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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On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1230 comments in total)
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Melchiorum: If Fuji gets it right, this will be a star of the entire mirrorless market. I don't know if people even realize how important is the move that Fuji is making. Fuji is the company that excels at photography and even with their limited video capabilities and certain other compromises they were loved by many. If they get the video stuff right, they will move from the "good for stills" category to "good for everything". Coupled with their excellent X-trans sensors and stellar quality glass this may potentially turn Fuji into a leader of this market segment, which is amazing.

Seriously, I am so rooting for this camera to be good!

@malchiorum - You kind of proved Androole's point that "a lot of RAW shooters don't like X-Trans" when you observed that it has problems with Lightroom and DxO. Sure, that's partially Adobe and DxO's fault, but the fact is that these are two of the three most popular RAW converters and a lot of folks are committed to workflows built around them. I use both together, and if X-Trans doesn't play nice with them, I won't go there, especially if it requires me to use some Mickey Mouse crippled RAW converter that lacks the professional features I need.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 02:38 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1230 comments in total)
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noisephotographer: No touchscreen

whumber - Having used dials, rocker pads and joysticks to move AF points for 15 years - cursing them all the while - I will NOT buy a camera that lacks Touchpad AF. It is my Holy Grail of AF point selection tech.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 02:29 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1230 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 - Would you elaborate on how the FL360L and FL600R are "very limited"? What, exactly, do you think is missing? Aside from built-in radio triggers, they have every feature I want, including autothyristor mode with optical slave for non-TTL use with other cameras. I have a pair of FL360Ls, and exposure accuracy is excellent whether direct or bounced, on-camera or off.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 02:21 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1230 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.

Does the Fuji flash system have built-in radio (not IR) control of remote flashes? If not, what's the advantage over PanOly flash system? Aside from lacking radio, my Panasonic FL360L flashes (and the Olympus variants) are "modern" in every respect. Not sure why you're implying otherwise.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 13:00 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1230 comments in total)
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eno2: I'm both a still and a video shooter and I'm absolutely intrigued by Fuji XT2. If GH5 won't be something exceptional I'm seriously consider the switch to Fuji.

As I see it now, XT2 is what I always wanted: an APSC sensor camera with beautiful 4K video from resizing (no crop, no line skipping etc), great colors, low noise, no overheating (with optional grip) a nice design without ergonomic problems, very good photo quality, good AF and a very good lens collection!

As I understand it, the advantage of cropping video rather than downsampling is greater freedom from artifacts.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 10:48 UTC
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osullis: I have had some and liked them, but moving to the Godox system because of the availability of ttl and the integrated receiver/flash system they have. And not much more money ....

If only Godox would bring this to MFT shooters...

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2016 at 06:42 UTC
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John Driggers: This announcement will create another flurry of misunderstanding for a lot of users. What is on offer is not full flash synch at speeds higher than your camera's rated synch speed. The synch speed for full power flash will remain limited by the capabilty of your shutter to evenly expose the entire sensor. At some point focal plane shutters begin the 'moving slit' mode to achieve faster shutter speeds; leaf shutters begin to introduce vignetting; and electronic shutters have not reached the point where they can match higher speed shutter timings with the timing of the radio pulses and flash triggering timing of consumer (versus scientific) cameras. What is on offer is the low flash power, high pulse rate stroboscopic flash work-around for the problem of the physical limitations of current camera shutter synch speeds. I am NOT saying this isn't a good product or that it isn't pushing the boundaries a bit. But I am saying that a lot of folks will now tout this as the answer to questions about full power flash synching at higher speeds (like on the new Hassleblad), proudly asserting that their canikon now flash synchs at high shutter speeds with these triggers 'just like the new Hassleblad or a leaf shutter Fuji X100'. That may be true if a weak-ass pulsing flash meets your beyond x-synch needs. If so, then I am happy for you. But, for many that is not the case. So when those folks are pursuing questions about their needs for full power high speed flash sync, please don't pop into the forums and offer up these triggers as the solution. Too many folks don't understand the difference between HSS (pulsing low power flash) and full power flash synch at high x-synch shutter speeds. They'll buy these triggers, find they don't work for their needs and claim the triggers don't work right or are falsely advertised. That would be a shame, because (used within their limitations) these are probably a pretty good product.

