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04-23-2013, 05:00 PM   #1
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K-01 -- the modern Brownie?

50 years ago, I had a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye... f/15 fixed lens, 1/40 shutter speed, truly a point 'n shoot. There was absolutely nothing to think about, except composing the picture. Like Pentax with the K-01, Kodak hired a noted designer, Arthur H. Crapsey, and the Hawkeye was just beautiful (Brownie Hawkeye and Flash Model Camera Information | The Brownie Camera Page).

I have an old Pentax-A 28mm f/2.8 lens, and have found that it's easiest to just set it on infinity, and take pictures. Everything will be sharp from 12 paces to the horizon. And yes, I know, I could use the hyperfocal setting... but I've found that while you get more foreground in focus, the background gets soft. And sure, I can bias the hyperfocal mark towards the infinity stop... but, hey, why bother? Closer than 12 paces, I'll worry about it, and focus. But for most pictures, set at infinity, and blast away.

Because the second part of the neo-Brownie miracle is the huge 16.2 MP image size. If, as a true Brownie user, you want to end up with 4" x 6" postcard-size prints, you don't need one pixel more than 1200 x 1800 to print a 4" x 6" at 300 dpi. Also a great size for web pages! As Na Horuk notes on a different thread,
At that size, noise almost completely disappears even at high ISO. Even sharpness appears to improve, due to the compression. Its a great 'trick' to improve a photo that isn't perfect in a 100% crop, and its also very convenient for most usage.
Less, perhaps, is more. I thought about this the other day, driving my convertible. It can go 150 mph all day, or until the tires melt. But I get my greatest pleasure driving at 40 - 45 mph ... I can hear the radio, and relax. Just like a K-01 set at infinity, knowing I'll end up with 4 x 6 prints, I don't have to think about anything at all. And sometimes, that's just wonderful.

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Very happy that you are enjoying your K-01 so much. I find an added benefit of having a Yellow one is the intensity of the smiles it elicits when I bring it out.
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More like the modern Argus C3...
  • Decent build
  • Decent lenses
  • Relatively inexpensive
  • Cult following
  • Nicknamed "The Brick"

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Argus C3, and Kodak Instamatic... true bricks, to be sure. But OUR brick has real design cachet, like the yellow one... thanks, Marc Newson!

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I was in a museum the other day where they had (among other things) an Argus C3 on display. I'd never seen the two side-by-side, but considering how close they are in size, it really is appropriate to call the K-01 "the brick". The K-01 would almost fit in a C3's leather case.
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Speaking of the Argus C3... Below is a pretty good (slightly enlarged) rendition. Someone should ask this person to make a K-01 felt reproduction!

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