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01-17-2015, 09:11 AM   #1
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Show your Pentax Q setups~

I've seen some rather impressive setups from the forum members here........from gun scopes to homemade viewfinders, the Q users find a way of making their Q's work!

If you have a rather cool setup, please post here so we can get ideas for personalizing our own setups......

I'll begin with 2 from me which is a Q7 with Sigma 170-500 (Minolta mt.) and 2.5X LCD viewfinder as well as an illuminated gun scope mounted on a Wimberley Head clone (eBay.)

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That's cool! Must draw some attention?
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Here is my current "bargain basement" system, that I assembled while posting my "Baby Steps" thread.

(1) Pentax Q7, bought "used like new" via Amazon for $281 with 02 and 06 lenses

(2) no-name Chinese 2.8X viewfinder bought via eBay for $12 and then required modification because it was designed for Canon EOS-M

(3) FotodioX PK-PQ adapter bought from B&H for $22

(4) used but "excellent condition" Rikonon 75mm-300mm lens bought via eBay for $33 (I was the only bidder - I'm thinking that others may have been discouraged by "Ricoh pin", which doesn't affect my adapter

(5) monopod / walking-stick purchased from Amazon for $24

My pictures are not going to challenge those taken by johnmflores and SteveNunez, but they are, by far, better than anything I was able to get with my Canon Rebel, or with the Pentax K-50 that will replace the Rebel at some time, and at much less cost than a real "birding lens" for either of those cameras.
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QuoteOriginally posted by reh321 Quote
Here is my current "bargain basement" system, that I assembled while posting my "Baby Steps" thread.

(1) Pentax Q7, bought "used like new" via Amazon for $281 with 02 and 06 lenses

(2) no-name Chinese 2.8X viewfinder bought via eBay for $12 and then required modification because it was designed for Canon EOS-M

(3) FotodioX PK-PQ adapter bought from B&H for $22

(4) used but "excellent condition" Rikonon 75mm-300mm lens bought via eBay for $33 (I was the only bidder - I'm thinking that others may have been discouraged by "Ricoh pin", which doesn't affect my adapter

(5) monopod / walking-stick purchased from Amazon for $24

My pictures are not going to challenge those taken by johnmflores and SteveNunez, but they are, by far, better than anything I was able to get with my Canon Rebel, or with the Pentax K-50 that will replace the Rebel at some time, and at much less cost than a real "birding lens" for either of those cameras.

That's a great budget setup! Give it time and you'll be getting some good shots with it.

Here's mine:


There's a camera in there somewhere.
by john m flores, on Flickr

Camera: Pentax Q7
Lens: Pentax DA 55-300mm HD WR via Pentax K-Q adapter (259mm-1410mm EQ 35mm)
Loupe: Kamerar QV-1
Flask: Metz 58 AF-1 + Better Beamer flash extender
Tripod and Head: Vanguard

If you look closely, you'll see the K-Q adapter mounting plate is reversed. That's so the Kamerar plate can be mounted there. The Kamerar plate is compatible with the Manfrotto 501PL plate and slides into my Manfrotto 701HDV fluid pan video head perfectly. Without this change, the Kamerar when mounted directly to the Q sits too high.

One of these days I'll spring for a DA300+TC or wait to see if Pentax releases a new zoom soon. Until then, the DA55-300mm will do double duty as birding lens and smallish motorcycle travel long-zoom. I've already got some nice results from bits and pieces of this kit-still waiting to use the Better Beamer in real-life situations.

When on trips with the Audubon Society, I mount it on a monopod for greater mobility. I just got the Better Beamer and am still testing it out. I also have a DA* 50-135 F2.8 which I'm going to test out too. Less reach but hopefully higher IQ.

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I like~~~~~I have a better beamer- never thought of using it- but great idea!
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Q7+ two older 500mm's

The old (but still capable) Adaptall 200-500/6.3 (CZ 500) and the Adaptall SP 500/8 (55b).

The CZ has surprisingly little fringing on the Q7. The mirror lens has the usual busy background. Both are sharp on the Q7 with noticeable color characteristics. I'll leave it to your discretion as to which you'd prefer to lug around. (There IS an optical design advantage to the older long barrels and the CZ500&06A were designed to favor blue/green CA rather than red/purple on the theory they'd be most used in nature settings where those colors wouldn't be as noticeable. Smart move - remember, those were film era designs when PP correction wasn't available.)

The 55B is hand hold-able with practice; the ol' CZ sure ain't though. IQ in the range of 250-450mm on the CZ 500 is excellent on the Q7 and with today's used price would be a very inexpensive way to explore the looong tele range (~ 800-2300mm).

Comparison images not cropped for magnification - taken at about 85 ft. Both at F8 - ISO 800.
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I really like your simplified LCD magnifier- brilliant solution.
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QuoteOriginally posted by SteveNunez Quote
I really like your simplified LCD magnifier- brilliant solution.
Is that one of the ClearView products?

I had identified that (plus a baseball cap) as the solution to my concerns, before I discovered the inexpensive hood that I ended up using.

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QuoteOriginally posted by reh321 Quote
ClearView products?
Nope. DIY from stiff file folder and a cut up magnifier.
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Here are a few I have gone through:










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Now that's impressive!
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Mine is the prettiest.

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That is pretty for sure!!!!!! (Sandy are you male/female- just curious?)
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That is pretty for sure!!!!!! (Sandy are you male/female- just curious?)
You decide

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My apologies- wasn't sure if you were male or female- just thought it'd be cool if we had a female shooter so into the Q- but it's cool...nice shot-LOL!
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