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06-18-2018, 11:21 AM - 4 Likes   #1
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Hello all,

My name is Perry Wilson. I'm 28yo and work full time as a police officer. I began as a cinematographer for indie films when I was 16. Sicne then I've shot many films and have won a few festivals locally.

Back in my college years I travelled doing portraiture and product photography. I started my career with a 7D and a bunch of Alien Bee Strobes. I then moved on to the GH2 during its hacking days and shot two feature length indie films using the GH2 with old Konvas glass. When I had my first child at 22 I sold all of my gear to pay for hospital bills and gave up photography for a bit. As my child grew I began tinkering with cameras again. But I wanted something small and fun. I bought a GoPro 4 black and quickly modified it with the Ribcage and began using D-Mount glass I had collected over the years. The camera was great for video but sucked for photos. So I sold it and bought an A6000 and some old Minolta glass and Sony lenses. I was back.

Here is a link to some of my old work: Perry Wilson | Flickr

Only problem was, even though the A6000 was "small" I never wanted to carry it with me anywhere. So I sold it and began using my Galaxy S8+ using RAW and lightroom mobile. Why not right? I always have my phone. I bought a DJI Gimbal(which is now the only way Ill shoot video), and got to it. I was cranking out as good of photos as I've ever shot you know minus DOF of course because of the small sensor.

Here are some samples of phone photos BTW 2 kids and a wife now now:

So shooting with the phone was going well until my daughters graduation. I found the limitations. As she walked across the stage I pushed that "shutter button" and BLUR BLUR BLUR. the electronic shutter just couldn't hang. Plus electronic shutters combo'd with a touchscreen shutter button suck.

So I looked for something tiny that would be awesome, with a real shutter, shutter button, and I could carry everywhere. I then remembered the Little Pentax Q. A camera that since its release I have lusted for but never wanted to spend the money on. I did my research and popped on a Q-S1 on Keh. Black with Burgandy grip(only black one they had) So far I love it.

I wanted to see how I could push the camera, and being an ex strobist I started reading about the oddities of the Q in regards to off camera flash. So I set out to see if I could get around the whole 1/125 sync problem because I want HSS, impossible you say? Well Pentax gave us a treat with this camera. Because of the great leaf shutters the onboard flash can sync to 1/2000 which is amazing. So why not use a slave? I grabbed my Yongnuo 560IV and tried it since it has built in slave mode.

BOOM it works. I give you my first shot, of "HSS" on the Pentax Q. Shot at ISO100 SS 1/2000 2.8 with flash set to 1/2 power (will not work on 1/1 power, dont know why must be too slow or something, ive tried down to 5" and still doesn't capture on 1/1) Flash set to top right 2 ft off subject with mini softbox.

Well Im excited to be here. I hope to bring some fun, knowledge, and hopefully more good pics to the forum. I also look forward to seeing all of your work and learning about this amazing little camera from all of you. Till next time...

06-18-2018, 12:21 PM   #2
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Very cool. The Q is a disguised talent that is appreciated by many of us here. Glad it's doing what you want
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Welcome, what a great intro... I feel I've known you for years.

But as others will no doubt tell you, knowing the old Kerrowdown for years is probably not a good thing.
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Great background! Welcome - we need more fun and Q-ness around here.

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Welcome to the Forums. You gave a great intro. I was a late Q convert. Got the original Q first for $200 with the 01 03 and 06 lenses. Followed that up with a Q10 just because I could get it for the price of the 02 lens that was attached to it. Then a couple of weeks ago I grabbed a Q7 for a bargain price after waiting some time for one to turn up. I wanted the larger sensor. I love the D-mount and C-mount opportunities that they open up. But why so many Q bodies? Well, I really only need 2 but I find them convenient to carry when out in the bush and other gear takes priority. I carry 2 bodies - the Q7 gives me nice IQ with the 06 attached, and I can also carry the Q10 with the 01 for closer work, with a couple of extra manual lenses squeezed in just for fun and variety. They don't take up much space. I still have the K-3 for when I want to get serious.

You first pic struck a chord with me. I have a similar shot of wife in large sunglasses with our two girls - taken in B&W years before you were born. Talk about photography being preserved memories!

I look forward to seeing what you do with that Q-S1.
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Welcome to the forums, from another Q fan - and my compliments on your excellent work with HSS... That's a very nice contribution to kick off with!

The Q-series cameras are capable of very impressive results, especially with a little post-processing. I frequently take my Q7 on trips in preference to my larger DSLR and mirrorless gear, and I'm rarely disappointed.

Good to have you with us!
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I shot my daughter's graduation with a Q-7. Having zoom is very useful

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Welcome to the forum, Perry! There is a strong Q support group here who will be eager to offer help when you need it. Although it looks like you will have a lot to offer also!
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Thank you all for the warm welcomes. Like many I too chose the camera for travel. I wont destroy that 56k but hope you all will bear with me on a few family pics. Just excited to share in the future.
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Welcome to the forum, I look forward to seeing more photos
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Played in the Sprinklers today to escape the summer heat. This camera continues to impress. ISO 100, SS 1600, Aputure 3.5. Single Yongnuo 560IV on Slave triggered with onboard Q flash. Subject up/left through micro softbox. Backlit with sun.
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You captured the look of summer very well, Perry.
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G'day mate and welcome to the forum

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