K-01 In All Black Looks Awsome !

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wll Veteran Member • Posts: 4,821
K-01 In All Black Looks Awsome !

Saw a post somewhere where the K-01 was all black, it really looked good. Much better that the black and silver (which Pentax calls black), better than the white, and much better than the vomit yellow version.

I can't for the life of me wonder why an all black version is not available, I hope as time goes on one is, maybe in Japan.

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rogerstpierre Veteran Member • Posts: 4,432
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I believe there's an all White version planned for Japan.

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loock Regular Member • Posts: 405
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This is my tuning, with no trafic lights

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Very nice...when does it go on sale?

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justin23 Veteran Member • Posts: 4,347
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Because everyone makes all black cameras, and there are many people who think all black is boring and plain.

wll wrote:

Saw a post somewhere where the K-01 was all black, it really looked good. Much better that the black and silver (which Pentax calls black), better than the white, and much better than the vomit yellow version.

I can't for the life of me wonder why an all black version is not available, I hope as time goes on one is, maybe in Japan.

wll

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Still an ugly box (nT)

No thanks

Msroberts Contributing Member • Posts: 724
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Here's my rendering from Photoshopping two images together:

(I left the strap attachments chrome because I thought it looked better that way.)

I'm still not a fan of the overall design and all-black cameras are a bit common, but this does look much nicer to my eyes than the versions shown so far.

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DLBlack Forum Pro • Posts: 14,695
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An all black verison almost makes me want to buy it.

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Wellington100 Forum Pro • Posts: 11,795
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Msroberts wrote:

Here's my rendering from Photoshopping two images together:

(I left the strap attachments chrome because I thought it looked better that way.)

I'm still not a fan of the overall design and all-black cameras are a bit common, but this does look much nicer to my eyes than the versions shown so far.

Your version looks fantastic. I reckon half the problem with the camera is the designer. Its a camera that is supposed to appeal to the core Pentax user base, who are a fairly conservative bunch and the designer has tarted the camera up to look like a caricature of itself. His design will not appeal to the core user base. Yours is way way more attractive. Send Pentax the design and a bill for half a million dollars.

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OP wll Veteran Member • Posts: 4,821
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This is what I'm talking about. The black version looks professional and business like, very clean.

I think that looks great. The silver looks, kinda Ok, but I would not buy it. The white version looks much better, and if I had to, buy that, the yellow version IMHO looks like vomit !

wll

Rod McD Veteran Member • Posts: 7,049
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HI,

Yes - a 1000% improvement. Still not sure that I'd buy one because I have a similar body with the same sensor and a mirror in it. OTOH, if I didn't already have a K5, the all black version would appeal to me a lot more. Pentax needs this option if it wants to provide a body that appeals to the more conservative photographic buyer.

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Model Mike Veteran Member • Posts: 3,892
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Wellington100 wrote:

the designer has tarted the camera up to look like a caricature of itself.

The problem is that darned 40mm lens. So slim it looks ridiculous. With an 18-55, the whole package looks much more balanced.
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Msroberts Contributing Member • Posts: 724
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Wellington100 wrote:

Your version looks fantastic. I reckon half the problem with the camera is the designer. Its a camera that is supposed to appeal to the core Pentax user base

Personally, I think the K-01 is designed to appeal not to the core Pentax user base but to newbies — people who have never used a real camera with a real viewfinder. The k-mount not only gives them instant availability of a huge lens assortment, it lets them keep most lenses when they upgrade to an SLR (only a few lenses will be "mirrorless only". But another important aspect is building up the declining k-mount user base to encourage third-party support: Tamron and Tokina have apparently stopped supporting the k-mount and Sigma seems to be offering only token support — people have been clamoring for the Sigma 150mm macro in k-mount for about two years and there's no sign of it yet (though Sigma says it's coming).

We need more people getting on board with k-mount and the K-01 seems like a step in that direction.

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Pentax K-01 have a pipe that I laugh at.... until I saw
Olympus OM-D, that have a hump.

Isn't these are obvious design flaws?

rogerstpierre Veteran Member • Posts: 4,432
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Nice PP job. Taste can hardly be argued. As for one don't care much for the all Black. It's I admit a "very comfortable" choice, and I can see how an all black version would bring some folks into their comfort zone. For me, it takes away that rich machined aluminum solid and clean finish designer stylish look.

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Wellington100 Forum Pro • Posts: 11,795
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Model Mike wrote:

Wellington100 wrote:

the designer has tarted the camera up to look like a caricature of itself.

The problem is that darned 40mm lens. So slim it looks ridiculous. With an 18-55, the whole package looks much more balanced.

I agree. One of the things Pentax could have done that both Samsung and Oly did when they made their cameras thinner and they were suddenly faced with a distance from rear of lens to sensor registration problem, is to have made the front portion of the camera a ring with the mount flush on the end of it

On the bottom right image below, the rear of the lens is actually part of the body but its so well integrate into the design that this is not apparent.

Instead Pentax have that ugly teardrop section behind the mount that makes the camera look heavy and miserable.

Even the pancake would have looked better with this arrangement

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loock Regular Member • Posts: 405
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Pentax is not RED one, so no trafic lights:

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snake_b Veteran Member • Posts: 4,680
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Buy a black body model, use this on the top plate:

Msroberts Contributing Member • Posts: 724
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You used to be able to buy replacement "skins" to replace the leatherette body covers on Pentax (and other brand) film cameras. I have a friend who used to own 5 Pentax LX with various replacement skins: Snake skin, etc. (And he had two more LX the he left original)

Perhaps Pentax could make optional cover skins for the K-01 to allow people to customize.

Here's a basic leather one (I may have a go at snake skin later!)

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