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've been actively engaged in photography for about 35 years, the past 20 as a professional. 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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On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Leica 8-18mm F2.8-4 (157 comments in total)
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obsolescence: Needs at least f/5.6 for corner sharpness, but flare performance is very good. Other than flare, for overall sharpness this lens can't compare with the Olympus SHG 7-14mm f/4. If that Oly UWA lens had the new nano coatings, it would far outperform this one.

Olympus: please bring back the SHG and HG lens line, and upgrade and expand it for MFT -- make these lenses perform at their best without regard to size or weight and without much software correction needed.

@obsolescence
I don't make conclusions based on such sample images. Too many variables involved. I'll wait for the studio test shots. I don't know how you can make judgements comparing this lens with your 7-14 when you've got such a random and uncontrolled assortment of images to evaluate. Seems to me you're jumping the gun.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 02:10 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Leica 8-18mm F2.8-4 (157 comments in total)
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arunBarnard: It looks good and all, but what I really want is a smaller version of this lens for vlogging. Like a 10-18mm in size and price,

The smaller version of this lens is the 7-14 f4.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 01:58 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Leica 8-18mm F2.8-4 (157 comments in total)
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obsolescence: Needs at least f/5.6 for corner sharpness, but flare performance is very good. Other than flare, for overall sharpness this lens can't compare with the Olympus SHG 7-14mm f/4. If that Oly UWA lens had the new nano coatings, it would far outperform this one.

Olympus: please bring back the SHG and HG lens line, and upgrade and expand it for MFT -- make these lenses perform at their best without regard to size or weight and without much software correction needed.

How would you know? Ya got one already?

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 01:57 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S Review: Modern MF (899 comments in total)
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Jacques Cornell: "Image quality compared to full frame"???
What, are the Fuji images cropped? They're not full frame? Does language mean anything any more?
You guys have drunk the marketing Kool-Aid: 35mm is not "full frame". Any image that's not cropped AFTER capture is "full frame". Duh.
The section should be titled "Image quality compared to 35mm." Sheesh.

@mark
No, smaller formats are not cropped. They're just smaller. Cropping is the process of removing part of an image. That doesn't apply here, because you don't use a large format lens on a small format camera - you use a small format lens that has the same FoV.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2017 at 14:44 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S Review: Modern MF (899 comments in total)
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Bombastic: I think FF should be renamed to 0.59 Frame.

Or, go back to the language of the film days, when 35mm was "small format".

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 03:12 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S Review: Modern MF (899 comments in total)

"Image quality compared to full frame"???
What, are the Fuji images cropped? They're not full frame? Does language mean anything any more?
You guys have drunk the marketing Kool-Aid: 35mm is not "full frame". Any image that's not cropped AFTER capture is "full frame". Duh.
The section should be titled "Image quality compared to 35mm." Sheesh.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 03:11 UTC as 70th comment | 10 replies

Loved the LX3, LX5 and LX7, but sold the latter after adopting Panasonic MFT cams that weren't much bigger. Now hankering after an LF1 as a shirt-pocket cam and wishing Panasonic had fitted it with a 4x or 5x zoom of higher quality.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 15:48 UTC as 66th comment | 5 replies
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samfan: I've always hated how Panasonic cameras operate - the controls, handling, how they sit in the hand, I've always found those aspects appaling.

But yea, admittedly they always knew how to fit some very nice technology and some cute ideas into their cameras. They had a few compacts with RAW capability when everyone else was abandoning it (even Canon in their G series).

The digital age has been kind of odd in this regard. Companies that have never made film cameras such as Casio, Panasonic and Sony were able to cram some incredible technology especially into compacts, but didn't know, and in my opinion still don't know, how to make cameras with proper ergonomics.

While the traditional camera companies like Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Leica were often struggling with latest tech and often messed up when trying to look hip.

Olympus and Samsung were kind of exceptions, where the former often had a lot of new ideas for digital and the latter learned a lot from their collaboration with Pentax.

I loved the UI and controls of my LX3, LX5 and LX7, and this is part of the reason why I've used Panasonic MFT kit for my pro work for the past 3 years. For the most part, the controls are where I want 'em, the menus make sense, the custom fn buttons let me make the cameras work the way I want them to, and I can set every important parameter without taking my eye from the viewfinder.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 15:43 UTC
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photofan1986: I had an LX5, good camera but I hated the colours. Sold it quickly.