Good explanation here. But there's more one needs to know. And, that is that even with a shutter (e.g. leaf) that can sync at high speeds, flash duration is another limitation, and it's inherent to the flash and not the camera. It doesn't much matter that your leaf shutter can sync at 1/1000 if your flash duration is 1/300 at full power - you're not gonna get full power at 1/1000. With speed lights and similar-tech flash units, flash duration is longest at full power and briefer at lower power levels. It's the combination of a camera's sync speed and a flash' duration that determines how much of a flash' potential power output can actually be used.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2016 at 06:39 UTC
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BigOne: With such a tiny sensor and miniscule resolution, why it's only 6fps? Sony's sensor is larger and has more pixels, yet it's almost double the shooting speed.

Who are you to say my requirement that a camera have touch AF is "excessive"? Presumably, at some point you survived with a CRT TV before flatscreens became available. Does that mean you're going to continue buying them?
You're adding a new senseless argument on top of the original one, which started with BigOne trolling a thread about MFT.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 16:50 UTC
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BigOne: With such a tiny sensor and miniscule resolution, why it's only 6fps? Sony's sensor is larger and has more pixels, yet it's almost double the shooting speed.

Quit trolling.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 03:59 UTC
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jhinkey: Looks great. If it's anything like the 42.5/1.2 PL then I'll likely get one at some point when the price is a bit lower.
Still looking for a 20/1.2 PL from Pany - now that would be a killer lineup:
12/1.4
20/1.2
42.4/1.2

those along with the most excellent 75/1.8 Oly and it's a killer combo for us m43 users. Small and light - not so much, but the fast AF and excellent across the frame sharpness of these lenses (assuming a hypothetical 20/1.2 would be equally sharp) is awesome to work with.

Yes, m43 is not as clean as APS-C or FF, but it's more than good enough for much of what I like to do and the AF reliability for me has been fantastic compared to my D800 & AF Nikkors.

Not for everyone for sure, but for those that can use these types of lenses they are great stuff.

Nope. I just carefully examined ISO 3200 shots with 20mm & GX7 at local concert, and none of them show banding. I've made thousands of other shots with this combo at up to ISO 6400, and I've never noticed banding.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 16:58 UTC
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jhinkey: Looks great. If it's anything like the 42.5/1.2 PL then I'll likely get one at some point when the price is a bit lower.
Still looking for a 20/1.2 PL from Pany - now that would be a killer lineup:
12/1.4
20/1.2
42.4/1.2

those along with the most excellent 75/1.8 Oly and it's a killer combo for us m43 users. Small and light - not so much, but the fast AF and excellent across the frame sharpness of these lenses (assuming a hypothetical 20/1.2 would be equally sharp) is awesome to work with.

Yes, m43 is not as clean as APS-C or FF, but it's more than good enough for much of what I like to do and the AF reliability for me has been fantastic compared to my D800 & AF Nikkors.

Not for everyone for sure, but for those that can use these types of lenses they are great stuff.

chj - I shoot low-light events professionally with this lens on a GX7, often at ISO 1600 & 3200, I process RAW, and I've never seen this mythical horizontal banding so many speak of. I wonder if it's specific to a particular body or RAW developer, or camera settings.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 02:48 UTC
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QuarterToDoom: I'm curious, those who say this lens sucks and m43 is not worth it and equivalency is the new god of photography, can you show us using your own photos how this lens and a m43 body would totally fail in taking said photo?

Sam - "The highly rated Fuji 16mm F/1.4 {equivalent to a 12mm F/1.05 on m43} comes in at $700"
Yes, I thought that was damning, too. But then I discovered that $700 is just a temporary promotional price, and the normal retail price is $1000. Plus, this lens has been around a while. When Fuji's promotion ends and after the PanLeica has been on the market for a while, the prices will probably converge.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 02:43 UTC
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (802 comments in total)
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Jacques Cornell: "only just as big as the larger Micro Four Thirds camera bodies"
That's a real stretch. Here's the X1D next to a GX8 and GX85:
http://j.mp/28OpKv1
It's not even close.
DPR was so eager to diss the GX8 as a "big beast", and now here you are fawning all over the even bigger X1D, pretending it's SOOO petite. Looks like bias to me.

