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Wednesday, 1 February 2012

First pictures of the Pentax K-01 Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera and 40mm Pancake!!

The first images of the new Pentax mirrorless camera have emerged and it's a very interesting looking piece of gear!

Some people had said the camera was ugly but I think it looks pretty cool, it manages to combine both traditional and modern elements and has an overall masculine and functional air about it.

Some have criticised Pentax for sticking with the K mount which means the body is relatively deep compared to other mirrorless systems but just look at the size of the new 40mm pancake lens, it's a slither! The body is deeper but that can be compensated by very thin lenses that actually give decent quality unlike some such as the Sony 16mm

It's also important to remember that with Pentax cameras most lenses are driven by a motor built into the camera body. When you try to use contrast detect with Canon EOS lenses or with Olympus 4/3 lenses on a micro 4/3 body (or Sony A mount lenses on NEX with the cheaper adapter) that the very poor speed is dictated by focusing motors that are optimised for phase detect focus, with the K-01 the motor is part of the body so I see no reason why all compatible lenses (Nearly all of the FA lenses will work) wouldn't focus at full speed, this means the camera will launch with a huge range of fully compatible lenses!

It's still early days at the moment but this camera looks very interesting and appears to be based around the highly regarded 16mp Sony APS-C sensor so the potential for great IQ is there!




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