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Pentax Q10 to IR-Landscape photo

Pentax Q, Q-10 for IR-Landscape photography

Too sad these Q, Q10 with so Sensitive sensors are reserved for Astro-IR ?
Drawbacks of Pentax Q-Q10 despite its 1/2.3" Fabulous imx078 BSI sensor
– Multi-Exposure Mode outputs a JPEG file, not a RAW
– IR Remote doesn't work w/ Bulb nor Intervalometer
– No Wired Remote Control Port on Pentax Q, Q10, Q7, Qs1
– No way to set the LENR totally ON or OFF
More Advantages to the Pentax Q, Q10 over other 1/2.3" BSI cameras
– Q - Q10 are unique 1/2.3" BSI cam. to support Interchangeable Lenses.
– K-to-Q optional Adapters open the Q, Q10 to the whole K Lens System !
– Q-Q10 have a 1000 mAh Battery, it lasts 1 summer night in precise conditions
– the Q-10 is a CostLess camera : I bought mine for €170 in spring 2014
– the IR-Cut filter inside the Q, Q10 is Easy to Remove PentaxQ10AstroIR.html
– the Q, Q10 are No longer limited to High-ISO + Tripod + R72-Filter :
that opens to you the door to Fantastic Hand-Held Terrestrial IR PhotoGraphy
The AF of the Q, Q10 is unable to reach infinite after their IR-cut filter removal,
A good fix for this problem seem to reduce their Back-Focus / Flange distance.
Let's put the dimensions of the IR-filter : 12.6 width x 13.1 height x 0.6mm thick

Thinning its Bayonet Mount to recover AF to infinity

How to thin the Bayonet-Mount of the Pentax Q / Q10
IR-cut filter being 0.6mm only, you just need to Reduce BF 0.2 Maximum
-> an Optical-Rule useful when you insert / remove a Glass-Filter from a BF Path !
0.2 Maximum, because of Tolerance, if your Q has 0.05 of it...
then you just need to Reduce BF 0.15mm off
In fact, it's Very Easy : from 2 to 3 hours of High Precision Hand Work :
Please, don't begin doing it if you don't feel able to achieve it...
It's Your Own Full Responsability to do it... Or not to...
- Remove the 6 Screws... then the Bayonet
- verify that you find the Same Measurements as mine
... if Not, Write your Own Measurements then Subtract 0.2 & 0.1mm from them !
- for this, you need a Vernier Caliper
- a friend of yours owns a Metal Lathe, you just have to remove 0.15mm from
the Front-side of the Bayonet Front-side... then let's try it...
- else you need a 10-11mm thickness Three Square smooth Hand File
the 6+3 holes are in the External Crown of the Bayonet Back-side = 2.3 thickness
it'll be reduced to 2.2 all around at the same time than 3 of the following Sectors :
turning clockwise,
the Internal Bayonet Backside is divided into 6 Sectors starting at " InD33 " mark
-1 from ~1:0 to 2:30 AM (hole #2 position) : 2.4 thickness Sector to reduce to 2.2
(2 from 2:30 to 4:30 AM = 2.7mm Thickness sector : left as is)
-3 from 4:30 to 6:30 AM (hole #4 position) : 2.4 thickness Sector to reduce to 2.2
(4 from 6:30 to 8:30 AM = 2.7mm Thickness sector : left as is)
-5 from 8:30 to 10:0 AM (hole #6 position) : 2.4 thickness Sector to reduce to 2.2
(6 from 10:0 to ~1:0 PM = 2.7mm Thickness sector : left as is)
Q10's Bayonet Mount backside : 3x 2.4mm Sectors and 2.3mm Ext.Crown to thin
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Backside of the Bayonet : External Crown (6+3 holes) was 2.3 thickness
+ 3 internal thinner Sectors were 2.4 thickness : now all are 2.2mm
I didn't touch the 3 other Sectors, they still are 2.7 thickness
-> 1st Sector begins at " InD33 " mark
I hope the grazing light shows all the details :
don't reduce the 2.7mm Sectors
Thinned Q10's Bayonet Mount, -0.2 and -0.1 this side, -0.1mm Max the other side :
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Once you've reached 2.2mm thickness in these 3 Sectors - initially at 2.4mm,
and, at the same time all around the External Crown (6+3 holes) initially at 2.3mm
you'll have to thin the Frontside of the Bayonet of 0.05mm to get started
then carefully Clean the Bayonet and remount it with its 6 screws
don't tighten too much, the screws are screwed into plastic
put the 5-15mm Zoom-lens, is your AF working ?
Do you hear the AF-Confirmation 'BIP' ?
No, you'll have to go for 2.1...
Note : the 9-15mm range works first, the 5-9mm range works w/ a thinner Mount !
My Q10 is fine at 2.15 thickness, I'll confirm this when summer temp at 35°C+...
if your Own Measurements minus 0.15 gives you 2.15... go for 2.15 !
Now, you're able to Avoid the R72 Filter, thus the Tripod + High ISO setting !
Infrared Photo possibilities are infinite...
Pentax Q10, 5-15-zoom-AF, Bare-imx078, WhitePaper-CustomWB :
Modified Pentax Q10, 5-15 zoom @ f/8 1/320 sec. ISO 100
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Bravo, you did it ! ;)
Landscape-IR hand-held fancies and Deep-Sky-Objects, are all yours now...
      ©Dima Lootvoet 2010-19

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