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Discussion in 'Pentax K-01 Forum' started by snkenai, Jan 14, 2013.
Just could not resist. Black body only, with shutter count of "1". :smile:
wow....now that's newer than new!
Nice! The K-01 is probably the least expensive awesome sensor camera in the market now.
Picked up at PO this morning. I seriously doubted I would like it, but was looking for affordable high IQ. I do like it, on many levels. I can even get along with the "flap" sd cover. Biggest complaint. It is hard to "feel" the shutter button blind (without looking).
Then the big wake up. I only have one lens for it. The Pentax-M 50mm 1:1.7. Guess what. The aperture is always wide open when camera is powered on (except in preview mode). No work around.
NO, Wait! If you have a lot of courage (recklessness ), it can be used. The little "tang" on the lens mount that you flip, to check for slow aperture; CAREFULLY break/cut it off. Check to be sure the stub has free movement. Proceed to use it the same as on m4/3. Be warned! It is now no good, for any other use.
Still have a long way to go, to become comfortable and proficient in the use of this strange, photography business tool. But anticipate the trip.:smile:
K01 with the M 50mm and a narrow hood. Taken with the E-p2 and Vivitar 24mm 2.8, and FL36 flash and defuser.
Luke the description of "1" shutter count, seems to be in error. Image #111-0805. I have taken 40 or 50 in "set up". But everything looks totally new. Good enough for me.
that's OK....my last "new" camera came with almost 300 actuations.
btw, I like your new beard.
Worn the beard off and on for last 25 years.
I've read about people fixing this "bit" for the aperture but wouldn't like to do that myself! I use mine in Manual mode, set the aperture then use the green button for the camera to set the exposure, focus and take the pic. I find this works well enough as the exposure doesn't change much if the subject is fairly static anyway.
I could not find the information, about using the green button. But the lens that I have is not worth much, to sell, so I just "helped myself". Needle nose pliers, a few bends back and forth, and a check that stub still was free, and back in service. Not for everyone, but I'm like that.:smile:
Using manual glass - PentaxForums.com
You destroyed the Pentax-M 50mm 1:1.7??? Not worth much? Bite your tongue!!! It rates 9.29 out of 10 in the review section at pentaxforums, and its worth is in the IQ it can produce. and you didn't need to do anything with needlenose pliers. sighhh.
*Hangs head dejectedly*
Do not destroy Pentax lenses. Ever.
A local shop here has the K01 + 40mm for 199 euro... (+- 250 usd)
but it's just so.....
do old lenses (K mount) AF on this camera ?
Short answer, no !
So which ones do? the FA/DA? (body has dropped under $300 in AU, its tempting)
I've been getting acquainted with this K01, a bit today.
High ISOs much more useable than 12MP 4/3 - m4/3. I still favor ISO 200.
I feel the need to be very careful, in handling, to prevent scratches, etc. After a while it will probably not be an issue.
In the hand, I like the thickness/grip (but not the shutter button. I will probably glue a piece of leather on, for tactical feel).
Flash is HOT, hard to tone down. Made a slip-on defuser, that really softens, spreads the light nicely.
Images look musk better on LCD than my old Dell monitor.
Having hard time finding the best settings, to get the right "look" to JPEG (too many years with OLY). Don't want to use raw all the time.)
Depth of field is so narrow with the Pentax-M 50mm 1:1.7 at wide apertures, that getting accurate focus is critical, and a bit "tedious".
Sometimes, the focus peaking gets in the way. Found the setting the use the green button, to cycle on/off. Great!
Flat base, works great on tripod, without tendency to rotate.
Weight/heft, feel just about right to me. Steady, but not too heavy.
Thumb wheel solid, firm clicks.
Need to save for high quality AF prime, preferably macro.
This one is a bit of challenge to sort out, but the promise of better things is enticing.
And this is just the first couple days.
Is it a "keeper"? Too early to be sure. But.....Maybe. :smile:
I'm hoping they will do another (K-02?) And have a different, less chunky, design. They needed some chunk to maintain lens compatibility but I still cant get used to the boxy appearance. I've been really impressed with the IQ, and that focus peaking is an excellent tool, wish it was on my K-5
Couple of shots with K-01 and Pentax-M 50mm and Pentax +1 close-up filter.
Not much color here in January.
I'm confused. The K-01 is advertised to be compatible with K mount lenses.
The mounting flange, but you must focus, and set the aperture manually.
yep, you have to do this with manual lenses on the K5 etc as well. I dont mind manual everything. Takes one back to one's SLR roots and makes one think about how to get the best shot. Auto everything is useful, but manual really makes you think.