Pentax

OVERVIEW

The company that is now Pentax was founded in 1919, and was originally named Asashi Optical Joint Stock Co. In 1952, the company introduced the SLR camera and became a pioneer and technological leader in the industry. Pentax continues to create state of the art products, both new and of better quality. They collect market research from around the world in order to make products to fit any situation in any country.

All of the binocular products from Pentax are made with the highest quality optics and mechanics. They’re very serious when it comes to the quality of their products, including safety, and work toward meeting all the required standards. They also keep track of the performance of their products to help improve or find potential issues.

All of the binoculars Pentax offers are grouped into the compact or full size category. Once a size is decided on, there are several series of binoculars in each category to choose from, and each series includes binoculars best suited to the many uses one might have for binoculars. The compact category includes five groups of binoculars, DCF, UCF, MCF, FB, and Papilio, with one or more models of binoculars included in each. The full size category has three groups of binoculars, PCF, XCF, and a full size series of DCF binoculars, with DCF having both full size and compact models available.

AVAILABLE BINOCULARS SERIES

DCF ED Series Binoculars

Pentax DCF ED binoculars boast several elements that allow them to provide brighter, clearer images than many other binoculars on the market. They use Extra Low Dispersion glass elements for superior light management, high resolution, and increased color accuracy. Aspherical lenses provided sharpness throughout the entire field of vision. Nitrogen-filled barrels make the binoculars waterproof and fog proof, and allow submersion to a depth of one meter. The body is constructed of a magnesium alloy for maximum durability while remaining lightweight.

DCF ED binoculars contain reflection- and phase-coated prisms for maximum light transmission and brightness. Multi-coated lenses offer high contrast and sharp images. The inner-focus design offers better sealing and balance. The binoculars are fully coated with durable rubber armor for protection and a sure grip. Eye relief is adjustable, perfect for eyeglass wearers. All Pentax sport optics are covered by the company’s “Worry-Free” Warranty, which is a non-transferable, limited lifetime warranty.

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DCF HS Series Binoculars

Pentax DCF HS binoculars ensure an enjoyable outdoor viewing experience, even in harsh weather conditions because they’re waterproof and fog proof. They’re also stylish and functional, with a streamlined body made from lightweight fiberglass-reinforced polycarbonate. The body is also covered with durable rubber armoring to protect the optics from external shock while also providing a sure grip, even in wet conditions.

DCF HS binoculars contain phase-coated BAK-4 prisms that offer high refraction and superior light transmission. The prisms also boast a super-reflection coating for higher resolution and contrast throughout the entire field of view. Fully multi-coated lenses contribute to the sharp images and exceptional color quality. All Pentax sport optics are covered by the company’s “Worry-Free” Warranty, which is a non-transferable, limited lifetime warranty.

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DCF LV Binoculars

Pentax DCF LV binoculars have garnered multiple awards from outdoor authority resources, and for good reason. They’re compact binoculars that offer the same quality and features as many full-sized models. The compact body is lightweight yet extremely durable. The body is also covered with durable rubber armoring which both protects the binoculars and provides a comfortable grip. Thanks to nitrogen-filled barrels, the binoculars are waterproof and fog proof, and are submersible to one meter, making them ideal for travel, camping, hiking, and many other outdoor activities.

DCF LV binoculars boast phase-coated, super-reflective coated prisms, which increase light transmission, brightness, and color fidelity. Fully multi-coated lenses offer sharp, clear images over the entire field of vision. Helicoid eyepiece rings provide comfortable eye relief, and an inner-focus design adds balance and durability. All Pentax sport optics are covered by the company’s “Worry-Free” Warranty, which is a non-transferable, limited lifetime warranty.

DCF MC II Series Binoculars

Pentax DCF MC II binoculars are ideal for the traveler, hiker, or camper because of their streamlined design and foldaway construction, which gives them great portability. The lens barrels are rubber-housed for extra durability and protection. They’re also waterproof and fog proof, making them the perfect portable outdoor binoculars.

DCF MC II binoculars contain phase-coated and reflection-coated BAK-4 prisms, which provide excellent light transmission for bright images and true color interpretation. The lenses are multi-coated, increasing resolution, contrast, and clarity across the entire field of vision. The right diopter features click-stop adjustment, and long eye relief offers comfortable viewing, even for those who wear eyeglasses. Pentax DCF MC II binoculars come with a soft carrying case, neckstrap, and lens covers. All Pentax sport optics are covered by the company’s “Worry-Free” Warranty, which is a non-transferable, limited lifetime warranty.

