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 What you need to know about Sony's a7R III (622 comments in total)
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Jacques Cornell: Disappointed to hear that, despite having 4+ years to copy Panasonic's Touchpad AF feature, Sony still hasn't got it right. I won't buy a new camera that doesn't have a good implementation of this feature. Yes, it's that useful.

osv -
"again, YOU are trying to deflect from what was said: "put an aftermarket lens on a panasonic camera, you'll probably be restricted to cdaf-only, because panasonic doesn't use pdaf..."
So, you have NO evidence, NO first-hand experience, and you're posting idle speculation that SOMEBODY said the MAYBE Panasonic lenses MIGHT not AF as well as Oly lenses on a PDAF body.
Zero credibility.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2017 at 10:52 UTC
On article What you need to know about Sony's a7R III (622 comments in total)
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Jacques Cornell: Disappointed to hear that, despite having 4+ years to copy Panasonic's Touchpad AF feature, Sony still hasn't got it right. I won't buy a new camera that doesn't have a good implementation of this feature. Yes, it's that useful.

osv -
" panasonic lenses are NOT designed to work with pdaf, so it's silly to think that they will be optimal on a hybrid focusing system like oly uses."
Again, do you have any evidence that Panasonic lenses do not AF well on PDAF? It's an honest question. I don't care what you consider "silly to think". I am asking if you actually know this to be true from experience.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2017 at 01:13 UTC
On article What you need to know about Sony's a7R III (622 comments in total)
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Jacques Cornell: Disappointed to hear that, despite having 4+ years to copy Panasonic's Touchpad AF feature, Sony still hasn't got it right. I won't buy a new camera that doesn't have a good implementation of this feature. Yes, it's that useful.

Preternatural Stuff
Well, aren't you the gentleman? Guess I touched an exposed nerve. Simple fact is, there are times when I need to select an AF point, and Touchpad AF is the quickest way to do it. When Sony gets it right, then I'll care about this "whole different paradigm" you're on about. In the meantime, "Our first impression is that Touchpad AF seems rather over-sensitive, jumping almost uncontrollably around the screen" doesn't sound very "major league".
How many Fortune 500 companies are on your client list?

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 13:28 UTC
On article What you need to know about Sony's a7R III (622 comments in total)
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Jacques Cornell: Disappointed to hear that, despite having 4+ years to copy Panasonic's Touchpad AF feature, Sony still hasn't got it right. I won't buy a new camera that doesn't have a good implementation of this feature. Yes, it's that useful.

osv - Do you have any evidence that Panasonic lenses don't autofocus on an E-M1 MK1 or Mk2? I haven't heard of such a thing and can't imagine why a Panasonic lens wouldn't work with PDAF. As for aftermarket lenses being "restricted to CDAF" on Panasonic, well yeah, no duh. If the camera has only CDAF, the lens can't magically use PDAF on it. As for Olympuses having PDAF capability", I didn't realize the E-M10 or E-M5 had it. Perhaps they get it by osmosis if you keep them on a shelf with an E-M1 for a while? You're not making a whole lot of sense here. In fact, you're coming across as a Panasonic basher, which is part of the reason you're on my ignore list.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 04:34 UTC
On article What you need to know about Sony's a7R III (622 comments in total)

Disappointed to hear that, despite having 4+ years to copy Panasonic's Touchpad AF feature, Sony still hasn't got it right. I won't buy a new camera that doesn't have a good implementation of this feature. Yes, it's that useful.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2017 at 23:00 UTC as 8th comment | 36 replies
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Jacques Cornell: Requested to download the Nik plugins from DxO site. 15 minutes later, still no email with the link from DxO. Their servers must be getting hammered right now.

As an Optics Pro fan, I am very pleased with this direction that DxO is taking. Now, if they would integrate decent DAM as well, I could probably ditch Adobe. I really hate Lightroom's UI.

Still no email link for the download...

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 13:20 UTC

Requested to download the Nik plugins from DxO site. 15 minutes later, still no email with the link from DxO. Their servers must be getting hammered right now.

