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5.0 out of 5 stars The Pentax K-01- A Mirrorless of a different color!, April 25, 2012
This review is from: Pentax K-01 16MP APS-C CMOS Compact System Camera Kit with DA 40mm Lens (Yellow) (Electronics)
In spite of the naysayers on the web, I decided to give the Pentax K-01 a try and I was pleasantly surprised. It isn't the big bulky weird looking beast that some of the critics would have us believe. Agreed it's not as svelt as the Sony NEXes or the Olympus & Panasonic M 4/3rds offerings, but that's because one of it's greatest attributes is this: if you're a Pentax SLR or DSLR owner, you don't have to make a huge investment in new lenses. All Pentax SLR/DSLR lenses fit and work with this camera. If you don't have the privilege of owning any of Pentax's great lenses,the Mark Newsom designed 40mm XS lens that came with my K-01 (I got the yellow one- way cool)is a great standard prime to start with. While amazingly, ridiculously thin, this little lens delivers sharp, well rendered pictures. The K-01's autofocus works fine in most situations, but when using a manual lens or when you find the autofocus hunting too much, there's the focus peeking feature that makes focusing a snap in any situation. The controls are well laid out and easily accessible, and I find the rubbery surface and shape of the camera make handling this camera a pleasure- never did I feel that I was on the verge of dropping it nor did I suffer any discomfort from handling it for extended periods of time. Some have complained about the rubbery flap that conceals the SD card slot, but after a few tries I found the "trick" to closing it and I have complete confidence in it's utility and I'm sure it will stay intact throughout the camera's life. The best thing about this camera are the pictures it delivers. Even in the lowest of lighting it's possible to get great virtually noise-free shots. I would recommend this camera to anyone who's main goal in photography is to come up with the finest quality photos- in this regard (and many others)the K-01 delivers the goods.
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Initial post: Jun 6, 2012 11:42:32 AM PDT
I'm thinking about getting this camera. So what's the trick for closing that flap? I know it's going to annoy me. I hate stuff sticking out. Any suggestions for a lens that gets the best detail?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2012 6:38:23 PM PDT
It actually slides in like a non rubber flap. It slides in parallel to the side of the body, straight in from the back. NP.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2012 9:46:45 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 4, 2012 9:47:07 PM PST
n/a says:
"Any suggestions for a lens that gets the best detail?"

That will depend on how much you are willing to pay and what focal length you you prefer.

35 mm, 2.8 macro is an excellent lens.
35 mm, 2.4 is not to be despised either.
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