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  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Schoodik Peninsula July 26, 2016
    Thank you. That is very insightful.SuryStatistics: Posted by sury — Tue Jul 26, 2016 6:35 am
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  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Schoodik Peninsula July 26, 2016
    24mm was fine. Some of those shots are with the RX1 which is 35mm. The landscape is so big and your ability to get close minimizes the need for a wider focal length. Your mileage may vary. Given that you would have to fly to get there, taking only the right gear is a must. […]
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  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Schoodik Peninsula July 25, 2016
    Thank you JB for the link. Did you find 24 mm to be wide enough or wished you had a wider lens?SuryStatistics: Posted by sury — Mon Jul 25, 2016 11:14 pm
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  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Schoodik Peninsula July 25, 2016
    The Schoodik portion of Acadia is a 1 hour drive around the bay but it is worth it. The link below is a must for planning a trip to Acadia.JThttp://www.acadiamagic.com/Statistics: Posted by jbtaylor — Mon Jul 25, 2016 9:20 pm
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  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Two Landscapes July 25, 2016
    Thanks Sury. These locations were accessed via boat tours from Bar Harbor, Maine.Statistics: Posted by jbtaylor — Mon Jul 25, 2016 9:13 pm
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Pentax Q up to battle it out with NEX and Ricoh

Although it’s not Alpha, this product announcement – embargoed until 5am UK time, 23rd June, though no doubt by adhering to the embargo we will be a day later than hundreds of websites breaking it – speaks volumes for the impact of Sony’s Alpha system, its interformat lens compatibility, and the future of non-SLR systems.

Kenko, a Hoya group company like Pentax, showed a C-mount digital camera body in February, as a prototype planned for release this summer. Nothing more has been heard of this project. It looked rather like the Pentax in a way.

But Pentax Q is not a NEX competitor as it uses a tiny lens mount and a tiny sensor. It’s more like today’s equivalent of the Pentax 110 SLR system. Only Ricoh currently uses such small sensors in a nominally ‘interchangeable lens’ (not really) camera format. And our own testing of the Fujifilm F550 EXR, with a similar back-illuminated CMOS sensor, indicated that the gap between such microformats and the APS-C subformat is massive.

Just as your first dust spot will be… the anti-dust system is going to have to be 100% efficient, as a single dust bunny landing on a 1/2.3″ sensor will be disaster.

The lens throat is approximately 38mm diameter, very slightly smaller than Leica screw. The back focus is around 9mm, or half the thickness of the NEX body from sensor surface to flange. This will present the anti-shake, anti-dust vibration mounted sensor (on a magnetic carriage) in a fairly exposed ‘well’. The high speed limitation of 1/2,000th is unexpected, but the camera does not use a focal plane or electronic gating; instead it uses leaf-shutter lenses, which due to the small aperture size, can achieve this fast speed. But they can still only manage 1/250th flash sync, when it would be expected that a leaf shutter on this scale could achieve 1/1,000th.

Here is the Pentax Q system, due to go on sale in the Autumn (press release with comments).

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