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08-01-2015, 02:36 PM   #16
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That does look fun, but I'm not seeing anything to steer me away from my 1st gen Sony RX100.
And that's how I feel about many of the premium compact cameras in the market. They all produce nice, sharp, colorful images with little distinction from one and another. I haven't seen anything from those images that would steer me away from my Q7. Perhaps the experience of holding the gear and producing the images enamors one to a make or model. That's how I feel about my Q7. Using it is just as fun as processing the images I can create with it.

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And that's how I feel about many of the premium compact cameras in the market. They all produce nice, sharp, colorful images with little distinction from one and another. I haven't seen anything from those images that would steer me away from my Q7. Perhaps the experience of holding the gear and producing the images enamors one to a make or model. That's how I feel about my Q7. Using it is just as fun as processing the images I can create with it.
The one thing that has slightly endeared me to the RX100 on the more creative side is the effect of barrel distortion with a wide aperture, at the wide end.



You're right, however. Once you've bought into a system it's hard to get out. I may be tempted some day in the future once I've a bit more money to throw around, but the Panasonic LX100 holds greater promises for me.
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Sticky 06 lens for Pentax Q

I recently bought a Pentax Q7 kit that included the 06 lens. Two problems.

When I zoom the 06 lens, it doesn't work smoothly. It catches or sticks at the 15mm mark then, if you add pressure, it moves out of that point. I spoke to Amazon and they sent me a replacement but it works exactly the same. The 02 lens zooms smoothly.

Since my second problem is that the manual is in Japanese only, I can't read to see if this is normal. Is it? This is my first digital camera with interchangeable lenses. Is there a way to get manual in English?
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The 06 lens is retractable. You need to twist the zoom ring past the 15mm mark to open up the lens.

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QuoteOriginally posted by SNinOR Quote
I recently bought a Pentax Q7 kit that included the 06 lens. Two problems.

When I zoom the 06 lens, it doesn't work smoothly. It catches or sticks at the 15mm mark then, if you add pressure, it moves out of that point. I spoke to Amazon and they sent me a replacement but it works exactly the same. The 02 lens zooms smoothly.

Since my second problem is that the manual is in Japanese only, I can't read to see if this is normal. Is it? This is my first digital camera with interchangeable lenses. Is there a way to get manual in English?
Did you have your camera turned on when you did that? There is a black dot beyond the 15; that is the normal retracted "parking" location, where the lens is completely pulled in for minimal use of space. I'm not completely clear on what is going on as you twist the lens between the black dot and the 15, but the lens cannot be used when it is in that retracted range, and on the screen you'll get the message "Shutter release is disabled. Ensure the zooming index on the lens is set to a position that permits shutter release". The "catch", "stick, "bump" you feel at the 15 mark is the lens transitioning to the point where it can be used. As Amazon said, that is totally normal.
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QuoteOriginally posted by SNinOR Quote
I recently bought a Pentax Q7 kit that included the 06 lens. Two problems.

Since my second problem is that the manual is in Japanese only, I can't read to see if this is normal. Is it? This is my first digital camera with interchangeable lenses. Is there a way to get manual in English?

Others commented on what might be the problem with your lens, so let me point you to Operation Manuals Download : Support & Service | RICOH IMAGING . Here you can download the manuals for all current Pentax/Ricoh cameras! HTH
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Q7: The Perfect Travel Camera

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ZombieArmy recently posted a thread asking, "How would you sell someone on the Pentax Q?" This is an interesting question for Q series fans like us here because we love the ecosystem and want to see others appreciate it as well. The challenge with the Q series is that it is a very hard camera to understand. It's quirky because it's about the size of a small P&S, has the controls of a good entry level DSLR/mirrorless, shoots RAW, and has a small number of lenses that can be swapped in and out. This goes against the current premium compact trend where the bodies are a little bigger and the lenses are fixed mount zooms. Let's not also forget that the 1/2.3" and 1/1.7" sensors inside the Q series are teeny tiny compared the 1" sensors found in something like the Sony RX100 series. Despite all the quirks and seeming disadvantages of the Q series, the camera is capable of producing excellent images. This forum and the internet is filled with great examples. I think a successful image is the result of leveraging the Q series' strengths in the right scenario and scene. In other words, the Q series is not a general purpose camera that can do it all. Applying the Q series everywhere will quickly reveal the weakness such as high ISO noise and limited dynamic range while concealing the strengths like good color sensitivity and sharp optics. This is why Q series users always run with a large sensor camera like a Pentax DSLR as well. Something like a DSLR is strong enough to cover more complex lighting scenarios successfully.

With all that in mind, we can easily think of some scenarios where the Q series excels. Photographing model train dioramas and telephotography with K-mount lenses are two such examples. I previously posted about running a half marathon with my Q7 + 01 lens in hand. It is the perfect action camera for the photographer on the go (literally). Today I would like to offer up the Q7 as the photographer's perfect travel camera where the application is tourism and street photography! I always like to remind everyone how small the Q7 is by (re)posting this picture of my Q7 + 06 lens with a screwed-in metal hood.



