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01-09-2021, 06:54 AM   #31
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I have a Q and Q7. I bought the original Q (black) along with the Standard, Prime, Standard Zoom, and both Toy lenses for $300 ANIB off Facebook. I then purchased a used 06 Telephoto zoom. I liked using the Q enough that when I saw a low shutter count silver Q-7 body on ebay at a great price, I bought it too. Then the Pentax K to Q leaf shutter adapter from Japan. I sold both toy lenses, bough a used Fisheye and finally the wide angle zoom, the only item purchased new.

I haven’t used the original Q since acquiring the Q7. Performance of the larger sensor in the Q7, plus focus peaking, make it a much better photo machine. It makes a nice travel camera with just the two zoom lenses. Lately, the Q7 has been my extreme macro camera. Using the Q to K adapter with a 50 or 100mm macro lens. Easy. I used the IR remote and electronic shutter to get vibration free photos.

I’ve tried the Q and Q7 with the Q-K adapter for extreme telephoto work but had limited success. The LCD screen is just too low resolution to focus precisely. A magnification hood helps, but it just magnifies the too large already pixels. The LCD display is, in my opinion, the weak point of all Q series cameras.
There must also be a lot of “disinvestment”. Several years ago I asked eBay to tell me if another Q-7 or Q-S1 hit their market, and almost every day they tell me of more. There have been so many that I don’t typically investigate further.

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There must also be a lot of “disinvestment”. Several years ago I asked eBay to tell me if another Q-7 or Q-S1 hit their market, and almost every day they tell me of more. There have been so many that I don’t typically investigate further.
The Q7 is the pinnacle of the Q series and the only one I would buy again. They went strictly for cosmetics on the Q-S1 with no improvements. As for “Disinvestment” you will note that well over eighty percent of the sellers are based in Japan, just like every other less common Pentax item.
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"They went strictly for cosmetics on the Q-S1 with no improvements."

Continuous movie Autofocus on the Q7?

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barondla: "For those that don't own the Toy wide, you should. It's an amazing macro lens. Wide macro perspective with tons (for macro) depth of field."

The 04 and 05 lenses are the only ones in the series I don't own. Both have dropped below $30 on Amazon Japan. Maybe I should just complete the collection - you certainly got me thinking!
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steamloco76"They went strictly for cosmetics on the Q-S1 with no improvements."Continuous movie Autofocus on the Q7?
The auto focus does work in video mode in the Q-S1, but only with the 01, 02, and 08 lenses. It isn't real speedy, but does a nice job if you aren't following action. I think there are some changes in the effects dial, but I'm not sure about that.


The cosmetics on the Q-S1 are much worse—the hard-edged effects dial and IR port hurt my hands and make it not much fun to use all day.

I usually end up taking a couple of my Q-7s if I'm going on a trip or a taking pictures at a concert.


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They went strictly for cosmetics on the Q-S1 with no improvements. As for “Disinvestment” you will note that well over eighty percent of the sellers are based in Japan, just like every other less common Pentax item.
The “Q” was said to be aimed at the Japanese ‘school girl’ population, so most of the sales were probably in Japan then;
logically we would expect lots of sales from there now.
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The “Q” was said to be aimed at the Japanese ‘school girl’ population, so most of the sales were probably in Japan then;
logically we would expect lots of sales from there now.
Too bad Pentax didn’t aim the Q at the “Grumpy forum member” population, they could have sold thousands more.
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I usually end up taking a couple of my Q-7s if I'm going on a trip or a taking pictures at a concert.
Me too.

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The “Q” was said to be aimed at the Japanese ‘school girl’ population, so most of the sales were probably in Japan then;
logically we would expect lots of sales from there now.
reh321 "The “Q” was said to be aimed at the Japanese ‘school girl’ population,"

I must say, even for fear of sounding like a hentai that the first white Q that I bought second-hand smelled absolutely lovely - like it had been in the possession of a well-heeled and nicely perfumed young lady for quite a spell of time. I was quite taken with its aroma. Your comment seems quite plausible.
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