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Old Mar 18, 2014, 10:39 AM   #1
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Default Q7 with SMC-M 135 f3.5

Shot with the Pentax OEM adapter and a SMC-M 135 f3.5 lens f8 seems to be the sweet spot. Shot on my Q7 all hand held. First a small blue heron, a big mouth looking at me, and a tricolored heron. All hand held, good thing it's a 650mm lens I wouldn't want to be that close to the gater




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Old Apr 4, 2014, 11:33 PM   #2
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These are excellent shots. How easy is it to shoot the Q with the older Pentax glass? I keep debating about getting one (very cheap at KEH) to have as with me in the car at all times camera and would consider my old Vivitar 50-150 to be maybe the perfect lens for it considering what I do. But the idea of focusing with the LCD and holding it steady puts me off a bit. Do you find it difficult or once you get the hang of it, it becomes second nature. I never use live view on my KX for anything other than super macro. Thanks for any and all info/advice.

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Well, to start the Q has focus peaking, it highlights the edges of things in the finder plus it has a 4X magnifier option in the lcd, that's the good stuff now the bad. The Q uses a built in electronic shutter when using adapted lenses that can blur images due to subject or camera motion regardless of shutter speed, even 1/2000 sec. Then the 5.5X crop factor changes your 150 to 825mm equiv. just finding your subject in the LCD is a challenge. But the Q is the most fun I have ever had with any camera ever. I just got the Q7 so I am selling one of my Q bodies (white) with an 02 lens with only 1600 shots on it asking $130. There are 2 types of adapters available 1. shutterless 3rd party K mount ( or any other mount) adapters for about $30 and 2. Pentax OEM adapter K mount with a built in shutter for $250. I got some good results with a 3rd party adapter but only about 10% keepers and absolutely no panning, my keeper rate with the OEM adapter is about 30% and the images are a little sharper. Check out this forum http://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/136-pentax-q/

One thing that really helps with adapted lenses is an eye piece LCD hood and when using a 300mm lens 1650mm Equiv Some people also use a red dot laser scope mounted to the flash shoe to find the subject, and a tripod
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Thanks for all the info. It's funny because almost everyone who has one seems to agree that the Q is the most fun camera they have ever used. Maybe I do need to try one too, certainly never any harm in adding more fun to life

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The Q is fun, and also useful when you don't want to lug around a heavy camera bag. I find it's way too easy to get the camera bag heavier than I want when carrying the K3 and a couple of lenses. I can cover the same range with native lenses and the Q for a quarter of the weight and a whole lot smaller camera bag. It does have its limitations, and I haven't used the Pentax adapter enough to get comfortable with it. However, I did use it very successfully with a tripod, macro rails and a Hoodman viewer outside shooting macro stuff. I've also used it with the DA300, but that's very difficult for me to hand-hold at any shutter speed.
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