Pentax Digital Cameras and Lenses

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Established: 1919
Country: Japan
First digital camera: EI-C90, 1997
Active in the consumer photography market since 1952 (when it introduced the first ever Japanese 35mm SLR), Pentax entered the digital camera market in 1997 with the unique EI-C90 (which came in two halves, allowing it to be used without the LCD screen). Since then, the company has seen some turbulent times. Subsumed into Hoya in 2008, Pentax was subsequently sold to Ricoh in 2011, at which point Pentax stopped being a company and became a brand name. These days, you'll still find the Pentax name on a small range of compact cameras, DSLRs and lenses. The Pentax lineup may be not be the largest on the market, but Ricoh continues to create solid, innovative products under the Pentax brand name, which still retains an incredibly loyal base of users.
Pentax has failed to make much of a mark with its Optio range of point and shoot compacts, though the current range contains some of the strongest models it has introduced in many years.
Pentax offers a wide range of lenses including probably the most complete selection of pancakes and primes designed specifically for APS-C bodies, though only the latest SDM models have built-in ultrasonic motors (these won’t work with older bodies).

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Most recent reviews

Review: May 1, 2019
Review: May 7, 2018
Review: Mar 27, 2017
Review: Nov 8, 2016
Review: Jul 5, 2016
Review: Apr 10, 2014
Review: Aug 8, 2013
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Review: Oct 29, 2012
Review: May 30, 2012