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11-14-2012, 07:20 PM   #16
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The K-01 fits in a compact case with up to four limiteds. For casual street and social event shooting, where super-fast AF is not essential it is fabulous. The option to take good quality video is a bonus.

For live music and sports the K-5's get the gig, but the K-01 still comes along as a backup.

I love my Q when I really want minimal gear, but the K-01 is less fiddly for my big hands and fat fingers.

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I'm looking at (buying soon) the K01 as part of my gear for a 2 month bike tour next summer. I also do a lot of hiking and it would be nice to have a smaller body for that. DA15, 40XS and the DFA100WR is all that I need.

The justification is that I haven't sold my K200D yet and the K01 is a much better 2nd body from a need/usage standpoint. I will also sell my DA40 and in the end make a little money.
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QuoteOriginally posted by abacus07 Quote
I'm looking at (buying soon) the K01 as part of my gear for a 2 month bike tour next summer. I also do a lot of hiking and it would be nice to have a smaller body for that. DA15, 40XS and the DFA100WR is all that I need.

The justification is that I haven't sold my K200D yet and the K01 is a much better 2nd body from a need/usage standpoint. I will also sell my DA40 and in the end make a little money.
Hi abacus07. I have all the DA LTDs 15, 21,35 macro,40,70 as well as the DFA 100WR and have used them all on my K-01. I also like to cycle in addition to hike. Just my opinion, but I would not get rid of my DA 40 for the 40 XS. I have the 40 XS as it came as a kit, but I basically use it like a "functional body cap." I think the 40 ltd is sharper. Just the ability to swap out filters of the same size across all lenses is worth keeping the 40 in addition to your 15 and DFA 100. I don't you think you could want a better compact travel package than the trio of the 21 (or 15-much bigger though)),40 and 70 ltds and for a cycling trip and I expect that would cover most of your needs.

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I figure I will sell my K10d when the k-01 arrives. I bought it for the jump in sensor tech, focus peaking, video better than my pointless-shoot, and yes, the look. I guess even at 40 I have enough hipster/rebel in me to feel pretty humdrum with a big black dslr.

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QuoteOriginally posted by fotogaffer Quote
Hi abacus07. I have all the DA LTDs 15, 21,35 macro,40,70 as well as the DFA 100WR and have used them all on my K-01. I also like to cycle in addition to hike. Just my opinion, but I would not get rid of my DA 40 for the 40 XS. I have the 40 XS as it came as a kit, but I basically use it like a "functional body cap." I think the 40 ltd is sharper. Just the ability to swap out filters of the same size across all lenses is worth keeping the 40 in addition to your 15 and DFA 100. I don't you think you could want a better compact travel package than the trio of the 21 (or 15-much bigger though)),40 and 70 ltds and for a cycling trip and I expect that would cover most of your needs.
Valid points but I actually prefer my A50f1.7 and K35f3.5 to my DA40 and it doesn't get used as much as it should so it makes sense to downgrade to the XS (saving $200ish dollars). I'll just carry a step up ring to use the same filters. Long term I would really like to get the FA43 anyway. I might change my mind but I could use the money.

I take a lot of pictures of waterfalls so the DA15 is a necessity since I frequently can't backup further. The DFA100 would only be along for the macro capability. This trio isn't as compact as the 21/40/70 but it's pretty much perfect for me.
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QuoteOriginally posted by abacus07 Quote
Valid points but I actually prefer my A50f1.7 and K35f3.5 to my DA40 and it doesn't get used as much as it should so it makes sense to downgrade to the XS (saving $200ish dollars). I'll just carry a step up ring to use the same filters. Long term I would really like to get the FA43 anyway. I might change my mind but I could use the money.

I take a lot of pictures of waterfalls so the DA15 is a necessity since I frequently can't backup further. The DFA100 would only be along for the macro capability. This trio isn't as compact as the 21/40/70 but it's pretty much perfect for me.
Nothing wrong with your logic. I can fully understand the redundancy of the DA 40 with the A50 1.7 in your kit, and possibly a future FA 43. They're all great lenses you're pondering. Enjoyed your nifty-fifty blog!
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Hmmm, well I found out quickly that the K-01 bettered the Nikon 5100 for IQ. It has its challenges, but is a very nice camera. I have not used a K-5, however, so the 5100 comparison could be questioned, it's just what I have to use with Nikon lenses as a DSLR. Every camera in this league is different from a use standpoint.

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Well when I'm off for sportscovarage where I want to have all my equipement on hold then I use the K-01 to make snapshots. I know they can all be made with K-5, but it is just fun to walk around and take images that are not important by them selve, but just to complete a story. Als much more easier to adjust the sharpness on the exact place where I want it.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Na Horuk Quote
I have the K-r and K-01. I tend to use the K-01 for better quality stills, to use focus peaking. I think the question is a bit bad because.. well, depends on which DSLR you want to compare it to. The K10D, K-5, K-30..
You shouldn't look at the K-01 as a replacement for something. You probably don't look at other DSLRs that way, right? You look at your wishes, at your budget, at what is available, and then you make your decision.
Also, i think the K-01 is significantly smaller than the K-r. Its not much lighter and if you compare numbers, its not much smaller, but its shape makes it much more compact. It doesn't get stuck at the edges, it takes less space in the bag, it allows more other stuff around it...
Its a competent and fun camera at a great price with a very special design.

