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Forum: Pentax Q 11-28-2020, 09:01 PM  
Q system not dead? Ehhh. . .
Posted By EFats
Replies: 98
Views: 10,987
Sadly, the Q is not something you can experience on paper. You need to have it in hand to understand why us fans love this little system so much (ermm... much like most Pentax cameras...). With precious few of these Q's kicking around, it's hard to see how it could see any sort of revival since it would be impossible to get these in enough hipster hands to make a run at it.

Even now, could any mid-range smartphone take a technically better picture? Probably. Would you ever have as much fun doing it? Probably not. How can you convince people of that?
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-06-2020, 10:10 PM  
For some it's food, for others they're still critters
Posted By EFats
Replies: 8
Views: 495
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 09-15-2019, 08:10 PM  
K-S2 with 50-200 odd failure to focus
Posted By EFats
Replies: 6
Views: 715
It was an open box of chocolates and each one had lots of little bits and things to provide plenty of contrast that should've been easy to lock on to.
I don't think light was a problem, as I said, there was a light right over it and I randomly pointed around the room, on the table, etc and no problem getting focus. I've been in far darker situations and had no problem getting a shot.

At first I thought I was too close for mininum focusing but I stepped up on a chair and went way back and still no luck. At any rate, the table was at the same distance... At one point I'm sure I was close to about 1 m away, which should be plenty, no?

Anyways, just curious. I'll see if I can replicate the problem...
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 09-14-2019, 10:16 PM  
K-S2 with 50-200 odd failure to focus
Posted By EFats
Replies: 6
Views: 715
I had my K-S2 with the cheapy 50-200 set to full auto, except focus was changed to back button. The picture was just an open box of chocolates on a table and there was a lamp directly above it. The box filled up most of the frame, it didn't matter what zoom I was at or how far away, same behaviour. The little focus indicator turned on and no beep signifying it was in focus even though the image appeared to be in focus. As a result it refused to take the image.

Seems very odd, I pointed all around the table, floor, room, etc and it had no problems locking on and shooting. I eventually resorted to just manual focus to get the shot.

After, I pulled out my Q-S1 + 06 and it had no problems getting focus.

What could the problem be? I've never had it fail even in fairly low light or low contrast situations. I have even snapped a tiny speck of an eagle way up against a cloudless blue sky. This seemed like an absolutely normal shot, not too dark or bright. Indoors, target with decent amount of detail and texture. I suppose I should pull the shot out so you can see but I don't have the camera with me right at the moment...
Forum: Pentax Q 06-12-2019, 09:23 PM  
Q system not dead? Ehhh. . .
Posted By EFats
Replies: 98
Views: 10,987
Sorry, I think I will have to disagree with most of those points
  • It is not really a pocketable camera, but I'm not a big guy and I could cram the Q-S1 + 02 into my regular dress pant pockets. Not nice, but works in a pinch. There isn't going to be many truly pocketable cameras that are going to hold up to the Q shooting experience. Anything that is that small is going to get beat by the smartphone.

  • IQ? It takes great pictures, easily. Even if you're pixel peeping, based on what I saw over on DPReview, even the Q7 holds its own against the LX7 and I would say even better at higher ISO's. The Q-S1 is at least as good as the Q7

  • A pain to use? You kind of bring the camera in front of your face, you frame the shot and click the button. Couldn't be easier. I would argue it's even easier than having to look through a viewfinder (optical or electronic). The screen easily holds up even in bright sunlight. The only time it didn't work so well was when rotated and I was wearing polarized sunglasses.

The Q is not for everyone but have you tried taking it out for a real try and not just handling it in the shop?
The problem really is that people turn their nose up at the paper specs and never give it a try. There's a proper place for this camera. Unlike a smartphone, it's a proper photographic tool, it's more convenient and enjoyable to use. And unlike a full size DSLR or mirrorless, it's way easier to pack the body and a bunch of lenses for a trip. It's so small and light that it's never a burden to carry around with you all day.