PhotoUniverse - Since it's apparently too much trouble for you to add a camera to the comparo on Camerasize.com, here it is:
http://j.mp/28NRgWm

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 02:28 UTC
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (802 comments in total)
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Jacques Cornell: "only just as big as the larger Micro Four Thirds camera bodies"
That's a real stretch. Here's the X1D next to a GX8 and GX85:
http://j.mp/28OpKv1
It's not even close.
DPR was so eager to diss the GX8 as a "big beast", and now here you are fawning all over the even bigger X1D, pretending it's SOOO petite. Looks like bias to me.

Hugh, the X1D is as "close" to the GX8 as the GX8 is to the GX85. If the GX85 is "compact" and the GX8 is a "big beast", the X1D is "ginormous".

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 02:14 UTC
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (802 comments in total)
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Jacques Cornell: "only just as big as the larger Micro Four Thirds camera bodies"
That's a real stretch. Here's the X1D next to a GX8 and GX85:
http://j.mp/28OpKv1
It's not even close.
DPR was so eager to diss the GX8 as a "big beast", and now here you are fawning all over the even bigger X1D, pretending it's SOOO petite. Looks like bias to me.

It IS impressive. A lot like a digital Mamiya 7. But Hasselblad and Leica have a minimalist style fetish that gets in the way of designing good ergonomics. The button layout and dearth of control points signal that this is a camera to be used only at a very leisurely pace.
As for it being a different format, it was DPR who made the comparison to MFT. I'm just pointing out how inaccurate AND inappropriate that comparison is.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 02:11 UTC
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (802 comments in total)

The design is sleek, but they've mucked it up by plastering their branding all over it. "Hasselblad" on the front is normal, but the chrome "H" on the side and the "Hasselblad" below the LCD are gaudy and distracting.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 02:03 UTC as 173rd comment | 2 replies
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (802 comments in total)

"only just as big as the larger Micro Four Thirds camera bodies"
That's a real stretch. Here's the X1D next to a GX8 and GX85:
http://j.mp/28OpKv1
It's not even close.
DPR was so eager to diss the GX8 as a "big beast", and now here you are fawning all over the even bigger X1D, pretending it's SOOO petite. Looks like bias to me.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 01:58 UTC as 174th comment | 9 replies
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BigOne: With such a tiny sensor and miniscule resolution, why it's only 6fps? Sony's sensor is larger and has more pixels, yet it's almost double the shooting speed.

Well, I won't buy a camera without one that can be used to position the AF point. But there's no point discussing with you, because you're clearly a MFT hater. Prolly never even used one. Wonder why you're even bothering to read about this camera. Oh, wait, you're a troll.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2016 at 03:05 UTC
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mmurph: The biggest "miss" in these reviews:

The one clear advantage of the Panasonic GX85 over the Sony A6300 is that the GX85 doesn't overheat in video mode! It is a fantastic little video camera, especially with the in body stabilization. I am having a blast with it for 4K video.

I have both the Panasonic GX85 and the Sony A6300. So far I have relegated the A6300 to stills use only.

I am still deciding if I will keep the A6300 for casual stills use. I still need my DSLR system, especially for wildlife stills (with long lenses) and for event stills.

The only saving grace is that both the GX85 and A6300 can use Canon lenses with good auto focus, IS, and in body aperture control via adapters (Kipon and Metabones, respectively.) That keeps down the cost of the proprietary lens kits, especially on the Sony side.

Can you read? The OP is the author of the review. Everything that follows is discussion of the pros and cons of the GX85. Further, I wasn't even talking to you. I responded to mmurph, who wrote "the one clear advantage", not "the one clear VIDEO advantage.
I wasn't changing the topic.
Jeez.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2016 at 07:51 UTC
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mmurph: The biggest "miss" in these reviews:

The one clear advantage of the Panasonic GX85 over the Sony A6300 is that the GX85 doesn't overheat in video mode! It is a fantastic little video camera, especially with the in body stabilization. I am having a blast with it for 4K video.

I have both the Panasonic GX85 and the Sony A6300. So far I have relegated the A6300 to stills use only.

I am still deciding if I will keep the A6300 for casual stills use. I still need my DSLR system, especially for wildlife stills (with long lenses) and for event stills.

The only saving grace is that both the GX85 and A6300 can use Canon lenses with good auto focus, IS, and in body aperture control via adapters (Kipon and Metabones, respectively.) That keeps down the cost of the proprietary lens kits, especially on the Sony side.

Did I say otherwise?

BTW, @Mike FL; The topic is pros and cons of the GX85, in this case versus the a6300. Do not pretend to be a forum moderator.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2016 at 04:00 UTC
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