Pentax Sighting

William Robb anotherdrunkensot at gmail.com
Sat Mar 17 23:43:10 EDT 2018


On Sat, Mar 17, 2018 at 8:23 PM Rick Womer <rickpics14 at gmail.com> wrote:

> The medical optics division was the only part of Pentax that Asahi didn’t
> sell off several years ago. Alas, name and ancestry are the only common
> elements your camera and the medical equipment share.


When Hoya bought Pentax, it was for the medical imaging division. When they
sold the photographic side to Ricoh, they kept medical imaging, and
apparently the rights to the brand name.
Ricoh picked up the photographic side for something like 125 million USD.

I remember joking at the time that the PDML collectively could probably
have raised the capital to make the purchase, probably Stenquist could have
done it himself by putting a second mortgage on his castle.

Bill

>
>
> Rick
>
> On Fri, Mar 16, 2018 at 21:49 John <sessomsj at earthlink.net> wrote:
>
> > I had a doctor's appointment today at the VA in Durham. They had some
> kind
> > of Pentax Medical equipment in the examining room. Brand new & a whole
> rack
> > of equipment all with PENTAX logos. I didn't have a camera with me today,
> > but the Doctor said it would be OK for me to come back some time next
> week
> > & take a photo of it.
> >
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