So... what is a compact again?

krugorg

All-Pro
Sep 26, 2011
123
Minnesota USA
Kyle Krug
Okay, I decided to give the K-01 a go. :eek: I've always kind of liked the idea of the Pentax Limited lenses and have toyed with the idea of picking up a K5 for landscapes (or in other situations where I didn't mind having a larger camera). Then along comes this ugly duckling K-01 and I decided it would be a less expensive option, along with being fairly compact with the 15mm Limited mounted.

So.... can I still post K-01 images here? :biggrin: To me, this feels like a compact, but in reality, it is only a bit smaller than a K5 mounted with that same 15mm limited lens. Its also roughly the same size as the X-Pro1 and, again roughly, similar to a GH2/G3 or E-M5 with a PL25 or Oly 12mm mounted.

Not entirely serious with this post, as the community is more important than the classification I think, but I am curious what everyone thinks qualifies as a compact anymore?
 

christilou

Legend
Jul 13, 2010
164
Sunny Frimley
I'm awaiting the arrival of a K-01 today. I think it will be a good carry about with the new ultra slim lens and the fact that I already have three Pentax lenses makes it a useful addition (I hope!). I don't think it'll be that much bigger than the smaller bodies by the time they have their larger lenses on. I already post pictures from the k5 from time to time and hopefully the more compact K-01 will be accepted too ::)
 

retow

All-Pro
Jul 24, 2010
123
I'm awaiting the arrival of a K-01 today. I think it will be a good carry about with the new ultra slim lens and the fact that I already have three Pentax lenses makes it a useful addition (I hope!). I don't think it'll be that much bigger than the smaller bodies by the time they have their larger lenses on. I already post pictures from the k5 from time to time and hopefully the more compact K-01 will be accepted too ::)
Looking forward to your posts. That yellow K-01 looks interesting.
 

krugorg

All-Pro
Sep 26, 2011
123
Minnesota USA
Kyle Krug
Ah but there isn't a thread (yet) to discuss just how serious your camera is ...
Good point. :biggrin: Also... if you need about 300 more hours of intense classroom instruction to reach amateur status, how many seriousness points does that knock off your camera?
 

Brian

Top Veteran
Jul 7, 2010
103
We should start a thread on "not a compact".

Kind of a "You know your camera might not be compact if":

You have to do curls with 10 pound weights in order to lift it to Eye Level...
 

krugorg

All-Pro
Sep 26, 2011
123
Minnesota USA
Kyle Krug
I'm awaiting the arrival of a K-01 today. I think it will be a good carry about with the new ultra slim lens and the fact that I already have three Pentax lenses makes it a useful addition (I hope!). I don't think it'll be that much bigger than the smaller bodies by the time they have their larger lenses on. I already post pictures from the k5 from time to time and hopefully the more compact K-01 will be accepted too ::)
Look forward to reading your impressions! Which lenses do you have?

I am keep my expectations on AF performance low, but it will be interesting to see how it compares with something like the GXR 50mm.
 

christilou

Legend
Jul 13, 2010
164
Sunny Frimley
Kyle, I have the DA35 macro and the FA 43 and 77 Limiteds. I'm looking at the slim 40mm to be my walk around lens and I guess the other lenses could be bought along if the situation demands it. I'm interested in the implementation of the focus peaking and I gather that the AF may have issues with the DA35 in particular but if manual focus is useable then this won't be a problem. My GXR 50mm is on the "to go" list for now. I just can't justify spending £600 on the28mm unit, if the prices were lower then yes, I would carry on but the K-01 with kit lens is only £679 so ........
 

krugorg

All-Pro
Sep 26, 2011
123
Minnesota USA
Kyle Krug
I have lusted after those lenses a bit in some of the image threads. I probably will end up grabbing something for portraits down the line... that 77 looks like it would be great.

I probably should have ordered kit lens, especially since it was only $150 more here. My thinking was that I wanted something with quick shift focus - it looks like you can enable peaking while in AF and then go to the quick shift for fine adjustments. Sounds cool.
 
Jan 31, 2011
164
Newcastle, Australia
Sue
I didnt realise it had focus peaking. Must have passed over that information because of my negativity about the design. That makes it much more usable for those of us with less than 20/20 vision. Reconsidering now, will i sell the K-5 and get the K-01... hmm...
 

krugorg

All-Pro
Sep 26, 2011
123
Minnesota USA
Kyle Krug
There is a video and description how well manual focus works at the following blog. Not sure how it will compare with other peaking implementations, but looks fun to use indoors at least.

Ned's Photo Journal - Pentax Photography and Notes

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BillN

Hall of Famer
Aug 25, 2010
123
S W France
Bill
Hi

what's "focus peak"

is it a "lock on" when using manual focus that blocks you pressing the shutter button unless the subject is in focus?
 

drd1135

Zen Snapshooter
Jul 13, 2011
124
Lexington, Virginia
Steve
I always felt the original *ist D with the DA 40 pancake was pretty compact, and it was a DSLR. OTOH, the X-10 is small but not really pocketable. I think the best definition of compact is how much weight training do you need to carry it around. :p
 

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