Pentax Waterproof Binoculars - Pentax Riflescopes - Pentax Compact Binoculars
Founded back in 1910 as Asahi Optical Joint Stock Co. of Tokyo Japan, the Pentax Imaging Company of today has certainly been around for some time, and has been making history nearly every step of the way! From manufacturing lenses for the movie industry, to digital cameras, binoculars, riflescopes and spotting scopes, Pentax still excels by bringing the most modern and state of the art equipment to the customer. That, combined with the company's integrity and quality, has gotten Pentax quite a few awards and accomplishments over the years.
Only SOME of these awards and accomplishments include: the German Good Design of the Year award, "1966 Good Design Product" from the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry, World's smallest and lightest camera ever put on sale (1976), the world’s first camera to incorporate the concept of push-button shutter speed control (ME Super, 1979), world’s first through-the-lens autofocus camera (Pentax ME-F, 1981), world's first multi-mode medium format camera (Pentax 645, 1984), European Compact Camera of the Year awards (1983-1984), Compact Camera of the Year 1985 (by Camera Weekly, a leading photographic magazine in the United Kingdom), "Best Compact Camera in Europe 1987-1988" by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) and "European Compact Camera of the Year 1987-1988" by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA), world's first weather-resistant (JIS Class 5) zoom compact camera for general use (1991), worlds smallest and lightest camera (at the time, in 1992), world's thinnest zoom compact camera (at the time, in 1994), world's longest zoom lens on a compact camera (1996), awarded "SLR Camera of the Year" (1995-1996 by Camera Weekly, a leading photographic magazine in the United Kingdom), first fully waterproof and fogproof 100mm objective spotting scope available in the market (Pentax PF-100ED Spotting Scope 70940, Feb. 2002), the smallest 3.2 megapixel digital camera (at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2003), Papilio series binoculars (launched in 2004, named for the Latin word meaning Butterfly, the Papilio has a unique design which allows focusing to 18 inches, brand new Papilio models still being made and are available as the Pentax Papilio 6.5x21 Close-focusing Binoculars 62215 and Pentax Papilio 8.5x21 Close-focusing Binoculars 62216), ultra fast 32 page per minute continuous form laser printer (2005), first digital SLR with 10 Megapixels, shake reduction, dust reduction and faster processing (2006), CES bestows the prestigious Innovations Award on the camera in January 2007. There have been many others, but these are just a few of the more note-worthy.