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02-12-2015, 10:28 AM - 2 Likes   #661
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Please don't dis my K-01.
I think it's pretty.



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All Pentaxes are beautiful, just in different ways.
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QuoteOriginally posted by robtcorl Quote
Please don't dis my K-01.
I think it's pretty.
Pretty or not, it's got no viewfinder. So I was never going to buy one.

Shame really, as it got good marks for IQ. Subsequently, when comparing cameras on dpr, it was always the K-01 that I compared against.

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You're right! A survey done shortly after the K-01 was released showed that 9 out of 10 blind people thought the K-01 was indeed a beautiful design.
You don't get the clients that he got, the awards that he got, and get hired by Apple, if you suck at your job.


The K-01 received a red dot award... which as far as product design goes is perhaps the most important there is. Think Cannes or Academy Awards, but for product design. Apparently there are people who do like it.


Of course tastes can differ, and it's ok if you don't like it. Calling it ugly is going a bit far though.

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Leica Digilux 1 (from Steve Huff review of K-01)


  1. Newson's design was derivative
  2. I bet if you printed Leica on a K-01 the critics would be fawning all over it
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Eh, I am not a big fan of Newsome's stuff. It's recognizable, but IMO is rather ham-fisted. But hey, everyone's a critic, right?

While I find the Cannes selections generally to be quite good, your comparing the Red Dot to the Academy Awards is really inadvertently damning Newsome's accomplishments, since those awards have always been about the lowest common denominator of what Academy members find to be acceptable rather than truly standout work. Ed Harris, Gary Oldman, and Glenn Close have never won an Oscar. Charlton Heston and Sandra Bullock have.


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You don't get the clients that he got, the awards that he got, and get hired by Apple, if you suck at your job.


The K-01 received a red dot award... which as far as product design goes is perhaps the most important there is. Think Cannes or Academy Awards, but for product design. Apparently there are people who do like it.


Of course tastes can differ, and it's ok if you don't like it. Calling it ugly is going a bit far though.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Parallax Quote
K-B1 sounds like something from a toy store.

Brings something else to my mind........




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QuoteOriginally posted by robtcorl Quote
Please don't dis my K-01.
I think it's pretty.
Everyone thinks that their child is beautiful. Doesn't make it true, but you don't want to tell them either

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QuoteOriginally posted by kadajawi Quote
You don't get the clients that he got, the awards that he got, and get hired by Apple, if you suck at your job.


The K-01 received a red dot award... which as far as product design goes is perhaps the most important there is. Think Cannes or Academy Awards, but for product design. Apparently there are people who do like it.


Of course tastes can differ, and it's ok if you don't like it. Calling it ugly is going a bit far though.
Even Da Vinci had bad days. Newsom has had some REALLY bad days.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dcshooter Quote
Eh, I am not a big fan of Newsome's stuff. It's recognizable, but IMO is rather ham-fisted. But hey, everyone's a critic, right?

While I find the Cannes selections generally to be quite good, your comparing the Red Dot to the Academy Awards is really inadvertently damning Newsome's accomplishments, since those awards have always been about the lowest common denominator of what Academy members find to be acceptable rather than truly standout work. Ed Harris, Gary Oldman, and Glenn Close have never won an Oscar. Charlton Heston and Sandra Bullock have.
Fair enough, the Academy Awards have quite some bad days... but at least best picture didn't go to Avatar IIRC. The omission of The Act of Killing was a big fluff.

The K-01 didn't appeal to me as a photographic tool, but I really dig the design.

Anyway, Pentax' mainstream cameras shouldn't be too extravagant, but versions of those, but styled by interesting product designers... why not.

The now common design started with a camera designed by Colani.

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The now common design started with a camera designed by Colani.
The Canon T-90.

I am really tired of that basic design, reminds me of a stealth airplane - like the one Docrwm posted above.
That is the main reason I'd rather have a brightly-colored camera, like the red or white ones available in the K-50 line; in fact, the white K-S2 is the only one in that line that gets far enough away from the T-90 to appeal to me.
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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
Leica Digilux 1 (from Steve Huff review of K-01)


  1. Newson's design was derivative
  2. I bet if you printed Leica on a K-01 the critics would be fawning all over it
And the brick-shaped body makes it MUCH easier to shoot "selfies"!
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Probably only front. Only the "metal body" cameras (K-7/5/3) have had rear IR sensors so far. That seems to be one of the product level differentiators, like the battery grip.
And the K10 has both, so probably the K20 as well.
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And the K10 has both, so probably the K20 as well.
So does the Q!
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Granted, it didn't have the strongest field of rivals (As Good As it gets, The Full Monty, Good Will Hunting, and L.A. Confidential), but the fact that Titanic won a Best Picture still makes me shake my head. Titanic!

QuoteOriginally posted by kadajawi Quote
Fair enough, the Academy Awards have quite some bad days... but at least best picture didn't go to Avatar IIRC. The omission of The Act of Killing was a big fluff.
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Granted, it didn't have the strongest field of rivals (As Good As it gets, The Full Monty, Good Will Hunting, and L.A. Confidential), but the fact that Titanic won a Best Picture still makes me shake my head. Titanic!
Yep, up there with Gandhi beating Raging Bull.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kadajawi Quote
Haha, yeah. Well, Newson is a very good product designer, and the K-01 is an attractive camera. Pentax gave him several constraints with which he had to work. Like keeping the mirrorbox, without a mirror. It's also more a designer piece than a functional bit of equipment.


I wish Pentax would continue to be so daring, making limited edition designer cameras. As part of that maybe they can even make a very traditional, no functions retro camera that many here want to see.
That's one of many reasons I'm keeping my two K-01's- they are quite collectable.
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