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The PENTAX Papilio series binoculars is not only designed for the observation of animals in the wild from great distances. If your preferences or requirements are for a smaller world, more near to hand – flowers or insects, for example – then the Papilio series is particularly well suited. That's because the focusing range begins at an impressive 50 cm, ideal for detailed observation, and the durable rubber reinforced housing makes the Papilio range a true friend of nature.
The Papilio series features the Pentax-developed Convergent Lens Optical System Engineering mechanism, which automatically slides the left and right objective lenses toward the centre when the focus is fixed at a short distance. As a result, the right and left image fields are correctly aligned to facilitate close-range viewing. Thanks to its go-anywhere portability, this new series is also ideal for conventional binocular subjects, including spectator sports, travel and hiking.
The Papilio series offers a minimum focusing distance of just 50 centimetres (approx. 1.6 feet), considerably shorter than the two-meter distance (approx. 6.5 feet) offered by many similar models.
Edge-to-edge sharpness is a vital element to comfortable viewing. To achieve this, Pentax utilises aspherical lens elements in their eyepieces. This is a specially shaped lens design that reduces aberration to a minimum. The Papilio series features multi-coated optical elements to minimise unwanted light reflections for a well-defined subject image. The combination of aspherical optical elements and high-refraction BaK4 glass prisms assures a sharp, clear image with minimal distortion, even at the edges.
A prism is a complex optical element necessary to correct the image the right way up and reduce overall length of the binocular. In a prism, light travels through complicated angles and so the quality of the prism glass used is of significant importance. Pentax uses exclusively high-index BaK4 prisms, made of very pure Barium glass.
The protective rubber housing not only protects inner mechanism from external shock, but also assures a firm, comfortable grip of the binocular body even in the field. The compact design offers you comfort in handling with perfect weight balance.
The binoculars have large, multi-stop, twist-up eyecups that can easily be adjusted to your desired position. They can be fixed in various positions, depending on the binocular model. Combined with a large-diameter eyepiece (ocular) lens and comfortable 15-millimetre eye-relief, it allows any user, even those wearing spectacles, to find a comfortable setting.
The Inner Focus function is critical to low-maintenance and long life guarantee. Exposure to airborne particles and moisture is avoided, thereby ensuring that no outside influences can penetrate the binocular housing and disrupt functionality.
Great set of binoculars whilst not being overly big in size. Easy to carry and fantastic for looking at insects in the garden. Good for kids too due to the compact design.Published 11 days ago by Ian
Outstanding binoculars. Not just for close focus, but totally unmatched for that. They are also excellent general purpose binoculars. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dr. Robert C. Oswald
Not had much chance to try the bins out in the field but a brief few try-outs in the garden and from the house confirms that they live up to the many reviews. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Peter J Stevens
It's the dark days of winter so I haven't had a lot of opportunity to use them but from what I've seen they live up to the claims made for them. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Telstar
I am delighted with these close focusing binoculars. They really DO focus amazingly close, whilst being perfectly adequate for conventional use. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Barrie Davis
They work great but packed in their case they are just a little too big to fit in a pocket. You will see insects in a way that you haven't seen them beforePublished 5 months ago by D. hickson
Looking more like the decapitated head of Disney's robotic WALL.E than the stereotypical image of binoculars that normally spring to mind, these small optical wonders have achieved... Read morePublished 5 months ago by G. Wylie