DCF SP Series Binoculars

Pentax DCF SP binoculars are ideal for two situations—close viewing, and inclement weather. With a close focus distance of 6.6 feet, they’re made for bird and butterfly watching, but at the same time offer clear, high resolution images at a distance. The magnesium-alloy body provides durability, while nitrogen-filled barrels make the binoculars waterproof, fog proof, and submersible to one meter.

DCF SP binoculars feature aspherical lenses which provide sharp images across the entire field of view. The lenses are protected by a scratch-resistant coating, and also boast other coatings to improve images clarity and color fidelity. The prisms are phase-coated, and offer bright images, even in low-light conditions. Pentax DCF SP binoculars come with a soft carrying case, neckstrap, and lens covers. All Pentax sport optics are covered by the company’s “Worry-Free” Warranty, which is a non-transferable, limited lifetime warranty.

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DCF SW Binoculars

Pentax DCF SW binoculars feature a streamlined design and dual-hinge construction, both of which make them very portable and convenient to carry in just about any situation. A rubber exterior makes the binoculars comfortable to hold and carry, even for long periods, and provides a sure grip, even in wet weather conditions. They can stand up to wet weather, too, because of the nitrogen-filled barrels which make them fully waterproof and fog proof.

DCF SW feature phase-coated and reflection-coated prisms, which offer exceptional light transmission, creating bright images and high color fidelity. Multi-coated lenses provide high resolution, high contrast, and excellent clarity from edge to edge. The right diopter has click-stop adjustment, while long eye relief offers comfortable viewing, even for eyeglass wearers. Pentax DCF SW binoculars come with a carrying case, a neckstrap, and lens covers. All Pentax sport optics are covered by the company’s “Worry-Free” Warranty, which is a non-transferable, limited lifetime warranty.

Papilio Butterfly Series Binoculars

Pentax Papilio Butterfly series binoculars are made for butterfly watchers. If that’s your hobby, you need a pair of Papilio binoculars. What makes them unique and ideal for butterfly or insect watching is the internal mechanism that offers a minimum focusing distance of just 18 inches, allowing you to get up close and see details you would miss at the 6.5 feet offered by other close-range models. Aside from butterfly watching, they’re also great for hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities. Note that they’re not waterproof, though.

The Papilio Butterfly series features aspherical optical lenses, and BAK-4 prisms, which combine to offer crisp, clear images, even at that close focus distance. The body is covered with tough rubber armor, helping protect the binoculars from bumps and scrapes while also providing a comfortable grip. Pentax Papilio Butterfly series binoculars come with a soft carrying case, a neckstrap, and lens covers. All Pentax sport optics are covered by the company’s “Worry-Free” Warranty, which is a non-transferable, limited lifetime warranty.

PCF WP II Series Binoculars

Pentax PCF WP II series binoculars offer convenient, focus-free viewing through their mechanical focus lock feature which allows the user to lock in at a specific distance. In addition, a click-stop diopter adjustment locks in the right eyepiece diopter setting. The aluminum diecast body provides strength and durability, while the rubber armor coating protects the housing and offers a sure grip.

PCF WP II binoculars have nitrogen-filled barrels, making them waterproof, fog proof, and submersible to a depth of one meter. The large objective lenses are made for superior light-gathering, which provides bright, clear images even in low-light conditions. Long eye relief offers comfortable viewing, even for eyeglass wearers. Pentax PCF WP II series binoculars come with a soft carrying case, objective and optical lens covers, and a neckstrap. All Pentax sport optics are covered by the company’s “Worry-Free” Warranty, which is a non-transferable, limited lifetime warranty.

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UCF R Series Binoculars

Pentax UCF R series binoculars are designed for portability, yet they don’t sacrifice any quality or durability. They’re perfect for both indoor and outdoor viewing, whether they’re used for concerts, sporting events, or wildlife observation. Their aspherical eyepiece lens elements provide excellent edge-to-edge sharpness, making for clear, crisp views across the entire field of vision.

UCF R binoculars contain high-refraction, coated BAK-4 prisms, which offer bright images in nearly all lighting conditions. Multi-coated lenses also provide sharp images. The coatings are designed to eliminate ultraviolet rays, and reduce glare. Pentax UCF R series binoculars come with a soft carrying case, lens covers, and a neckstrap. All Pentax sport optics are covered by the company’s “Worry-Free” Warranty, which is a non-transferable, limited lifetime warranty.

