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 studied photography at the Institute for Contemporary Photography in Tokyo and the International Center of Photography in New York, have photos in the permanent collection at the Kiyosato Museum of Photography in Japan, have taught photography at the Fashion Institute of Technology and the International Center of Photography in New York, 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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Use of the term "full-frame" is misguided and confusing unless you're referring simply to an image that has not been cropped after capture. The linguistic gyrations in the 645Z write-up trying to distinguish between "full-frame" 35mm and "full-frame" medium format illustrate this perfectly.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2016 at 03:32 UTC as 15th comment

Oh please, please, please let there be a version for Micro Four Thirds! I've been telling Godox forever that they could own the entire MFT flash market. I'd buy three of these on day one and use 'em on three cameras with my off-camera AD360 and two V850s for events, portraits and weddings.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 03:16 UTC as 11th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10/LX15 Review (385 comments in total)
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riveredger: Are all photographers as negative as those on this forum? No one here is ever satisfied with the reviews or the cameras.

For more critical reviews, check out CameraLabs.com. Gordon is very thorough and very fair, but he gives a balanced account of pros and cons, makes comparisons, and evaluates usability from the perspective of a working photographer. Between DPR and CameraLabs, I feel I get a pretty good understanding of a new camera I haven't used yet.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2016 at 03:55 UTC
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samfan: I welcome all the attempts in this area. I often need to use images from the web and often end up with some crappy 600x800 px or such because people buy 20 MPx cameras/smartphones and then need to compress to the smallest possible size.

Speaking of which, I'd really welcome an algorithm that can smooth out JPEG compression artefacts. Anyone knows of any? (BTW I know you can't get back lost detail. But since there are techniques to repair all kind of damage in images and video, maybe there's one for this as well.)

The black lining on this silver cloud is that now folks will have an easier time stealing our low-rez images and using them commercially without paying us or even asking permission.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 12:04 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Enthusiast Long Zoom Cameras (172 comments in total)

"The EVF allows you to use the - to select a focus point"

Should be, "The EVF allows you to use the TOUCHSCREEN to select a focus point"

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 11:07 UTC as 16th comment
On article 2016 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $900-1200 (347 comments in total)
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Brechtlam: Although I prefer shooting stills on a DSLR, the a6300's ability to shoot without making any noise, really makes it stand out in some scenarios. My last shootings have all been in recording studios, concert halls and on theater stages. In none of those places I would have been able to shoot with a clicking mirror or the sound of a shutter. It's just as showmeyourpics wrote: often the value of a feature is set by personal needs that can't be measured in general, making it difficult to recommend a certain camera to a larger audience as a good recommendation always needs a lot of information on how and what the specific customer shoots.

Um, the a6300 is not the only camera capable of shooting silently. Most, if not all, mirrorless cameras are capable of this. I know for sure that all of Panasonic's models are, and I use this feature a lot.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2016 at 07:47 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $900-1200 (347 comments in total)

How's the a6300's AF in low light? Sony hasn't done so well on that in the past.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2016 at 07:42 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (677 comments in total)
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cyberpi1: "Gold 84%" - DPreview, are you serious?
For 900$ you'll get:
- dated 16mp sensor 2x crop;
- 6fps only;
- bulky and heavy: 453g, 128 x 89 x 74 mm. Sony A7 (Full Frame!) is only 474g, and it's smaller: 127 x 94 x 48 mm;
- Battery life: 320 shots.
Why would anybody want to buy it for 900 bucks???
The crappiest camera in 2016!

Troll.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2016 at 05:22 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (677 comments in total)
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Ken Croft: Whilst I realise that someone paying £2000 for this kit is unlikely to stick with the kit lens, I would have liked some comment about the 12-60mm supplied as the kit lens. So far I have not been able to find a sensible review of this lens other than a damning initial report shortly after release. Yes there are a few images in the review gallery but there is too much noise in the ISO 1000 Passion Flower shots to make any assessment of lens sharpness meaningful.

£2000??? Where did you get that? The G85 with 12-60 is selling for $999 in the US.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2016 at 05:15 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (677 comments in total)
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Impulses: I think Panasonic is literally the only ILC maker that still refuses to enable EC with auto ISO in Manual (and they only started enabling auto ISO in Manual on models from about a year and a half ago to today), never mind a more refined auto ISO implementation. It's like they're completely oblivious to requests for this or just have a bizarre policy against it.

The G85 and GX85 are still some of the best mirrorless ILC bodies for the money out there, and probably the ones I'd recommend as well, but I think the way Oly does certain things is starting to grow on me despite their more confusing UI... If only they'd put out a body w/OSPDAF that doesn't sit at the TOtL, that's really holding them back and propping Panasonic IMO.

No, it isn't. Setting ISO manually is very different from applying EC to auto ISO. The latter is much more handy in changing light conditions.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2016 at 05:13 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (677 comments in total)
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tecnoworld: I really can't get such a high score for a 16MP, m43 camera able to shoot only at 6fps, with average AF and subpar battery life...all this in late 2016.

AF is not "average". Battery life is not "subpar", especially with Power Save. Frame rate is 9fps, not 6. Your gear list shows no MFT gear at all. I smell a troll.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2016 at 05:09 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (677 comments in total)
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photomedium: The image quality seems very low on the bar.

