gmol: What's the point of a 60mm-equivalent lens? It's too narrow for indoor shots, and F2.8 is too small an aperture. Why is it that - with the exception of the Samsung 30mm f2 pancake - nobody has been able to produce a really usable and bright standard pancake since the Panny 20mm F1.7 was introduced 3 or 4 years ago?
I use FA43 at my K-5 as all-around lens almost all my time.
ronniemac: All this talk about camera image is so irrelevant compared to the importance of image quality. Remember the Pentax Q criticisms about sensor size and image quality? I’ll not form judgement until I read the tests and see the pics – and taken with some of the excellent glass that is designed for the K mount.
But just to irritate the aesthetic police, can I add the Pentax K-01 is gorgeous, especially in black and white. I even like yellow, but that may be because it annoys so many purists who need everything in black. I am so tempted to buy one, but the radical dissenter in me has decided to stick with the K-5 until the EVF FF version is released. C’mon Pentax – take this beautiful baby to the next level.
Pentax Q's IQ beats CCD 1/1,7" and 1/1.65" sensor's cameras.It's strange, but it's truth.
jmmgarza: Looks quite ugly. To many, MoMA is an arbiter of taste and design. They are also a shill for corporate investors. Again, the camera looks horrible. Yes, Ricoh screws up again. Please let Pentax designers do their job.
I've heard about Pentax APS-C mirrorless "UGLY" camera more that 1 year ago. :) My friend saw K-01's prototype of body more than 1 year ago. Said - "out of my mind." :)))
ljmac: Hey everybody - I managed to get my hands on the transcripts of Pentax's product meetings, and I think I can explain this camera now!
Submanger: We make the smallest DSLRs, but these new mirrorless cameras are even smaller, and they're eating our lunch!
Manager: In that case, let's make a mirrorless cam using the smallest sensor we can find, then we'll be smaller than everyone!
Submanager: You're a genius!
A few months later...
Submanger: I don't know why, but we haven't been able to sell any Qs.
Manager: Hmmm, so I guess people don't want small after all - they just want mirrorless. So let's just rip the mirror out of one of our DSLRs, and we'll make the biggest mirrorless camera instead!
Submanager: But why would people want to buy the a camera that's just as big as a DSLR but with less functionality?
Manager: Let's hire some expensive designer so that it doesn't look like a DSLR - in fact, let's make it not look like a proper camera at all!
Submanger: You're a genius!
Video mode of K-01 is much stronger than all Pentax DSLR. The camera uses new processor PRIME M. Less functionality is the thing to discuss.
Pentax Q has good sales in Japan, by the way.
Kaizer One - the name of camera from Russian Penta-club
pabloman: It is a stupid, ugly and cheap-looking camera.
If PENTAX would get it right, they would make the same thing performance and specification-wise, where I have no objections. However, they would make the body with a much SHORTER FLANGE DISTANCE, SO ALSO LENSES FROM OTHER MANUFACTURERS COULD BE ADAPTED. Just like with the NEX or the m4/3.
All I ever wanted was a mirrorless cam able to adapt my Noktons, Rokkors and Zuikos that had IBIS inside with the biggest sensor possible. This short-sighted design decision has taken thousands of potential customers away from them who will rather stay with m4/3 or the NEX system.. This way only earlier Pentax lens owners may be interested... If the body was slimmer and one could mount other lenses in front of that good sensor, A LOT MORE PEOPLE WOULD WANT TO BUY IT... Besides... size and weight-wise it really isn't anything to write home about. Not to mention the lacking EVF and tilting LCD.
K-01 no need any adapters.:) Buy NEX - it's not camera, it's electronic adapter :)))))
Hansadlp: This design may become a classic, long after discussions about the K-01 have faded. Think of what Dieter Rams did for Braun with calculators, slide projectors, hifi and home appliances. Remember Philippe Starck, Raymond Loewy, Charles Eames or what Maitani did for Olympus. Even if the inherent qualities are not always ground breaking and even if these products were not best-sellers, their design made them timeless icons which are still valued and appreciated. Many are a joy to own and use, even long after the technology is outdated.
Sure, taste and appreciation for a design is personal. I's interesting to see how just a design can evoke such strong emotions, whether its for a new product that conflicts with people's expectations or for an older product that brings back fond memories, maybe because it was years ahead at the time, but as an original it set a trend for others.
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aboutsam: Will it be compatible with those FA LE lenses?
PENTAX mirrorless body design is compatible with 25+ million PENTAX K-mount lenses spanning decades.
It's so strange announcement of K-01.... Do you remember something like this? NEVER. No official Pentax Japan announcement, no FULL specs. There is specs, of course, but no additional info about buffer size, size of photos and video and e.t.c.
What does it means?
1. K-01 is not for Japanese market. 2. The announcement will be at CP+ on February, 9. 3. K-01 for Japanese market will have another specs.
USA version of K-01 is black/white. European version of K-01 is black/silver.
Marty4650: The best way to get "SLR-like performance" is to buy an SLR.
Unless this camera is dirt cheap I cannot think of a good reason to buy it rather than a Pentax K-r.... which is almost the exact same size and weight and actually HAS a finder of some sort.
I still find it hard to believe that Pentax neglected to give this camera an EVF or even have a way to add one later.
Pentax has succeeded in creating a camera that is "mirrorless for mirrorless sake" and has none of the advantages of the other MILC cameras, and still falls short of replacing a DSLR.
I still feel that using existing AF lenses, rather then creating a whole new lens line, was a great idea.
Pentax is only ONE company (with mirrorless cameras) which keeps systemacy.
I've send two emails to DPR to change info about battery - no any changes.
Camera is already DONE and well DONE. So many emotions - good sign.
LightRoom: Seems to me like the camera many on these forums have been dreaming of for years. The only drawback I can see is that it's expensive; if they could manage to bring the price down, I think this camera could be a winner.
it's cheaper than Pentax Q was last year
Charrick: It's patently obvious what Pentax is doing - trying desperately to stay alive.
It has gotten to the point where nearly every other camera maker can do better than Pentax in nearly every area. And Pentax knows that it won't beat them in terms of features or quality, because its rivals are just getting better, and farther ahead.
So what does it do?
Gimmick 1: Pentax makes cameras that come in a wide assortment of colors, to make up for the lack of everything else in comparison to its rivals.
Gimmick 2: Pentax makes a compact camera with a small sensor and tries to get unsuspecting victims to think that it has the quality of SLRs, and hence spend more money building up a completely superfluous lens collection. I thought this was the lowest they could go.
Desperate Survival Tactic: Pentax gets Ricoh to somehow buy them, like HP bought Palm, another dying brand.
Gimmick 3: Remove the benefits of an SLR from an SLR and make it look like a toy.
Pentax is running low on gimmicks.
1. K-r is one of the best low-end DSLR at the market. 2. Pentax Q is just high-end version of compact camera from Pentax.3. Arguments?
I think you know NOTHING about Pentax cameras and lenses.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=eTohGuBh9CsCDAF is very FAST, faster than K-5 in LV.
We can read here http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/20120203_509641.htmlthat no final decision about sales in Japan
Pelican65: this is the worst Pentax DSLR ever! its ergonomics sucks!
really? I saw one...:)
Raist3d: The K-01 too big? Is it really?
VS Canon G1Xhttp://camerasize.com/compare/#257,285
NEX-7 design is good, but it's techno. NEX-5 is so-so. To say honest.
I'm sure that K-01 will be the hit of sales in Japan.