K-01 "WTF?!"


Link Posted 27/01/2013 - 06:18
Just got back from my first shoot with the K-01, and my reaction ALL night was a combination of "wtf?" and "ARRRRGHHHH :@"

Constant failure to engage the AF assist beam; live view blacking out during focussing (and ONLY during focussing - another wtf moment), ridiculously weird white balance issues; one minute it'd be perfectly fine, the next skewed completely in one direction - white balance was on Flash, not Auto - and major exposure differences compared to the K-5.

My overall reaction to the entire situation was just... what the hell is going on here? I mean, it's basically the same camera as the K-5, and yet it was consistently giving me COMPLETELY different results. Not to mention oversaturation of EVERY image.

Anyone else noticed behaviour like this?


Link Posted 27/01/2013 - 10:16
If they did, I'm sure the first thing they would think of doing would be to send it back for a replacement. Clearly they are not supposed to work like that, so the answer is clear.

Before you do though, perhaps a reset to defaults and a check that the lens and body mount contacts are clean. It's just possible some setting has become engaged, the outcome being some unexpected behaviour.
Best regards, John


Link Posted 27/01/2013 - 13:12
Well I'm pretty sure the AF assist light issue has SOMETHING to do with the flash not being seated correctly in the hotshoe; I'm using a Yongnuo which, despite being fully manual, has a rather dizzying array of contacts on its foot, which could theoretically be contacting and interfering with the Digital contact on the K-01's shoe; jiggling it around seems to resolve the AF assist problem.

The saturation issue turned out to be a non-issue when actually editing the photos; it seems the LCD on the K-01 is ridiculously vibrant compared to the K-5, but the photos themselves seem to be fine.

The only issue left, it would seem, is the white balance one, and that only affected maybe 5% of the shots in total, so not a complete failure. I'm still a bit wary though; in future, I may restrict the K-01 exclusively to video. Only problem is, I'm going to need to find a faster wide lens :-/ probably the DA* 16-50, which is going to be painful on the wallet

EDIT: Actually, thinking about it, a Zenitar 16/2.8 could work well for video, anyone got one and have an opinion on it?
Last Edited by mdc on 27/01/2013 - 13:16


Link Posted 27/01/2013 - 13:35
The flash white balance issue may be related to what you have in the hotshoe. Check the menu setting that determines what white balance setting defaults to when a flash unit is mounted.

You didn't mention any of the flashgun details in the OP, when asking for solutions it's really important to mention everything.

As regards the screen, just adjust it to suit. The screens on cameras only give an approximation of the final result anyway, although they can be retty close most of the time.
Best regards, John


Link Posted 27/01/2013 - 14:01
Well that was my first thought, but the Custom Setting for flash WB setting was set to "Flash" rather than auto, and it was manually specified as Flash anyway, so it shouldn't have been a problem. Probably just one of those niggly issues I have to learn to deal with


Link Posted 05/02/2013 - 16:18
Flash didn't work properly on my K-01, Metz have issued a firmware update to version 4 for the 48-AF1 flash for the Pentax model, now it works perfectly in any mode so there must be something different about it.

Last Edited by screwdriver on 05/02/2013 - 16:19


Link Posted 05/02/2013 - 16:23

Disappeared from the SRS website anyway



Link Posted 05/02/2013 - 16:26
must have all sold out...
Blythman wrote:

Disappeared from the SRS website anyway

k-5 IIs, Pentax 60-250, 17-70, 100macro WR, 50mm F2,
AF50 F1.4, Siggy 10-20, Siggy 100-300 F4, ..Pentax Af 160 ring flash


Link Posted 05/02/2013 - 18:11
It has been confirmed elsewhere that it has been discontinued. No indication of a replacement.
You can see some of my photos here if you are so inclined


Link Posted 06/02/2013 - 18:14
I wouldn't really expect identical exposure results with the K-5 and K-01, since DSLRs use a dedicated sensor for exposure metering, whereas mirrorless cameras use the actual image sensor.
My Flickr Pentax K-5 K-5 II Sigma 8-16mm F/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD ASL SMC Pentax-DA* 50-135mm F/2.8 ED [IF] SDM SMC Pentax-DA 55-300mm F/4-5.8 ED SMC Pentax-DA 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] WR Vivitar 100mm F/3.5 Macro AF Metz Mecablitz 58 AF-2


Link Posted 06/02/2013 - 20:33
MarkTaylor wrote:
I wouldn't really expect identical exposure results with the K-5 and K-01, since DSLRs use a dedicated sensor for exposure metering, whereas mirrorless cameras use the actual image sensor.

Should make no difference, every camera is calibrated to the same standards.

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