Cat butt on Flickr.
I’ve taken thousands of photos of Nate, but none of his butt. Until now. This one reminds me of those photos of people lying face down on the ground, one of which was a controversial winner of a well-known photo competition. Nate could give that photo a run for its money I’m sure.
Pentax K-01 with the DA21mm F3.2 which is more or less welded onto the camera. 1/20s, F3.2, ISO3200. In this age of F2.8 zooms, F3.2 doesn’t sound like much, but ISO3200 and image stabilization help a lot. With cat butts, among other things.
And in this corner… on Flickr.
A couple of years ago, someone in the Pentax skunkworks thought it would be a good idea to start releasing their entry-level dSLRs in funky colors. First the K-m (K-2000) received the Crayola treatment, then the K-x. The K-x was an interesting proposition - class-leading specs (high ISO, FPS) wrapped in controversial colors. Traditionalists cried foul - “How could Pentax be considered a ‘serious’ camera company when they are releasing toy cameras like this?’ they stated ad nauseum on message boards all around the Internets. But despite their claims, the K-x drew some serious attention from a broad range of people - people stepping up to their first dSLR, people wanting a good camera on a budget, and even specialty groups like astrophotographers. Like the colors or not (it was also available in traditional black, which outsold all other colors), the K-x was a hit.
Fast forward to 2012, and Pentax is mixing it up again, this time with a mirrorless camera that eschews the common mirrorless mantra (“smaller is better”) in favor of native compatibility with the 30+ year K-mount lineage. Poised at the entry level, the K-01 also comes in funky colors - black (shown), yellow, and white - wrapped around a decidedly untraditional form. And guess what? The K-01 is receiving much of the same criticism that the K-x received plus a couple more - No EVF = FAIL!, misplaced buttons = FAIL!, etcetera etcetera…
Polarizing looks aside, how do these function as cameras?