Raist3d

Raist3d

Lives in United States Canyon Country, AK, United States
Works as a Photographer & Game Developer (Programmer)
Has a website at http://raist3d.typepad.com
Joined on Dec 9, 2001
About me:

To continue loving video games, their programming while doing & improving my
professional photography, punish the guilty, reward the good, educate kids and fight for
all that is good. :-)

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On Ricoh expands Q series with Pentax Q-S1 article (352 comments in total)
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Raist3d: The following photos were taken with the original Q body. The original Q did not have an 1/1.7'' sensor, but 1/2.3'' sensor which is even smaller.

http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/imgp7492.jpg
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/patricktakingmyshot.jpg
Mandatory cat shot in all equipment discussion
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/imgp6249.jpg
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/imgp6968.jpg
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/godsave.jpg
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/imgp4768.jpg
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/imgp4981.jpg
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/imgp5372.jpg
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/imgp6122.jpg
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/imgp3782.jpg
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"1. I wouldn't call your photos great." - that's fine. I am going to disagree in that assessment with some of them. Given I don't see any photos from you, I can't really apply too much weight to your assessment. If you have a gallery of your own photos that shows photographic competency please post.

2. Ergonomics and usability are very subjective matters. - Up to a point. There are things that are not. A little wheel on the GM1 that is so small with not enough pressure to stand getting turned so you hit the wrong thing accidentally is not subjective, but a fact.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 15:03 UTC
On Ricoh expands Q series with Pentax Q-S1 article (352 comments in total)
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Zvonimir Tosic: I still have the original Q and I think it is an amazing camera; I have used it to publish photographs and for documentary and research work.
I find it more user friendly than a smartphone, and with handling that exceeds many DSLRs. There are many excellent photographers who sell large prints made from images taken with an iPhone. So what is wrong with a Q and its 1/1.7" sensor and an array of very good lenses?
Sensor size only matters in DPR forums brawl — nowhere else.

i.e. I am not bound by brands or camera models. And I can say, using a Nikon 1 J4 as my current camera the Q ergonomics and usability runs rings around the GM1.

Also halfway- did you miss he said the Pen 5 is a nice m4/3rds camera? Or are you only reading up to what you want to read?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 14:57 UTC
On Ricoh expands Q series with Pentax Q-S1 article (352 comments in total)
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Zvonimir Tosic: I still have the original Q and I think it is an amazing camera; I have used it to publish photographs and for documentary and research work.
I find it more user friendly than a smartphone, and with handling that exceeds many DSLRs. There are many excellent photographers who sell large prints made from images taken with an iPhone. So what is wrong with a Q and its 1/1.7" sensor and an array of very good lenses?
Sensor size only matters in DPR forums brawl — nowhere else.

This isn't about Q fanboys per se. I tried to like the GM-1 quite hard. VERY HARD. I took it out for a spin no less than four times including a reasonably long night photo walk. The image quality of the sensor is pretty great- Panasonic finally solved their banding problem with that family of sensors.

But the ergonomics are simply horrible. The command wheel is definitively the worst I haver ever used. If you think my photographic assessment comes from being just a Q fanboy, tell that to Luminous Landscape Michael Reichman which thought the same thing:

"The World's Worst Control Ring
The GM1's rear control ring is simply a disaster. "

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/cameras/panasonic_gm1.shtml

And as far as lens sizes, no, the GM1 is not smaller. There is no 06 lens equivalent that small nor 01 prime. Had Panasonic designed the GM1 around their LX3/LX5/LX7 ethos, things would be very different.

I am using at the moment a Nikon 1 J4. I care about my photography.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 14:56 UTC
On Ricoh expands Q series with Pentax Q-S1 article (352 comments in total)
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Raist3d: The following photos were taken with the original Q body. The original Q did not have an 1/1.7'' sensor, but 1/2.3'' sensor which is even smaller.

http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/imgp7492.jpg
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/patricktakingmyshot.jpg
Mandatory cat shot in all equipment discussion
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/imgp6249.jpg
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/imgp6968.jpg
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/godsave.jpg
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/imgp4768.jpg
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/imgp4981.jpg
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/imgp5372.jpg
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/imgp6122.jpg
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/imgp3782.jpg
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/imgp3887.jpg

Mostly what Badi said. The other part is that *in the context I posted the photos* reading the comments about these news you would think you could never take great photographs with a Q which is false.

