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K-01 for $346 at Adorama - NEW
Posted By: Adam, 11-01-2012, 09:36 AM

The price of the K-01 just dropped by $200. Wow!

Pentax K-01 Digital Camera Body, Black 15222 ($346.95)

With the 40mm it's $446.95:

Pentax K-01 Digital Camera with Pentax 40mm F/2.8 XS Lens - Black 15242

Edit: this is an authorized Pentax deal, and B&H is now showing it as well:

Pentax K-01 Digital Camera (Black) 15222 B&H Photo Video
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11-01-2012, 01:39 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by crewl1 Quote
Oh wait - you said 'right mind.' Pass
I thought everyone agreed that "right mind" excluded the K-01 as well...

Given that it turns overcast every time I take my (black) K-01 outdoors (I've read the manual twice, and can't find a way to turn that feature off), does anyone know if the yellow bumblebee will make it sunny?

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QuoteOriginally posted by THoog Quote
Given that it turns overcast every time I take my (black) K-01 outdoors (I've read the manual twice, and can't find a way to turn that feature off)
That's a feature, it's so you can see the LCD better. You don't want that pesky sun impeding your ability to chimp, do you?
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QuoteOriginally posted by crewl1 Quote
That's a feature, it's so you can see the LCD better. You don't want that pesky sun impeding your ability to chimp, do you?
That's what I thought, too, but with all the interrnet reviewers insisting that the K-01 was useless and a personal insult to them, their children, and possibly grandchildren, because it lacked a viewfinder and the LCD panel (that they had never actually seen in person) wouldn't work in bright sunlight, I thought it was just me.
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At this price, the tables are turned- you can't get the same image quality for anywhere near this price from other brands!


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Adam, any thoughts on whether this is Ricoh-Pentax clearing the table for the next model, or just giving up on the experiment (at least for the time being?)

When the K-01 failed to really take off, I thought that it had potential to become a cult camera at closeout prices. It sounds like those days have arrived.
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Adam, any thoughts on whether this is Ricoh-Pentax clearing the table for the next model, or just giving up on the experiment (at least for the time being?)
At Photokina they sort of implied that the K-01 didn't do as well as they had expected. It could be that the issue lies in its design, rather than the mirrorless k concept, though.

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I was ready to purchase the Q for a candid project that I'm doing, where the smaller size of the Q would be much more ideal as carrying my K-30 isn't the most appropriate for some situations.
But now... a K01 body for the same price? Hmm... sure it'll be larger, but better resolution and the ability to use my K-mount lenses...
I'll have to sleep on this tonight and compare how much smaller this K01 will be from my K30.

Either way, both the Q and K01 are at very good prices.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mrNewt Quote
Who in their right mind would buy the Q now?
I just did, the two-lens kit. Won't claim to be in my right mind, though. Tiny cameras are fun, and I'd like to try it out as an ultra-tele with a K-mount adapter. (Macro too.)

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Looks like the price direct from Pentax is $346 and $446 now.
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I'm interested in the white body version. The mode dials are black on this model, so can anyone confirm that these too are made from aluminum?

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I'm interested in the white body version. The mode dials are black on this model, so can anyone confirm that these too are made from aluminum?
They are, yes.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Julie Quote
how much smaller this K01 will be from my K30.
It's a lot smaller, not just in dimensions, but also in design, if that makes sense. The lack of a flash housing bulging out over the lens and no dSLR-style grip makes it feel smaller. Not Q- small, by a long shot, but the K-01 can fit in a jacket pocket with the 40mm or a small M lens, and that's something my K-x could never could do. I'm not trying to sell you either way, but except for its obvious differences, the K-01 shares a lot of features and behavior with the K-30.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
They are, yes.
Thanks Adam. Ordered with the 40mm lens. God, I'm turning into a camera junkie.

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BestBuy is now matching the price on the body-only and the K-01 + 40XS. Adorama's bundle is still the best deal IMHO.
Pentax K01 16.3Megapixel Digital Camera Black 15222 - Best Buy
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QuoteOriginally posted by Julie Quote
I was ready to purchase the Q for a candid project that I'm doing, where the smaller size of the Q would be much more ideal as carrying my K-30 isn't the most appropriate for some situations.
But now... a K01 body for the same price? Hmm... sure it'll be larger, but better resolution and the ability to use my K-mount lenses...
I'll have to sleep on this tonight and compare how much smaller this K01 will be from my K30.

Either way, both the Q and K01 are at very good prices.
At these prices I think the good decision is to buy both
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