Keppler’s Vault 79: Pentax Goes Bayonet

When the company known today as Pentax released their first camera in 1952, they were then known as Asahi Kōgaku Kōgyō K.K., or Asahi Optical Company in English.  At the time, Asahi Optical was a lens maker, producing photographic lenses for a variety of other Japanese companies. That first camera …

Student Camera Showdown: Canon AE-1 Program vs Pentax K1000

Film is back!  Well, sorta.  OK, film never went anywhere, but like vinyl records did in the early 21st century, the steady decrease of film usage seems to have bottomed out and has started to increase again. According to Ilford in an article published in February 2015, 30% of people …