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: 223, showing: 41 – 60
« First‹ Previous12345Next ›Last »
On article Bang for the Buck: Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Review (693 comments in total)
In reply to:

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 article Bang for the Buck: Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Review (693 comments in total)
In reply to:

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 article Crazy 8: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 sample gallery (113 comments in total)
In reply to:

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 article Crazy 8: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 sample gallery (113 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 19th comment
On article Alpha dog: Hands-on with Sony a7R II (1118 comments in total)
In reply to:

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 article Alpha dog: Hands-on with Sony a7R II (1118 comments in total)
In reply to:

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 article Alpha dog: Hands-on with Sony a7R II (1118 comments in total)
In reply to:

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 article Alpha dog: Hands-on with Sony a7R II (1118 comments in total)
In reply to:

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 article Alpha dog: Hands-on with Sony a7R II (1118 comments in total)
In reply to:

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 article The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 (1297 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 31st comment | 2 replies
On article The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 (1297 comments in total)
In reply to:

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 article The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 (1297 comments in total)
In reply to:

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 article The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 (1297 comments in total)
In reply to:

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 article The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 (1297 comments in total)
In reply to:

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 article The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 (1297 comments in total)
In reply to:

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 article The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 (1297 comments in total)
In reply to:

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 article The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 (1297 comments in total)
In reply to:

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 article The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 (1297 comments in total)
In reply to:

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 article The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 (1297 comments in total)
In reply to:

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 article The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 (1297 comments in total)
In reply to:

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
Total: 223, showing: 41 – 60
« First‹ Previous12345Next ›Last »