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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (665 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 (665 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 (665 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 (665 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 (2189 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 (665 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 (665 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 (665 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 (665 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 (665 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 (665 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 141st comment | 5 replies
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (665 comments in total)
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dulynoted: Why 1/4000? The gx7 had 1/8000 years ago.....thats ever so slightly annoying because I like shooting fast primes wide open, still might be a good combo with my em5 mark II....

Probably related to the new shutter mechanism, which reduces shutter shock by 90%. For faster shutter speeds, there's always e-shutter.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 01:57 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (665 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.

Check my gear list. I shot film for 20 years before digital and shot Canon DSLRs for 12 years before going MFT. My business partner shoots Nikon DSLRs. I'm well aware of differences in color among brands. I have no trouble getting great color from Panasonic RAWs. Your choice of RAW processor has at least as much influence over final color as the brand of your camera. If you can't get good color from Panasonic RAWs, you're 1) using an inappropriate RAW processor, 2) working on an uncalibrated display, and/or 3) simply lacking the requisite postproduction skills.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2016 at 14:51 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (665 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.

Not my experience at all. I process RAW in Aperture, Lightroom and DxO on an NEC PA271 display. All render wonderful results. Maybe you're doing something wrong or viewing on a lousy display.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2016 at 06:05 UTC
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Frank Neunemann: No autofocus... OK. Technically it is a different can of worms, but it should be possible for Samyang to have a chip and rear contacts built in to have the focal length and f-stop in the images EXIF data?

Yes.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2016 at 12:47 UTC
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Jacques Cornell: If only Samyang would add AF...

Yeah, that's why nobody uses AF lenses, especially pros who need their gear to be 100% reliable. It's why they don't use motor drives or even batteries, and still shoot film in all-mechanical bodies.
Not.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2016 at 12:46 UTC
On article Samyang goes Premium with MF lens range (58 comments in total)

Why do we have to read all the way down to the specs to find out which format these are for? This info should be in the first paragraph of the article and press release.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 13:17 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On article Opinion: Park vandals need to be stopped (335 comments in total)

Tickle them until they puke.

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2016 at 22:42 UTC as 112th comment
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2189 comments in total)
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Jacques Cornell: Fuji's got a compelling kit with this, no question about it. What really kills it, for me, though, is the lack of Touchpad AF and the retro controls. I shoot low-light events and have to work fast, and these two deficiencies would just slow me down too much. Love the lineup of fast primes, though.

@darngooddesign
Finally, a reply that makes sense. Thanks. I'll look into it. With film cameras, I always found it necessary to lower the camera to set the shutter speed, even if the info was displayed in the VF. If the Fujis can be set with eye to EVF, they might be acceptable to me.

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2016 at 19:58 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2189 comments in total)
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Jacques Cornell: Fuji's got a compelling kit with this, no question about it. What really kills it, for me, though, is the lack of Touchpad AF and the retro controls. I shoot low-light events and have to work fast, and these two deficiencies would just slow me down too much. Love the lineup of fast primes, though.

@Cosinaphile
I shot retro controls on 35mm and medium format film cameras for two decades before digital. I'm not the least bit confused about how they work and their advantages and disadvantages. And, there's nothing "correct about a top-mounted shutter speed dial that requires you to lower the camera and/or release your grip to use it.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2016 at 13:10 UTC
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