UCF WP Series Binoculars

Pentax UCF WP series binoculars are made for extreme weather. Nitrogen-filled barrels make the binoculars waterproof, fog proof, and submersible to a depth of one meter. They’re an ideal choice for outdoor viewing in wet weather conditions, or for use while boating. Their unibody construction and rubber-coated housing make them even more durable.

UCF WP binoculars contain inverted BAK-4 glass prisms for high refraction and clear images. An inner-focus feature eliminates the need for manual focusing, and the close-focus distance of 6.2 feet makes observing smaller objects such as birds and butterflies even easier. Pentax UCF WP series binoculars come with a soft carrying case, lens covers, and a neckstrap. All Pentax sport optics are covered by the company’s “Worry-Free” Warranty, which is a non-transferable, limited lifetime warranty.

UCF X II Compact Series Binoculars

Pentax UCF X II series binoculars are one of the best choices for bird and butterfly watching. With a close focus distance of 6.2 feet, these binoculars bring every feather and wing detail up close for in-depth observation. In addition, because the coated optics protect against harmful UV rays, and eliminate glare, they allow the viewer to see more without worry about eye damage.

UCF X II binoculars are built with high-quality BAK-4 prisms that increase light transmission, making viewing easier in low-light conditions. Multi-coated lenses create crisp, clear images across the entire field of vision. Note that while the binoculars are excellent for outdoor viewing, they’re not waterproof. Pentax UCF X II series binoculars come with a soft carrying case, lens covers, and a neckstrap. All Pentax sport optics are covered by the company’s “Worry-Free” Warranty, which is a non-transferable, limited lifetime warranty.

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UCF Zoom II Series Binoculars

Pentax UCF Zoom II series binoculars offer an exceptional viewing experience at any distance thanks to the zooming capability contained within these compact binoculars. See the action on the field up close at any sporting event, or zoom in on details of birds in their nests with a simple turn of a dial. In addition, aspherical lenses offer enhanced, clear images from edge to edge regardless of the viewing distance.

UCF Zoom II binoculars contain high-refraction BAK-4 prisms for bright, clear images. Multi-coated lenses also offer sharp viewing. The binoculars also feature an innovative dual-axis eye-distance adjustment system, and a pop-out right diopter adjustment knob. Pentax UCF Zoom II series binoculars come with a deluxe carrying case, a neckstrap, and objective lens covers. All Pentax sport optics are covered by the company’s “Worry-Free” Warranty, which is a non-transferable, limited lifetime warranty.

XCF Series Binoculars

Pentax XCF series binoculars offer four magnifications to choose from, making them ideal for just about any viewing situation, whether it’s indoors our outdoors, a sporting event or a nature hike. The durable body is encased in protective full-body rubber coating for extra protection and sure gripping, not to mention sleek, contemporary styling.

XCF series binoculars are made with high-quality BAK-4 prisms for optimal light transmission, and bright, clear images. The multi-coated lenses also offer crisp images, as well as protection from harmful UV rays and harsh glare. Fold-down, rubber eyecups offer comfort to any viewing, and accommodate those who wear eyeglasses, too. Pentax XCF series binoculars come with a soft case, objective and optical lens covers, and a neckstrap. All Pentax sport optics are covered by the company’s “Worry-Free” Warranty, which is a non-transferable, limited lifetime warranty.

Other Binoculars

Pentax offers a wide range of binoculars, from a diminutive 6.2-ounce compact model, to a kit made for hunters which contains binoculars and a rifle scope. Pentax also makes binoculars specifically aimed at butterfly watchers, which also come in very handy for those who like to watch birds and other forms of wildlife. Their zoom binoculars give the viewer the ability to see more at greater distances, all with the simple turn of a knob. Inner-focus mechanisms on some models do away with the need for manual focusing.

Pentax binoculars mostly feature BAK-4 prisms which are coated to provide superior light transmission, making them ideal for viewing in low-light conditions. Multi-coated lenses contribute to crisp, clear images. Some models feature lens coatings that protect against the sun’s harmful UV rays, and reduce glare. Most models are waterproof and fog proof, making them good choices for outdoor viewing in harsh weather, or activities on the water. Most Pentax binoculars come with a carrying case, objective and optical lens covers, and a neckstrap. All Pentax sport optics are covered by the company’s “Worry-Free” Warranty, which is a non-transferable, limited lifetime warranty.

