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Pentax K-01, Ugliest Camera Ever
Old 02-01-2012   #1
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Pentax K-01, Ugliest Camera Ever

I saw this camera, and just threw up in my mouth a little.

I think the problem is the mirrorless design along with keeping the SLR mount lens, so the backfocus distance has to be the same. As a result, the camera is just as big as an SLR, which erases the primary advantage of going mirror-less.

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Old 02-01-2012   #2
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But then there's no blackout and noise, right?
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Old 02-01-2012   #3
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looks like one of those all-plastic fake SLR's from the 80's... the ones that were fixed focus point and shoots disguised as an SLR, with names like Mikkon and Cannon
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Old 02-01-2012   #4
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Yeah I saw it as well, and threw up in my mouth as well. What a hideous little blob.
Supposed to be designed by Marc Newson too... massive fail IMO!
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It looks OK to me. At least better than the previously leaked diagrams.

For me, there's hardly anything uglier than Leica Digilux 1.
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Old 02-01-2012   #6
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Not really a good look... poor Pentax.
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Old 02-01-2012   #7
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Is it bad that I kind of want one just because it's such an odd design?
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Old 02-01-2012   #8
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But then there's no blackout and noise, right?
No blackout yes. As far as noise goes, YMMV. On the Sony Nex series, what is saved in noise by omitting the mirror is lost again by making the camera smaller so that the shutter (and tensioning motor) noise is less well shielded.
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Old 02-01-2012   #9
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Nice or ugly, that's not that important. But 60mm eq. FOV - anyone?
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As a result, the camera is just as big as an SLR, which erases the primary advantage of going mirror-less.

Are you sure it is just as big?
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Old 02-01-2012   #11
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Good thing cameras aren't fashion statements.
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Old 02-01-2012   #12
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Will it take any lens with K-mount ?
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Old 02-01-2012   #13
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It looks as if it's suddenly been slammed into a wall. There's a dog name for it I think. Pug?

I'm also not crazy about that PENTAXPENTAX strap, but at least you can flip the signage over. There's not much that could help w/ this camera's odd styling and color scheme. Maybe buy the biggest lens hood you can find.
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Old 02-01-2012   #14
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It's cousin, Ricoh GXR, is now relieved that people will stop calling it ugly and direct their attention at the K-01. What's up with the two-toned thing? That really does it in for me.

BTW, the GXR is a great camera. Just a bit lumpy. They really went to town on this with the ugly stick.
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Are you sure it is just as big?
It will not be much smaller, given that it has the same mount and mirror(less) box dímensions. The more so as Pentax' recent SLRs already were on the small side of things.

There is a image of that lens on a K-5 out on the net - and if that is no fake, the K-01 is barely smaller, except that it lost the prism hump and handgrip bulge.
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Old 02-01-2012   #16
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Is this a Petnax?
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Old 02-01-2012   #17
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It is ugly and it's also a bad idea. What's strike three? Based on the Q it will be price and Pentax will be 2-for-2.
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Old 02-01-2012   #18
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no vf=no buy

just my opinion, but at this stage of mirrorless cam development, lack of vf means manufacturer is just not 'serious'. ugly is ok, but impractical is not.
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I'd have hated to have been the kid living near you lot that looked a little bit different ... I'd just know that everytime I walked past I'd be hearing the chant "freak, freak" and dodging various missiles!
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Old 02-01-2012   #20
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Nikon and Pentax have been major disappointments with their mirror-less multi-lens designs (speaking for my taste of course).

Frankly I no longer think that an optical viewfinder is a must. An articulating screen *is*. All other viewfinder options (optical range, optical TTL, or Electronic or any combination) are just that, options. Not having any such option is an issue, but no one offers all the above either.
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Old 02-01-2012   #21
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first that butt-ugly Canon aps-c release, now this. They just don't want you to switch from their lucrative dslr's.
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Still less ugly than an M5.
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Old 02-01-2012   #23
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Still less ugly than an M5.

True ... and when Leica releases a two tone camera they call it a Panda and everyone loves it!
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Old 02-01-2012   #24
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Looks like it was beaten with the ugly stick.
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Old 02-01-2012   #25
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what is in that chimney sticking out.
Actually the design reminds me of a small leica R8, wasnt that designed by Porche?
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