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Forum: Non-Pentax: Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc. 12-07-2021, 08:48 AM  
Unboxing: Polaroid Now Mandalorian edition
Posted By ChopperCharles
Replies: 15
Views: 776
I just got a Polaroid Go mini camera. It's a TINY copy of that, and supremely compact and pocketable. I can't wait to try it out!

Charles.
Forum: Pentax Q 11-14-2021, 12:15 PM  
Help! My 06 has stopped focusing!!
Posted By ChopperCharles
Replies: 7
Views: 732
How much would a repair cost, do you think? I got a new gray market 06 lens for $133 on Amazon, which seems pretty cheap compared to what I spent on the lens back when it first came out. I'm thinking probably cheaper than a repair.

Also, I'm sad that the Pentax Q has essentially gone the same way as the Pentax Auto 110 :(

Charles.
Forum: Pentax Q 10-03-2021, 09:29 AM  
Help! My 06 has stopped focusing!!
Posted By ChopperCharles
Replies: 7
Views: 732
Yes every other lens works and focuses properly.

I donít even think I took a hundred photos with the lens :(

Charles.
Forum: Pentax Q 10-01-2021, 07:53 PM  
Help! My 06 has stopped focusing!!
Posted By ChopperCharles
Replies: 7
Views: 732
I pulled it out today to take some cool shots and it would not focus under any circumstance, and the manual focus ring does nothing.

The camera just survived an airline flight but hasnít had any major impacts or anything. 06 worked before I left. What could be wrong?

Charles.
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 09-30-2021, 09:47 AM  
Can't decide which camera to bring on epic motorcycle trip. K-01 or Q7?
Posted By ChopperCharles
Replies: 7
Views: 935
I've ridden with both of these well padded in a tank bag before. It helps that I don't ride harleys. Smooth-running twins mostly. One single, but even that vibrates less than a harley.

Probably just going to take the Q7, just for battery anxiety's sake. Plus I really need to see if I can make it work for me... the dynamic range is lacking but otherwise it's a great camera.

charles.
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 09-30-2021, 08:38 AM  
Can't decide which camera to bring on epic motorcycle trip. K-01 or Q7?
Posted By ChopperCharles
Replies: 7
Views: 935
The Q makes more sense. It's small, compact, and I can take all the lenses with me and it fits in a bag half the size of the K-01 with Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 lens on it.

I enjoy shooting the K-01 more, and I like the pictures it takes with that Tamron lens especially. Plus, the GPS will automatically tag my photos for me.

I have two batteries for the K-01, and five for the Q7. I have very limited space on the bike for a two-week trip that will be largely camping.

So, between battery life, compact size, and lens selection the Q7 makes the most sense by far. So why am I torn and wanting to bring my big heavy K-01/Tamron combo? Argh!

First world problems, I know. But I leave tomorrow and I'm still undecided :/

Charles.
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 12-26-2020, 11:09 AM  
Trying to understand the Q fever
Posted By ChopperCharles
Replies: 103
Views: 17,033
I still have two original Q bodies (one black one white) but snagged a Q7 and an 06 lens a while back, and that's a great combo for me. Ended up with photoshop too. I take the Q system with me on motorcycle trips, because it packs small and still allows me to be creative with my shooting. I really love the fisheye and pinhole lenses, but the 06 and 01 combo are my normal go-to lenses for the Q. I'm happy with the whole setup. I still like my K-01 better, but it takes up so much room in a saddlebag, especially with my Tamron 28-75, that I don't often take it into the wilderness on the bike. And it's so heavy I never, ever taking it hiking. The Q comes for that too.

Sometimes I wonder if I might have been better off with a Pentax MX-1 or an Olympus XZ-2 for lightweight travel, though.

Charles.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-18-2020, 07:58 AM  
Just got an O-GPS-1 !!
Posted By ChopperCharles
Replies: 15
Views: 1,668
Bahtinov mask dslr | eBay

You can buy them to fit many standard filter threads for dSLR lenses. And... I may buy another mirror lens now that I have this star tracker. That could get interesting...

Charles.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-06-2020, 11:21 PM  
Just got an O-GPS-1 !!
Posted By ChopperCharles
Replies: 15
Views: 1,668
The focusing at real infinity at night is damn difficult with short lenses. Doable with a 300mm, but damn difficult with the shorter lenses.

