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Let me introduse the Pentax K-01
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http://www.mirrorlessrumors.com/hot-firs...ss-camera/
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[quote name='Alexander ' timestamp='1328113752' post='15378']

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Looking good, yes.
#3
Looking silly... About as big as the DSLR (see them next to eachother) minus what makes a DSLR nice (OVF, PD_AF mirror). Awful design (ugly) and that grip... can't be very nice to hold and handle.



And that pancake.. sure, it is thin. And sure its IQ will be so-so. I don't see this bringing Ricoh/Pentax a big success...
#4
I'm mostly with BC here (except that I can imagine it to actually be comfortable). And I still don't get the K-mount idea, except that they can start their mirrorless system now with a large existing lens portfolio. But a "real" mirrorless (with short flange distance), native lenses and K-mount adapter still sounds like a much better idea to me...



-- Markus
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#5
Pentax cameras have always been relatively compact (compared to nikon or canon). From a business perspective this makes sense to me as it reduce their production cost (conversely increase margins). It also allows them to compete with true mirror-less systems from a marketing perspective. Yea - it is not as compact but then again is the fuji pro-1 that much smaller ?





[quote name='mst' timestamp='1328130751' post='15389']

I'm mostly with BC here (except that I can imagine it to actually be comfortable). And I still don't get the K-mount idea, except that they can start their mirrorless system now with a large existing lens portfolio. But a "real" mirrorless (with short flange distance), native lenses and K-mount adapter still sounds like a much better idea to me...



-- Markus

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#6
[quote name='mst' timestamp='1328130751' post='15389']

I'm mostly with BC here (except that I can imagine it to actually be comfortable). And I still don't get the K-mount idea, except that they can start their mirrorless system now with a large existing lens portfolio. But a "real" mirrorless (with short flange distance), native lenses and K-mount adapter still sounds like a much better idea to me...



-- Markus

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[quote name='you2' timestamp='1328189026' post='15404']

Pentax cameras have always been relatively compact (compared to nikon or canon). From a business perspective this makes sense to me as it reduce their production cost (conversely increase margins). It also allows them to compete with true mirror-less systems from a marketing perspective. Yea - it is not as compact but then again is the fuji pro-1 that much smaller ?

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Camera systems with short flanged register distances only gain a size benefit when used together with a relatively small range of lenses, namely non-retrofocal shortish widish angle lenses. Ironically, that group of lenses also tend to be mediocre on typical digital sensors compared to their much longer retrofocal counterparts. Of course longer lenses (>45mm or so) are the same length from the image plane regardless of minor distance differences in register lengths. So there would be very little advantage to a short flange distance system except that the body sans lens is much more sexy and a set of sexy-small but crappy primes can be offered. Pentax's approach to flange distance makes as much sense as any, if not more.
#7
Hi guys,

The general opinion seems to be that it's not the most beautiful camera and with no OVF. So really it's not my bag,but I bet the image quality will be far better than the Nikon V1 and the Canon G1. Existing Pentax DSLR owners who buy the K01 (specially K100,KX,KM + K10/20 owners wanting to benefit from the new Sony sensor) will not be able to use the new compact lenses on their K DSLRs and will have to satisfy themselves with their lenses limited edition or not.At least all Pentax lenses are supported by the K01! I still want to see a new DSLR, but at least to me this is a far better direction for Pentax to go than the PQ. Now to see it's AF performance.Lastly will it attract buyers with no Pentax lenses?



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Dave's clichés
#8
[quote name='dave's clichés' timestamp='1328193584' post='15410']

I bet the image quality will be far better than the Nikon V1 and the Canon G1.[/quote]



Easily. Especially the Nikon.



-- Markus
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#9
For me it seems the K-01 is best for video and time lapse. At least that's what I want it for <img src='http://forum.photozone.de/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Tongue' /> I saw the full specs, but couldn't see if it had manual exposure for video or not, but regardless, it's better suited for video than the K-5 or any other Pentax camera so far.
#10
One important detail for senior citizens like myself: According to the spec sheet on dpreview, it supports focus peaking. If this is well implemented, it could greatly improve handling with MF lenses and allow for a more precise focusing of fast lenses even in comparison with the excellent optical viewfinder of the K5/K7 models. So the purchase could well make sense to owners of K-mount legacy lenses. The 40mm Pentax limited pancake is a very good lens. I'm sure that the bundle fits well into a coat pocket. A pity there seems to be no option for attaching an additional electronic viewfinder - or did I miss something? I'm looking forward to trying one out.
  


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