I'm sure there are other small "prosumer" cameras out there that are pretty good, but didn't sell well (Olympus...) but how many of them have as many ardent fans as the Q-series? There's probably a good reason for that...
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 05-29-2019, 09:26 PM  
From Canon to Sony to Fuji but saving the best for last... Pentax?
Posted By EFats
Replies: 36
Views: 2,979
Although for different reasons, I felt the same. Coming off Canon after many, many years onto Pentax, I suddenly realized how much fun I was having taking pictures and how much I had been missing before. Sure sometimes I got great pictures and more often than not, bad pictures, but regardless I had fun doing it.
I cannot pin point what it is about the Pentax cameras that make it so enjoyable for me to use. Sure, I lose the megapixel wars and the autofocus is apparently lousy, tracking sucks (or so I'm told), and so on and so on, but none of that matters when I'm having fun!
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 05-22-2019, 09:32 PM  
Denial or truth?
Posted By EFats
Replies: 247
Views: 10,200
Because it's awesome and very different.
To me there isn't a lot of difference between APS-C/full mirrorless vs DSLR. A few FPS here and there, some difference in video, a bit more or less battery life.

The Q is just such a different beast, this is one of the best applications in my opinion. You could never cram a DSLR in such a small and light package (could you?). It beats the DSLR in size & weight and bests any smartphone in sheer handling joy and being an efficient photographic tool. Bring back the Q!
Forum: Pentax Q 05-16-2019, 09:35 PM  
Taking the Q-S1 back home
Posted By EFats
Replies: 6
Views: 1,171
Yeah, I don't think it will ever happen. The problem with Pentax (in my limited experience since came over from being a Canon shooter) is that the cameras will lose on paper pretty much every time. It is really hard to convey reading a review or watching a short video clip, how enjoyable it is to use these things.
How do you tell people, "Hey, the images are good enough, but with this camera, you'll have loads more fun!"

Especially with the Q's successor, it's going to be trounced by any smartphone, on paper....
Forum: Pentax Q 05-14-2019, 09:18 PM  
Taking the Q-S1 back home
Posted By EFats
Replies: 6
Views: 1,171
On a recent trip to Japan, I opted to take the Q-S1 back "home" to where it was born! Along with the 01 Standard Prime and the 02 Standard Zoom. (Of course, I also had the requisite smartphone with me).

I had expected to be using the 01 lens most of the time since it was mostly going to be busy city shots around Tokyo, but surprisingly after I swapped out to the 02 on the first day, I almost never changed back. I found I used the zoom much more than I thought and the lens was still small enough for me to jam the entire camera into my pant pockets. (It's not comfortable, but in a pinch, it actually worked).

It was fantastic! I installed a wrist strap from an old point & shoot so the Q-S1 was frequently dangling from my hand. There is something to be said for a proper photographic tool. The smartphone was no match. Sure, it's more pocketable, but trying to fiddle with a phone one-handed, unlocking it & avoiding spurious touches on the screen was not fun. With the Q-S1, a flick of the wrist strap brought it into my hand and everything could be operated easily with a single hand. And it was fast, so easy to turn it on when I need to and just press the shutter button. I even got the hang of quickly adjusting the focus point when I needed to.

Battery life was excellent, during 10 days I charged it once. It was with me all day (I'd say 10-12 hours per day), turning on and off all the time and just snapping pictures throughout my trip. Cannot complain at all. I guarantee my old EOS M would not have lasted more than a day.

Screen was fine, I did have a small problem with polarized sunglasses when rotating the camera, but oh well.
Quite happy with the image quality except when using the 02 fully zoomed out, too much distortion for my taste. Otherwise the pictures were sharp, almost always in focus (maybe missed 2-3 shots the whole time?) and looked good.

