Reading all your comments above I came across some of the same type of frustrations as Chris Biele above. I have shot Pentax equipment now for 35yrs. My Wifes whole family was the same way. Big fans. This new body - K7 - sounds great but so did the K10D & K20D! Went from film and K1000 to the K100 Digital once I found out you could use you old lenses on the new Pentax digital cameras. My focus is to Shoot sports action, but the K100 could not hold up. Upgraded to the K10D and found an improvement in the capabilities of catching action. But the shots still are a little blury and with anyother fine feature wanting to be frozen and clear. So at that point I felt I was missing out by using a budget low cost lens. Purchased the DA 16 to 50 and the DA 50 to 135. The best Pentax makes! The 50 to 135 shoots worse than the cheep lense I had before. Heart broken/frustrated. Now after all this investment - then reading about the K7 - I am very hesitent to jump into Pentax once again but am looking. I am willing to spend the $ on really good equipment! I am even looking into going to the dark side looking at the ESO 5 DII from Canon. I just want to be able to capture motion - freeze it - and be proud of what I caputred in the moment. I want to be proud of what I give to the parents as something they will want to keep for a long time. Will the K7 solve my problem or should I move to the dark side!?? Definately will check it out in my shoping around. Any suggestions out there?
Japanese optical glass-maker stated on July 1, 2011, that it would sell its Pentax camera business to copier and printer maker , in a deal the Nikkei business daily reported was worth about 10 billion yen ($124.2 million). On July 29, 2011, Hoya transferred its Pentax imaging systems business to a newly established subsidiary called Pentax Imaging Corporation. On October 1, 2011, Ricoh acquired all shares of Pentax Imaging Corp. and renamed the new subsidiary Pentax Ricoh Imaging Company, Ltd. Hoya will continue to use the Pentax brand name for their medical related products such as endoscopes. On August 1, 2013, the company name was changed to Ricoh Imaging Company Ltd.
Many Pentax cameras were sold stamped with the name "Honeywell". Actually was only a distributor, and these cameras were exactly the same as the ones stamped with the Asahi name.
Many Pentax cameras were sold stamped with the name "Honeywell". Actually was only a distributor, and these cameras were exactly the same as the ones stamped with the Asahi name. But more and more Pentax became a big brand, especially for . Thus after a while the company offered not just SLRs but also complete around its SLR for and its tiny and popular for type cassettes. And in 1975 Pentax tried to take the lead with a new lens bayonet with same flange/film distance as the screw mount, thus making it easier for lens makers to offer lenses for both mounts. In fact it should be an open bayonet standard, and really, a handful of other renowned camera makers used the too: , , , ,, . But most important: The mount was further developed and still in use for Pentax's and even for one of its .