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K-01 discontinued

Discussion in 'Pentax Chat' started by Alex1994, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. Alex1994

    Alex1994 Well-Known Member

    According to Pentax Japan's website.

    With no replacement announced, does this mean it was a flop? I rather liked the fact that it looked a bit different, even though the handling wasn't supposed to be too good. :)
  2. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    A wee while back they stated it was only ever going to be a one-off. No way of knowing if that was just talk though.
  3. thornrider

    thornrider In the Stop Bath

    Bet that means the tasteful yellow Lego one will become a collectors item.:D
  4. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    Hi Alex,

    I have to admit that when the huge price drop came around I was interested but,
    I came to the realisation that I could purchase a K-01 or purchase the "K to Q Adapter" and, liking my Q so much ....


    Last edited: Feb 27, 2013
  5. P_Stoddart

    P_Stoddart Well-Known Member

    I wonder if this is a bad sign for Hasselblad. :rolleyes:

    This product had a bling factor which seems to have not worked. :p
  6. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada


    Indeed, P_S, although, I don't know if I would use the word "bling" but, truth be told, I don't know what term I would use to describe the K-01 other than, perhaps, "well, they tried" and/or "a nice addition to Marc Newsome's retirement package ;)

    Cheers and "late night" or "early morning" :)

  7. Monobod

    Monobod Phantom of the forum

    I think the lack of an electronic clip on viewfinder sealed its fate.
  8. JerryNash

    JerryNash Well-Known Member

    Amongst many other things!!!

    Large, unergonomic and unattractive (to most people) design were more likely the key reasons. It was basically a K5 with all the best bits removed (and only focus-peaking added).

    I never had a chance to handle one so can't really say what it was like in use, but it was never really going to re-invent the market or tempt existing Pentax or new customers away from a DSLR. I think they just misunderstood the CSC market - even the Q is mostly seen as a novelty item... one i wouldn't say no to, admittedly!
  9. Monobod

    Monobod Phantom of the forum

    I could never quite see the reason for it, other than the use of existing K mount lenses. But the whole point of mirrorless is small, or am I missing something?

    Never mind, good to see that they (Pentax) are still having original thinking, even if it backfires sometimes.

    I just hope that they don't go qwerky with a FF body. That would be a disaster.

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