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02-28-2019, 03:01 PM - 2 Likes   #46
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Just remove the outer three screws on the 03 mount and put a thin piece of tape on the under side of that mounting plate over the screw holes, re-insert the screws (the tape will hold the screws in place) and reassemble.

I used regular frosted tape and it got me down to about 1/2 inch from the front of the lens..

If the shim is too thick, you won't be able to attain infinity focus.


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05-12-2019, 10:28 AM - 3 Likes   #47
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Update on Q pricing

Just picked up this Q-7 kit from eBay:



All items as new, 1k shutter count, needed firmware updates on the body and the 02. Even had a polarizer thrown in.


Bargains can be found, just be patient. There seem to be a plethora of Q-10s from Japan on eBay, but there is usually a nice Q-7 or Q-S1 posted there every week.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Cipher Quote
Just picked up this Q-7 kit from eBay:

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All items as new, 1k shutter count, needed firmware updates on the body and the 02. Even had a polarizer thrown in.


Bargains can be found, just be patient. There seem to be a plethora of Q-10s from Japan on eBay, but there is usually a nice Q-7 or Q-S1 posted there every week.
Nice kit! For that condition and the items included, that was a very good deal.
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I had always wanted a silver Q7, it matches my Cosmicar lenses.

The seller said it came from his father-in-laws estate (yeah, right) but all the items looked like new.

Now I have doubles on the 06 and triples of the 01 and 02 and Q-7 bodies.

"The last camera I'll ever buy, " is what I told my wife.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Cipher Quote
I had always wanted a silver Q7, it matches my Cosmicar lenses.

The seller said it came from his father-in-laws estate (yeah, right) but all the items looked like new.

Now I have doubles on the 06 and triples of the 01 and 02 and Q-7 bodies.
Awesome You da "Q-man"

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"The last camera I'll ever buy, " is what I told my wife.
Aha..hahahahahaha... Sure it is
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That's pretty nice Cipher!

A while ago I ordered a silver Q7 and 02 lens kit from KEH on Amazon at USD 219 before tax. I received a yellow one though, requested a replacement but turned out that yellow was listed as silver on Amazon (some kind of automatic listing problem), no silver in stock in the first place. KEH offered me an apology plus a full refund or 15% discount. Now I'm a happy owner of yellow Q7!
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I agree with the sentiment expressed earlier that people who want one really want one. I'll add, however, that once you have one you never want to get rid of it.

I was lucky to be able to get the entire system with both Q and Q7 bodies during the sweet spot of pricing. There is something truly unique about the system that simply works in spite of the limitations, a Zen-like synchronicity to it; it becomes perfect at just the right time it needs to be so. The lenses are perfectly suited to the camera and you'll find yourself using the so-called "toy" lenses more often than you think. There is "just something about it" that is, dare I say, "inspiring", and that is exactly what good equipment does in any creative field


How inspiring? During a hurricane in Saint Augustine I was inspired to take a walk though the historic section at midnight with nothing more than the Q and Mount Shield Lens (07).

They're not art but the Q got me out when everyone was was inside hunkering down...













FWIW, these are all straight out of the camera with no processing.
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"The last camera I'll ever buy, " is what I told my wife.
And she'll never buy any more "shoes"



(and nice snag)

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Here is another deal almost as good (it even includes 3 original Pentax lenshoods and a case!)

The same seller has a two lens kit for $288+ shipping

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I agree with the sentiment expressed earlier that people who want one really want one. I'll add, however, that once you have one you never want to get rid of it.

I was lucky to be able to get the entire system with both Q and Q7 bodies during the sweet spot of pricing. There is something truly unique about the system that simply works in spite of the limitations, a Zen-like synchronicity to it; it becomes perfect at just the right time it needs to be so. The lenses are perfectly suited to the camera and you'll find yourself using the so-called "toy" lenses more often than you think. There is "just something about it" that is, dare I say, "inspiring", and that is exactly what good equipment does in any creative field


How inspiring? During a hurricane in Saint Augustine I was inspired to take a walk though the historic section at midnight with nothing more than the Q and Mount Shield Lens (07).

They're not art but the Q got me out when everyone was was inside hunkering down...













FWIW, these are all straight out of the camera with no processing.
Excellent images MD Optofonik. Very atmospheric. A photo walk with the Shield Mount lens, at midnight, in hurricane weather is darn courageous.
Thanks for sharing,
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QuoteOriginally posted by barondla Quote
Excellent images MD Optofonik. Very atmospheric. A photo walk with the Shield Mount lens, at midnight, in hurricane weather is darn courageous.
Thanks for sharing,
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Honestly, the hurricane was more than a bit anti-climactic when taken in context. In St. Augustine the rain was steady but only occasionally sideways; when it did get bit heavy, doorways and my foul weather jacket kept me relatively dry.
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Just like the Panasonic GM1

These discontinued small cameras are still sought after, especially since other similar cameras are slowly increasing in size with each model update. They get discontinued because they make excellent second cameras but not first cameras.
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