Friday, June 01, 2007

Asahi Pentax 50th Anniversary DSLR

"This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Asahi Pentax (common name: AP type) since its release in 1957. Taking this opportunity, we built up a design study model based on Digital SLR K10D. Asahi Pentax AP features Pentaprism for the first time that led to the origin of PENTAX brand. PENTAX materialized correct image of viewfinder image which was previous challenge for PENTAX. The built-in flash was removed from this design study model, and recreated characteristic delta roof for Asahi Pentax AP."

If you want to see it, you'll have to go to the Pentax Forum in Shinjuku. You'll remember the first Pentaprism SLR camera that Asahi released in 1957 was called the "Pentax." Eventually, this design was so popular they changed the name of the company. If you notice the old logo on the top (AOCo), above the words Asahi Pentax, it means Asahi Optical Company. This is a terrific vintage look for the K10D, and I dare say I wouldn't miss the pop-up flash as long as there's the K10D hotshoe. And check out the polished metal finish on the "Takumar" lens, too!

From Cameraquest.com: The first Asahi Pentax.


Links: DP Review News, The original Pentax camera, Pentax Forum in Shinjuku

3 comments:

Yvon Bourque said...

I wish Pentax would consider marketing the camera. It has the looks of vintage cameras with the modern digital engine! It's what's in style all around us. Their sales would go through the roof.

Dr Hiding Pup said...

Agreed - 21st century controls, 20th century look. Not like the mess of a camera that Panasonic made...

Sydney Speel said...

just wondering, do you know where they sell batteries for the old Asahi Pentax cameras?

my dad has the old camera and we are hunting for a new battery.

comment back at www.sydney-speel.blogspot.com

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