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01-18-2013, 04:39 PM   #1
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Play Time, my Q Review

My Groupon Q came yesterday.
Today I played a bit.

I was pretty prepared for it to be small, but still amazed at how small, looks like a toy.
For those still waiting for one to arrive, let your nails grow, you're gonna need 'em to press the tiny buttons.

Having a K-01, K-5, and reading complaints about noise, I wasn't prepared for the pretty darn good low level, IMO.
A few years ago many of us would have killed for something equal.
Here are a couple of shots with the 01 lens at 1250 ISO.


Cropped.


The bold monochrome is fun.


And the close focus of the 01 lens is great.


I sill have a lot to learn about using the Fotodiox w/ring adapter.
Note: all the shots are straight jpeg from the camera, and no pp except maybe a bit on the bird shots.

Here's the set up, neighbors chimneys, taken with the 01 lens.


This shot with my Rokinon 85/1.4 at f/5.6 (I think) 200 ISO.


And this shot with my DA 55-300mm @300mm and a couple of clicks down from open (I think) 200 ISO.


Woodpecker with the 85mm, 250 ISO.


Cropped.


I need to learn more about how the ring works on the adapter. (still haven't painted the inside flat black)
And I need to shoot the chimneys, with my K-5 and 55/300mm, then crop to see if I'm gaining anything using the Q.

It's a ton of fun, but wildlife, for me, will be a challenge with all the fiddly stuff to set up a shot. (focus peaking is a big help, but the image is jumpy, as to be expected)
I did dust off my old 'American' made Star D tripod to use

Edit to add, date of manufacture for mine is November, 2011.


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Mine arrived today, also from the New Year Groupon purchase. I went out to check the mail and it was sitting on the front porch. I did bring it in, open it, drop in the battery and it had just enough juice, to set it up and take a couple of pictures, before plugging in the battery and going out to run some errands on my day off.
ManufactureDate 2011:11:19
PhotoMe didn't understand the EXIF, but the Forum's EXIF capability worked just fine. Interesting that the Manufacture Date is mid November. So this batch has not been sitting in a warehouse for long. It is small - small enough to need some type of hand/wrist strap, so that it will not go Spaulding (as in bounce, bounce, bounce - or more likely - Thud, Crunch & Break) on the tile floor.

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QuoteOriginally posted by interested_observer Quote
Mine arrived today, also from the New Year Groupon purchase. I went out to check the mail and it was sitting on the front porch. I did bring it in, open it, drop in the battery and it had just enough juice, to set it up and take a couple of pictures, before plugging in the battery and going out to run some errands on my day off.
ManufactureDate 2011:11:19
PhotoMe didn't understand the EXIF, but the Forum's EXIF capability worked just fine. Interesting that the Manufacture Date is mid November. So this batch has not been sitting in a warehouse for long. It is small - small enough to need some type of hand/wrist strap, so that it will not go Spaulding (as in bounce, bounce, bounce - or more likely - Thud, Crunch & Break) on the tile floor.

Congrats!
It's now 2013, so both of ours are now 1 year 2 months old
I tried PhotoMe first too.
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Congratulations to both of you. I use a wrist strap salvaged from an old P&S and I have been very happy with it. I don't think the Q is heavy enough to warrant anything stronger and when I have the adapter and K lens on it the rig is on the tripod anyway.

Lovely shot with the 85/1.4 - I have that lens and have found between 5.6 and 8 to be the sweet spot for the Q.

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QuoteOriginally posted by robtcorl Quote
I need to learn more about how the ring works on the adapter. (still haven't painted the inside flat black)
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You're getting way better results than I did with an adapter.
I must be doing something wrong

Those high ISO shots are great, but are they straight out of the camera? Because even low ISO shots are a little noisy from my Q
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You're getting way better results than I did with an adapter.
I must be doing something wrong

Those high ISO shots are great, but are they straight out of the camera? Because even low ISO shots are a little noisy from my Q
Only the inside shot was higher ISO, jpeg directly from the camera, no post processing.
Data:
ISO: 1250
Exposure: 1/30 sec
Aperture: 1.9
Focal Length: 8.5mm

Do you have the 01 lens?
Not that it should make a difference.
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Your right, it is 2013!!! - back to the future. I guess the warehouse was chock full with these. My wife just walked in, saw it and called it the Barbie camera - its so small.

My son has the P&S with the little strap that came with it, so I guess I'm going to need to go find one - and probably another battery.

Those are nice images. I think I am just going to go with the 01 lens for a while - might look for a K adapter.....

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Your right, it is 2013!!! - back to the future. I guess the warehouse was chock full with these. My wife just walked in, saw it and called it the Barbie camera - its so small.

My son has the P&S with the little strap that came with it, so I guess I'm going to need to go find one - and probably another battery.

Those are nice images. I think I am just going to go with the 01 lens for a while - might look for a K adapter.....

I hear that it's been cold in AZ lately, it can mess with the mind
My mind is just old!

