Zalllon: I think Nikon missed the mark here. Even though the technology in it may not be the latest, the look of the camera will pull people in. I have relatives that are interested in this camera, but they all cannot get over the price. The funny thing is, one of my uncles has an old D70s and saw this camera show up on the web and got all excited till the price was announced. Then he was hell bent on getting a newer, retro looking camera so he ended up getting an Olympus EM5. I'm not going to compare the 2, but all I'm saying is this look gets old film guys excited, then turns them off. If nothing else, this could help cheaper competition for non-pro shooter.
I have been waiting long time for a camera like this. For me, the main point is to have a digital body that can use the same lenses that your old film SLR. Personally I much prefer the aperture ring and exposure dial than having to push a tiny button and roll a tiny knob with your fingertips. In most cameras, adjusting both exposure and aperture is a pain. That said, I think this camera miss a lower ISO setting (specially with a max speed of 1/4000) and an interchangeable focusing screen, thougt I dont know about that electronic rangefinder.
Pakio: What? No ISO 50? Why in the hell they make sensors up to ISO 12000, who needs that? I want to shoot at F1.4 in daylight!
L1 is ISO 100 overexposed;
I have used ND filters to shoot with 400ISO film in daylight. I have also used color filters to correct the white balance. but today, with digital, you are not stuck with the roll you have in the camera. I love to use ISO 50 film (ilford PanF) when I can, and with digital I shoot like 80% of the time at ISO50, and never used ISO higher than 3200 for shooting in the street at night without flash. it is a shame to see that there are fewer and fewer cameras (Mostly medium format).than can go down under ISO 100 or even 200 these days.
And also it lacks ISO 50. At least it has a max shutter speed of 1/8000
I would love this camera, but why so slow X-Sync with a mirrorless camera? My APSC Sigma DP can sync at 1/2000
What? No ISO 50? Why in the hell they make sensors up to ISO 12000, who needs that? I want to shoot at F1.4 in daylight!
Malcolm Hopkinson: The message to the reader, then, is the usual one: "serious photographers buy a Nikon". I see that your guide has relegated Mirrorless cameras toward the end as an afterthought, advising us that these cameras are a virtual sub species to the DSLR when in fact this is not the case.I have been using Canon 5D MK2 Canon T2i with various lenses, but recently purchased an Olympus EM5 with 3 lenses, a thing of beauty. The EVF is excellent and camera is small even with battery grip attached. Main point IQ is simply stunning. Now I can climb up a mountain with much lighter package, knowing full well that I can enlarge images as I want with this Mirrorless miracle, no problem. My guess is it's a similar story of reliable IQ for the Mirrorless Panasonic range including the G5. We have to change with the times
That is not true. Nikon have better sensors? Nikon uses the same Sony sensors you find in other cameras. For instance, the D7000 uses the same sensor made by Sony than the Pentax K5 and other cameras. As for features, the K5 have better features than the D7000 for less money. And finally, a REALLY serious photographer would use a Pentax, Mamiya or Hasselblad medium format camera, not a Nikon SLR, which is made for press reporters and amateurs. However, at the end, like sadwitch said, a GOOD photographer will use whatever tool he finds useful, convinient or fun.
Pakio: I think if it was a bigger Pentax Q with same specifications of the K-01, K mount, sensor, etc... would sell definetly much better. The Pentax Q is much prettier and intelligent design.
Sorry if i make some mistake, english is my third language.
kimsch: DXOmark just tested the Pentax K-01 and it is the second best hybrid camera and as good as the Nikon D7000
No surprise is as good as the D7000, they both have the same Sony sensor...
I think if it was a bigger Pentax Q with same specifications of the K-01, K mount, sensor, etc... would sell definetly much better. The Pentax Q is much prettier and intelligent design.
It would look fine with a lensbaby attached...
JoeDaBassPlayer: I went and looked at some videos made with the K 01, the new Oly and the 5D Mk3. WOW! I am getting a K 01. It is a serious alternative to the new 5D. IMHO, the K 01 is better.
Maybe it was just the user who was better in that case...
Camp Freddy: Mirrorless are / will be cheaper to produce. Get used to it all! Pentax like Olympus before them are paving the way for bottom line on a future range of cameras.
I agree. From the beginning, I thought that DSLR was quite a silly thing. With film, that's the only way to see what you are shooting, so you must bear the weitgh and size of a mirror and prism. But, with digital??? I wear glasses and find DSLR finders rather unconfortable, and very small, dark and useless, compared with my film cameras like my ME Super. I have no problem getting great photos with my sigma DP2 with no finder at all. Many people don't like that things evolve and change. They are the kind of people were against the first compact cameras, the first SLR cameras, the first electronic cameras, the first AF cameras, the first digital cameras, etc...
Pakio: I like very much the idea of a mirrorless camera. With digital, we don't really need a prims, specially given the smallish finders of most DSLR...
However, I find the style of the K-01 quite wrong. You may like it or not, but one thing is for sure: It does not suit the style of pentax lenses. I love pentax Limited series lenses, and I dont see a K-01 looking good with them.
A Olympus OM kind looks would have been better...
A good EVF is a good option. A good Live View screen is a good one too. I would be happy with that. I use only that when shooting my DP2 and I get great pictures, even of shooting fast moving objects.
I found no other finder that can compares with my Pentax ME Super, so I may prefer not to have one at all that a bad one.
Good one, Olympus! The best design of digital camera to date.
A pity it is 4/3. Imagine that camera on FF?????
RoyGBiv: wouldn't they be able to design lenses that mount to the K-mount ring, but with their lens elements recessed into the cavity a bit, or does the electronic contacts get in the way?
Your right, Yamin. I also havea ME Super. However, there is a reason for everything, so there must be one. When you design a product that must be manufactured you find so many issues: available parts and materials, compatibility with other products manufacturing lines, etc...
I like very much the idea of a mirrorless camera. With digital, we don't really need a prims, specially given the smallish finders of most DSLR...