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02-07-2014, 09:25 PM - 3 Likes   #1
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National Geographic sends K-01 into space

National Geographic sent some cameras into space, and captured some awesome video/photos of the Grand Canyon:

The K-01 is immediately recognizable at 0:54. The lens looks like an M50 1.7 or 2.0, not sure because the lens is partially taped over, but f/8 is in orange, if that is a clue.

The rig also carries two Canon P&S cameras, a GoPro, plus one other camera. Presumably they all survived the crash landing.

I should mention, that while searching around to see if anyone else had posted this, I found this other thread from 2008:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/6-pentax-dslr-discussion/31970-pentax-k10d-space.html

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Nice find! It is really cool to see Pentax gear used in unorthodox ways
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Is this because they considered the K-01 a tough camera, or because it was expendable? Either way, thanks for this, a great use for a very good camera!
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Cool. Maybe they got a good deal on it?

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Is this because they considered the K-01 a tough camera, or because it was expendable? Either way, thanks for this, a great use for a very good camera!


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Nice idea, but I would have hoped National Geographic would have considered that terrestrial helium is a non-renewable resource, and looked at using hydrogen instead (I went to post this comment on YouTube, but Google was too difficult to log in to, and, judging by some of the inane comments posted there, I wonder why anyone would expose themselves to it). I know hydrogen is more difficult to contain, but it is a renewable resource. I'm sure they could have improvised a more controlled descent, too.

I imagine the whole thing was done on a shoestring, but the K-01 was probably chosen as much for its APS-C sensor and light weight, as for its probable low cost.
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The lens looks to be a Pentax-M 28/2.8. Cheap, small, and readily available.


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Nice, thanks for posting this!
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QuoteOriginally posted by RobA_Oz Quote
Nice idea, but I would have hoped National Geographic would have considered that terrestrial helium is a non-renewable resource, and looked at using hydrogen instead (I went to post this comment on YouTube, but Google was too difficult to log in to, and, judging by some of the inane comments posted there, I wonder why anyone would expose themselves to it). I know hydrogen is more difficult to contain, but it is a renewable resource. I'm sure they could have improvised a more controlled descent, too.

I imagine the whole thing was done on a shoestring, but the K-01 was probably chosen as much for its APS-C sensor and light weight, as for its probable low cost.
I think most people shy away from hydrogen ever since the Hindenburg

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Awesome catch! Btw, weren't there some threads of someone sending Pentax cameras into the sky with weather balloons? Quite some time ago
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Awesome catch! Btw, weren't there some threads of someone sending Pentax cameras into the sky with weather balloons? Quite some time ago
Thanks! I found one related thread linked it at the bottom of my OP:
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I should mention, that while searching around to see if anyone else had posted this, I found this other thread from 2008:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/6-pentax-dslr-discussion/31970-pentax-k10d-space.html
Check that out too. Maybe this was the one you were thinking of?
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Looks great.
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Maybe it's this guy? Asked about K-01 and weird artefacts when sending the camera up on a weather balloon with a 28mm lens...

EDIT: also (from the linked thread above) Near Space Ballooning and lo and behold, in the pics from launch #6 are pics of the Grand Canyon... Name matches too. It's him.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Doundounba Quote
Maybe it's this guy? Asked about K-01 and weird artefacts when sending the camera up on a weather balloon with a 28mm lens...
I remember that thread. He got some interesting images out of the experiment, for all the wrong reasons of course.
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Looks like he got much better results from the K-01 in launch #6, and in the video he explicitely says the K-01 is getting a heat pack because it didn't like the cold the previous time.
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