PENTAX Imaging Company was founded in 1919 under the name, Asahi Optical
Joint Stock Co. In 1952, we introduced our first SLR camera, the
Asahiflex I, and quickly became an industry leader. Since then, we’ve
released numerous, innovative products, such as the Asahi PENTAX
single-lens reflex camera, the Spotmatic and the K1000, which have
empowered and inspired photographers around the world.
We opened our first overseas office in 1962. Today, PENTAX distributors and subsidiary companies can be found in over 100 countries. Our worldwide network provides our R&D departments with in-depth market research, allowing us to develop the products that photography enthusiasts want and need most.
We’re proud to be a division of Hoya Corporation, one of the world's leading suppliers of innovative high-technology optical products.