new Pentax binoculars

Subject: new Pentax binoculars
From: Andrew Taylor <>
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2007 21:33:17 +1100
Last week I visited the Binocular&Telescope shop to try out bincoluars.
A recent arrival is Pentax binoculars with ED glass.  I liked the
view through the Pentax DCF ED 8x43 - at least until I compared
them to Swarovski 8.5x42 Els.  But at $1280 about half the price of
Swarovski/Leica/Zeiss and waterproof, nitrogen-purged, ....  Ergonomically
they didn't work for me but that is a very much individual preference.
Worth looking at if they are in your target price range.

Not as new but very interesting were Pentax Papilio 6.5x21 - which focus
down to 0.5 metres - designed for butterflies/other inverts/flowers
rather than birds.  I took a look purely out of curosity and was so
taken with the stunning close-up views that I bought a pair.  At long
range the view is OK - probably average for a $180 binocular.


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