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06-23-2011, 08:26 AM   #1
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A little Q love

Dear Pentax,

Thank you for the Q. It is astoundingly small, and has generated a great deal of interest and discussion for your company.

I would like to congratulate and thank all of the employees that made this happen.

In reading press and forum feedback, you should be seeing some resistance against being priced higher than NEX, M4/3, NX, etc.

This is fair criticism.

At $800 this is a fail. At $300-400 this could be a win. The Q Sony sensor is in $200 cameras, so this shouldn't be a stretch.

It would be nice to see employees and customers who are financially and emotionally invested in the brand to see this innovative and bold line succeed.

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Do you think after 92 years Asahi Optical doesn't know the camera business ? This will be a hot seller and if you want a plastic $300 P&S then go get one.
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Do you think after 92 years Asahi Optical doesn't know the camera business ?
The people running the company are not the same ones who ran it in its heyday. It's not even Asahi Optical anymore.

That said, I hope it's a success in Japan, because it certainly won't be here.
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Gosh. Quite a reaction.

I agree, Pentax have a wonderful and knowledgeable history.

What I can tell you is that if this really costs $800 it will NOT be a "hot seller".

I, and I assume fellow Pentaxians, hope that you and others will greatly enjoy the Q. Other than price, there seems no reason not to.

You might also find benefit in visiting a stress therapist and an English writing teacher. Maybe you can find someone that provides both services, plus happy endings. This might make you happier (2,000+ posts with 29 reps).

No ill-will, just chill.

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I'm going to have to weigh in as upset as well.

I would love a smaller camera (I'm not clamouring for a FF one bit), but there just seems to be no good DOF control with this system. This would be fine for landscapes and snapshots, but I want something I can take a decent portrait with, dammit!
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I just carried 2 DSLRs more than 10 miles over 11 days, for about 50 shots, one or two of which will be printable.. Cameras are by far the heaviest things in my pack.. my DA*60-250 out weighs my tent. This looks like something sent from heaven. If it has the same IQ as my K20D, my APS-C bodies are toast. The only way it's not worth the $800 to me, is if the IQ isn't up to scratch. I just spent $300 on a lighter tent, people in my position are willing to pay big bucks to save a few ounces. So, while I respect the opinions above... there could be other opinions.

You are assuming the majority of the public thinks like old 35mm shooters. I think Pentax has realized that with our out of shape to the point of being infirm population, DSLR's are just too heavy. One of the posters talking about long lenses pointed out, he bought one, and it sucked all the enjoyment out of his life because he had to carry it. I think Pentax is on to something.

For what I do and my business, this could be the greatest thing since sliced bread.
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If it has the same IQ as my K20D
It won't be anywhere near the IQ of a K20D + DA*60-250. Sure, I haven't tried it, but I'll bet £5. (£5 will be donated to PF )
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For what I do and my business, this could be the greatest thing since sliced bread.
I'd bet that some sort of compromise would be required for someone like you. I could be wrong.

If you are printing large, I would imagine that the quality from a DA ltd would be more worth the investment (and weight savings) than buying a bunch of primes for this glorified P&S.
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QuoteOriginally posted by paperbag846 Quote
I'm going to have to weigh in as upset as well.

I would love a smaller camera (I'm not clamouring for a FF one bit), but there just seems to be no good DOF control with this system. This would be fine for landscapes and snapshots, but I want something I can take a decent portrait with, dammit!
I know it's not Pentax, but either the Panasonic G2 or GF2 with the Panasonic Leica Macro-Elmarit 45mm will give you the portrait set-up you desire. The G2 is about 20 oz and 329- while the GF2 is about 10 oz and 449-. The Elmarit is about 8 oz and 750-, but is Macro and has Mega O.I.S. Not bad for a Leica lens (and this one is a real Leica lens, not a so-called one).

Wish Pentax had a comparable. Maybe down the road.
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I know it's not Pentax, but either the Panasonic G2 or GF2 with the Panasonic Leica Macro-Elmarit 45mm will give you the portrait set-up you desire. The G2 is about 20 oz and 329- while the GF2 is about 10 oz and 449-. The Elmarit is about 8 oz and 750-, but is Macro and has Mega O.I.S. Not bad for a Leica lens (and this one is a real Leica lens, not a so-called one).

Wish Pentax had a comparable. Maybe down the road.



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I think the Q looks great! OK so it's not a Sony NEX. We'll get something similar to that later iin the year hopefully. But the Q is a great alternative to the LX5 and EX1 compacts, just needs to be a smidgeon cheaper!!
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I don't think it's an alternative to my LX5 but more of a complement

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Now thats just being a fanboy.
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Sorry, it costs too much.
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