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07-29-2013, 12:15 AM   #1
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Q Whilst Cycling / Running


I posted a (very!) similar thread in the DSLR section - taking photos whilst cycling or running. The Q was mentioned as an alternative to a heavy and bulky DSLR, as was the Go Pro Hero 3. I will primarily be taking photos, not videos, so I'm erring towards the Q.

I'm thinking of selling the photos (prints or JPEGs) to fellow competitors after the event - is the Q's image quality up to that? The examples I've seen would certainly appear to show that they are!

I recently (yesterday) ran a 10k race with a Fuji S7000 bridge camera. The photos were easy enough to take, I "shot from the hip". The photos were ok, but the image quality isn't there plus it's a big rig.

Which lens would be the best? 5 - 15mm or the 8mm prime?

Does anybody have any thoughts? All replies gratefully accepted!



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If you want image quality, go with a larger format IMO. The Q will get the job done, but it's not easily pocketable and it's not as fast as say the ricoh GR or sony rx100. And if you're looking for speed, the nikon 1 system is pretty good, I've heard.

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The IQ of the Pentax Q is great when you stay at low isos; as these events are outdoor with plenty of light, that should be sufficient. The Q7 improves image quality of the original Q with a larger sensor. The 8,5 mm prime on the Q7 is a 40 mm equivalent, this is great to take picture of peoples, and the system is easily pocketable, i myself ride with my Q very often, but I expect a wide angle prime which is on the roadmap. If you sell pictures, these pictures will not be enlarged tu such a size that image quality should be on par with a high end DSLR camera, IMHO
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I have taken the Q on my 10km hill runs, and it travels quite well. I have a couple of small LowePro belt pouches which accommodate the kit well.
I would take the 01 Prime on the body and maybe the 03 Fish-Eye in a spare pocket.
I'm sure there are plenty of other options, and Adam has a far better idea of what they might be.


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