Pentax is one of the most well-known camera brands in the world. At the peak of their popularity, Pentax film cameras and lenses were a staple for amateur and professional photographers alike. The company got its start in Tokyo, Japan in 1919 under the Asahi Optical Joint Stock Company. The cameras first emerged on the scene in the 1950s, and tens of millions have been sold since then.
In addition to the popular 35 mm single-reflex cameras, Pentax also produced digital cameras starting in 1997. The Optio series of Pentax point-and-shoot cameras became one of their top products because of the quality and ease of use. Pentax also produces several slim and stylish compact cameras, tough and rugged waterproof cameras, and a line of accessories to go along with all of them.