Charles.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-05-2020, 05:07 PM  
Just got an O-GPS-1 !!
Posted By ChopperCharles
Replies: 15
Views: 1,668
Just got one for my birthday. I tried it on all my cameras, and im looking forward to using it on my K-30 for long exposure Astro photography.

That said, I do have some questions. I seem to be missing some features. My K30 never displays a satellite image on the bottom of the info display like the manual indicates it should. I donít have simple navigation on my K30 either.

On the K-01, which is shown as a supported camera on the Ricoh site, only the location option exists. The Astro option isnít there.

So... is there a master list of what cameras with what firmware support which features?

Thanks!

Charles.
Forum: Pentax Q 01-05-2020, 04:56 PM  
GPS-01 on the Q?
Posted By ChopperCharles
Replies: 3
Views: 659
With a K mount lens and a tripod this thing could be a pretty amazing astrophotography rig... except that it doesnít recognize the GPS. I donít suppose there is a firmware that gives gps support to either the Q7 or the original Q, is there?

Charles.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-19-2019, 08:35 PM  
KX repairing question
Posted By ChopperCharles
Replies: 12
Views: 1,100
Get replacement light seal kits. They're inexpensive, they work, and they'll last you 20 years or more. Don't hack it, do it right.

Charles.
Forum: Pentax Q 02-11-2019, 02:08 PM  
Pentax q adapter longer exposure time
Posted By ChopperCharles
Replies: 19
Views: 2,758
Aaaaand it looks like the 07 pinhole lens has no shutter installed. Which means the pinhole lens has a maximum exposure time of 2 seconds. For a pinhole lens. Not smart Pentax, not smart.

Charles.
Forum: Pentax Q 01-25-2019, 01:11 PM  
How is the Holga lens vs the 07 Shield lens?
Posted By ChopperCharles
Replies: 5
Views: 1,365
Question says it all. I'm curious about the images produced. I have the 07 and like it very much, and for $19 (shipped) I couldn't pass up the Holga. It's on a slow boat from Hong Kong right now, so I'm excited and want to see shots or hear opinions!

Charles.
Forum: Pentax Q 01-25-2019, 01:08 PM  
Q, Q7 or Q-S1?
Posted By ChopperCharles
Replies: 20
Views: 4,158
Well crap. I bought the Q7 instead of the Q-S1 because I thought they were the same. The faster write times and better jpeg processing is something I'd REALLY like to have. So now... I guess I'll be looking for a Q-S1 body...

Love my two original Q bodies, but they were just too SLOOOOOOOW shot-to-shot, especially in Raw+ mode.

Charles.
Forum: Pentax Q 10-31-2018, 10:39 PM  
Holga HL-PQ 10mm lens
Posted By ChopperCharles
Replies: 49
Views: 10,361
How does this Holga lens compare to the 07 Shield mount lens? I love my shield mount lens, and the types of images it takes. Will the Holga give me anything cool beyond what it can do? Also, with the amount of blur shown at the edges of the (very) few pics in this thread, it looks like the Holga would make a good portrait lens. Who cares about DOF when everything outside of the center of the frame is blurred anyhow? :)

Charles.
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 10-15-2018, 10:22 PM  
Original Q-style or MX-1 stype modern camera?
Posted By ChopperCharles
Replies: 34
Views: 8,099
I got my Q7 body from KEH!

While I like the MX-1, and the image quality compares favorably to the Fujifilm X20... the X20 has an optical viewfinder, and is in the same price range as the MX-1. The X-30 has a digital viewfinder, which isn't as great in my book, but it also has built-in wifi. It's a hard choice between those three.

Charles.
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 10-12-2018, 08:39 AM  
Original Q-style or MX-1 stype modern camera?
Posted By ChopperCharles
Replies: 34
Views: 8,099
Well, while scouring eBay for cameras, I found an X20 for a really good price... and then a Q7 for an equally awesome price, from a reputable camera dealer, with the box and all the extras, right down to the little baggies, and "like new" condition... which is not inaccurate. Plus a WARRANTY. So I bailed on the X20 and got the Q7 instead! I looked it up before I bought, and KEH apparently grades gear very conservatively. An "excellent" grade is akin to most people's "mint". And this was true to that. I couldn't tell that this wasn't a new camera. All the baggies were there, the box was a little worn on the outside, but everything inside looked perfect. None of the accessories had ever been opened. Cables and straps still in their ties in the baggies. VERY nice. $161 for a black one. Could have got it for $15 cheaper if I was willing to have a yellow camera. (I was not).

