PENTAX Imaging Companywas 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. The company took on its current name on October 1, 2002. The company quickly became a pioneer and technological leader in the SLR camera industry with the introduction of its first SLR camera, the Asahiflex I, in 1952. Since then, Pentax Corporation has made many contributions with state-of-the-art products - many of them "world firsts."