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11-03-2012, 03:03 PM   #1
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Is the Pentax K-01 a good choice for street Photography?

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I want to know is the K-01 a good choice for street photography? The price is now very reasonable. I have most of the Limited lenses. I would probably use the 21 limited, the F 35-70 , and the a 135 f/2.8 with it but my lens choices are not carved in stone. Does it focus fast enough to get the job done? Is it awkward to only have the led monitor to view and compose the picture?

11-03-2012, 03:23 PM   #2
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I don't do street photography, but I have noticed that people are a lot less intimidated by the K-01 than by your standard dslr. Maybe it's the design of the camera, but it seems to get rid of a lot of the fear that people have with having their picture taken.

The AF is slower than with a dslr, but not enough to discourage use.
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I bought my K-01 with the intention of doing more "street" shooting, so I would say yes, without being a real expert in the subject. As reivax said, the K-01 is less intimidating because it doesn't look like a "real" camera.

With firmware 1.01, the F 35-70 focuses quickly and accurately (in my tests so far). The DA 21 is on my shopping list. I'm avoiding the whole autofocusing thing by going "old-school" with an M 28/2.8 set to the hyperfocal distance.

Using the LCD panel is... different... after years with a viewfinder, but I'm enjoying the change. I find I do a lot more one-handed shooting with the K-01. With a little practice, it's not hard to compose even with the camera at waist level (I call it the "tummy shot").
11-04-2012, 08:00 AM   #4
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I've been using almost exactly the kit you describe - DA21, F35-70 and sometimes the M135 (f3.5). It's a very flexible and compact kit and works well for me. I agree with the other posters that the camera is less conspicuous than a DSLR. The DA21 is especially discreet with the little hood with the square opening.

The only drawback to mention is that focusing is fairly noisy (loudest with the F35-70) but this applies to screw-drive on any camera. If you want to be quiet, you have the option of focusing manually and using focus peaking.

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I think I only went out for it once and not my own K-01 but the demomodel I had for loan.

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This was with firmware 1.00 so now it would be faster. I would make more keepers I think then that day. You just have to get used to a new way for working with that different formed camera.
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If yellow it may draw too much attention to the shooter . . .
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