So pleased I took the Q-S1 over my K-S2. The portability made a huge difference and the images are more than fine.
I so wish Pentax/Ricoh would come out with a successor to this camera! It's both capable and fun to shoot, it's the best travel camera I've ever had! I don't see myself using a smartphone instead of a "real" camera any time in the near future, not for any of my "real" trips. I mean it's a good backup, just in case, but there's no joy in it for me.
I can safely say in all my life, I've never had so much fun taking pictures on a trip! I'm never giving this thing up.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-25-2019, 09:30 PM  
Can't Download DCU 5
Posted By EFats
Replies: 23
Views: 1,423
You can't download it from here? : Digital Camera Utility 5 Update for Windows : Software Downloads | RICOH IMAGING
It works for me. I don't recall ever having to first install anything from CD, but I could be mistaken. I got my camera fairly recently so I just hit up the web site to grab the latest update and install. I think...
Forum: Pentax Q 03-16-2019, 09:57 PM  
Nobody told me the Q was so much fun!
Posted By EFats
Replies: 18
Views: 2,160
Yes, I think a macro lens would be nice one day. Right now I'm just looking for the 06 to complement my 01 and 02 lenses.
It is really amazing, I mean I like my K-S2 but it's not something I can just pocket and go every where, any day.
Forum: Pentax Q 03-15-2019, 09:57 PM  
Nobody told me the Q was so much fun!
Posted By EFats
Replies: 18
Views: 2,160
Back when I was looking for a "pocketable" camera I settled on the Canon EOS M, because on paper it was waaay better than the Q-S1 (and honestly the employee discount didn't hurt). Pentax, I'm sorry. I should've gotten the the Q-S1.

It's 2019 and I finally got a used Q-S1 because the EOS M just wasn't working out for me. On a good day with good lighting and inanimate objects, the M can get great pictures, way better than the Q-S1. But the focus is horribly slow it's practically useless for anything that doesn't move. And it is also the first, and only, camera that I worry about the battery lasting long enough for even just one day. Many functions are deep within the touchscreen menu. It's maddening.

The Pentax Q-S1 is almost the complete opposite. It is THE MOST ENJOYABLE, MOST FUN camera I have ever owned. It's small and light enough to take anywhere. I can even pocket an extra lens if I want but I find the 01 prime is just the perfect lens for a lot of my shooting.
All those physical dials and buttons let me adjust whatever I need to, whenever, with ease. No fiddling through screen menus just to switch between, say, Tv and Av. I need the ND filter, it's right there.
The focus is leagues beyond the M, I had to deal with children at a playground and there was not a missed shot due to the focus being off (on the M, I would've missed at least 80% of the shots, it just can't keep up with speedy, erratically moving targets). I've done several hundred shots now and I think there might be about 3 of them where the focus didn't pull through.
Oh yes, and the battery is much better too. Don't care what the specs say but I can go out for a day of shooting and not worry about it running out at all, unlike the M.

And the images, there's nothing wrong with it, they look great. Yes, when pixel peeping, the M is going to beat the Q-S1, but in any other situation, the images still manage to look fantastic. Looks great on a full HD screen and I've no doubt it's got pixels to spare even on a 4K screen, which is all that I ask for. And yes, it does look way better than the 20MP images from my Xperia phone, not to mention being smaller and easier to handle. There's a few odd cases where the AWB was seriously off but it is handled very easily in post, so no biggie.

The one big problem with the Pentax Q-S1?
You have to shoot with it. Whatever you see in the reviews or in the datasheet or videos or whatever do not do it justice. I think this is one of those things you have to go out and use it for a while to appreciate it. Sadly, it's difficult to get test drives for most consumers and maybe that's why the Q-series wasn't a smashing success. The camera is much greater than the sum of its modest little components.

I wish Ricoh would consider a minor upgrade to the Q series. I would definitely get one. I dunno what I would do if this one breaks.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-09-2019, 10:22 PM  
Reducing colour fringing with Digital Camera Utility
Posted By EFats
Replies: 7
Views: 1,090
Yes, but Silkypix won't even load the Q-S1's files, consistent with the docs that Ricoh provides. Silkypix is only for "PENTAX Q, PENTAX Q10, K-01 and K-30..."
So, can anyone recommend any other options? I'm not keen on shelling out big bucks for the "pro" stuff because I tend not to do much editing of my files (just no time...)
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-08-2019, 10:47 PM  
Reducing colour fringing with Digital Camera Utility
Posted By EFats
Replies: 7
Views: 1,090
Yes, that's what I suspected, but it doesn't let me do it for the DNG files (doesn't that count as RAW?). It's the 01 Standard Prime or the 02 Standard Zoom, I should hope these are supported! There aren't many Q lenses from Pentax!
The photos that I have with bad fringing don't have DNG versions, let me see if I can dig up one that does.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-07-2019, 09:52 PM  
Reducing colour fringing with Digital Camera Utility
Posted By EFats
Replies: 7
Views: 1,090
Doesn't matter if JPG or DNG, still the same. No auto correction is available for any of the options, manual can be checked and I can twiddle the boxes but the options for Diffraction Correction and Color Fringe Correction (which is the one I think I want right now) are always greyed out and can't be used.
And it doesn't seem to matter if the files are from my K-S2 or Q-S1, same thing.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-06-2019, 10:28 PM  
Reducing colour fringing with Digital Camera Utility
Posted By EFats
Replies: 7
Views: 1,090
Normally I don't do much processing of my photos so I do not have Lightroom, Aftershot, etc.
Just have the Digital Camera Utility (DCU) that came with the camera.

