Sometimes exactly what you’re looking for is right in front of you.
Recent explorations into Micro Four Thirds (MFT) options, including trying again with my Lumix GF1, and finding I like it less than ever, led me to pretty much write off mirrorless cameras, and instead resolve to stick with my established twin pronged approach.
Pentax CCD DLSRs for colour, and to use my old M42 lenses, then digital compacts for more portable, carefree, and largely monochrome photography.
Then I remembered the Pentax Q is mirrorless.
I’ve always considered the little marvel to be like a baby DSLR, so similar is it in look and layout to its bigger Pentax siblings.
Coinciding thoughts – from experiments some weeks back with adjusting the on board colour presets of my later CMOS Pentax K30 – led me to wondering if I was able to tweak the “muted” colour preset on the Q too.
So I set the Q up exactly the same as the K30.
And realised that although it’s called the same, and the little picture in the camera where you tweak a multi-coloured spider web (there’s a more technical term, I’m sure) looks the same, the output was very different.
The Q’s version of muted colour was far more, well, muted, than the K30’s.
So I adjusted it further, and I think have found a colour set up I like.
In the coming weeks, I’ll get out on a few photowalks to test it more out in the field.
But in the meantime, I’m very happy to have rediscovered the little Q, and it’s put any further MFT plans well on the back burner.
The Q may have a smaller sensor, but the build, feel, flexibility, and lenses, means it’s far more impressive than other options I’ve explored that try to bridge the DSLR and digital compact divide.
And the 01 Standard Prime lens especially is absolutely marvellous, especially considering how tiny and light it is.
How about you? Which of your cameras have you not used in far too long?
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