As an Optics Pro fan, I am very pleased with this direction that DxO is taking. Now, if they would integrate decent DAM as well, I could probably ditch Adobe. I really hate Lightroom's UI.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 00:00 UTC as 28th comment | 5 replies
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GuitarCamera Man: Imagine that the self righteous purveyors of fake news the NYTimes are abusive and discriminating to their employees . What a bunch of hypocrites!

I’m sure Fox and Breitbart treat their employees SO much better.
LOL

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2017 at 22:28 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1633 comments in total)
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jeffharris: Well that stinks.

I’ve been using Media Pro for kind of a pre-cataloging review, slide show application for years. Delete the real stinkers and import into Lightroom for (maybe) light editing (without generating a zillion extra files) and more archival stuff… adding Keywords, etc..

What else allows me to archive, catalogue and edit my images in one application? AND keep all my files safely stored in my desktop RAID? What happens when I’m NOT online?

I’m not so offended by the subscription model (I pay for ALL my software and software utilities, even quite a few fonts) as I am by being forced to use cloud storage. I use DropBox for sharing project files with clients, but those are COPIES, which I regularly purge.

I also use Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat Pro. QUANDARY!

Jeff - with the current Lightroom (Classic) CC, the app and your files are local. You can use some cloud storage if you want to (I don't). Notifications appear when app updates are available. And, the app checks in with the Adobe mother ship periodically to make sure you're paying your bill. If you cancel your subscription or fail to pay, after a time (1-3 months?) the app freezes much of its functionality. Note that you do not need an internet connection to use LR on a daily basis.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2017 at 01:17 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1633 comments in total)
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jeffharris: Well that stinks.

I’ve been using Media Pro for kind of a pre-cataloging review, slide show application for years. Delete the real stinkers and import into Lightroom for (maybe) light editing (without generating a zillion extra files) and more archival stuff… adding Keywords, etc..

What else allows me to archive, catalogue and edit my images in one application? AND keep all my files safely stored in my desktop RAID? What happens when I’m NOT online?

I’m not so offended by the subscription model (I pay for ALL my software and software utilities, even quite a few fonts) as I am by being forced to use cloud storage. I use DropBox for sharing project files with clients, but those are COPIES, which I regularly purge.

I also use Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat Pro. QUANDARY!

Jeff, how does this force you to use cloud storage? I still don't understand how this new version is different from the subscription Lightroom CC I've been using for the past two years.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 11:17 UTC
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Clyde Thomas: Looks like the logical upgrade to my beloved and powerful Vaio Z Canvas.
Vaio is nice with SD card backup full flush inserted into computer at all times.

No dongles! Hear that Mac...?
Last week hotel room I plug TV HDMI from cable box straight into computer without carrying anything extra.

Very good HP! You've got this long time Mac user's attention.

Clyde - Other World Computing sells a $150 USB-C dock that provides the following ports:
(2) USB 3.1 Gen 1 Standard-A
(2) USB 3.1 Gen 1 Standard-A high power
(1) USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C
(1) Mini DisplayPort
(1) SD Card Slot
(1) Gigabit Ethernet
(1) 3.5 mm Audio Input/Output Combo

That should get you through the next few years. Cheaper USB-C docks are available from other companies.

I dunno about you, but I keep my Macs for 5-6 years. Had my current 13" MBP for 5 years. In 5 years, I'm not going to need the miniDisplayPort, the Firewire port, or the the Ethernet port. They'll just be taking up space (the Ethernet and Firewire ports are already useless to me) that could have been allocated to more useful USB-C/Thunderbolt ports.

Yeah, I'll briefly miss the SD card slot on my next MBP, but a portable USB card reader is the size of a pack of gum, and in my office I usually have two desktop card readers (together less than the size of a deck of cards) connected via USB cables.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 22:46 UTC
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Clyde Thomas: Looks like the logical upgrade to my beloved and powerful Vaio Z Canvas.
Vaio is nice with SD card backup full flush inserted into computer at all times.