Edit: I can tell you when I don't use my K-01, though. And that is mostly when I need AF on moving subjects.
Can you tell me more about the k-r vs. k-01? I have a k-r and am considering the k-01. I am going to be shooting a moving toddler. She's not an NBA player, but movement non the less. My K-r already is not great at focusing, especially at low light. I can't imagine anything short of a point and shoot could be worse.
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QuoteOriginally posted by chiane Quote
Can you tell me more about the k-r vs. k-01? I have a k-r and am considering the k-01. I am going to be shooting a moving toddler. She's not an NBA player, but movement non the less. My K-r already is not great at focusing, especially at low light. I can't imagine anything short of a point and shoot could be worse.
Focusing on the K-01 is just like using LiveView on the K-r, only a little quicker and probably more accurate in lower light. If trying to catch a moving toddler with the viewfinder on the K-r is frustrating, the K-01 will not be an improvement. Point & shoot cameras actually have an advantage here - the tiny sensor gives them huge depth of field, so a moving target is more likely in the focus zone. I found when I switched my K-r from AF.A (autofocus - automatic) to AF.S (single-shot), focusing improved a lot. It seemed like it wanted to go into AF.C mode (continuous) all the time, even for non-moving targets.

Otherwise, the image quality is a little better (but not the huge leap of, say, a K100D - the K-r is no slouch!), and the menus/features will feel the same. The K-01 is a little smaller overall and feels very different in the hand with the blocky body.
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QuoteOriginally posted by chiane Quote
Can you tell me more about the k-r vs. k-01? I have a k-r and am considering the k-01. I am going to be shooting a moving toddler. She's not an NBA player, but movement non the less. My K-r already is not great at focusing, especially at low light. I can't imagine anything short of a point and shoot could be worse.
buy a flash unit with af spot beam assist lamp.... and use it with your kr....
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QuoteOriginally posted by Sandy Hancock Quote
For live music and sports the K-5's get the gig
But the K-01 can still do sports - just depends upon what sport and how creative the photographer is. Cases in point... I've recently done at end of court basketball games with items such as the Pentax DFA lens' (preferably the macro ones - even though one typically does not use the macro settings in sports). But there is reasoning behind the macro DFA use... One can lock the lens focus settings in auto or manual. Simply use either a better ISO for sports or a very high power flash (the flash is my pref) and then lock in also using the full aperature scale (to both sides) therefore allowing for depth of field (and in focus).
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QuoteOriginally posted by Medium FormatPro Quote
But the K-01 can still do sports - just depends upon what sport and how creative the photographer is. Cases in point... I've recently done at end of court basketball games with items such as the Pentax DFA lens' (preferably the macro ones - even though one typically does not use the macro settings in sports). But there is reasoning behind the macro DFA use... One can lock the lens focus settings in auto or manual. Simply use either a better ISO for sports or a very high power flash (the flash is my pref) and then lock in also using the full aperature scale (to both sides) therefore allowing for depth of field (and in focus).
apparently some people are too young to know... we used to shoot sports BEFORE digital, af, motor winders and f2.8 supertelephotos....

we loaded a k1000 with tri-ex pushed to 1600 iso and used 400mm f5.6 or 600 mm f8 mirrors and pre focused, learned the sport well enough to anticipate the action, and timed the shutter release to hit the peak of the action. Sure we didn't shoot 500 frames at ten frames per second and then sift through the results for a usable shot... but we still turned over usable shots to our editors... I took some of the best sports shots our school yearbook ever published with that set up. I'm sure the K-01 (with some kind of hood/shade over the lcd) can out perform that rig in every way possible....
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QuoteOriginally posted by D0n Quote
apparently some people are too young to know... we used to shoot sports BEFORE digital, af, motor winders and f2.8 supertelephotos....

we loaded a k1000 with tri-ex pushed to 1600 iso and used 400mm f5.6 or 600 mm f8 mirrors and pre focused, learned the sport well enough to anticipate the action, and timed the shutter release to hit the peak of the action. Sure we didn't shoot 500 frames at ten frames per second and then sift through the results for a usable shot... but we still turned over usable shots to our editors... I took some of the best sports shots our school yearbook ever published with that set up. I'm sure the K-01 (with some kind of hood/shade over the lcd) can out perform that rig in every way possible....
One of the charms of the K-01 for me is that its limitations push me to go back to 'old school' techniques I learned on the ME Super back in the 80s - technology is wonderful, but not if you become so dependent on it that you lose your problem-solving skills.

Every time I read that something is 'impossible' with such-and-such camera/lens/flash, I think how there was probably a workaround for it before I was born, and right now, somewhere, someone who can't afford the latest and greatest is getting a great shot with that equipment.
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