The good aspects of the Q

Started Jun 23, 2011 | Discussions thread
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The good aspects of the Q
Jun 23, 2011

The price tag for the body is waaaaay too high, but assuming that eventually drops (surely it will... right?) the Q has some potential upsides. For example, lenses . A real fisheye for $130? That's 1/5 the price of a standard Pentax fisheye. If they can somehow manage to release an ultrawide lens at an ultracheap price then we'll really start to see the advantage of the small sensor. Small sensor = less glass = less $$$. (Although the price of the zoom lens is oddly high...)

The two major downsides will be low-light performance and poor subject isolation (background blur). These can be partly offset by faster lenses (potentially cheaper thanks to the smaller sensor) and longer lenses. Someone else mentioned adapters for other lens brands... imagine grabbing a cheap Nikon 85mm lens... that's 477.7mm equivalent on the Q! There will be a lot of fun experimentation going on.

Photography isn't all about low light performance. Let's try to maintain some perspective: Compared to 35mm film, the low-light performance of these little sensors is not bad at all.

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