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02-20-2013, 06:11 PM   #1
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Thinking about a K-01

Hello folks. I've been out of photography for a while and want to go digital, but I have a few decent manual k mount lenses from yester years that I would like to be able to use. This seems like the ideal camera for me. I enjoy the slower deliberate nature of doing everything manually. My only question is what concerns or issues may I face using these lenses with camera? I have read the article on using the manual mode and understand that. I'm more concerned about other compatibility issues that I may want to be aware of. Thanks!

02-20-2013, 06:29 PM   #2
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My limited experience with the K-01 and a couple of older lenses is that the worst part of the K-01 is how well it adapts to manual focus and older primes.

Use it with the Kit 40 XS and you will lust for the 21 LTD and the 15 and the 70...
F primes are really small and look great, as well as the old Takumars.

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Would help if we knew what lenses you had. Or at least which series. M42, K, M, A?
I got a K-01 in January and have really been enjoying it. I've used it with a number of manual lenses, focus peaking is a game changer for manual focus.

If you have Pentax lenses then they will all work up to the ability of the lens, no incompatibilities. Off brand K-mount usually work but there are a few issues. Post what you have and we can tell you more.
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At $299 there's not much to lose, I'd say!


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I just bought one for $379 here in canada here in Canada, I wanted the 40 XS more than I wanted the, it was like getting a camera for $200.

My friend Lisa takes a picture....activating the low light focusing system...



Here's a shot with my white K-01 and White 18-55 from my K-x.

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WSP -- get one ASAP! They are going fast. Am using mine with manual lenses, it works fine and feels like a 'real' camera (I'm 69). The Pentax backwards lens-compatibility is AMAZING. If you have lenses, the $300 body is the deal of the century.
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At the going price, you can't go wrong with the K-01. My suggestion: Order one with the 40 XS lens to get started. While the camera may not be best with older, manual-focus legacy lenses, virtually any modern Pentax prime and/or smaller zoom will work fine. If you want to add lenses after the 40XS but not spend too much money, try the DA 35 f/2.4 and the DA 50 f/1.8. The DA or DA-L 18-55 zoom is fine as well. But the absolutely perfect lenses for the K-01 are the DA Limited primes: 15/21/40/70. But act quickly - the last K-01's are going fast!
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Someone with more knowledge of the subject might want to mention the details regarding the Ricoh pin (?).

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QuoteOriginally posted by Biro Quote
... snip... While the camera may not be best with older, manual-focus legacy lenses, ......snip...
What do you mean? It is probably the best (at least the cheapest) to have focus-peaking feature APS-C camera....

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QuoteOriginally posted by aleonx3 Quote
What do you mean? It is probably the best (at least the cheapest) to have focus-peeking feature APS-C camera....
I was indirectly responding to the comment in the first response from squareyes above. I'm not 100% sure what he's refering to.
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QuoteOriginally posted by K(s)evin Quote
Someone with more knowledge of the subject might want to mention the details regarding the Ricoh pin (?).
I was hoping the OP would post his lenses before dragging that up. No need if he has all Pentax gear.
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Thanks everyone. Sorry I didn't get back sooner to post my lenses, stomach bug got me yesterday. Everything I have is P/K mount. My two favorites were a 50mm Chinon 1.9, and a Vivitar series 1 70-210, macro 3.5. Nothin too special but they both took sharp pics. Plus the idea of having so much else available for lenses!
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I have been going through my -M collection on the K-01, so far I have not got to below 28mm or above 85 mm. The camera is performing excellently.
The only "picky" I have is why the bar graph EV indicator for exposure is not available when the manual lens is stopped down in DOF preview.
This feature is available with the k-01 in M mode on the -DA and -A lenses (in A) .

(The Olympus M43 does have this useful feature on uncoupled lenses)
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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
I just bought one for $379 here in canada here in Canada, I wanted the 40 XS more than I wanted the, it was like getting a camera for $200.

My friend Lisa takes a picture....activating the low light focusing system...



Here's a shot with my white K-01 and White 18-55 from my K-x.
I'm also in Canada and would LOVE to get my hands on one for that price. Can I ask where you got it?
Thanks!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Valou Quote
I'm also in Canada and would LOVE to get my hands on one for that price. Can I ask where you got it?
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Prodigital2000 has it for $379 with 40mm XS lens, free delivery
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