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09-10-2012, 01:50 PM   #1
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Portraits with Q?

I'm thinking about getting a Q once my bank balance recuperates from campaign contributions. My primary motivation is to use it for candid portraits, figuring it will be less consipicuous and intimidating than the K-5. I'd love to see some portrait samples if you have them.

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Not a street shot but just now I took a snap of my mother in law for a sample you can see. Shot with Q 47mm prime lens at f1.9, iso 250. Cropped a little and shot in shade with bright sun in background.
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Thats the whole reason I got the Q, was for street, documentary, and journalist reasons, so small and no one notices, some of these shots are with my sonnetar that you have to be very slow a deliberate with but people just dont notice the Q and mine has always been bright colors too...














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but just now I took a snap of my mother in law for a sample you can see.
Does it flatter all your subjects to the same extent?

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Does it flatter all your subjects to the same extent?
Its more difficult to obtain the shallow dof and bokeh typical of studio portraiture. After about 2,000 snaps the last 6 weeks I would say the most difficult thing about the Q for high quality shots for ME is the ease of blowing highlights. Besides shooting at -0.3 or -0.7ev as well as the highlight correction turned on, it still shoots like a small sensor p&s...duh. When I can arrange a frame that does not have very high contrast it is supprisingly pleasing. Last, the flare and abberation is beyond anything I have every used so reflections off water or glass can ruin the frame. I know this is not an answer to your question but I feel like lecturing at the moment and apologize if its out of order. Here is a shot I took with the zoom at 15mm and a bit of reflection off the water making magenta spots all around the frame. Cool flare huh?
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Just some i've posted around the forums with the fisheye.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/gatherings-photo-trips-groups/183330-door...ml#post1968655
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Cool flare huh?

Yes, actually ;~)
I don't think those weaknesses are deal breakers for my purposes.

Thanks for those samples, bmonki--very encouraging!
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Yes, actually ;~)
I don't think those weaknesses are deal breakers for my purposes.

Thanks for those samples, bmonki--very encouraging!
But with no glare...no flare! (just a 1/4" of dof to work with)



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no glare...no flare!
Not the kind of portrait I had in mind but WOW!
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On a recent trip to Thailand my partner was getting used to 'Her' new Q.She took this with the 02 zoom.
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I know this is not a portrait, but just to show the capabilities of the Q in low light, I took this the next night with the same lens
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the most difficult thing about the Q for high quality shots for ME is the ease of blowing highlights.
I agree, this and lens flare is the worst part of the Q. I think they should have packaged the hoods with the lenses, but, hey, I'm no marketing guru. Have ordered lens hoods from ebay and see if that makes a difference.

This is a shot taken by my partner to illustrate the point

And this similar shot taken by me with fill flash (granted she was pointed far more directly into the sun, and I was using a far better rig, but it serves to illustrate the flare issue.
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I'm thinking the new 06 Tele zoom will (hopefully) be a great addition for portraits on the Q. It's got me wondering why the 02 zoom couldn't have been a constant f2.8 as well.
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I'm working on a series to add to the family books for future generations. (EXIF is never intentionally hidden)

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What a wonderful photo, clicker!
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What a wonderful photo, clicker!
Thanks, the original colour image is the one i added to the family book. The B&W version here is work in progress.
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