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149 euro for Pentax Q and 8.5mm Prime

Discussion in 'Pentax Q Forum' started by bobbywise, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. bobbywise

    bobbywise SC Regular

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    Jun 2, 2012
    Nantes, France
    Robert Wisbey
    I've been using M43 gear and Fujifilm X cameras for some time now.
    I've always been curious with the Q.
    Well, there were some big sales on at Fnac recently, so I picked one up for 149 euros :biggrin:
    Boy, am I happy with it.
    Intuitive user interface.
    Great little near to 50mm equivalent prime lens.
    Fast auto focus.
    I think this is both a fun and serious little camera !
     
  2. pictogramax

    pictogramax SC Top Veteran

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    Aug 18, 2011
    Belgrade, Serbia
    That is a sweet price indeed:) Would you show some of your Q shots, please?
     
  3. bobbywise

    bobbywise SC Regular

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    Jun 2, 2012
    Nantes, France
    Robert Wisbey
    I will do in due course.
    Just got the battery on charge !
    I'm looking forward to taking some shots with this little baby :biggrin:
     
  4. lenshoarder

    lenshoarder SC Veteran

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    Mar 7, 2012
    The Q is a fabulous little camera. I've had the LX5, XZ-1 and S100. It beats them all. It can go toe to toe with my GF2. It's amazing what Pentax has done with that little sensor.
     
  5. bobbywise

    bobbywise SC Regular

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    Jun 2, 2012
    Nantes, France
    Robert Wisbey
  6. hannahntilly

    hannahntilly SC Regular

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    Apr 13, 2012
    Surrey, UK
    Peter
    I agree that it was a very good price and that it's a fun camera but I'm not sure you can compare the image quality with a larger sensor camera like a GF2. Here's a snap that I took from the same(ish) spot in 2012 with my G1 & 14-45mm. The focal length looks similar.

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    P1000467.jpg by nearlycossack, on Flickr

    If you compare them in Flickr at higher resolution, they don't look very "toe to toe" to me. Take a look at the chateau and the sky to see what I mean. As a free (budget) Flickr user, I can't upload a 4k x 3k image but here's my original compared to the Q image. They're both "clickable":

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    Lumix G1

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    Pentax Q
     
  7. bobbywise

    bobbywise SC Regular

    43
    Jun 2, 2012
    Nantes, France
    Robert Wisbey
    Hey Peter,

    When I saw your photo I had a double take, and started playing spot the difference.
    A few conclusions came to mind, as follows:
    - Is it always cloudy in Pornic ?
    - Do those boats ever move ?

    :biggrin:

    Joking aside, I think your photo illustrates there is a fair amount of difference between the two systems.
    Having said that, I think the IQ is amazing considering the size of the Pentax sensor, and it sure is a fun little camera to use.
    I've become a bit of a Fujifilm Fan Boy, and I'll probably be picking up an XF1 as an "excuse" to do comparitive tests with the Q :wink:

    I've added you on Flickr.
    If you are ever in the region again, look me up (I'm based in Nantes).

    With Well Wishes,

    Rob
     
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  8. hannahntilly

    hannahntilly SC Regular

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    Apr 13, 2012
    Surrey, UK
    Peter
    Hi Rob, When I saw yours the scene looked vaguely familiar so I had a search through LR. I actually took mine on summer holiday in 2010 not 2012 - it rained a lot so we go camping further south now!! (It's a pretty part of the world but our tent was very nearly blown away by "Une TempĂȘte" when we pitched it on a cliff in Prefailles nearby.)

    I agree that the quality of these little "serious" cameras is very good. I use an LX5 too and often think that the results are better than my years of 35mm film SLR experience with a variety of decent cameras & lenses. Looks like you got the Q for a good price and I always like a bargain!! Peter
     
  9. lenshoarder

    lenshoarder SC Veteran

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    Mar 7, 2012
    Check out this thread were I posted shots of a resolution chart from a Q and a GF2. The corners are a touch sharper on the GF2. Arguably, the Pentax Q is a bit sharper in the center. Overall, I think it compares very well with the GF2.

    https://www.photographerslounge.org/f90/pentax-q-little-camera-could-16176/