One word: RAW.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 15:39 UTC
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Matsu: Need to see a test for color consistency and flash duration. I like the idea, a lot, but the execution matters here. Theme is right on the money though. High time that a flash maker offered a flash system with a range of models from hot-shoe to studio strobe all playing nice on the same triggering system. How is product support from Godox?

B&H also sells some Godox gear under it's "Bolt" house brand, and Blink Photographic sells some Godox monolights.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 00:53 UTC
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semorg: can't wait for the Chinese knockoffs become available in 2-3 months.

There are already cheaper Chinese products with similar form factors (speedlights, Witstro-type bare-bulb flashes) that perform at a much lower level and lack Godox' reliability. For build quality, reliability and performance, I'd put Godox right up there with the Japanese manufacturers. Except Godox is much more innovative when it comes to bridging the gap between speedlights and big studio lights, not to mention driving li-ion adoption.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 00:51 UTC
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Dingaling: As an owner of an ancient 200WS Ascor 423 I am quite skeptical regarding the 200WS claim.

As an owner of two Godox V850s and a Witstro AD360, I'm not skeptical at all.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 00:46 UTC

It's Witstro, not Wistro.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 00:45 UTC as 9th comment
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JaimeA: We were looking at detail with the dpreview excellent loupe. This baby gives you mind blowing detail. Catherine thought one would need a courtesy soft filter over the lens for portraits, as every peccadillo from the night before will show without it.

Yup. I've seen MF portraits where I could count every pore AND see the hair follicles in them. Eeeeeewwww! No thanks, TMI.
The only application I can envision where I'd want this kind of rez is if I were shooting for wall-size in-store display murals. For lowly poster-size prints, current MF is total overkill.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2017 at 20:26 UTC
On article Study: people don't actually like looking at selfies (200 comments in total)

No duh.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2017 at 19:28 UTC as 28th comment
On article Metz mecablitz 26 AF-1 Quick Review (75 comments in total)
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Jacques Cornell: Lack of swivel is a major handicap. My preferred alternative for the same price is Metz' own 28 CS-2, a slave-only flash you can mount next to the camera or, better yet, hold in your left hand, and trigger with your camera's pop-up flash. It's got five auto and manual output levels going down to ISO 1600 @ f4. This is my "studio in a pocket", providing off-camera key light and on-axis fill.

Even if it does, it lacks the ability to set ISO and aperture or manually set output when it's off-camera that made the 28 CS-2 so versatile. VERY sad to see the 28 CS-2 gone, as it was quite unique and I know of no other shirt-pocket-size flash that can fill its role as a left-hand slave flash. Maybe one of the little Meikes?

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2017 at 03:17 UTC
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luigibozi: I understand that's the minimum requirement, so what's wrong?!

The iPhone argument is just a straw dog. It's like saying if you're going to get a hatchback instead of an SUV, you might as well get a bicycle. In terms of gear, most pros will want interchangeable lenses, full controls, and responsive performance. CaNikon do not have a monopoly on these. Lots of excellent pros are using Sony, Pentax, Fuji, Panasonic and Olympus. I shoot weddings and corporate events with Panasonic, after 10 years of using Canon 1D & 1Ds Mk 1, 2, 3. The Panasonics focus faster and more reliably in lower light, they give my WYSIWYG live preview, they let me see in the dark, and they can be totally silent. In terms of IQ, my clients can't tell the difference, and neither can I.

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2016 at 13:04 UTC
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luigibozi: I understand that's the minimum requirement, so what's wrong?!

It's not. The minimum requirement is a photographer who knows what s/he's doing.

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2016 at 15:44 UTC
On article Handy tool helps you say no to work for 'exposure' (86 comments in total)
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Clyde Thomas: It's the wild wild west in the photo world right now. There is more than one way to skin a cat. If forced to eat your hat, expect to get egg on your face. If you're wet behind the ears, your goose is cooked. But if you're long in the tooth, and have an ace up your sleeve, you can cut through the red tape and knock one out of the park.

Turtles, all the way down the rabbit hole.

I think my brain just curdled.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2016 at 04:56 UTC
On article Have your say: Best midrange ILC of 2016 (53 comments in total)
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hansip87: Owner of a6300 so naturally i chose mine ;)

I'm glad you like it, but for me no touchscreen + no IBIS = no sale. a6500 fixes this for a price. Now, if only Sony would make some high-quality bright primes...

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2016 at 12:13 UTC
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