Op/Ed What Pentax Got right with the K-01

I’ve been saving every single penny for a new camera. What I want is a second body to go along with my D90 for street photography and events. When Nikon announced their mirrorless camera, it was an option I initially considered, but I was underwhelmed after testing it. The Nikon 1 series looked good on paper, even with the small sensor. When it came to lenses, however, I had some serious issues with it. When Pentax recently announced the K-01 the first thought I had was, “They got it right!”

Forget what the Pentax K 01 looks like, that is not important. What I see is the K-01’s functionality. What I asked myself is why no one else thought about it, and if they did, why they did not do it?

If I was a Pentax user, that camera would be pre-ordered already. What has me so interested in the Pentax K-01 is the K mount. The K mount is what Pentax DSLRs uses for its lenses. The K-01 also uses the same size sensor as the k-5. If you’re a long time Pentax user you have a bunch of lenses already at your disposal. You are not giving up image quality or having to invest in a new lens system or an adapter, which is brilliant. Pentax K-01 Digital Camera With 40mm Lens (Black) is $899.95 usd.

When the  Nikon 1 V1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm Lens was announced with its interesting feature set, costing $899.95 for a one-lens kit, left me slightly deterred. Don’t get me wrong, the Nikon j1 & v1 are excellent cameras. They perform decently, but it is a completely different lens system. The sensor, while seemingly nice, is small. The price, with the Nikon FT1 Mount Adapter, costing $269.97, for my current lenses, is high. This has made me unhappy with the Nikon 1.

Straight out of the box, I can use the K Mount lenses with the K-01.  Looking  at value for money, Pentax wins hands down.

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Gevon Servo

Gevon Servo aka @GServo is an eclectic, NJ/NY Photographer. He’s a Nikon shooter, by choice nevertheless, will always test any piece of photography equipment. He believes that like ‘Photography’, ‘Coffee’,’Beer’ and ‘Comics Books’ and other things ‘Geek’ “You must try everything once to discover what you want to try again.