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QuoteOriginally posted by robtcorl Quote
Only the inside shot was higher ISO, jpeg directly from the camera, no post processing.
Data:
ISO: 1250
Exposure: 1/30 sec
Aperture: 1.9
Focal Length: 8.5mm

Do you have the 01 lens?
Not that it should make a difference.
Yep, 01
I guess reduced down they look ok but at 1:1 the noise and JPG smearing is clear to see.
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Yes, its been cold here. The other night it was down to 24 (which is cold for the Phoenix area). The neighborhood looks very ghostly - as everyone has their plants and shrubs covered with sheets, blankets, towels and what ever they can find in and around the house - which makes for a interesting drive to work in the morning.

I was just so use to 2012, that 2011 looked soooo familiar, as if it were just yesterday - so to speak.

Well, my mind is not that young either.....

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QuoteOriginally posted by robtcorl Quote
My Groupon Q came yesterday.
Today I played a bit.

I was pretty prepared for it to be small, but still amazed at how small, looks like a toy.
For those still waiting for one to arrive, let your nails grow, you're gonna need 'em to press the tiny buttons.

Having a K-01, K-5, and reading complaints about noise, I wasn't prepared for the pretty darn good low level, IMO.
A few years ago many of us would have killed for something equal.
Here are a couple of shots with the 01 lens at 1250 ISO.


Cropped.


The bold monochrome is fun.


And the close focus of the 01 lens is great.


I sill have a lot to learn about using the Fotodiox w/ring adapter.
Note: all the shots are straight jpeg from the camera, and no pp except maybe a bit on the bird shots.

Here's the set up, neighbors chimneys, taken with the 01 lens.


This shot with my Rokinon 85/1.4 at f/5.6 (I think) 200 ISO.


And this shot with my DA 55-300mm @300mm and a couple of clicks down from open (I think) 200 ISO.


Woodpecker with the 85mm, 250 ISO.


Cropped.


I need to learn more about how the ring works on the adapter. (still haven't painted the inside flat black)
And I need to shoot the chimneys, with my K-5 and 55/300mm, then crop to see if I'm gaining anything using the Q.

It's a ton of fun, but wildlife, for me, will be a challenge with all the fiddly stuff to set up a shot. (focus peaking is a big help, but the image is jumpy, as to be expected)
I did dust off my old 'American' made Star D tripod to use

Edit to add, date of manufacture for mine is November, 2011.
"(focus peaking is a big help, but the image is jumpy, as to be expected)"

Set the Shake Reduction Option to Mode 2 and it will help you focus as SR will be active during live view.

Shawn
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"(focus peaking is a big help, but the image is jumpy, as to be expected)"

Set the Shake Reduction Option to Mode 2 and it will help you focus as SR will be active during live view.

Shawn
Thanks Shawn!
I didn't even know about that option.

Still playing around.
Handheld, a little contrast in post, using a Pentax F 35-70mm @ 70mm, at f/5.6.
ISO: 125
Exposure: 1/500 sec


Handheld with a Promaster (Tamron) 28-105mm @105mm, at f/5.6.
ISO: 400
Exposure: 1/1600 sec


And the 01 lens, as close as I could focus on the subject.
ISO: 125
Exposure: 1/200 sec
Aperture: 2.2
Focal Length: 8.5mm


Still having a blast while learning the ins and outs of this mini brick!
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QuoteOriginally posted by robtcorl Quote
My Groupon Q came yesterday.
Today I played a bit.

I was pretty prepared for it to be small, but still amazed at how small, looks like a toy.
For those still waiting for one to arrive, let your nails grow, you're gonna need 'em to press the tiny buttons.

Having a K-01, K-5, and reading complaints about noise, I wasn't prepared for the pretty darn good low level, IMO.
A few years ago many of us would have killed for something equal.
Here are a couple of shots with the 01 lens at 1250 ISO.


Cropped.


The bold monochrome is fun.


And the close focus of the 01 lens is great.


I sill have a lot to learn about using the Fotodiox w/ring adapter.
Note: all the shots are straight jpeg from the camera, and no pp except maybe a bit on the bird shots.

Here's the set up, neighbors chimneys, taken with the 01 lens.


This shot with my Rokinon 85/1.4 at f/5.6 (I think) 200 ISO.


And this shot with my DA 55-300mm @300mm and a couple of clicks down from open (I think) 200 ISO.


Woodpecker with the 85mm, 250 ISO.


Cropped.


I need to learn more about how the ring works on the adapter. (still haven't painted the inside flat black)
And I need to shoot the chimneys, with my K-5 and 55/300mm, then crop to see if I'm gaining anything using the Q.

It's a ton of fun, but wildlife, for me, will be a challenge with all the fiddly stuff to set up a shot. (focus peaking is a big help, but the image is jumpy, as to be expected)
I did dust off my old 'American' made Star D tripod to use

Edit to add, date of manufacture for mine is November, 2011.
We need a review of that 85mm in the Reference thread when you have a minute.
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-q/209474-adapted-lenses-tested-q-r...ce-thread.html
Congrats, looking good!

BTW - if your lens has an aperture ring set the Fotodiox to full closed and use the aperture ring on the lens to give you exact known aperture.
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