My point was never about "you can take pictures with a Q you can't quite take with anything else" though I would say you cannot take one of the portraits shots with a phone camera due to DOF, but that's besides the point.

Photos are created by the photographer is the point and showing the Q has enough canvas of light for good quality photos for web and reasonable print sizes. The ergonomics of the Q and usability though are a different story. It's even better than several cameras that are supposed to be "better".

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 08:36 UTC
On Ricoh expands Q series with Pentax Q-S1 article (352 comments in total)
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Raist3d: The following photos were taken with the original Q body. The original Q did not have an 1/1.7'' sensor, but 1/2.3'' sensor which is even smaller.

http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/imgp7492.jpg
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/patricktakingmyshot.jpg
Mandatory cat shot in all equipment discussion
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/imgp6249.jpg
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/imgp6968.jpg
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/godsave.jpg
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/imgp4768.jpg
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/imgp4981.jpg
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/imgp5372.jpg
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/imgp6122.jpg
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/imgp3782.jpg
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/imgp3887.jpg

I think the post speaks for itself, in the context in which I am posting this. I feel if I have to explain it, the point will be missed anyway.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 08:19 UTC
On Ricoh expands Q series with Pentax Q-S1 article (352 comments in total)

The following photos were taken with the original Q body. The original Q did not have an 1/1.7'' sensor, but 1/2.3'' sensor which is even smaller.

http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/imgp7492.jpg
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/patricktakingmyshot.jpg
Mandatory cat shot in all equipment discussion
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/imgp6249.jpg
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/imgp6968.jpg
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/godsave.jpg
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/imgp4768.jpg
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/imgp4981.jpg
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/imgp5372.jpg
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/imgp6122.jpg
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/imgp3782.jpg
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/imgp3887.jpg

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 07:35 UTC as 45th comment | 18 replies
On Ricoh expands Q series with Pentax Q-S1 article (352 comments in total)
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locke_fc: Sorry, but a 1/1.7" sensor is no longer acceptable. Might as well use your smartphone instead.

I am asking the question because he was making a categorical statement :-)

And no, I don't think you have to be a kid to use this camera in a more serious capacity.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 07:25 UTC
On Ricoh expands Q series with Pentax Q-S1 article (352 comments in total)
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JanMatthys: $499.... at least they're realistic about their pricing, it has a real hot shoe, F/2.8-4.5 lens and takes real SD cards, this is much more logical than the Nikon V3 which has no real hot shoe, a slow zoom F/3.5-5.6 lens and a micro SD card and sells for $1,300!

Richard, the Pentax Q 06 is notably smaller than the Nikon 1 counter part. It's not "equally small."

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 07:10 UTC
On Ricoh expands Q series with Pentax Q-S1 article (352 comments in total)
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Adamant: Time to bring a quality standard zoom to the Q system, Pentax. The 02 is the weakest non-toy lens in the line-up. A shame.

The 02 should be re-issued as constant F2.8 if not F2.5.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 07:07 UTC
On Ricoh expands Q series with Pentax Q-S1 article (352 comments in total)
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Raist3d: Nice presentation of product by Pentax Japan.

http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/english/products/q-s1/index.html

I wish they had made a very fast prime. Would have stayed using it.

No, I am talking F1.0. I am not looking at fast prime for shallower DOF. I can do portrait shallow DOF shots already with the Q 06 telephoto lens.

It's for the night.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 07:01 UTC
On Ricoh expands Q series with Pentax Q-S1 article (352 comments in total)
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locke_fc: Sorry, but a 1/1.7" sensor is no longer acceptable. Might as well use your smartphone instead.

Why is it not acceptable?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 07:00 UTC
On Ricoh expands Q series with Pentax Q-S1 article (352 comments in total)

Nice presentation of product by Pentax Japan.

http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/english/products/q-s1/index.html

I wish they had made a very fast prime. Would have stayed using it.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 06:07 UTC as 48th comment | 5 replies
On Ricoh expands Q series with Pentax Q-S1 article (352 comments in total)
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Zvonimir Tosic: That new large button is:
- Emergency transporter "Beam me up Scotty" button?
- Tuner for built in radio?
- A simple handgrip?
- IR/UV/Phase matter sensor array?
- Missing button eye, which, with a new lens cap with smiley on it, will transform the Q into a smiling face of the Thomas the Tank?

