014 at 05:25 UTC as 15th comment
On Flashpoint 180 Monolight Review article (37 comments in total)
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daddyo: I've had one of these lights for about a year and use it regularly for location portraits (Head and Shoulders, etc.) -- it is an absolute bargain, since it has everything you need except a light stand in a small carrying case.
The modeling light is a bit of an afterthought, but adequate for light placement.
I will probably be ordering another just to have as a backup -- it's a bargain in my opinion -- especially it you catch it on sale at Adorama.

Good to hear from an actual owner. I'm intrigued by this kit. Would you fill me in a bit? How quickly does the modeling light deplete the battery? Can you leave it on for an all-day or half-day shoot? How long is the power cord? Also, what's the recycle time at half power? Thanks in advance.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2014 at 15:52 UTC
On Flashpoint 180 Monolight Review article (37 comments in total)

For the price, it's hard to argue about the value of this unit. I love the idea of using cheap, widely available camcorder batteries. The main thing that would put me off if I were in the market for a 180W flash (which I'm not) is the recycle. Five seconds is an eternity when I've finally got a portrait subject warmed up and they're laughing and moving.

Thing is, 180W is only about one stop more light than a good hotshoe flash. For the same price, I can get a pair of very nice Neewer TT850 manual hotshoe flashes that recycle in 1.5 seconds and, together, will give almost the same output as the Flashpoint. Faster recycle, more flexibility, smaller package, and remotely adjustable output. Also, no extra battery packs dangling and cords to trip over. OTOH, a monolight is a bit easier to set up, and, crucially, it offers a modeling light that can assist focus when working in a dark environment.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2014 at 15:47 UTC as 12th comment
On Battle of the titans: Top ball heads tested article (271 comments in total)
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SteB: On the subject of lag and post locking. These are big problems in macro photography especially when you approach or go past life-size. It can be very difficult to frame something, because of this sag that occurs when you take your hand away. The best ball head in the world can only do so much to eliminate it because some of the sag that occurs after you take your hand away is because of flex in things other than the ball head, such as camera and lens.

However, there is a solution, a geared head. In this respect a moderately priced geared head such as the Manfrotto 410 is better than the most expensive ball head money can buy for macro photography, simply because you do not have that problem and have precise framing. The price you pay is more weight, and slower adjusments.

The 410 is gratifyingly useful for architecture & product photography as well. It enables one to quickly frame a shot with extreme precision. I do wish they'd make a smaller, lighter version. The 410 weighs 2.7lbs., which seems a bit excessive on a 4lb. tripod supporting a 1lb. m43 camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2014 at 14:45 UTC
On Homemade rig captures extreme macro shots of snowflakes article (186 comments in total)

Note to DPR - The slideshow stops at slide 8: everything after that just jumps to a page on the Sony Store. Bleah!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2013 at 13:47 UTC as 85th comment | 7 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Review preview (590 comments in total)

One thing I learned here that I hadn't read elsewhere already was that frame rate goes up to 10fps with electronic shutter. That's definitely nice to know. Nice, also, to have the old noise test to compare the GX7 with older cameras that aren't included in the new studio scene database. Would be nice to see an exhaustive test of IBIS with various lenses across a wide range of shutter speeds. There are a lot of conflicting anecdotes out there about this.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2013 at 11:03 UTC as 159th comment | 1 reply
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