new Pentax binoculars

Subject: new Pentax binoculars
From: Carl Clifford <>
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2007 23:24:19 +1100

I have always found Pentax optics great value for money and have used the for years. I currently use 8x40 PCF WP, 8x33 DCF XP (a marvellous light weight) binos and a PF 80 ED scope and have had no intention of changing marques. I was at the 2005 Raptor Watch at Port Dickson, in Malaysia and had an opportunity to do a side-by-side comparison with Leica, Swarovski, Zeiss and Minox optics with mine and could not see any great advantage in the more expensive brands. I noticed this in the scopes in particular, my PF 80 blew the others out of the water. Even the reps for the companies on display admitted that it was a better scope. The web site "Better View Desired" http:// has had the PF 80 as their benchmark scope in the 70-80 MM group for a while now.

Pentax's service in Australia is great as well. I dropped my scope rather dramatically onto bitumen last New Years eve and it broke in two. I sent it off to the agents for a repair quote for the insurance and they came back with "not repairable' (surprise, surprise!), and then offered to sell me a new one at wholesale price.

Sorry about the rant but I am a Pentax fan and it makes me sad to see people spend too much money on optics, just for the name.

Also, while I am ranting, if any one is looking to buy binos or a scope, have a look at , you might find the prices very attractive, and the service is great as well


Carl Clifford

On 19/03/2007, at 9:33 PM, Andrew Taylor wrote:

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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