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05-17-2013, 12:15 PM   #241
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Don't let those comments get you down. Different folks have different criteria for judging value. Remember your antagonist here was the one who vehemently argued the Big Mac is the world's best hamburger because it sold the most units. I'm not an economist and I don't care a bit how many they've sold. My value criterion for burgers is taste.

The Q sub forum is chock full of comments like "I haven't had this much fun shooting in years." Apparently having the largest sensor isn't the only factor that brings satisfaction to photographers. I was certainly sceptical but after looking at many Q photos decided it might be ok. So for just over 200 bones I got my kit. And guess what? It is an incredibly fun camera for me. And there are tons of shooting situations and picture viewing scenarios where a 1 inch sensor stuffed in the Q would make zero perceptible difference in results. For other situations I have my K200D (yes, I know this just opens me up to more ridicule - there are cameras this size with bigger sensor).

I'm glad there are still companies making products not limited to a single most popular or most economically viable design criterion. The Q isn't for those who mostly talk about cameras, but for those who like to shoot it can be just the ticket.
Man the internet sucks for sarcasm. You might see one or two entries by me in the Q and K-01 Forums (though sometimes I do wonder why I always pick the losers except manual lenses).

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A crop DA? Enjoy your half a lens.

(Totally kidding. The 15 is favorite lens by far, and I also have the 43 and 77.)
Hah!

This is where Pentax excels...a compact, almost pancake, WA prime.

My FF is film: MZ-S, MZ-6, *ist, ME Super, Super Program, Hexar AF, and a bunch of RF's.

Mamiya 645 for bigger than FF, not that crop Pentax 645D crap!

Hold on...what were they thinking at Pentax cropping an MF sensor...oh, wait, now I see where the Q comes from. If you can crop sensor medium format....
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So the Q, a camera with 5.9% of the MILC market share, is pretty good at 10% of the photomilieu (just made that up), but worse than the other 90% of photos taken.
That's BS and you know it.

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Sales figures are dismal. In fact, Pentax Japan has twice commented that sales are disappointing, and have gone to lengths, not normally seen in a Japanese camera company, of assuring the product.
Source for both comments, please.
The only thing I was able to find (actually remembering the Jonathan Martin's interview) is Pentax UK saying the Q was selling below expectations. UK is not Japan.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jogiba Quote
To say the Q sensor is too small is the same as telling someone that any wrench or socket under 6mm is not worth buying. The 5.5x crop has an advantage when using telephoto and macro lenses.
Personally I'd prefer cropping photos myself rather than having them pre-cropped, but I understand others may differ.

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Personally I'd prefer cropping photos myself rather than having them pre-cropped, but I understand others may differ.
When you crop a sensor or photo from an APS-C K-5 for example you are cropping a large % of the pixels (16mp) but on the Q you are using all 12mp and that could give you a better image using macro or telephoto lenses. Go from 1.5x APS-C crop to 5.5x crop you go from 16mp down to 1mp. Do the math.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Aristophanes Quote
So the Q, a camera with 5.9% of the MILC market share, is pretty good at 10% of the photomilieu (just made that up), but worse than the other 90% of photos taken.

Niche of a niche. The whole point of an ILC system is to be very good in all segments of the photomilieu (really liking this word).

Each to their own, but the value proposition of the Q is weak.
The Q have about the same share of the mirrorless market as the total share of FF (Nikon + Canon and Sony) have of the DSLR market. That should put things into perspective.

Have 6% share of the market with one model is nothing short of remarkable...

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QuoteOriginally posted by jogiba Quote
When you crop a sensor or photo from an APS-C K-5 for example you are cropping a large % of the pixels (16mp) but on the Q you are using all 12mp and that could give you a better image using macro or telephoto lenses. Go from 1.5x APS-C crop to 5.5x crop you go from 16mp down to 1mp. Do the math.
The Q is a fantastic high power teleconverter for K-system users. I think I have to get me one...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Aristophanes Quote
Sales figures are dismal. In fact, Pentax Japan has twice commented that sales are disappointing, and have gone to lengths, not normally seen in a Japanese camera company, of assuring the product..
That was the Q. The Q10 is highly sucessful. The original Q was too expensively made and hence to expensive when released. I'm sure we will see more Q system cameras in the future. Also higher level than the Q10.

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Apple iPhone is the world's most popular camera.

According to this post on the iPhone thread Instagram will be the only HS Graduation photos most seniors will have. Those seem to be good enough ..... but Q isn't?

Whatever. I have three Q's and 4 lenses. I'm set for a long time even if they casket the mount and start over.

Of course, I also have an i10 ...........
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QuoteOriginally posted by Pål Jensen Quote
That was the Q. The Q10 is highly sucessful. The original Q was too expensively made and hence to expensive when released. I'm sure we will see more Q system cameras in the future. Also higher level than the Q10.
Pentax is committed to the Q mount. Seeing handwriting, I'm hoovering up original Q's at these deal prices.
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Here are two Q sample images that show what you could get from the tiny 5.5x crop sensor.
cat taken with Q
sunflower & bees taken with Q
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More than adequate for web (and small prints). I guess 90% of all the photos taken are printed A3+ or larger...
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QuoteOriginally posted by jogiba Quote
When you crop a sensor or photo from an APS-C K-5 for example you are cropping a large % of the pixels (16mp) but on the Q you are using all 12mp and that could give you a better image using macro or telephoto lenses. Go from 1.5x APS-C crop to 5.5x crop you go from 16mp down to 1mp. Do the math.
Absolutely, you'll have more MP. In my experience I still have better pics cropping from the K-5.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kunzite Quote
More than adequate for web (and small prints). I guess 90% of all the photos taken are printed A3+ or larger...
The examples above is more than good enough for A3+ prints.
If you click on the images they'll get significantly larger than A3 on your monitor. You can hang these on your wall with no problems. Pity they don't have more DOF though...

Incidentally, if someone would have me to guess what Pentax camera these had been shot with I would have guessed the Pentax K10.....

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Absolutely, you'll have more MP. In my experience I still have better pics cropping from the K-5.
Surely you are joking....
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