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 Metz mecablitz 26 AF-1 Quick Review (76 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 (52 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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perry rhodan: Nissin i40 anyone? It's a superb flash. Small and powerfull. 4xAA wireless and all work perfectly, on ALL platforms inclusing Fuji. For 179 a piece it is a no brainer. They even work great on multiplatform by using slave settings and if needed FEC.
It's good the Metz is here also as it is always nice to have choices.

My issue with the i40 is that you can't use it in autothyristor mode off-camera, because it relies on the camera for settings and has no way to set exposure parameters manually. Panasonic's FL360L is small & light enough, not much more expensive, and more full-featured.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 02:24 UTC
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Jacques Cornell: If only there were a radio trigger system for it with MFT.

It doesn't have a hotshoe on top of the TX, which means you can't use an on-camera flash with it, so it's pretty useless for event work. Best would be to have a radio trigger built-in, like Godox' new V350. But, that one is Sony only at the moment. I wonder why DPR hasn't covered the Godox announcement?

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 02:21 UTC

Over the decades I've seen what metal bits on straps and bags can do to a camera. No more metal for me.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 11:58 UTC as 10th comment

If only there were a radio trigger system for it with MFT.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 11:57 UTC as 7th comment | 2 replies

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 12th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10/LX15 Review (394 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 (185 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 19th comment
On article 2016 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $900-1200 (352 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 (352 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 23rd comment | 1 reply
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (682 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 (682 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 (682 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 (682 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
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