So my search for an X20 or MX-1 will be put off until next month. In the meantime I'll be playing with this Q7. I'm already LOVING the fisheye on the bigger sensor. It looks much more fishy! I'm excited to try the Q7 in low light and with adapted lenses, and compare it to the original Q.

Charles.
Forum: Pentax Q 10-12-2018, 08:32 AM  
What's the best wifi SD card for use with the Q7?
Posted By ChopperCharles
Replies: 6
Views: 2,478
Well, now that I have a Q7 in front of me, there is a menu setting to turn on and off an Eye-Fi card. So it looks like an Eye-Fi is what I'll be getting.

Charles.
Forum: Pentax Q 10-12-2018, 08:28 AM  
Just got a Q7... can't set the front dial to the picture modes I like?!?
Posted By ChopperCharles
Replies: 2
Views: 909
Okay, got that. It's unfortunate that the smart effect filters themselves can't be edited. I like the vintage colors, for instance, but I don't like the softness built in to the filter. I want sharp images, not soft images. But I've got it sorta set up as I like it now.

I'm liking the fish eye on this, compared to the original Q. There's considerably more fish! The camera writes faster and just feels a lot faster to use. The Q7 in RAW+ mode feels faster than the original Q in JPEG mode, as far as write speeds and menu responsiveness go. It's a good upgrade. I can't wait to take them both out and take comparison shots in difficult lighting conditions and see what kind of results I get with the Q7 over the Q.


Also... I have a Q7! WOOOOO! That's 3 Qs in my collection :)

Charles.
Forum: Pentax Q 10-12-2018, 07:34 AM  
Just got a Q7... can't set the front dial to the picture modes I like?!?
Posted By ChopperCharles
Replies: 2
Views: 909
On my original Q, I have the front dial set to different custom image settings. Specifically, reversal film, bleach bypass, black and white, and vibrant. The Q7 doesn't allow custom picture modes set to this dial, just "Smart Effect". I must say, with the original Q I constantly used that dial to select the different modes based on the effect I wanted. It's going to be a big deal to not have that anymore.

Also, I see "User 1" through "User 3" in the area where I can select smart effect filters, but I can't figure out a way to actually create my own smart effect filter.

Granted, I haven't read the manual yet.... but come on, I haven't needed to read a pentax manual for years, because of the super intuitive menus. At least, until now.

Charles.
Forum: Pentax Q 10-11-2018, 01:09 PM  
What's the best wifi SD card for use with the Q7?
Posted By ChopperCharles
Replies: 6
Views: 2,478
Ordered me a Q7, and I'd really like to have wifi transfer of all my photos to my iPhone. What's out there? Must be a fast card, I take a lot of RAW photos!

Bonus points if it works in a Pentax K-01, K-30, or an original Q....

Double bonus points if any of these cameras can manipulate the card settings via menus in the camera.

Charles.
Forum: Pentax Q 10-11-2018, 09:47 AM  
0.666 Devil's Speed Booster for Pentax Q
Posted By ChopperCharles
Replies: 41
Views: 8,864
I still want one of these for my K-mount lenses.... it'd be worth the high cost, even without a mechanical shutter.

Charles
Forum: Pentax Q 10-11-2018, 09:36 AM  
Tiny Tokina mirror lens on Pentax Q
Posted By ChopperCharles
Replies: 38
Views: 6,387
So Rokinon makes a 300mm mirror for micro four thirds. I wonder if it's similar in size.

Charles.
Forum: Pentax Q 10-11-2018, 09:29 AM  
Third party batteries degraded much faster than Pentax one. What's your experience?
Posted By ChopperCharles
Replies: 29
Views: 4,928
I don't have problems with my batteries in use. They all last about the same, Pentax or otherwise. However, what I do notice is they do not hold a charge in storage. I'll charge them up, and in a month or two use the camera and the battery is showing 75% on the meter. The aftermarket batteries are worse, showing 50% or less. Charge them up and they last for a whole day of usage. But they don't store well.

Charles.
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