K-01 is it that bad?

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  1. Dragster3

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    Is this mirrorless body that bad?

    Love the way it looks.

    Killer sensor in it.

    Uses K mounts.

    I don't get it? Some one enlighten me...


     
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    Is it THAT bad? Is it what bad? What is it you do not get?
     
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    It got discontinued pretty quick.
    Not popular at all.
    Was wondering, some one here must have one.
     
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    Very few people appear to share your opinion on the looks. I think they were deliberately outlandish and that gamble failed to catch on.

    From what I've heard the camera itself is not unreasonable adding focus peaking to the capabilities of the (excellent for it's time) K5. I believe the RAW files dropped to 12bit rather than the 14 bit seen in the DSLR range - a needless downgrade IMO.

    K mount is useful, but prevented the camera sharing the benefits of specially designed mirrorless systems. A new short register mount and coming with a fully automatic adapter to K mount lenses would have been the better way forward.
     
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    I had one for a while. But I bought it to resell it so it went back out after a week or so. I liked it. I used it to shoot tabletop product images very successfully. Besides the K-mount it featured an APS-C sensor. I'm not sure why it failed. It was a good idea for its time.
     
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    I checked one out but it felt awkward in my rather large paws. I wasn't sure about the looks of it, something about it was off. I don't know, just didn't seem all that impressive, very fiddly. I could have got it very cheap too, just didn't think I would have been happy with it and the 40mm lens. I am so glad I switched to Fujifilm because they work similar to my manual film cameras.
     
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    Even though I love most all things K-mount in general, I never cottoned up to the K-01... until the price fell into Earth's mantel, that is. Then I ended up buying two, lol.
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    It's like any camera in that you learn to compensate for the negative stuff while exploiting its positive traits. They became my go to macro and occasional video platforms until Pentax finally came out with an articulating display. Despite the slightly awkward ergos and thick body, they are still quite small with a limited lens mounted, and I got plenty of use from them and lots of brilliant images. I found that especially with the bumblebee yellow box, absolutely no one takes it seriously and I can get great candids with it. I grew to love the things, really. Other than that wonky hatch, the only problem I have had is the adhesive fail on the mode wheel. Luckily, I haven't lost the wheels! The second glue I used (after gorilla glue) actually seems to have done the trick- a Dupont silicone-like product. The battery life is awesome and the shutter is super quiet. Overall, they have been fun, reliable, and very useful cameras that I'll likely never part with. I still haul one out from time to time, and it's always lots of fun to use.
    Well, they're only worth a few bucks at this point :biglaugh:
     
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    I love the look...happy that some likes it...I never understood why Pentax discontinued k-01, and the Q series? They don't offer a morrorless anymore.

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    I think it would be neat to have one converted over to monochrome.
     
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    Or IR.
     
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    I really like mine. Not camera for sports or action shots. But a very competent camera otherwise. I usually use my KP now, but every now and then...
     
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    When I first got my Q, I didn't use anything else for months, just because I loved the results I got from it. For such a tiny sensor, the IQ is amazing.
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