Couldn't resist (the K-01 is surprisingly awesome)

Discussion in 'Pentax' started by JJJPhoto, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. JJJPhoto

    JJJPhoto Regular

    Jun 12, 2012
    The bargain prices for the K-01 are just too good for this ex-Pentaxian to pass up even though I think the K-01 looks hideous and it is known to have slower AF than my E-M5.

    The reason that I couldn't resist is that I still have fond memories of using the Pentax Limited primes and some of my photos from back then just have a character that I haven't been able to replicate from my Olympus, Nikon, Fuji, Sony and Canon gear in the years since. I've captured some great images with the other gear, but the old Pentax shots just pull at my heart strings more.

    Anyway, the K-01 arrived yesterday and I've been pleasantly surprised. I updated the firmware and messed around with the 40mm ... a nice combination. I also found that the ergonomics make PERFECT sense if you hold the camera like an old medium format film camera with a waist-level viewfinder and vertical shutter release. In other words, cradle the K-01 in your hands so that you can press the shutter button on the K-01 with your thumb and not your index finger. Suddenly the green and red buttons are easier to press and the bottom right rear corner of the camera doesn't cut into your hand.

    Here are a couple of the first images that I took with my new K-01 and 40mm:


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  2. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    For some reason I thought you already had one. Congrats on new toy!
  3. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    great shots.....enjoy your new cam
  4. JJJPhoto

    JJJPhoto Regular

    Jun 12, 2012
    Armanius, you only thought I had a K-01 already because I have 100 other cameras.

    I have a disease. ;) ... :(

    On a brighter note, I recently sold 4 cameras and six lenses that I don't use anymore and I'll probably sell a few more of my older cameras and lenses before the end of the year so I'm not buried under camera gear.
  5. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    Is it possible for you to post a photo of what you mean about how you hold the camera? I've never had a medium format camera so I'm finding it hard to visualise how you hold the K-01.
  6. JJJPhoto

    JJJPhoto Regular

    Jun 12, 2012
    This is a remarkably comfortable way for me to shoot with the K-01 (although I do have large man hands).



    It's "similar" to how I used to shoot with an old beat-up Hasselblad 500C back in college. I found this image of a Hassy shooter after a quick Google search.
    Hold fast to dreams | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
    I usually just held the shutter release cable against the camera body to prevent camera shake ... and I never looked this cool (or had such an attractive assistant) when I was shooting a 500 back in college:
  7. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    Yes I see what you mean now because I couldn't visualise holding it in any other way other than the regular way. Looks like a great shoot-from-the-hip street photography position.
  8. JJJPhoto

    JJJPhoto Regular

    Jun 12, 2012
    It is indeed a very comfortable way to shoot from the hip and to relax and compose the shot while using the LCD viewfinder. I just remembered this is also similar to how Giulio Sciorio from holds and shoots the Olympus Pen cameras (check out this video at about 2:50)

    Pimp Yo Pen 2 Electric Boogaloo | Small Camera BIG Picture
  9. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    heh I enjoyed that, I think I'll start regularly checking out his website now.
  10. Biro

    Biro Super Moderator

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    When the K-01 first hit the market (and the Q as well, for that matter) I never would have thought I'd own one. Ratchet forward the better part of the year with prices dropping like a rock and I picked up a black one for $319. The camera is a total blast. And with firmware updates improving auto focus and adding focus peaking, it's even more fun. The secret is to know when to use the K-01. It's perfect for family gatherings indoors or even outdoors, if the sunlight isn't too bright for the rear LCD (the only real flaw worth mentioning). I use my DA Limited primes almost exclusively on the K-01 these days. The K-01 with the DA 21, 40 and 70 Limiteds is almost a perfect kit. A camera with K-5 image quality for $300? A no-brainer! Congratulations on your purchase.
  11. snkenai

    snkenai All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
    kenai, AK
    Stephen Noel
    Mine shares duties with the E-p2. Love it with tripod, focusing rail and Pentax-M 50mm F1.7. Use a couple of close-up adapters, to round out the combination.
  12. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    This is how I most often operate a camera, although it tends to work best with a tilting or articulating screen so that you can hold the camera in close to your body for better stability. What makes it even better is if the camera has a finger dial in front of the shutter so that you can still make changes (Exp Comp, for example) while your thumb is either poised over the shutter button or even after you have half-pressed it to focus.