That picture never gets old for me. There are other small bodies such as the Lumix GM5 but lets not forget that the 06 gives the Q series the equivalent reach of a 200mm lens ... and it still fits in the palm of my hand ... with a metal hood! I can fit my complete Q kit that consists of a Q7 + 01 + 02 + 03 + 06 + spare battery in a simple sling bag. I'd like to see a similar setup from the competition. So let's leave our DSLR and u4/3 cameras behind and let's go to Amsterdam in the Netherlands with our Q7!

In addition to being small, the Q7 is a very quiet camera. The leaf shutter makes a very slight "click" when photographing a scene. Switching to an electronic shutter renders the camera completely silent. Being small and quiet enables the Q to go places unnoticed. It's not going to attract attention like a big DSLR. You can get great candid shots of people without making a fuss or causing a scene. My Q7 + 06 recorded this German gentleman traveler striking a very remarkable pose.


_IMP0948 06 TELEPHOTO ZOOM 34.1mm f3.2
by Boris, on Flickr

The high ISO setting add some noise that can be seen when pixel peeping but the image is still perfectly adequate for small prints and online sharing. I don't know if he is looking ahead to the long flight ahead but I know I was! While other people are sleeping I'm busy photographing. With the 06 telephoto lens still mounted on my Q7, I turned my camera to my neighbor and found a beautifully lit water cup.


_IMP0967 06 TELEPHOTO ZOOM 15mm f3.2
by Boris, on Flickr

The limited dynamic range compared to a big DSLR is obvious to those who know what to look for ... but for the traveler looking for a memory it's perfect. It must have been perfect for the drinker of the cup too because the cup is empty. Maybe he was really thirsty. My other neighbor was probably less thirsty because she left some drink in her beautifully illuminated cup.


_IMP0973 06 TELEPHOTO ZOOM 36.9mm f2.8
by Boris, on Flickr

It's amazing to me that these images can be captured on an airplane while flying with the usual bumps and turbulence of air travel. Zoom in by clicking on the image. That will take you to my Flickr account where you can pixel peep to your heart's contentment. Even more amazing is that I can always find something to photograph everywhere. Beauty is all around us. We just need to follow the light and see where it can take us.

I fell in love with the Dutch populace. They are a happy, hale, and hardy folk who don't strive for excess. I did not see anyone complain or stagger around meaninglessly. They are a loving and tolerant people. This Dutch couple seemed like the norm to me.


_IMP1006 02 STANDARD ZOOM 10.1mm f3.5
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Everyone is on the go - by train, by foot, or by bicycle. Yes, bicycles! How could I get this far in my article without mentioning the most famous mode of transportation in the Netherlands? Take this young lady as an example.


_IMP1072 02 STANDARD ZOOM 5mm f2.8
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An American would be in shock at this. No helmet, not looking at the road ahead, and using a mobile device! But despite this seemingly unsafe scenario riders aren't crashing left and right. Capturing that shot was a bit difficult due to the slow AF of the Q7. I was half prepared and half unready. Watching and waiting for the Q7 to focus before the leaf shutter clicks can be dreadful event. "Oh, c'mon-c'mon-c'mon-c'mon-c'mon .... yes!" This next shot of another rider is an improvement. At least he's looking at the road ahead!


_IMP1196 01 STANDARD PRIME 8.5mm f2.2
by Boris, on Flickr

Bicycles to the Dutch seem to be as linked to their culture as cars are to Americans. Amsterdam is filled with bicycles! I think there are more bicycles than people in that city.


_IMP1303 02 STANDARD ZOOM 5mm f3.2
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There are so many bicycles that most are left unlocked. I suppose if someone takes yours then you just take someone else's. It's all good. Go ahead and pixel peep that image to get a good look at the bicycles lining the canal. While you're at it go peep at the bricks in the buildings and the other fine details. That's the 02 lens at 5mm, f/3.2. The 02 lens gets a bad reputation since it is a kit lens but I find the lens to be excellent when used properly. It can be really, really sharp! Use it wide open or one click down for best IQ.

Canals take a back seat to the bicycle and the foot. I'm sure there was a time when they were teeming with boats but now it seems mostly tour boats go on them. Every now and then you'll see a local travel by canal.


_IMP1035 02 STANDARD ZOOM 5mm f3.2
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Every good tourist information source will tell travelers to avoid the narrow alleyways of big cities. They are tactically dangerous for vulnerable tourists at the wrong time of day. I find these narrow alleyways some of the most interesting paths to take when exploring. Some of the best restaurants, shops, and photographic scenes are to be found there. These alleyways are packed with bicycles and broken umbrellas. Wait ... what? Umbrellas? Well, that's what I found and here's proof!


