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11-23-2013, 09:50 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
I don't think you'll get enough money selling the K-01 to cover a Q7, much less significantly reduce the K3 investment.
I think this is probably very true. You're not going to be able to do both. I would lean towards keeping the K01 and using it with the 21mm & 70mm as my travel kit. Or if you want to carry 3 lenses, the 15, 35, and 70. That's a lot of imaging power in not much space. I think the right answer for you might also depend upon what kind of IQ you want out of your travel pics. If you want something significantly smaller than your K3 and don't mind trading off some IQ for that, then maybe one of the Q cameras is the way to go. I know it means spending a bit more money, but you might consider looking for a good deal on an original Q. Use that for a while, see how you like it...then either resell it if you don't like it or sell your K01 if you do. I have a K01 and my wife has a Q. I love the IQ of my K01, but I'm also semi-jealous that my wife can fit her Q and three lenses in an extremely tiny bag with room to spare. lol

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Like you the k-01 is not getting a lot of use since I got the k-3.

For what it's worth though, I have the K-01 plus FA 28-105 f/3.2-4.5 in a small leather bag in the car, sometimes with the DA 40mm ltd sometimes not. The 28-105 is not the best lens ever made but perfectly adequate for quick shots and covers a nice focal length. I know that bag is always in the car so if I forget the K-3 I still have a good camera on hand.

I guess what I'm saying is the k-01 plus a general purpose lens is still a good travel companion.
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With my current gear I could play it three ways... plus a few variants

Most compact and skewing wide would be 18-55 and DA70 Limited, with the alternate option being DA16-45 + 70. This would be decided by types of wide shooting you would expect to need; tighter spots and lower light would mean the 16-45 is best.

Another surprising option would be the Quantaray 28-90 'macro' plus either the DA15 or some other wide choice. The 28-90 is surprisingly sharp with great color and can do 1:2 macro at 90mm; that's a nice option to have (though the 18-55 and 16-45 do nearly 1:3). You can find this for under $50 now and then. The downside here, like the 18-55, is that at the long end it drops to f/5.6 max - but the K-01 can assist by going to high ISO and still hold together.

The final deal is the ultra cheap method: 18-55 and 50-200. Really not a bad choice when size and range are important.

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My wife travels often with the K-01 and the DA18-135mm. It matches very well the K-01 and the results are stunning. The DA18-135mm is very quiet and that is an asset for my wife. I tested the K-0 and DA18-135mm and it is a nice combo.

If you take one lens only, take the DA18-135mm.

Hope that the comment may help.

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I use my DA15/4 and F50/1.7 on my k01 -- pretty much exclusively.

The 50 seems a little too narrow at times so a 40 may be a better choice, but I just love the rendering of the 50/1.7. It's very unique.
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I would say DA 20-40mm Ltd and DA55-30mm WR, but you will have to wait and pay more !
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QuoteOriginally posted by leopold Quote
I would say DA 20-40mm Ltd and DA55-30mm WR, but you will have to wait and pay more !
Do you have this lens?
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I would travel with the the DA 15 limited and a fast 50 and be totally satisfied. I don't find the K-01 a camera that mixes well with telephoto lenses. If you feel like you need a focal length in between the 15 and 50, you could always stick something 30-ish in your bag (I have the FA 31), but I wouldn't really need that.

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It seems to me what the OP is really asking (especially in his followups) is: should I keep the K-01 after getting a K-3 (especially for travel)? My personal answer to that would be yes. The K-01 will make a wonderful backup to your K-3 when you're not traveling, and it's quite significantly lighter than the K-3 for when you want/need to travel light(er), while still being a high-quality image making machine. And you can share lenses. And it's simply not worth enough to make it worth selling, IMHO. And because it's not worth a fortune, you'll be less stressed about it while traveling, at least in urban areas.

