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03-15-2015, 02:59 PM   #1
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Hi people, I've been lurking for a while but it's about time to register as I've recently bought a Pentax Q7 and two lenses.

I'm not a photo enthusiast of any sort, I'm just a guy who likes to shoot random pictures once in a while, but I've already learnt a lot from some other people's posts and I hope I can somehow contribute back in the future.

As far as Q7 goes, it turned out to be an excellent purchase. It takes good pictures, certainly good enough for me and my wife, it's almost always with me because of its light weight, I like being able to change lenses, and I like being able to mount it on my kid's Newtonian telescope (all-reflective optical path means no chromatic aberration).

I also found that Pentax user interface is actually very good, it's better than my Cannon EOS Rebel XT/350D/Kiss N (though that's an old budget DSLR and Cannon engineers might have considerably improved it for the later models). Green button is very convenient and I like the info screen that allows me to access the most used settings with less button presses.

Well, that's it for now. Hope to be able to talk to you soon.

- kwb

03-15-2015, 04:15 PM   #2
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Enjoy the fun little Q system! (I have 3 of them, including a silver Q7) Look forward to seeing some photos from your mighty-mini combo soon.

And welcome to the forums from Toronto, Canada!
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QuoteOriginally posted by kwb Quote
Hi people, I've been lurking for a while but it's about time to register as I've recently bought a Pentax Q7 and two lenses.

I'm not a photo enthusiast of any sort, I'm just a guy who likes to shoot random pictures once in a while, but I've already learnt a lot from some other people's posts and I hope I can somehow contribute back in the future.

As far as Q7 goes, it turned out to be an excellent purchase. It takes good pictures, certainly good enough for me and my wife, it's almost always with me because of its light weight, I like being able to change lenses, and I like being able to mount it on my kid's Newtonian telescope (all-reflective optical path means no chromatic aberration).

I also found that Pentax user interface is actually very good, it's better than my Cannon EOS Rebel XT/350D/Kiss N (though that's an old budget DSLR and Cannon engineers might have considerably improved it for the later models). Green button is very convenient and I like the info screen that allows me to access the most used settings with less button presses.

Well, that's it for now. Hope to be able to talk to you soon.

- kwb
it's a very capable camera that's for sure. and under rated imo. but now that you have it, it sounds like you've discovered it's charms

Look forward to seeing your telescope shots!

03-15-2015, 11:24 PM   #5
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Hi people, thanks for warm welcome.

panoguy, three Qs, that's a lot! I'm from Washington state, USA. How is the market presence of Ricoh/Pentax around you? Here I know of no store in 60 miles distance that sells any new Pentax cameras. So I took gamble when I bought Q7, but I'm happy that I did.

I've just posted three photos with my telescope setup to my gallery. It's clear from these that I'm no master of photography (I mean, some pictures posted by other Q system users... some of them are REALLY breathtaking), but anyway, I think it's really cool that Q system allows us to do these kind of things. Since I already had the telescope (well, technically it's one of my kid's ), suddenly I have 3220mm full-frame equivalent focal length just for the price of adaptors. And you can buy these teles under 100 USD new these days.

Kerrowdown, thanks, I've enjoyed and I'll continue to do so!

vagrant10, yeah, I've certainly discovered some of its charms.

I agree that Q series is underrated, that's kind of understandable because it seemingly cannot work if you just look at catalog specs. You can dismiss the system any way you want, that the sensor noise is worse than u3/4 and 1" sensors, that the low light performance is not stellar or anything, that the system is not truly pocketable, that there're not enough lenses, that there are gazillion adopted lenses but they don't count because of electronic shutter, that it's better than other cameras for some purpose like extreme telephoto but that doesn't count because it's just a tiny niche, blah blah blah, the list goes on forever.

But I'd say, whatever. Many people are taking wonderful pictures with this system as demonstrated by people posting on this forum, and more importantly, if they're like me, they should be having tremendous fun taking pictures. I never knew until I bought Q7 that having a lightweight system that is compact and light weight enough that I can carry around most of the time with me, that is capable and flexible enough to take decent pictures under most conditions, with a well thought-out easy-to-use-and-remember user interface, is such a nice thing. Somehow I'm taking more pictures than when I bought my first digital camera in 90's or when I got my first DSLR. It somehow reminds me of my child days tinkering with clunky 35mm film rangefinders with my dad, not because the experience is similar, but probably because I'm feeling similar sense of fun and wonder I felt at that time.

Aren't these sensations more important than the noise level of CMOS? They certainly are for me.
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Welcome aboard! I like my little Q, particularly with the 01 prime. I also find it much better than anticipated in close photography - the green mode detects and activates macro mode automatically and takes very stable pictures - of static subjects. It's much tougher getting close shots of moving objects like insects. For that the K5 gets the task.

I really like how compact the Q/01 setup is, though a bit heavy for some pockets it is really quite small.
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Hi TER-OR,
does the green (auto) mode set iso reasonably for you? To me it felt as if the camera bumps up iso too much, now I tend to use M and Av much more often, and manually set iso. Is there some secret?
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It seems to very slightly overexpose outdoors in sunlight. Indoors green mode seems to do pretty well. It does let the ISO creep a bit high. If I'm using it myself, I'll use Av a lot, but if I give it to someone else I usually set it in green and let the camera do its work.

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