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Review: Hand on with the Pentax Q10

8 Jul

Review: Hand on with the Pentax Q10

While we know the Pentax Q10 has been out for several months and a new one (Q7) is on the horizon, we had to test drive it after seeing they boasted 100 colorways .. 100! They even have a fun site Q10 Studio that let’s you play around all the available options you can order (20 body colors/ 5 grip colors) and they’ll put it all together for you and have to your door in a few weeks. We liked playing around with the color pickers (below) and just wish they could have thrown a third red color accent in there and we’d have our own little Cameraluv branded Q10.

Photo gear site Adorama went through the trouble of listing all 100 variations to make ordering even easier.

Ironically, the test model we received was a standard silver/black combo much like what you’d expect from Fuji’s X cameras. We were ok with that, because more than the myriad of personalized color choices, Pentax boasted that the Q10 was the world’s smallest mirror-less interchangeable lensed camera out there and we had to see for ourselves.

After opening the box, the Q10 was even smaller than we thought, even smaller than the Nikon 1 J2. We chuckled as it was dwarfed by our studio Nikon DSLR and at first felt like a toy, but after a day or so of playing with it, we got used to the weight and adjustable 5-15mm zoom and didn’t feel like we were going to break it as some reviews had claimed.

The camera was fun to use and the menus were easy to navigate. One nice thing about the Q10 is the mode dial similar to most DSLRs  you’re used to (P, Av, Tv, M). The mode dial also boasted Auto settings , HD Video recording and a Scene mode selector that gives you 21 options for shooting. One stand out feature is the customizable Quick Dial on the front of the camera that allows for digital filter effects like Monochrome, Cross-Processing, Vintage Color and more. We liked the easy to use manual controls and liked all the features that fit into such a small camera.

Here are a few samples of Q10 images from photographer Steve Wildermuth that are in the Pentax Q10 Gallery.

You can also see additional images from each of the available Q10 lenses like telephoto zoomstandard prime lensfish-eye and toy lens telephoto. Just make your selection and press Go>.

All in all it was a fun camera to use, although not pocket-portable as many of the compacts out there are due to the interchangeable lens, but I’m sure it’d fit in a purse very nicely. If you’re looking for SLR controls in a small package the Q10 or the Q7 (available for pre-order) may be for you.

Some Q10 Tech Facts:

Dimensions: (W x H x D): Approx. 4″(W) x 2.3″(H) x 1.3″ (D)
Sensor type: 12.4 megapixel backlit CMOS image sensor
ISO: 100-6400
Lens: Standard Q-mount lens system with adjustable focal length of 5-15 mm
Aperture: f/2.8-4.5
Shooting modes: P, Av, Tv, M with powerful automatic modes (Auto Picture, Scene)
Continuous shooting: 5fps
Video capability: Full 1080p HD video at 30 frames per second
Flash: Built-in Pop-up covers up to 23 feet (at ISO 200) also has hot shoe.
Monitor: 3″ LCD monitor features HVGA resolution as well as wide viewing angles.
Digital filter effects: 19 (11 selectable at point of capture
Quick Dial: customizable quick dial allows you to save up to 4 creative modes or Smart Effects
File Formats (Still): RAW (DNG), JPEG (Exif 2.3), DCF2.0 compliant
File Formats (Movie): MOV AVC/H.264 (.mov)
Best Price: $396.95 at Adorama

Get yours at Pentax, QStudio and Adorama.

Must-Have: The Konstruktor

14 Jun

Must-Have: The Konstruktor

Ever wanted to learn about the inner workings of an analog camera? Ever wanted to build one yourself? Lomography’s fun new Konstruktor gives you the chance! After a few clicks and screws, you’ll have your own fully-working 35mm camera with a top-down viewfinder to see what you shoot as well as a multiple exposure function, bulb setting for long exposures and a detachable 50mm f/10 Lens. The kit is perfect for DIYers and even comes with a set of stickers to give it your own personal touch. Buy it for yourself or a friend for a cool $35.

Dodge and Burn Tees

7 Mar

Dodge and Burn Tees

The crew at Dodge & Burn are having a fab sale and all these Vintage camera inspired tees are available for $24.

Must-Haves: Diana F+ Love Letters

6 Feb

Must-Haves: Diana F+ Love Letters

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and Lomo has another Vday themed camera this year, the fun fabric covered Diana Love Letters for a cool $99.

As with other Diana F+ cameras it features the Diana F+ lens which creates dreamy, lo-fi photos on 120 film. It’s got two Shutter-Speeds: N for normal daytime/flash or B for long exposures indoor/nighttime. It also has two image sizes: 12 full-frame square shots 5.2 x 5.2cm or 16 smaller square images – 4.2 x 4.2cm. Get your analogue lover a fun new camera this holiday.

Must-Have: The Belair X 6-12

23 Oct

Must-Have: The Belair X 6-12

New to our Must-have list is the recently released Belair X 6-12 from Lomography. It’s a modern vintage throwback camera that you can’t ignore.

It comes in 3 models available for pre-order now, the Globe-trotter, the Jetsetter and the all black City Slicker. Each camera boasts auto-exposure capabilities, two inter-changeable lenses (90mm & 58mm), & bellows for easy folding.

One of the coolest things about this vintagy 120 film shooter is that it can shoot three aspect ratios— a square 6×6, a standard 6×9, and the 6-12 panorama. Other notables include zone focusing, support ISO film from 50 to 1600, a standard hot-shoe mount, and the Bulb mode and double exposure shooting modes you’d expect from Lomography.

Here a few sample images from the cameras:

The cameras are currently in short supply so order soon (globe-trotter already sold out), they’re guaranteeing delivery by December 19th for most countries.

The Sculptures of Andrea Petrachi

10 Aug

The Sculptures of Andrea Petrachi

Italian artist Andre Petrachi (a.k.a. Himatic) makes cool sculptures from vintage camera gear and items most people would throw away like old electronics, light bulbs and toys. Andre sees his work is a symbol of our cultures out-of-control desire to buy things … yeah like sculptures made of cameras!

Photos by Giuseppe Fogarizzu

Via @mennyj

Must-Have: The La Sardina DIY

18 Jul

Must-Have: The La Sardina DIY

If you could never find a Lomo camera that fit your style, you no longer have an excuse. Lomography’s newly released La Sardina DIY Edition camera is ready for you to paint them, tag them, sticker them, customize them with photos or even take them apart. The world is your oyster … err Sardine.

Wish List: Refurbished Rangefinders by ILOTT

4 Jul

Wish List: Refurbished Rangefinders by ILOTT

These drool-worthy rangefinders are one of a kind and refinished with wood veneer by the crew at ILott Vintage. They’re beautiful to look at, but they don’t come cheap. Expect to pay between $1800-$2200.

VSCO CAM is Finally Here

26 Apr

VSCO CAM is Finally Here

After some minor delays getting things just right, Visual Supply Co’s, beautiful and simple iPhone app is finally here. Download your copy of VSCO Cam today for a cool $0.99.

Vintage Camera Envy

19 Mar

Vintage Camera Envy

If you’re a vintage camera lover like us, you’ll love PrismYard. It’s a fun tumblr/pinterest style site where you can pick the kind of cameras you’re interested in seeing and a whole stream of images is ready to stroll through. It’s relatively new, so there aren’t thousands of images on there yet, but it’s still inspiring site. If you’ve got a collection you want to show the world, they’re accepting submissions.

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