An Ode to the Cutest Digital Cameras Ever Made: The Pentax Q Series

The Pentax Q series of cameras were in some ways a horrible idea that didn’t embrace their toy-like nature enough.

If you’ve been in the photo industry for around a decade, you probably remember this cutie: the Pentax Q series. These cameras were all about being tiny and fun, but they didn’t embrace it fully. This was a toy camera that tried to do all the things bigger cameras could at a time when the technology wasn’t available yet. And that’s sad. If it were around today and it embraced its flaws, the Pentax Q could be an incredibly fun camera system.

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Buyers Guide: Finding the Right Mirrorless Camera for You

Panasonic Micro Four Thirds Products

Since the introduction of the Panasonic Lumix G1 as the first mirrorless interchangeable-lens digital camera that is not a rangefinder, most major manufacturers have hopped onto the bandwagon and created their own mirrorless systems. Even Canon and Nikon, who are still propagating the DSLR as the only viable tool for professionals, had to get their respective pieces of the cake. But in today’s jungle of mirrorless camera offerings, it’s easy to get lost. Here’s a guide to help you find the right mirrorless camera for you.

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SLR Magic Announces New Toy Lenses For NEX, MFT and Pentax Q

Picture by Leo Fok

Picture by Leo Fok

In harsh contrast to their upcoming 50mm T0.95 lens for Leica M-mount, SLR Magic has just announced three new toy lenses for Sony NEX, Micro Four Thirds and Pentax Q. The NEX lens “Bokehmorphic” comes with interchangeable aperture inserts that create custom-shaped bokeh highlights, the new Micro Four Thirds “lens” is a pinhole cap with protection glass and the new Pentax Q offering is an adaption of the 11mm f1.4 toy lens released for Micro Four Thirds a while ago.

Correction: the apertures are built in. Thanks for the catch Andrew!

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