No dongles! Hear that Mac...?
Last week hotel room I plug TV HDMI from cable box straight into computer without carrying anything extra.

Very good HP! You've got this long time Mac user's attention.

Scottelly - In few years, everything not USB Type-C or Thunderbolt will be the "weird stuff". I'm moving to Type-C for all my external USB drives because the current Type Micro-B connector is a fatally flawed design, as evidenced by the many, many reports of drives - especially portable drives - losing connection and unmounting. Over the past year, my Type-C connectors have been totally reliable, while I've had three Micro-B connectors fail.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 12:58 UTC
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Lightgreen: Wow, all these options that suddenly make jumping off my MacBook Pro actually a win-win IE cheaper, and superior specs. Awesome.

You do realize that hardware requires an OS, right? And this hardware relies on that user-hostile disaster known as Windows? Have you USED Windows 10 lately? I hadn't touched Windows in decades, but had to use Windows 10 for a month of work in an office. OMG, I thought it must be Windows 1993 or something. So bad, so ugly. It was like the bad old days of DOS when you had to read a 376-page manual just to learn how to turn it on and launch a program.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 11:32 UTC
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Clyde Thomas: Looks like the logical upgrade to my beloved and powerful Vaio Z Canvas.
Vaio is nice with SD card backup full flush inserted into computer at all times.

No dongles! Hear that Mac...?
Last week hotel room I plug TV HDMI from cable box straight into computer without carrying anything extra.

Very good HP! You've got this long time Mac user's attention.

"No dongles!" = 3 years from now "Lots of useless ports!"

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 11:24 UTC
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thebusmaster: Way back in the 70’s the lenses with the highest consistent ratings were the re topcors. In every measure they were all excellent leaving Nikki’s and canons in the dust. All of a sudden the magazine changed its testing criteria and voila Nikon and canon were the best. Goes to show you don’t it?

Not really, no, especially if their testing methodology was obsolete. What magazine are you talking about? And who was providing the "highest consistent ratings" you mention as some kind of objective disinterested arbiter of truth? Zeiss and Leica have been around since way before the '70s, and we've all heard of them, but I've never heard of topcor.

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2017 at 20:47 UTC
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skanter: From friends who are pros:

If you're a pro who makes a living at it, you need FF to impress clients. Crop is fine for everyone else.

Clint,
My clients are knowledgeable, but their practical needs and actual uses don't require even APS, much less medium format. Most corporate event work goes straight to social media. I could do most of this work with my 4MP original Canon 1D. And most editorial work never prints bigger than a magazine page, for which even Micro Four Thirds is overkill. Same with corporate portraits. As you say, it depends on your market. It also depends on the end uses. Often, it's the LESS knowledgeable clients who want big cameras simply because they don't know how to evaluate professionalism or match file sizes with actual output. The many pros I know and have worked with over the past 15 years all sell themselves on their portfolios, not their cameras.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2017 at 15:38 UTC
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skanter: From friends who are pros:

If you're a pro who makes a living at it, you need FF to impress clients. Crop is fine for everyone else.

Not necessarily. There are many kinds of work, and for some, this matters not at all. I'm a pro making a living shooting with MFT after switching from 35mm & APS format DSLRs for 12 years. My clients couldn't care less, much less tell the difference.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2017 at 22:16 UTC

Wow, there are a lot of guys here who want to keep women out of the club.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2017 at 13:41 UTC as 110th comment | 1 reply
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Jacques Cornell: Why aren't they providing pricing for all configurations? It's not even clear what the "base" configuration includes.

Pat, don't get me started...

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2017 at 13:36 UTC
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Jacques Cornell: Why aren't they providing pricing for all configurations? It's not even clear what the "base" configuration includes.

Maybe release date is a ways off and HP hasn't figured it out because they don't yet know what the costs of RAM storage will be when it finally goes on sale. All I know is no amount of money would convince me to use Windows.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2017 at 02:58 UTC
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