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02-06-2014, 04:15 PM   #76
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The lens on the MX-1 is really so good (and fast)! Up 800 ISO is very good, 400 excellent. Mixes flash & ambient well, Most useful all-round cam!

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Well I pulled the trigger. The price is right
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I'd be all over an MX1 if it just had a viewfinder. Its the main thing I find missing from my Q and therefore just cannot justify it.
For me, I just find using the screen to photograph just does 'feel' like a real camera.....
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You know, I felt the same way for a long while too.
First I got the Q and then the K-01, now the MX-1 and since using then regularly the funny thing now is I feel restricted when I used the K-7! Having to bring the thing up to my eye and wipe nose grease all over the LCD feels almost silly. There's so much more freedom when using the Q/K-01/MX-1
Well.. That's my experience anyway

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QuoteOriginally posted by Steve.Ledger Quote
Having to bring the thing up to my eye and wipe nose grease all over the LCD feels almost silly.
Have you tried a nose protector? Its snot to be sneezed at.
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My nose doesn't need protecting
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Nose grease is a very fine & high quality oil and is excellent for touching up (sic) negative scratches and keeping rubber seals pliable!
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QuoteOriginally posted by digital029art Quote
.... and keeping rubber seals pliable!
Are they like rubber duckies?

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One simple customization

Presented without much comment. Do this at your own risk! Don't know if it voids the warranty. I don't think so, the screws at the base of the housing are easily accessible.

58mm-46mm step down ring glued to outside of fixed lens housing (I used non-toxic acid-free Multisurface Gel Loctite). Obviously, keeping glue off the 46mm threads and the lens is muy importante. 58mm fits perfectly. You can use any step down size as long as it is at least 46mm or bigger. Then added a Standard Metal Hood 46mm which happens to have a 52mm front opening. Then added two step-up rings to give clearance for the telephoto camera setting, then added circular polarizer. Then added Cokin P-series single-filter holder with cheap Wratten ND filter. No vignetting discernable (very last photo). FYI-there is an extension on the 52mm lens cap for clearance. Other things possible with imagination. Perhaps a wide-angle screw on lens??



PS, since added a 52mm cokin extension ring for telephoto zoom clearance (not in the picture). Then a 52-62 step up ring. then the polarizer. Works very well.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mooey Quote
Have you tried a nose protector? Its snot to be sneezed at.
*Groan*
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Overpriced Leica X1 grip

Sorta fits but the pin at the far end is in the way (you can see the slight bend in the base). Robust German engineering makes it too hard to cut off! However, the grip is excellent and can wrap my fingers around it very securely.

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....and every time you want to remove the SD card you have to unscrew the thing and take it off.. No thanks.
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....and every time you want to remove the SD card you have to unscrew the thing and take it off.. No thanks.
I certainly understand your concern. I find it very useful, even comfortable. I guess I don't mind unscrewing it. BTW, it is the same on the $1900 Leica as well according to the instruction pdf.
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It's a shame that standard design practices haven't yet included the placement of the SD card door on the side of the camera as a priority.
It's a matter of ergonomics as much as [necessary] unrestricted access and [user] convenience especially for accessories such as yours and especially when cameras are mounted on tripods where you have to [a] remove camera from tripod and then [b] remove quick release plate. Just dumb design which becomes infuriating quickly.
I was looking at the Lumix G6 today as a contender for my next purchase as an often tripod mounted still and video shooter, it ticks lots of boxes for me but the SD card and battery sharing the same door on the understand is pretty much a deal breaker. It's frankly stupid when designers surely know that a camera of the G6's calibre for video is almost certainly going to be tripod mounted often. It's annoying that the MX-1 went this route, but they were trying to keep retro as much as possible, I suppose.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Steve.Ledger Quote
It's a shame that standard design practices haven't yet included the placement of the SD card door on the side of the camera as a priority.
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It's annoying that the MX-1 went this route, but they were trying to keep retro as much as possible, I suppose.
And that's worse knowing Pentax did it before with a Non-DSLR camera (almost a Compact): the Q !
I was very surprised finding this configuration on a such small cam ! Pentax can continue surprising us with such products like Q and K-01 !
The M-X1, which I've tested, is a very nice compact, with Pentax software inside and that's very good, but the platform shared with his Olympian brother, limits all the Pentax engineering.
And the 2-3 sec per RAW taken was really annoying for me (how to take children photos with this extra-turtle speed ?) !
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