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RANGES

Pentax’s compact binoculars include DCF, FB, MCF, UCF, and Papilio series. The FB, Papilio, and MCF Jupiter II are their own series, but the DCF and UCF each have their own ranges within. The DCF series is further broken down into the DCF LV, DCF MC II, DCF SW, and DCF XP. The UCF series includes the UCF R, UCF WP, UCF XII, and the UCF Zoom II. All DCF models are ideal for viewing sports and outdoor wildlife. All the UCF models are ideal for sports, like the DCF models, but are better suited for hiking and traveling.

The full size Pentax binoculars include the PCF, XCF, and DCF series. The XCF and PCF WPII are their own series and, as with the compact versions, DCF have several ranges under the DCF series group. The DCF full-size range consists of the DCF ED, DCF HRc, DCF HS, DCF SP, and the DCF WP II.

MAGNIFICATION

Pentax binoculars have various levels of magnification available. Their Papilio series has a magnification of 6.5X, but other magnifications available on other binoculars are 7X, 8X, 8.5X, 9X, 10X, 12X, and 12.5X. Only three models have a 16X magnification: a UCF X II model, an XCF model and the UCF Zoom II. The UCF Zoom II has a magnification from 8X to 16X, “zoom” in the name denotes the variable magnification. 16X is not the highest magnification available though. One PCF WP II model reaches 20X.

OBJECTIVE LENS

Pentax offers a fairly standard range when it comes to the objective lenses of all their binoculars. Both models in the FB Lite series have the lowest objective lens size, measuring just 17mm, but one has a higher magnification than the other. Only one pair of binoculars in the Pentax product line reaches the highest objective lens size of 60mm: the PCF WP II 20X60. Overall, the sizes are evenly spread out over the entire binocular base. The average objective lens size of them all falls around the middle of the 17 to 60 range.

FIELD OF VIEW (F.O.V.)

With all of Pentax’s binoculars, you’ll get just over 100 ft. of view at 1000 yd. with their highest F.O.V. reaching over 400 yd. at the same distance. The lowest F.O.V is found on the PCF WP II 20X60 model, with a view of 114 ft. at a distance of 1000 yd. The highest is found on the XCF 8X40 model, giving a view of 429 ft. at 1000 yd.

PRODUCT OFFERING

There are approximately 45 types and models of binoculars available from Pentax, grouped into either the compact and full size category, with each category sporting their own series of binoculars, except the DCF which has both compact and full size models.

Pentax makes more than just binoculars, so if you’re happy with those products, maybe they make something else you might find useful. Other sport optic products Pentax makes are spotting scopes, rifle scopes, astronomy eyepieces, and accessories to go along with them. They also have their own lines of cameras, CCTV, business printers, medical scopes and mobility products.

PRICE RANGE

You can find pairs of binoculars Pentax offers for as little as $60 or as much as over $1,000. The least expensive model available is Pentax’s 8X21 UCF R Binoculars for $59.99, and the most expensive model is the Pentax 10X50 DCF ED Binoculars which can be found for $1,149. The majority of Pentax binoculars are in the several hundred dollar range, with only a few models very highly priced.

WARRANTY

The binoculars are grouped into Pentax’s sport optic line of products along with rifle scopes, spotting scopes, and astronomical eyepieces. All sport optic products have a worry-free warranty that applies to any product purchased from an authorized Pentax sport optics dealer in the United States after March 1, 2006.

Pentax will fix or replace any sport optics product under the specified conditions to only the individual who bought the binoculars, even with accidental damage from user error, but only of the damage interferes with the operation of the equipment. For example, if the binoculars are scratched up from misuse, but otherwise work fine, you can still use them and they won’t fix it. If a replacement is due, but the model is no longer available, a similar model will be issued. Stolen or misplaced binoculars are not covered. The only charge on the worry-free warranty is the shipping and returning costs.

POPULAR PENTAX BINOCULARS

The popular pair of binoculars in the Pentax line up is the 9X28 DCF LV model. The 9X28 DFC LV model is a compact and lightweight pair of binoculars, yet durable and comfortable to use with the helicoid eyepieces. The color quality and brightness are increased with fully multi-coated lenses and the exterior is made from rubber for a good grip that helps protect the internal components. It costs $250.00, in the lower level of the pricing scale, and it comes with a case, strap, and eye lens cap. Its nitrogen-filled waterproof to handle and be used in extreme weather conditions and can even be submerged in water 3.3 ft. deep (1 meter).