It looks like it's grip/decorative.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 06:07 UTC
On Ricoh expands Q series with Pentax Q-S1 article (352 comments in total)
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Raist3d: As a long time Q photographer, I must say I like this design. But I feel they should have included the built in wi-fi and would have been a nicer announcement if they had come out with the telephoto macro *and* a very fast prime (I keep asking Pentax/Ricoh for this, it's the only reason I am using a J4 at the moment).

The Q is indeed a very fun system with a very rich photographer centric feature set. For all the barking and bickering of some, it would be nice if those at least had a nice portfolio, but most if not all don't.

http://raist3d.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341dff1d53ef019affb048a8970d-800wi
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/readingcollage.jpg
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/thetower.jpg
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/entertain.jpg

Thanks for the link. I had bumped into one or two threads there just today by almost accident.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 05:52 UTC
On Ricoh expands Q series with Pentax Q-S1 article (352 comments in total)
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peevee1: There is exactly one 1/1.7" sensor produced, so Pentax is stuck with it on this joke of a system. At least they could try to make it half-useful by producing native supertele and macro lenses instead of essentially renaming Q7 into Q-S1.

The "joke of a system" has sold better than several micro four thirds models in Japan. Just saying.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 05:04 UTC
On Ricoh expands Q series with Pentax Q-S1 article (352 comments in total)
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mcshan: I don't mind the concept but there is no way I would take Q over the Panasonic GM1 which has a much larger sensor and some terrific lenses available.
The GM1 is also very small.

I will never understand what Panasonic was thinking. And it's not like they haven't done reasonable good models like the LX3/5/7 line.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 05:03 UTC
On Ricoh expands Q series with Pentax Q-S1 article (352 comments in total)
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Raist3d: As a long time Q photographer, I must say I like this design. But I feel they should have included the built in wi-fi and would have been a nicer announcement if they had come out with the telephoto macro *and* a very fast prime (I keep asking Pentax/Ricoh for this, it's the only reason I am using a J4 at the moment).

The Q is indeed a very fun system with a very rich photographer centric feature set. For all the barking and bickering of some, it would be nice if those at least had a nice portfolio, but most if not all don't.

http://raist3d.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341dff1d53ef019affb048a8970d-800wi
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/readingcollage.jpg
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/thetower.jpg
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/entertain.jpg

It actually stands for Queen :-)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 05:02 UTC
On Ricoh expands Q series with Pentax Q-S1 article (352 comments in total)
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SW Anderson: Back to the future with a much better and more appropriate classic retro look -- one of the original Q's enjoyable features. For me, the Q-S1 isn't a matter of whether, but when, I'll get one.

For the Q's sniping detractors, photography for many of us isn't all about big, slick-magazine covers and two-page spreads. We'll never do billboards and might never indulge in exhibition-size prints. We can enjoy on-screen and small-print images, along with using a good-looking, well-made camera that provides an amazingly feature-rich, flexible shooting experience with easy portability. Some of our best images are more about a memory captured or scene preserved than impressive resolution and amazing sharpness seen via pixel peeping.

My Q is fun and useful in many picture-taking situations where my big, bulky but technically superior DSLR would be as out of place as a semi-truck at a gymkhana. Some folks seem to enjoy the Q as a target for put-downs. I see that as their loss, not mine.

No Richard, the lenses are not toys is correct. There is a line of lenses within the Q that are yes, toy lenses, and there's the premium lenses. The premium ones come with a leaf shutter and often built in ND filter. The premium line has expanded since release including the recent ultra wide angle which as expected, is of high optical quality.

But here's the thing perhaps being missed, I am using a Nikon J4 right now (that's Nikon 1 for you) and I had the V3 for two weeks. I can say the Q still handles and operates better than the Nikon 1 line. Nikon improved a lot in the latest iteration, but Pentax still got the photographic feature set better, more accessible and more ergonomically.

The Nikon one still gets the AF crown, but as I have come to discover if you rely on that 100% to work you will miss shots.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 04:11 UTC
On Ricoh expands Q series with Pentax Q-S1 article (352 comments in total)
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Richard Murdey: I must admit that when the original Q was released I did not imagine we'd ever be looking at a forth iteration of the body.

It's been a successful camera line for Pentax, often taking top sales positions in Japan over even some popular m4/3rd models.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 04:06 UTC
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RichRMA: The original Q was nicer, it had a metal body.

From Pentax USA website: http://www.us.ricoh-imaging.com/qsystem/QS-1_Black#!product-specs

Construction material(s): Reinforced polycarbonate plastic

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 04:05 UTC
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