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06-19-2013, 12:49 AM - 1 Like   #1
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My new K-01 my impressions

Well I've had my new K-01 a week so thought I would put down some impressions.

Physical size/ ergonomics-
I love the feel weight, feels solid reminisant of my other Pentax cameras HOWEVER It is damn hard to handle one handed with no neck strap so I got a hand strap today. This improved handling immeasurably however now it is impossible for me to depress the shutter with my index finger (due to the upward rather than angled shutter button) so it thumb press or untill I can mod the hand strap to a different fit.

MF-AF-
This caught me by suprise, MF is not quite as easy as I thought via Focus Peaking, sure it helps but I reckon about on par with using the OVF on my K7.
Also I tested the AF on the almost purpose bought FA35-70 and it was horrid! A real shame as it has a terrible MF ring and will get relagated to my K7 light portrait kit.
So then putting the big FA31 on and the AF is very responsive! I also found the Kit DAL18-55 also nippy and only a tad bigger than the 35-70 although not as long.
I can see why this camera is awesome with ltds! I can definitly see a future purchase of DA21 and DA40 for a smaller walk around set (mine came with the zoom, no 40XS)
My other lenses in order of AF success Good- Suprisingly Sigma 17-70, Not so good- DAL55-300 (expected), FA28-80 which is a bummer and no contacts for the powerzoom! Was hoping this would make a handy video lens.

Liveview
Having used the Q abit I am sold on using the LCD especially for street, but where is the HDMI out? Unlike my K7 it only functions during playback which is a bummer as it lends itself to use with a larger screen/viewfinder especially video. (this has probably been mentioned before but I had forgotten)

Overall I can't complain at the price, sub $300 WITH kit lens for the perfect partner to my K7 till I can afford the next big DSLR update.


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06-19-2013, 03:07 AM   #2
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You're quite lucky that you have K-7/x, a Q, and now K-01!

I was already decided on getting the K-01 a week ago.

Then Q7 was announced.

Today, I want the GR.

But I remember that I'm saving up for the 31.

I really need to win the lottery tonight.
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QuoteOriginally posted by drypenn Quote
You're quite lucky that you have K-7/x, a Q, and now K-01!

I was already decided on getting the K-01 a week ago.

Then Q7 was announced.

Today, I want the GR.

But I remember that I'm saving up for the 31.

I really need to win the lottery tonight.
Don't have any excess organs, like a lung or a kidney, you could pawn?
06-19-2013, 07:32 PM   #4
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QuoteOriginally posted by tclausen Quote
Don't have any excess organs, like a lung or a kidney, you could pawn?
That must hurt!

I'll be browsing Amazon later for a dummy book on being a gigolo.

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QuoteOriginally posted by drypenn Quote
That must hurt!

I'll be browsing Amazon later for a dummy book on being a gigolo.
Just watch the movie Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo.
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QuoteOriginally posted by drypenn Quote
You're quite lucky that you have K-7/x, a Q, and now K-01!

I was already decided on getting the K-01 a week ago.

Then Q7 was announced.

Today, I want the GR.

But I remember that I'm saving up for the 31.

I really need to win the lottery tonight.
Not as lucky as it looks, Im seperating from my wife so the cameras are splitting up- Kx and Q to her.
I needed a 2nd more compact body to my K7 for paid shoots in the future and K01 was the best option to get there.
GR would be my compact camera of choice if thats all I needed it for but I need more lenses and a up to date main body before that. (K-01+small prime is compact enough for me)
I will miss the Q so may grab a Q7 at some stage, cheaper than grabbing and ultra tele lens!
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