There are currently a total of six Q lenses available for the Pentax Q
and Pentax Q10
. With a mix of wide-angle and telephoto you're able to achieve a 35mm equivalent of 17.5mm (fish-eye) to 249mm (telephoto zoom). In between the two focal lengths there are the standard prime, standard zoom as well as wide and telephoto toy lenses. If you have K mount lenses, you can purchase a Q to K mount adapter.
Pentax 01 Standard Prime 8.5mm f/1.9 AL (IF)
Pentax 02 Standard Zoom 5-15mm f/2.8-4.5
The 02 standard zoom lens has a 35mm equivalent of 27.5-83mm with a maximum aperture of f/2.8-4.5, ideal for landscapes and zooming in to get closer to your subject. It also has a minimum focusing distance of 30cm for close up photography.
Example 1 | 1/320 sec | f/4.0 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Example 2 | 1/200 sec | f/4.5 | 14.9 mm | ISO 100
Pentax 03 Fish-eye 3.2mm f/5.6
Pentax 04 Toy Lens Wide 6.3mm f/7.1
Pentax 05 Toy Lens Telephoto 18mm f/8
Pentax 06 Telephoto f/2.8 15-45mm Zoom
The 06 telephoto zoom lens has a 35mm equipment of 83-249mm and a maximum aperture of f/2.8 throughout the zoom range. It has a retractable design, so it is compact and lightweight. Its focal range is ideal for portraits and sports.
Example 1 | 1/250 sec | f/2.8 | 43.0 mm | ISO 100
Example 2 | 1/250 sec | f/2.8 | 40.3 mm | ISO 100
Pentax Q Lens Verdict
If you want high picture quality you will certainly want to purchase the standard prime, standard zoom and telephoto zoom lenses, altogether this gives you a 35mm focal range of 27.5-249mm. All three lenses feature a 40.5mm filter thread which will make changing filters between the three lenses easy. They also share the same size lens caps, and feature metal bayonets.
The toy lenses and fish-eye all require you to use manual focus, so this may require you to use the Q10's MF assist and focus peaking features to get the best results. Unfortunately these three lenses do not feature a filter thread, so it's not possible to attach anything to the front of the lenses. The bayonet on these lenses is plastic.
The fish-eye lens is ideal for unique perspectives, particularly when shooting portraits. It was also effective for shooting macro shots due to its short minimum focusing distance. The wide and telephoto lens both retain various aberrations to produced images similar to those taken on a toy camera and are available for reasonably low prices.
What's great about the Q10 and all of the lenses are their sizes, they all easily fit in a small camera bag - you could also carry them in a jacket with large pockets.