For the first time, I see my photos have been hit hard with purple fringing. (Yes, wide open with the Q-S1 standard prime, dark lines, bright background....). I see that there is the buttons in the DCU, but they are all greyed out and I can't click on them. Is this a "feature" of the DCU (i.e. I have to get the real SilkyPix to enable this)? Or is there something else I have to do?
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-22-2019, 10:18 PM  
How do you carry for street photography?
Posted By EFats
Replies: 69
Views: 6,872
Yup, I also vote for this. Much as I enjoy using my DSLR, if I know I'm just wandering the streets and stopping often for other stuff (like eating!) I will carry another camera. Used to do my EOS M with the small prime but these days I would just resort to my Q and the 01 prime I just got....can't justify the GRII yet...
There's no other way around it really. And another advantage, without a "serious" looking camera and separate bag, you'll be less of a target for thieves.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-21-2019, 11:06 PM  
Best DPI For Print
Posted By EFats
Replies: 16
Views: 3,431
I used to work for a printer company doing very large format inkjet printers (largest size was about 2.5 x 3.5 meters). We were a subsidiary of a very big, well-known company that starts with a "C" :-)
I was deep into the system design and print modes and I can tell you .... it's complicated. At least for the machines we designed, the horizontal and vertical DPI are "true", not marketing terms. However, it's not the same as when quoting DPI for an LCD display or camera sensor. Some of it has to do with the number of colours that are used, some with the ink drop size on paper, some with how each layer of ink is layed down.
I've printed large images from full frame DLSR and I can tell you the difference when doing it at, say 300 DPI and 600 DPI are enormous. Stepping up to 800-1200 DPI can make a difference, depending on the image. The difference isn't so much what I would call resolution, but in the image "grain" and smoothness of colour gradients/changes.

The smaller desktop printers have a bit of advantage as they have finer dot pitch and also much smaller drop sizes as well, but then of course they can't print as big. The 2400 DPI on the x-axis is not unreasonable. There's no magic there (unless you count the engineering required to reliably position ink droplets accurately time after time).

There's way too much to talk about in the forum, I could have enough to fill a series of articles...
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 02-06-2019, 10:26 PM  
An Enthusiast Mirrorless
Posted By EFats
Replies: 66
Views: 7,822
I'm not trying to start any flame wars here, serious question.
What's the benefit of mirror-less for most photographers? I've Google'd around and I still haven't seen any compelling answers. I even have a couple of 'em and I'm not sold.
  • Smaller? Not if you have a big sensor and have to pair it up with decent lenses

  • Battery life is generally much worse.

  • It's not any less expensive for me to purchase.

  • There's no difference in image quality when comparing apples-to-apples

  • Focus is not any faster or better

  • You can have a completely silent electronic shutter?

So what am I missing here? Why should I really, really want one?
I do believe one day we may be at the point where mirror-less will replace the standard DSLR but right now it seems quite a way off aside from some very specific needs (e.g. maybe people who shoot a lot of video & photo with just one camera or you really need a super-high burst rate)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-06-2019, 10:17 PM  
No sign of Ricoh/Pentax at the UK's biggest camera fest.
Posted By EFats
Replies: 107
Views: 9,450
Well I don't know, we have a rather large chain of shops here (they sell more than just cameras) and they have ramped up their advertising around town for their photographic services and gear. They've also just renovated the entire camera department as well (no space for Pentax in the new department). To be honest I've not really seen a decline in camera shops. Some shutdown but others take their place. In fact a massive one just opened up next to one of their competitors, but also, no section for Pentax/Ricoh.
Online-only works if people already know your brand, but with lack of marketing and no place to see one "by chance", you want to cater to only the narrow slice of people who remember Pentax from our youth?

