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Forum: Pentax Q 01-23-2020, 12:43 AM  
Q batteries D-LI68
Posted By keithlester
Replies: 14
Views: 1,259
Reporting back as promised. Quick service, three original Q batteries in original packaging, all charged up and being put to good use. The chilli-power branded batteries have become un-usable, having swollen so much that they no longer fit inside the Q battery housing. I am, however, still using the Chilli-power battery charger, especially when Iím travelling, as itís both ac and 12v dc capable. kind regards, K33F
Forum: Pentax Q 01-01-2020, 08:39 PM  
Q batteries D-LI68
Posted By keithlester
Replies: 14
Views: 1,259
Thanks for that link. Iíve just ordered three, total cost with shipping and tax twenty eight quid and change. Iíll report back when I have them, kind regards, K33F
Forum: Pentax Q 10-05-2019, 12:18 AM  
Q batteries D-LI68
Posted By keithlester
Replies: 14
Views: 1,259
I bought the cactus batteries, two batteries and a charger for about twenty five quid. The charger turned out to be brilliant, and versatile because it has a twelve volt input, so it can be used in my campervan on long trips. Sadly, the batteries have not lasted, both have swelled and now can’t be used as they jam in the battery compartment. My original Pentax battery is still working fine. Go figure!
Forum: Pentax Q 10-06-2018, 12:25 AM  
What processing software do you use with your Pentax Q series?
Posted By keithlester
Replies: 19
Views: 2,187
I use snapseed, it works fine with raw files,it doesnít do anything fancy, but I pre-visualise before I press the shutter and donít have to process the hell out of my shots to get the desired outcome. Plus, itís FREE, my favourite price!
Forum: Pentax Q 10-12-2016, 11:27 PM  
Polarizing filter on the Q?
Posted By keithlester
Replies: 8
Views: 1,112
You don't need a circular polariser with the Q. A linear polariser works perfectly. But use what you have.
Forum: Pentax Q 01-23-2016, 10:57 AM  
Pentax D-LI122 replacing D-LI68?
Posted By keithlester
Replies: 7
Views: 2,061
3.7 x 0.94= 3.478Wh, so that's correct then. It's no more than the previous battery, it must be cheaper to make methinks.
Forum: Pentax Q 01-22-2016, 01:44 PM  
Q - losing date/time setting
Posted By keithlester
Replies: 37
Views: 6,380
Ok, I stand corrected.
Forum: Pentax Q 12-29-2015, 01:05 PM  
The Q-S1 goes cruising.
Posted By keithlester
Replies: 8
Views: 1,566
Better by far than the doubters would have you believe. Congratulations on your fine work.
Forum: General Photography 11-18-2015, 02:05 PM  
pentax hatred???
Posted By keithlester
Replies: 94
Views: 7,208
No Pentax bashing in my photo class

