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Pentax 8.5x21 Papilio
9.6 out of 10

Pentax 8.5x21 Papilio

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Reviews and Problems with Pentax 8.5x21 Papilio

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Overall 10
10

Good quality

Michael N., Newegg
26 September 2013
  • Summary: Handy gadget
  • Pros: Light, small size Optical quality is pretty good Close focal distance (0.5m)
  • Cons: Not really. I know the limitations before making the decision If you are in distant/tiny objects such as flying birds, you may want a different scope.
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Overall 4
4.0

Papilio 8.5x21 vs. 6.5x21

steelbicyclist, shopping.com
17 August 2012
  • Summary: The 6.5x is much more pleasing than the 8.5x. Two stars for 8.5x, Would be four for 6.5x. Keep in mind they are butterfly not birding binoculars.
  • Pros: Nothing like them for close focus.  Tack sharp. Light weight
  • Cons: Severe chromatic aberation, Poor quality image for distance.  Eye strain--maybe mine were defective.
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Overall 10
10

Into the New Papilio Paradise

aostling, shopping.com
3 May 2005
  • Summary: Buy the 6.5x21 Papilios as soon as you can.
  • Pros: These binoculars have no competition, at any price.
  • Cons: They are now in short supply.
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Overall 10
10

To see the World in a grain of sand...

G. Wylie "george11171", Amazon
3 December 2014
  • Summary: 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 something of a cult status amongst a growing band of ardent admirers who believe they might just have found macro...
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Overall 10
10

Excellent Quality!

Stan Ojalas, Amazon
16 May 2014
  • Summary: Very impressed by the optics and far exceeded my expectations! I would recommend for anyone taking up birding to look seriously at and through these binoculars !
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Overall 8
8.0

Narrow field of view

Brian J Croasdell, Amazon
1 July 2013
  • Summary: Excellent brand name correctly advertised but the narrowness of the field of view lengthens the time to bring the object into focus.
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Overall 6
6.0

GOOD OPTICALLY BUT NOT ROBUST, OR ELSE I'M UNLUCKY

BUTTERFLY2, Amazon
16 May 2013
  • Summary: Had I been writing this review a year and a half or so ago, after first purchasing the Pentax Papilio 8.5 x 21 model in spring 2008, I would have concurred with all the excellent reviews these binoculars have had.
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Overall 10
10

Small becomes great with these!

Peter N, Amazon
30 August 2012
  • Summary: Theses are the best all rounders of our five binos and a Swarofski scope for long distance. Experience (and frustration) showed don't get zoom, it decreases field of view; go for a biggest objective that is not too heavy, and of course go for quality which is subjective and best judged by visiting a...
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Overall 10
10

Spectacular close-ups

lizringer, Amazon
21 May 2012
  • Summary: At last an easy way to get in close to insects and other wildlife without scaring them away. The Papilio binoculars are light to carry, easy to adjust and allow me to study fine details like veins on wings without disturbing my subjects. Great for botanical study too.
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Overall 10
10

Great for close range viewing

cbtrpt, Amazon
30 April 2012
  • Summary: For close-up work (ie less than about 25m), these binoculars are superb. They can be used to view plants and insects at your feet with remarkable clarity, and are great for a whole range of close-up viewing.
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