Summary: Got these binoculars so that I would be closer to the action at the recen t U2 concert in Tampa. They did not disappoint... I felt like I was in the front row... all the way from the upper deck!!! Very easy to use and focus. I highly recommend these binoculars.
Summary: I just bought a set of these very recently, and I really like them! The optics are top notch, the focus controls are smooth & precise, and even with the large 50mm objective lenses, they are quite easy & comfortable to handle. Like the other reviewer here said, they are a bit large (50mm lenses are that way), so long periods of use are best done when using a tripod. But, once you have a tripod adapter, these binoculars are ready to mount for long, comfortable viewing.
Summary: The quality is very high for the cost. These are very portable/ well-made despite the weight. I will note that if you are going to use binoculars with this mm magnification, you should use a tripod attachment to stabilize them to avoid getting a headache. They are great for getting close-up views to perched birds or other animals.
Summary: These are absolutely superb. Very easy to use no problems with the focusing. They are very well made a bit on the heavy side. But absolutely super. I take them out with me when I go walking which is every day. Would not be without them now.
Summary: Used these at London Olympic stadium and Etihad. Also look at the moon and the London skyline from flat. Standard good quality and handy. Rubber coating gives robust sturdy modern feel. Sometimes wish they could look further.
Both pairs of Pentax 12x50 binoculars arrived broken...
25 October 2012
Summary: I have now bought these binoculars twice from Amazon and each time they have arrived broken... The first pair came in a padded envelope. I realised one lens barrel had cracked away from the main body but I could just about look through both, as long as I was holding one of the lens barrels in place. The images looked very good, so I returned this pair and ordered another, from a different supplier. This time an Amazon box arrived. I opened it and... alas!
Summary: We bought these for watching athletics at the Olympics+ and were not disappointed. Despite being a long way from the action they enabled us a view that was detailed but wide enough to take in all the action. Also excellent for bird watching.
Summary: Over the years I have used and owned many different makes and types of Binnoculars. I have to say that the Pentax 12x50 XCF Binnoculars are the best that I have ever used. They are excellent Quality with unbelievable clear veiwing and at an amazing price from Amazon.co.uk.
Summary: Upgraded my 9 year old 8x40 Intra binoculars which were ok but I needed more zoom, these new Pentax are much clearer and better' Amazon were the cheapest I could find anywhere, well worth the money.