Pentax was founded as Asahi Kogaku Goshi Kaisha in November 1919 by Kumao Kajiwarain Tokyo and began producing spectacle lenses (which it still manufactures). In 1938 they changed their name to Asahi Optical Co. Ltd., and by this time it was also manufacturing camera lenses. In the lead-up to World War II, Asahi Optical devoted much of its time to fulfilling military contracts for optical instruments. At the end of the war Asahi Optical was disbanded by the occupying powers but was allowed to re-form in 1948.
Asahi Optical introduced its first 35 mm camera in 1952. Taking an unprecedented route, Asahi decided to start with a high-quality 35mm camera that was not a copy of something else. The designers were convinced of the inherent superiority of the SLR and so preceded along these lines. This effort resulted in the Asahiflex I, which was also the first Japanese 35mm SLR. In 1957, Asahi introduced the Pentax series, a 35 mm single-lens reflex camera (SLR) camera which was so well received that it influenced the design of 35 mm SLRs worldwide. The Pentax and its likewise classic 1964 Pentax Spotmatic spurred the development of Asahi into a photographic multinational company, eventually renaming itself "Pentax". Although the corporation ultimately merged into Hoya Corporation, it eventually was purchased by Ricoh, who continues to develop and market cameras under the Pentax brand.
Through the history of the Pentax name they have made a wide variety of cameras all owing their form to the original Asahiflex 1 35mm. Currently; the Pentax digital SLR models are the *ist Series, K series, 645D, Pentax Q and the optio (a point and shoot camera). To go along with their cameras, Pentax makes a large number of lenses for almost all of their SLR cameras. The lenses range from 10 mm – 300mm and come in standard zoom, wide angle, ultra wide angle and telephoto zoom lenses.
Pentax is currently one of the few camera manufacturers who are still producing medium format cameras. They currently have two offerings, one in the 6×7 format (the Pentax 67 II) and one in the 6×4.5 format (the Pentax 645NII). Both use 120 or 220 roll film. These cameras build on the Pentax SLR design experience.
Pentax cameras aren’t cheap, and all of the other gear is expensive as well, so you want to be sure you take the best possible care of it. For starters, make sure to give your Pentax gear a solid cleaning after each use. It’s easy to get home from a trip, pop out your memory card and get to photoshopping, but making sure your gear is free of dust and other contaminants is the surest way to ensure your Pentax retains its value for as long as possible. Remember, sensors may change and processors may improve, but great glass is great glass. You may find that your camera’s lenses are ultimately more valuable than the Pentax body itself. That’s why it’s so important to keep everything clean. Make sure you also hold on to any original accessories, such as chargers, boxes, paperwork, lens hoods, extra batteries, etc.
Again, the easiest way to make sure you get top dollar for your Pentax gear is to make sure that it clean and in good, working order. Make sure to send in everything, including all original accessories as well as your original box and paperwork. Our evaluators are well oriented with all manner of camera brand, and will make absolutely sure you get the highest value possible for your Pentax. Click the button above to
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