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02-14-2017, 10:50 AM - 5 Likes   #5356
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A walk in the woods

Taken with Q 7 and Takumar 135mm F2.5 and 01 prime

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02-18-2017, 05:31 PM   #5357
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Another Q7+02 zoom picture, converted to BW in Lightroom, heavily cropped.


Nature ornaments by k kwb, on Flickr
02-20-2017, 05:15 AM - 4 Likes   #5358
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The best camera is always the best one to have with you.

Q7, fisheye, 06 and 01, super compact and versatile for cycle touring and photography.
In fact, some of the folks I was cycling with was very curious about this tiny camera which seemed to be more versatile than their phones.







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QuoteOriginally posted by pinholecam Quote
The best camera is always the best one to have with you.

Q7, fisheye, 06 and 01, super compact and versatile for cycle touring and photography.
In fact, some of the folks I was cycling with was very curious about this tiny camera which seemed to be more versatile than their phones.
...The best camera is the one you have always with you.
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02 Standard Zoom 7.2mm f5.6 QS-1


06 Telephoto Zoom 42.4mm f4 QS-1

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Q is a sleeper in Pentax line-up...



... that needs to arise (or awake).

Genuine (first) Q with Pentax-Auto 110 50/2.8
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Today I put my Tamron 300 with the K to Q adapter on my Q-S1 giving me an FF equivalent of 1400mm.

It took me a while to figure out the adapter. There must be instructions somewhere, I just don't know where.

An image I took today at 500mm with the K-3




The same screw taken with the Q. No birds were co-operating.


A piece of rope


An empty spot on a bird feeder where a very little bird could have landed if he/she had wanted to


It is so hard to find anything in the viewfinder, partly because you must manually AF as you pan, just to see what the camera is pointed at.

My next goal will be to actually capture a bird.
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Adapted teles take time to learn. You are starting fine. Not sure what instructions are needed for adapter use? 0 on adapter is wide open. 1 is closed down approx 1 full step. 2 is 2 full steps. Most teles have best optical quality on #1 (Pentax DA*300) or #2.

1400mm is almost useless without a red dot finder located on the hotshoe. That will speed up finding your subject to 1 or 2 seconds, if not faster. Red dot will also be useful tracking bif on your big Pentax DSLR.
Crewl 1 has a great tutorial here on using red dot scope with Q. Also don't forget to turn red dot scope off at the end of the day. The led will kill the battery by the next morning.
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Even more mag, for you, the DA*60-250 on the Q-S1, approx. 1000mm. The Blue jays stay as far away as they can most of the time. These guys are gathered as far away as they can get and still get seed. I usually don't shoot a this distance.

It made a huge difference being able to zoom out, find the subject, then zoom in. Focus is still an issue 50 images, 4 in good, many ruined by bad exposure, you have very little dynamic range to work with, you have to have the right ISO and EV compensation, but, it can be done. I used what I call a "scatter" technique. Focus, take 5 image, make a micro adjustment to focus, take 5 more, make another one back the other way, take 5 more. But the one shown, was correctly focussed without using that technique. I didn't do nearly as well with smaller birds. In fact i completely struck out, despite having 20 woodpecker and 20 small finch images. Still, the combo shows potential.


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Great Blue Jay shot. Agree with you about dynamic range and focus having a very narrow range. On the Q I usually use ISO 125 and -.3 exposure compensation. This often means shooting slow shutter speeds in the 1/40 -1/60 range to get a sharp result. I use your "scatter" method. Shoot 50 at 1/40 to get 2 or 3 without movement blur.

Focus isn't hard for me. Unless they are just moving too quickly. I don't use a lupe, nor focus peaking. Sometimes I will magnify the screen by 4X using the OK button ( function must be enabled in menu). No one said this would be easy!

I do get wildlife photos with Q/300 that Aren't available to me otherwise.

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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote

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It took me a while to figure out the adapter. There must be instructions somewhere, I just don't know where- - - - -

There is an instruction here at PF: Using the K-Mount Adapter for Pentax Q - Articles and Tips | PentaxForums.com


And here's a copy of the manual that followed my adapter: http://www.gyes.eu/documents/pentaxqkadapter.pdf
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I was able to find the nodal point on the Standard Prime lens by just moving the baseplate on my tripod about 1-inch to the rear. No fancy nodal slide or special panorama equipment necessary!




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Just in case anyone is interested, Pelican 1200 case is the perfect fit for your Pentax Q gear.


I got lucky and found a used one for $18. It fits the Q10 and Q7, all of my batteries, generic remote controller and 3 extra lenses.
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On my commute drive I saw sandhill cranes flying down to the empty corn field next to the road! I had only 5 minutes or so but that's no excuse not to take pictures, is it?

With 06 lens.

Sandhill Cranes by k kwb, on Flickr

Then I quickly changed to my small 250mm telescope, ISO 400, 1/1250 sec.

Sandhill Cranes (and a mallard) by k kwb, on Flickr

The cranes are 3 to 4 ft high (about 0.9 to 1.2 meters) and the telescope would be 1100mm-ish equivalent focal length if this was a full frame sensor, so you can see that this was actually pretty far. I'd say I was 100 to 140 yards away (about 90 to 130 meters) from the flock, probably a safe distance for them, but I knew I'd likely slam the door if I got out of the car in a hurry and that might scare them off, so I stayed inside.

They were to the right and slightly toward the back of the car from where I was able to park, and I had to take the most awkward shooting position, sitting in the drivers' seat, my right elbow pressed against the back support, my right hand on the camera and my left hand holding the telescope, shooting through the open passenger side window.

I think the focus was somewhat closer to me than the crane's head I wanted to focus on, and the motion blurr was also a problem, but I'm super happy that I got this one at all. After all, this is why I carry my Q7 kit with me!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Trey45 Quote
...Pelican 1200 case...
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