Excerpt: I keep them handy always Love these binocs! While the Pentax Papilio II 8.5x21 Binocular doesn't replace a hand lens for true closeup, or a pair of Zeiss or Leica for birding, they do give one a new opportunity to get quite a bit closer.
Excerpt: Great retirement binos My wife and I, now being retired for some/several years (10x yrs.), were looking for a lightweight/compact binocular glass to be used only in/at our home's garden here, no need to always drag out the powerful full size Zeiss glasses every time to just be used at 50 feet or so...
Summary: We are avid "birders" who own numerous pairs of binoculars, several of which are much more expensive. We own 2 pairs of these binoculars and have bought another pair as a gift. For the money, this is an outstanding product.
Excerpt: Close-up views After seeing a few people with the Pentax Papilio 8.5x21 Binocular at our butterfly walks at Estero Llano Grande State Park, I decided to get a pair. WOW, is about all I can say.