Since I let Garry have my little Leica, I’ve been looking for something small enough to tuck into my bag. Everything is too big or too heavy — or doesn’t give me quality I like.
I’m never satisfied with pictures from the iPhone. To me, iPhone pictures fall into the “better than nothing” category. They are improved, but not really good. The quality of lens is at best mediocre. The photos are noisy and i phones are awkward to use. They are great for sending copies of checks to my bank account since they closed our local branch, but otherwise a cell will never be my first choice, though it may often be my last choice because it’s the only thing I have with me that takes a picture. It’s better than not taking the picture.
I remembered, eventually, that I own a pair of Pentax miniature cameras — the Q7 and the S1. They are nearly identical except that the S1 doesn’t fit into the little leather case into which the Q7 slides.
Yesterday I went searching for all the pieces for these two cameras. I found half a dozen batteries — you need a lot because the batteries are small — as well as the charger and all the lenses. I have all the lenses they made for these cameras from the fish-eye and wide angle, to the long telephoto, standard telephoto, and the “standard” sort of 50 mm-ish fast prime. If they had made any more lenses, I would have bought them too.
I think I forgot what a remarkably good little camera these are. I hadn’t used either of them in at least a year. I had to recharge all the batteries, reset the dates and times, and then test them out.
Pentax, as a camera manufacturer, tends to be neglected. They make a fine camera. The lenses are as good as any on the market and they have made some unique cameras. The Q7-S1 didn’t “take off” the way they had hoped and was discontinued, though you can still buy a new one on Amazon for slightly more than they cost originally.
Today I took the Q7 outside and took pictures. It’s a sweet little camera. Really, the whole camera is adorable. It looks like a baby camera that hasn’t yet grown up to full size. One is red and the other is bright yellow. Some people might feel they are kind of funky, but I like the colors and find them amusing. Also, they are easy to find amidst all my other black cameras.
These little cameras are small, but because they use interchangeable lenses, they don’t fit into my bag as easily as I’d like. With a lens on it, they are rather square, not flat like many single lens cameras are. Regardless, they will have to do because I’ve got a lot of cameras. I am not buying any more.