Why would you buy an a7RII or D810 with a piddling "small format" sensor, when a Better Light scanning back on a 4x5 technical camera can yield 1.1 GIGAbyte RAW files for the bargain basement price of just $18,000 (lens and camera not included)?

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2016 at 22:09 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (677 comments in total)
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photomedium: The image quality seems very low on the bar.

Compared to what?

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2016 at 14:55 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2175 comments in total)
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Sergey Borachev: Fuji has done so many things right. Olympus should take note and get in the E-M1 II, e.g. the discreet tilting and articulated LCD, the audio features, a modern sensor with some genuine improvement compared to older models made several years ago, dual card slots, a built-in flash, and also a modern external flash unit. And also a build quality that is reliable, ie without dials and strap lugs that come off automatically.

@Sergey - I get good exposures from my FL360L. I don't find the controls fiddly. It is a small flash and thus not terribly powerful, but it balances well on my GX7, unlike my larger flashes, and power is quite adequate for the way I use it, largerly indoors at close range. The 2-second recycle is quite nice. When I need to light a big space, I use Godox V850s on stands. I don't like Fongs or similar on-camera mods. At close range I mount an Fstoppers Flash Disk and hold the flash in my left hand for off-axis key and use the pop-up flash for fill. Typicall situation is a dance floor or cocktail hour. Works beautifully for this.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 01:05 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (677 comments in total)
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shutterstutter: Wonder if this would work well (em-1 well) autofocus wise with my 4/3 lenses...? Anybody can figure that out reading through the technical specifications?

@shutterstutter
B&H lists the body at $899 and the body with 12-60 lens at $999. Looks like a steal.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 04:15 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (677 comments in total)
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Carl Mucks: Panasonic cameras have long been known for their bleak colors and lifeless pictures, which impossible resuscitate even in Lightroom. This one is no exception. They really need to learn how to produce good colors and tonality from Olympus.

I suspect you're doing something wrong in post, at least if you're talking about RAW. My images from Panasonic LX3, LX5, LX7, G3, GX1, G6 and GX7 cameras are anything but "bleak" or "lifeless". I did my processing in Aperture and have now switched to DxO.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 04:13 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (677 comments in total)
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PeaceKeeper: Now that weather sealed 12-60 is making a whole lot more sense.

And, at just $100 more for the body with lens, it's looking like a real bargain.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 04:10 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (677 comments in total)
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Jacques Cornell: This new G85 offers more than I expected. Specifically, weather sealing, a larger viewfinder, 5-axis IBIS, a gentler shutter, and EFCS. All for just $100 more than the G7 when released, and $300 LESS than the GX8, which lacks the latter 3 features. Panasonic has crammed a ton of performance into this "mid-range" body. I was holding out for a GX9 that would incorporate these new features, but the G85 does the trick at a lower price point. Impressive bang for the buck. Much as I love the "rangefinder" body style, I'm thinking this will be the next replacement for my GX7. Performance of the GX8's 20MP sensor is virtually indistinguishable from this AA-less 16MP sensor, so I don't feel anything's lacking in that department.

@soundknight21
Regarding the "sexy gunmetal" color, I agree that it's very handsome, but when I saw the gunmetal G7 I found it really hard to read the white lettering on it.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 04:08 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (677 comments in total)
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Jacques Cornell: This new G85 offers more than I expected. Specifically, weather sealing, a larger viewfinder, 5-axis IBIS, a gentler shutter, and EFCS. All for just $100 more than the G7 when released, and $300 LESS than the GX8, which lacks the latter 3 features. Panasonic has crammed a ton of performance into this "mid-range" body. I was holding out for a GX9 that would incorporate these new features, but the G85 does the trick at a lower price point. Impressive bang for the buck. Much as I love the "rangefinder" body style, I'm thinking this will be the next replacement for my GX7. Performance of the GX8's 20MP sensor is virtually indistinguishable from this AA-less 16MP sensor, so I don't feel anything's lacking in that department.

@BostonC -
Most professional reviews I've read indicate there's little to no detail or noise advantage from the GX8's 20MP sensor with AA filter vs. the GX85's 16MP AA sensor without AA filter. That said, I just reviewed DPR's studio test shots, and the GX8 does seem to resolve a tad more super-fine detail. So, yeah, I have to agree with your assessment, though I wonder whether the difference would be visible in an A2 print of an image shot with a less-than-stellar zoom lens.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2016 at 01:33 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (677 comments in total)

This new G85 offers more than I expected. Specifically, weather sealing, a larger viewfinder, 5-axis IBIS, a gentler shutter, and EFCS. All for just $100 more than the G7 when released, and $300 LESS than the GX8, which lacks the latter 3 features. Panasonic has crammed a ton of performance into this "mid-range" body. I was holding out for a GX9 that would incorporate these new features, but the G85 does the trick at a lower price point. Impressive bang for the buck. Much as I love the "rangefinder" body style, I'm thinking this will be the next replacement for my GX7. Performance of the GX8's 20MP sensor is virtually indistinguishable from this AA-less 16MP sensor, so I don't feel anything's lacking in that department.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 02:05 UTC as 136th comment | 5 replies
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