As for a travel kit, as others have said, depends on where you're going and what's your style of photography. I just came back from a vacation, and I think most of my shots were either Sigma 10-20 or Tamron 90 Macro! But if you ask me to recommend a single lens, I'd probably point you to either the Sigma 17-70 or Pentax 18-135... And for prime fans, a 15-35-70 combo (or 15-35 and pick a 90-105 macro favorite). But that's a generic answer, and I think when you travel you really need to know what kind of shots you'll most want and adjust as a function of that...
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Within the last year I've travelled to Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar and Mexico. I brought my 16-45mm, 55-300 and 40mm XS, this makes for a fairly compact kit that covers a range of scenarios. While trekking around the temples, the 16-45mm was almost always on my camera. For street photography, the 40mm is discrete and snappy. When shooting monkeys in the jungle, the 55-300 allowed me to get some fantastic close-ups. I carried everything along with the k5 in my shoulder bag and didn't find it too cumbersome.

Personally, if I had both the k-01 and the k-3, I'd sell the k-01. I'd use the extra cash to fund a new lens (I've got my eye on the 21mm) or to help fund my next vacation
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The K-01 is a very good camera, and very inexpensive. There is no reason to get rid of it, especially as it can serve as a backup or second camera using all the lenses your K-3 uses. What lenses you put on it depend on what you want to shoot.
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Wow. Many thanks for all the responses to my question. Appreciated many thoughtful answers.

QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
IMHO the Q7 will just end up being an <acronym title="Lens Buying Addiction"><acronym title="Lens Buying Addiction"><acronym title="Lens Buying Addiction">LBA</acronym></acronym></acronym> attractor though it might be better suited to your specific "travel light" purpose. I don't think you'll get enough money selling the K-01 to cover a Q7, much less significantly reduce the K3 investment.
I must admit I didn't think carefully about the resale value of the K-01....it won't fetch too much nowadays and many of the advices to keep the camera is perfectly logical. I should have known better. Thanks for reminding me.

QuoteOriginally posted by TaoMaas Quote
I would lean towards keeping the K01 and using it with the 21mm & 70mm as my travel kit. Or if you want to carry 3 lenses, the 15, 35, and 70.
QuoteOriginally posted by hcc Quote
The DA18-135mm is very quiet and that is an asset for my wife. I tested the K-0 and DA18-135mm and it is a nice combo. If you take one lens only, take the DA18-135mm.
Many thanks also for the suggestion for these lenses. I would agree that would be a great combo.

QuoteOriginally posted by Doundounba Quote
And because it's not worth a fortune, you'll be less stressed about it while traveling, at least in urban areas.
You are absolutely right there. I would prefer to travel with a cheaper camera than the K-3.....


Many thanks again for all your comments and recommendation. You guys have help me decided to keep my K-01.

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I think your decision to keep the K-01 is a good one. My wife and I did a 17-day driving trip to Glacier National Park and the Grand Tetons in September. I brought my K-01 with the 21mm DA* limited, the 18-55 kit lens that I bought used from KEH, and the 40mm DA* limited. Also brought my Q (the original) along with the 01 standard prime and 02 standard zoom. All in a small Domke bag. What I wound up using the most was the K-01 with the kit lens and 21, and the Q with the standard zoom. Got some great photos; the K-01 really did a great job. If we went hiking, I'd throw the K-01 with the kit lens and 21mm in a small daypack. Worked well. I have a wrist strap I bought for use with the K-01 so it was very easy to just carry it in one hand using the wrist strap. If you don't already have a Q then I think it makes more sense to keep the K-01 because the lenses will work for that and your K-3.
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Thanks qblade. My wife is favouring the Q7 (for travel only) now that she saw Pinholecam's toyko story thread.....I will however be keeping the K-01 for travel.

So between the K-01 and the Q, do you still prefer the K-01 for travel, even though the Q is a lot smaller?

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Do you have this lens?
Not Yet, i Pre-orderedit, but it would make a very good small travel lens.
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