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Old Feb 8, 2012, 7:08 PM   #11
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I just saw the new Olympus OM-D E-M5 and suddenly the K-01 makes so much sense!

Let me explain, the OM-D is beautiful and very functional but there is a sense that form, this case the form of a classic OM film camera, came before function in a manner similar to fake scoops on the hood of a sporty car. I love my 1999 Mustang but every time I look at it I am a little embarrassed by the fake hood scoop and side scoops that Ford put on that otherwise handsome form. I look at the OM-D and see that the EVF is disguised as a pentaprism!!! Beautiful yes, but functional?

Newson may have created a somewhat cartoonish camera with the loud colours and large dials but it is original. The bump for the flash does not try to look like the prism housing on a K1000 and the grip is an integral part of the body, not an add on designed to look like a 1980s motor drive.

I would love an OM-D but I am afraid that, just like looking at my car, I would be a little embarrassed with the bits that are trying so hard to look like something they are not.

Rant for today is now over, any comments?
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Old Feb 8, 2012, 11:12 PM   #12
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Hi Ira... here's another link to that camera size web page comparing the new Oly with the old E-420. To me, the size differences aren't that much. Perhaps we're reaching consensus on the ideal size for a full-control, enthusiast-oriented camsra?

http://camerasize.com/compare/#289,206
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Old Feb 8, 2012, 11:22 PM   #13
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I saw somewhere else a set of pictures of the K-01 doing something that I thought was neat - it has flat sides, so it is stable to put it on a table for a portrait shot, both sides are flat so you can choose which way to put it. It's also stable on the top, though I don't know what use that would be particularly - sort-of cool in a non-functional way. I did think being able to put it on its side was not only cool, but useful.
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Old Feb 9, 2012, 11:36 AM   #14
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The K-01 is growing on me... but I still think that, at least when using it hand-held, one would be wise to restrict lens usage to primes and light, short zooms. Tripod work, of course, would be entirely different. But the flat sides are very practical.

Meanwhile, it looks like Pentax's 15 minutes with the K-01 in the broader photographic community is now over. The new Oly OM-D E-M5 seems to be getting all the attention.
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Old Feb 9, 2012, 10:03 PM   #15
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Meanwhile, it looks like Pentax's 15 minutes with the K-01 in the broader photographic community is now over. The new Oly OM-D E-M5 seems to be getting all the attention.
The pretty girls get all the attention
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Is it me, does this camera look like it would squirt water out of the front of the lens when the shutter is pressed?
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My son has a "Transformer" that changes into a camera similar to this one! I like the idea of shooting water better.
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Old May 6, 2012, 1:37 PM   #17
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Having shot with an Olympus Pen for a while now, and having seen the Digitalrev review of the K-01, I want one. I will have to wait for prices to drop however, I am always at least one generation behind in my cameras. I got a K10D when the K7 came along, a K20D when the K5 showed up, I got a Fuji S2Pro last summer (it was built in 2002!), and I just purchased a new Olympus E-PL1 and E-P2 (they are up to E-PL3 and E-P3 right now). So I guess when there is a K-02 I will be seriously looking at a K-01
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Old Oct 27, 2012, 5:43 PM   #18
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Version 1.01 firmware update is available. I don't recall seing any notification, so I don't know how long it has ben available. The US site has no information about it, but on the Japanese site it states that it improves focusing, and I can confirm that it does - on a quick assessment, faster and less hunting with most lenses I tested - Pentax lenses work best, as do Sigma HSMs; Tamron are next and Sigma non-HSM lenses vary, being the slowest at the longest focal lengths. In general older lenses of all three are slower than newer ones - this is most noticeable at longer focal lengths -- +/- 250 - 400mm. The camera is much more useable now - I wish they had done this sooner, as it might have helped sales, since it addresses the most complained about negative function issue in some reviews.

N.B. Release date was about 11 Oct 2012.
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 2:38 AM   #19
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Currently on sale for $347!

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Old Nov 5, 2012, 5:03 PM   #20
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This appears to be a price drop, not a sale, probably due either to moribund sales or an upcoming replacement. Available at the Pentax store, Adorama, and probably elsewhere at this price (body only), but sold out/backordered at B&H. Body/lens "kits" are similarly reduced.
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