_IMP1068 02 STANDARD ZOOM 8.4mm f3.5
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The 02 lens is starting to soften up just a bit compared to the performance at 5mm but it still performed admirably capturing the details in the ground and the colors of the umbrella.

Amsterdam, and the Netherlands as whole, is a very lush and green country. Everything can't help but grow! There's plenty of rain, it seems, since it rained for four of the seven days I was there. I only had one true sunny day. Rain can be refreshing because it cleans away the grime of the old and makes way for the beauty of the new. Water can also add beauty to what is already beautiful, such as this spider web.


_IMP1175 01 STANDARD PRIME 8.5mm f3.5
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Now we see the 01 lens in action! Two distinct features of this lens is its excellent sharpness and closer-focusing abilities compared to the zoom lenses. I used f/3.5 to get a little extra depth of field to make sure all the layers of the spider web was captured with best sharpness. Go ahead and pixel peep. You'll see that the droplets act like little lenses and there are many images inside that single image!

Getting a shallow depth of field with the Q series is extremely difficult due to the small sensor. Photographers need to get really, really close to their subject in order to achieve subject isolation ... and even then the bokeh may not be that great. The 01 lens is f/1.9 wide open. I tried photographing this moss up close to give readers an example of blur in the Q series cameras.


_IMP1198 01 STANDARD PRIME 8.5mm f1.9
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That's about as good as it's going to get with the 01 prime but that's OK. A near infinite depth of field is one of the Q series' strengths in street photographing. A near wide open aperture letting in oodles of light while rendering crisp detail from edge to edge is a photographer's dream. That's how we can capture this young lady walking confidently to her destination.


_IMP1329 02 STANDARD ZOOM 7.5mm f3.2
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Or how about this worker out for a quick smoking break.


_IMP1342 01 STANDARD PRIME 8.5mm f2.8
by Boris, on Flickr

Sharpness is important in photography and I've touched upon it throughout the article. Many people deride the Q series because there is a perception that the system cannot produce sharp images. In some ways, that is true. The sensor is small and high ISO settings introduce noise that can blur details. That is a fault of the sensor but that should not reflect on the optics. The optics of the Q lenses is excellent! The spider web shown above was one example. It showed how sharp the 01 lens can be. Even the 02 is good! It captured the fine detail of this little kitten without a problem ... and that was near the end of the zoom range at f/4!


_IMP1056 02 STANDARD ZOOM 12.2mm f4
by Boris, on Flickr

The 06 ranks up with the 01 in my sharpness scores. Here's a shot of a stray cat at Wanderlos park in nearby Hoofddorp taken with the 06 also at the far end of its zoom range.


_IMP1229 06 TELEPHOTO ZOOM 39.3mm f3.2
by Boris, on Flickr

Even more extreme : walking back to my hotel I saw a massive spider weaving a web by a street light next to the train station. This spider was huge! I would hate to get near it. Thank goodness I had the 06 with me! Zoomed in and heavily cropped, I was able to capture the web and the hairs of the spider!


_IMP1281 06 TELEPHOTO ZOOM 43.7mm f3.2
by Boris, on Flickr

Even though the Q series' AF performance is a little weak, it shouldn't stop the determined photographer. I wanted to photograph a nearly transparent spider web and had to resort to MF. Thank goodness the Q series offers focusing peaking and auto-zoom! The result :


_IMP1145 06 TELEPHOTO ZOOM 42.8mm f3.5
by Boris, on Flickr

That's nearly all the photographs I have to share with the forum in this post. More can be found on my flickr account if this kind of imagery is interesting to you. The Q series is a unique camera system that opens doors to new photographic opportunities. A camera is more than just specs and test scores. It's an experience of usage and the usage has to fit the scene and scenario you find yourself in. The Q packs a lot of control features commonly found in a DSLR into a space normally occupied by P&S and spy cameras. All the lenses are modern marvels that offer excellent sharpness across their range. Perceived performance may be muddied up by high ISO noise but that's a fault of the sensor. I truly hope that Ricoh will upgrade the sensor that registers a little cleaner at all ISO settings.

Let me close with this final image.


_IMP1032 02 STANDARD ZOOM 13.2mm f4
by Boris, on Flickr

If this guy can ride a bike with crutches then we photographers ought to be able to work photographic miracles with our Qs!
Hi Dear 6BQ5, are those partial color pictures processed from C1 or it's a straight out of camera function? I love those very much! Thanks~

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6BQ5: That is a wonderful article. Your shooting tips are invaluable. One shopping tip I have is to watch eBay for the original Q body with the 01 lens, as that was the original bundle. You can get a spare body plus the lens for around $150.00 or so. Unusually there are some extra batteries with charger as well. The original Q is just a joy to hold and you get even more focal length at the long tele end of the 06 lens.
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