Asahi Optical Company 100 years!

From its beginning in 1919, Asahi Optical produced the finest optical glass for telescopes binoculars and lenses. In 1951, they introduced the Asahiflex, the first Japanese slr camera, for sale from 1952.

This is a new page named Pentax. It will bring the highlights of the history of the company from the start till today, also analyzing the strong and the weak points of this history. 

Under construction..  Sorry for taking your time. A project for september? (October, may be. Or November.)(Or next September?)

While waiting, you can enjoy some presentations and interviews concerning newsand visions from spring/summer 2020.

Here is the camera map containing (almost) every international model from 1952 till 2019. My collection contains every single one from the start till the digital era. From there on only major models are collected, but some more are shown.
May 2020: Presentation of 3 new lenses and a new camera
In this Youtube video Pentax engineers describe the following lenses: D FA* 85/1,8 ED SDM AW, D FA 21 Limited ED DC WR and the DA* 16-50/2,8 ED PLM AW. The new 85mm lens will be delivered in 2020, while the two others will be released in 2021. The new APS-C camera, taking over as flagship model after the KP, will be market ready in 2020.
What Pentax values most in future cameras - an interview.

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26.03 | 20:19

Hi,
Yes, their first PPSLR was introduced in 1960. I will add that that was Kowa(flex). Then the Kowa(flex) E in 1961, introducing auto metering. Thanks!

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25.03 | 23:47

Kowa made one even earlier than this Kowa H, there seems to be one from 1959 (?) called Kowaflex. There is one on ebay now.

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23.02 | 00:17

The Konica Autoreflex of 1968 was the first automatic system to measure light through the lens, TTL. I will rewrite things to make this more clear. Thank you!

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23.02 | 00:14

Savoyflex was first, but not regarded as a very useful system. Then Kowa H in 1963. Then Kiev Avtomat in '64. But Konica got all the credit from 1965.....

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