It was this year when the history of PENTAX, originally founded as Asahi Optical Joint Stock Co., began as a manufacture of lenses for eyeglasses. Following establishment the company made use of its uniquely developed lens polishing and coating technologies in creating the first domestically produced projection lenses, binoculars, and camera lenses. While improving technical precision along with the increase of the number of products manufactured, in 1952, the company released “Asahiflex I” – the first domestically manufactured single-lens reflex camera. Starting with the release of “Asahiflex I,” PENTAX grew from a lens manufacturer into a brand that the world had their eyes on as a pioneer of single-lens reflex camera.
Ever since, PENTAX continued to release innovative products that were the first of their kind in not only japan but also the world.
To this day, amidst the rapidly changing world around the shapes of cameras evolving hand-in-hand with the progression of technology and how people interact with photographs. There is one thing that PENTAX has kept to.
This one thing is the company’s dedication to manufacturing in “doing what other has never done”. This passion has been inherited through generations down to the current developers of PENTAX. All is to expand the possibilities of creators.
Here, we will introduce the path that PENTAX has taken together with products released in the past.