Only Pentaxes present


I'm the only pupil

And I'm the teacher

Photography, life everything, self taught and done for the simple pleasure of making a picture that matches my vision. Nothing else matters worth a damn. I started with a Spottie, moved over to K mount to change lenses more quickly at weddings, went digital when the *istD was released and upgraded to K10D when the *istD flash failed. Now I also have an original Q and I love it.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-29-2015, 10:31 AM  
Thematic Show me your ......MOON !
Posted By keithlester
Replies: 912
Views: 72,944
A collage of shots taken during the recent lunar eclipse. Pentax Q, Pentax adapter, SMC (A) 100mm 2.8
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 10-28-2015, 01:24 AM  
Suggestion Other languages subforum?
Posted By keithlester
Replies: 4
Views: 890
We surely have room for an English forum, where contributors write in English, paying due respect to spelling, grammar etc. Any takers for this exciting project?
Forum: Pentax Q 09-24-2015, 04:07 PM  
So.... what happens when...
Posted By keithlester
Replies: 10
Views: 1,636
It will be 4.6 times as bad as it was already.
Forum: Pentax Q 08-23-2015, 07:47 AM  
Adapter k to q, user manual?
Posted By keithlester
Replies: 6
Views: 1,011
Oh dear, I tried it in daylight with my SMC A100 2.8. It works great, up to 1/1000 shutter speed and produces lovely sharp pictures on a tripod. Manual no longer required. Thanks for the encouragement.
Forum: Pentax Q 08-21-2015, 03:10 PM  
Adapter k to q, user manual?
Posted By keithlester
Replies: 6
Views: 1,011
I'll try it again in daylight and see if I can make progress. Thanks for the guidance.
Forum: Pentax Q 08-21-2015, 01:03 PM  
Adapter k to q, user manual?
Posted By keithlester
Replies: 6
Views: 1,011
Thanks Adam, I've read that several times and I'm happy with how to operate the aperture settings. I just can't figure out why I keep getting a shutter speed of 1/160. I can't seem to change it in TV mode. Am I being a bit simple? It will be obvious when I know the answer and may seem like a dumb question, but the only dumb question is the one you're too scared to ask.
Forum: Pentax Q 08-21-2015, 12:37 PM  
Adapter k to q, user manual?
Posted By keithlester
Replies: 6
Views: 1,011
I've recently bought the genuine q to k adapter to use with smc (A) lenses, particularly the 100mm 2.8 and the 50mm 1.4. I've updated my firmware to 1.14. I seem to be stuck with a fixed shutter speed of 1/160, with flash or without. I've been trying to learn by doing, but I'd do better if I could read a user manual. Does anybody know where I can download a set of instructions or a manual for the adapter. I already have the manual for the Q, but it doesn't cover the adapter. Thanks in advance.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 07-06-2015, 02:44 PM  
Pentax Q has a cousin !
Posted By keithlester
Replies: 13
Views: 2,345
Sounds interesting. I'm curious to know where it saves the pictures. There's no mention of any memory card.
Forum: Pentax Q 10-11-2014, 05:16 AM  
Now joining the Q family
Posted By keithlester
Replies: 17
Views: 3,069
surely that's Qrewl :D
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-09-2014, 01:13 AM  
Focusing Old 50mm Macro Lens
Posted By keithlester
Replies: 13
Views: 1,060
i dont understand why members would advocate the use of flash, its entirely inapprpriate for this task. your best advice would be to double check your focus and then make sure you can hold the camera stationary. by use of a tripod or some other means of support.
Forum: Pentax Q 05-07-2014, 06:41 AM  
Q extension tubes
Posted By keithlester
Replies: 34
Views: 5,381
It appears to me that the working distance involved in going higher than 1:1 on, say, the 8.5mm 01 lens would become vanishingly small. This would render all but the shortest tube useless without the ability to reverse the lens. Even that would cause problems as the working distance will be the same as the Q register distance, not very convenient for handholding.

The more I think about this, the more obvious it becomes that for serious macro better than 1:1 the K to Q adapter and a regular macro set-up would be the way I'd go.

I don't think that the manufacturers have given the product much thought, but have continued with the old standard extension tube sizes. Caveat Emptor
Forum: Photographic Technique 03-04-2014, 01:14 PM  
Is it just me or hard to focus on kittens...
Posted By keithlester
Replies: 32
Views: 3,463
Black cats (and dogs) are ninja. We have one of each but they can only be found at mealtimes. So difficult to photograph, especially close.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-07-2014, 12:39 PM  
How many lenses do you have?
Posted By keithlester
Replies: 1,792
Views: 150,989
That's 14 then, two lenses on a TLR, the clue is in the name. LOL
Edit to add that I thought I had stopped buying lenses, but then I bought a Pentax Q, the 01, 02, 06, a couple of cine lenses....... LBA relapse
Forum: Pentax Q 08-14-2013, 01:45 AM  
Q lenses on K body?
Posted By keithlester
Replies: 3
Views: 1,258
Actually,it is possible to use small format lenses in something like the way you ask. You need to use a second lens, such as a 35mm macro lens as a relay lens. I have done this with a Cosmicar 8.5mm cctv lens in C mount. It works fine and gives you the kind of pictures you probably wouldn't get any other way. I found this technique on line and spent many happy hours replicating it with items from my photo -junk box. Try googling "roll your own lens" for the original article that I followed.
Forum: Pentax Q 06-24-2013, 05:38 AM  
Big battery for Pentax Q?
Posted By keithlester
Replies: 12
Views: 2,387
Is it just me, or does this miss the point of having the Q? Small, compact, pocket friendly, surely it would make more sense to just carry a couple of extra charged batteries, small, compact, pocket friendly. Even a dozen spare batteries would weigh less than the Quantum unit and probably last longer. ;)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-21-2013, 08:44 AM  
If you were to give one piece of advice to a complete beginner?
Posted By keithlester
Replies: 57
Views: 4,832
F/8 and BE THERE
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