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04-07-2009, 02:57 AM   #1
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History of the Label "Pentax"

The Name Pentax was not created by Asahi Optical!

In Germany, there were many camera-producing facilities, most of them in and around Dresden/Sachsen/Saxony.

One of them was Zeiss-Ikon Dresden, in Relationship with Carl Zeiss Jena Optical.

In the 50┤s Zeiss Ikon created the name Pentax = Pentaprisma Contax

Then, the name were selled to Asahi Optical.

Here the source:
Early History of Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera

By the way, please compare these cameras:
Praktiflex -1st generation-3rd model

http://www.taunusreiter.de/Cameras/asahiflex_2.jpg

Pentacon F

Cameras meiner Sammlung: Die Ur-Pentax

04-07-2009, 06:39 AM   #2
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To add to it, for a long time it was "Honeywell Pentax".
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QuoteOriginally posted by Tom S. Quote
To add to it, for a long time it was "Honeywell Pentax".
and before that, it was the Heiland Pentax... and before it, it was "Asahiflex".
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Ummmmm...

The cameras were always Asahi Pentax for most of the world. Honeywell was the U.S. distributor up until the mid-1970s (can't remember the year) and Heiland was a Honeywell subsidiary. Part of the distribution deal was permission to re-brand the cameras; first as Heiland and then as Honeywell. This re-branding was also reflected in model names beginning with "H".

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From the Asahi Optical Historical Club (THE independent authority on Pentax history)

A brief history of the Asahi Optical Corporation - 80 years in six pages
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