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Discussion in 'Pentax' started by Yeats, Mar 27, 2013.
That makes it very pocketable then... I used to carry bricks in my pockets -- but then again I lived in a tough neighborhood...
Didn't have bricks, had to make do with rocks ( country boy).
yeats: when i read your title, ian anderson was the first thing that came to mind. brings back some good 60's memories.
the second thing i thought of was an old argus C3. they were even more brick-like than this pentax, but not by much
coyote: Believe me, since I ordered the K-01, it's been playing thru my head almost constantly...
John: my pockets aren't that big... nor deep!
how are the ergos on that brick. I've kind of warmed to it's unique homeliness, but I can't imagine it feels great in the hand. I know the sensor is good, but if it doesn't feel good, I wouldn't use it much.....maybe as a tripod queen, perhaps. I like Steve's set-up on the focus rail.
It feels nice in my hand; well-built and grippy and chunky, kinda like driving a 1980's Volvo. In terms of how it handles during operation, I'm still clumsy, as the UI and button placement differs so from the LX7, the camera to which I am most accustomed to at this point.
I bought it because I've got some goodish legacy glass I'd like to use, I doubt the XS 40/2.8 lens will see much time on the camera.... and I want to re-get a DA 15m Ltd and slap that baby on the K-01. Gotta let the wallet reload, though.
A very bricky Argus C3 from my collection. I have a later model also that I haven't photographed but this is the oldest one I have from 1950. A very popular camera that was manufactured with only minor changes for decades.
My Film Camera Collection: 1950 Argus C3 - "The Brick" by Entropic Remnants, on Flickr
Not like anything else, I have ever used. To pick up and handle, it feels a bit awkward, until you put it to work. Then after a very short time it works with you (after getting the settings, like YOU like it). And a great "tripod queen" it is! Especially with manual lenses. The "peaking" works as it should. First let me qualify that. With a "M" series lens and the aperture tang cut off, ..... The peaking shows the DOF, as you change the aperture. No jumping through normal Pentax green button hoops. So I assigned cycling, "peaking" to the green button. So it is there when you want it or not if you don't..
Yeah, it's funny... The K-01 seems a but odd in hand at first but then very quickly "disappears," which is a good sign that the ergonomics work. The outer finish is fairly grippy, which helps. My right hand curls around the grip area perfectly. The menu system is all familiar Pentax - but somewhat simplified compared to cameras like the K-5. Its appearance doesn't bother me but that's a matter of personal taste.
I kinda like it with the 40mm on it...
Really don't mind if I sit this one out
I look at my K-01 and I think "picture-taking machine" rather than "camera".
Looks like something straight from a steampunk movie.
1980's Volvo?? Oh boy.
How is that LCD under bright conditions?
That's probably the K-01's key flaw. The rear LCD is serviceable in bright light but not ideal. Meanwhile, put a photo of the K-01 to a 1980's Volvo 240. The word "brick" has to come to mind in both instances.
Actually, I turned up the brightness on the LCD, and it's not too bad. Not too bad. MUCH better than the E-p1 and 2.
I was hoping that this thread was about the K-01. Nice.
K-01 was my most used camera last year. Not a twin-dial DSLR but ultimately very usable. Looks and feels like it was made for the DA and FA Limited primes.
It takes two to tango by john m flores, on Flickr
GREAT. Now I'll have tango music in my head the rest of the afternoon... thanks a whole lot, John, lol.