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We've been waiting several months before submitting this review so we could give these Pentax 8.5x21 Close Focus Papilio Binoculars a good try out. And they are excellent. We've had several pairs of binoculars between us over the years, but these are outstanding - definitely the best. 8.5x suits us very well for general outdoor use, giving adequate power without the tremor effects that you can experience with the 10x or 12x types. Light .. powerful .. compact .. crystal clear images (as you would expect from Pentax optics) .. and an amazing focussing range - yes, you really can examine the grasshopper sitting on your shoes! and then see it clearly again fifteen feet away. The binoculars come with a snug detachable case, a neck strap; plus a double eyepiece soft plastic lens cover for protecting both eyepieces when not in use, it threads on the strap so doesn't get dropped. One eyepiece adjusts to accomodate differences in eyesight between your eyes. These are brilliant binoculars - we've stopped lugging our off-puttingly heavy and bulky old ones around with us now! Highly recommended.
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Initial post: 13 Apr 2010 12:54:24 BDT
Caryn Brazier says:
What a great review - thank you for being so enthusiastic and including so much info. I'm definitely feeling better informed now!
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Nov 2012 20:56:44 GMT
Last edited by the author on 12 Nov 2012 21:00:28 GMT
J. Neighbour says:
Agreed! A good review about an obviously good bit of kit. I've just seen these bins reviewed outstandingly on CH5's 'Gadget Show' so had to research further and I've just ordered a pair - mainly, I have to admit, on the strength of the reviews here. But does anyone know why the x6.5s are claimed to be water-resistant and these not? I'm slightly puzzled seeing as they appear almost identical. A bit late now seeing as I've just ordered a pair of x8.5s. I'm curious, and hoping they're water-resistant like their x6.5 counterparts. Any info would be greatly received before I use them in the rain, which is occasionally the case in Laos at this time of year and where I shall be taking them next week.
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