Maybe we're getting a bit off-topic, but I think the lack of presence at the show isn't a one-off for Pentax/Richo, it's indicative of a bigger problem.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-05-2019, 10:02 PM  
No sign of Ricoh/Pentax at the UK's biggest camera fest.
Posted By EFats
Replies: 107
Views: 9,450
Never mind the trade shows. I can't even find Pentax/Ricoh on any physical store shelves around town any more. Nikon, Canon, Sony, Panasonic, Olympus...everybody is there except Pentax/Ricoh. If it's not even on the shelves, there's no way the average buyer would even consider it. It's like they've completely given up.
Forum: Pentax Q 01-31-2019, 10:39 PM  
Poll: If there is a new Q .... what would you like it to be ?
Posted By EFats
Replies: 42
Views: 3,152
Consumer model does not make sense. Smartphones will trounce it, not a fair fight.
I like my Q, it's proven to be very fun to shoot.
- Touch screen, basically for selecting the focus point, that's pretty much it
- No EVF! Look, I have big digital files, I can afford to crop a little. Give me the option of OVF so I can save a bit of battery, even if framing is approximate.
- LCD screen needs higher resolution.
- Sensor size should be same or similar. I'm tempted to ask for more pixels...
- Some more tiny primes...
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 11-24-2018, 10:52 PM  
M42 adapter for K-S2
Posted By EFats
Replies: 11
Views: 829
Now thinking of getting M42 adapter for my K-S2. Realized manual focus isn't all that cumbersome for much of my shooting :-)
And I see a lot of very cheap Takumar lenses in my neighbourhood so quite tempting.

I saw the reviews of the official Pentax adapter on here, but the last one dates from 2016 and in the meantime, prices have realy crept up. For me it is really a "think twice" sort of price (for me) for what is essentially a fun toy item. I already blew too much on my last purchase (Q-S1 :)).

I see on Amazon there are plenty of sub $20 items. Are these ok or are they really too risky? It seems foolish to wreck my nice K-S2 over what would be ~$50 or so.
BTW, I see a lot of reference to Pentax "PK mount" in the item descriptions, is that just common short/mis-statement for Pentax K mount? I always thought Pentax only had K mount but just in case I'm wrong, I don't want to get the wrong thing.
Forum: Pentax K-01 11-07-2018, 10:12 PM  
Is the K-01 still worth buying in 2018? Hell yes!
Posted By EFats
Replies: 22
Views: 4,012
Stop saying nice things about the K-01! I just "discovered" this a short while ago and am looking to procure one, especially with the 40mm pancake. You guys are driving up the prices!!! :-P
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 10-22-2018, 09:23 PM  
So many keepers with my K-S2!
Posted By EFats
Replies: 41
Views: 4,502
I have not had a lot of indoor shots with flash yet. Generally I have not had great experience with any camera, I only have one external flash and the onboard flash that I usually have available doesn't give great results, it just gives me bad glare every where. It's a little bit better if I hack up something to diffuse and reflect the flash upwards, but again, general problem, not really specific to K-S2.
I have found that with the newer cameras, I can often get a decent picture in dimmer light without needing a flash and I general prefer the kind of "natural" colour I get without the flash.

---------- Post added 10-22-18 at 09:29 PM ----------

Yes, that is something I resort to once in a while. I did that at the beginning, but due to matters unrelated to camera (I keep my photos on a NAS RAID that normally gets accessed over WiFi and it is really sloooow when moving so many big images and I was too lazy to fix the issue) I stopped that for a bit.

Then I realized that, unlike my other camera's, on my K-S2, grabbing a RAW shot was a simple button press away! So any time I think I might have framed a good image and/or some adjustments might be needed later, I just press the button during the shoot. Another reason why I really like this camera!
I know it is not for everyone but it seems the way Pentax works really suits my style.
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