Pentax SD 8 x 42 WP Roof Prism Binocular
- Fully multicoated lenses for maximum light transmission
- Enhanced light transmission coating for superb brightness and colour rendition
- Protective coating to repel water, oil, dust and dirt.
- Waterproof & nitrogen purged to handle the extreme weather conditions.
- 8x Magnification
These two models in the new SD series upgrade and supersede the much-loved predecessors. Thanks to minor design changes, the SD binoculars are significantly lighter and offer much better imaging performance. With these two binoculars PENTAX has underlined its potential for innovation in binocular technology. Bright and clear:multi-layer coating of all lenses suppresses reflections and makes the light available for the viewed image. In this way, and also because of the new type of silver coating of the phase correcting coated BaK4 prisms, the SD series binoculars generate a bright and sharp image, faithfully rendering the colors even under difficult light conditions.
At this price point these are hard to beat. 8x is the perfect power for me - I was able to hold these still in a canoe, or on land after my morning coffee. The exit pupil is big enough that they're still useful during dusk and dawn as well. These have a wider field of view than a lot of cheaper 8x binocs, and better eye relief too. I found them equally comfortable to use with my eyeglasses on and the cups screwed down, or with no glasses and the cups out.
Color balance is good, if slightly cool - I would say similar to Zeiss or Swarovski in that area. Leicas are definitely warmer, and nikons very neutral.
Sharpness is outstanding, and I didn't have any glare or internal reflections present themselves - even when using across water with lots of sun reflections around.
Weight is good - the composite body is definitely lighter than some others in the size, and with a padded/elastic tamrac strap they were comfortable for hours at a time.
My only real gripe is the front lens caps, that refused to stay on, but not enough to dock a star. The case they come in is very basic, as is the strap - but to be honest if that's where they're gonna skimp to save some money when the optics are this good - I'm completely fine with that.
In the end - unless you're planning on spending 5-10x what these cost - you really can't go wrong with these.
Giving these that last star for the full 5. I have nothing bad to say about their optics or handling. Just superb.
Fantastic binocs. We've a couple good pairs in the family, one I used most was a much older Zeiss 10x50 from the 60s. I've only had, personally, a couple cheaper Bushnell pairs of 8x25. This puts them to shame. I went binocular shopping a while back after seeing several new - I'm no expert whatsover, but I am a photographer (film and digital) of two decades and experienced with good optics in general.
These have fantastic optics. I'm not certain I was even aware that Pentax made binoculars - surprising because at this point most of my favorite and best glass is Pentax for photography - that's why I looked closer when I saw a pair. It seems the same is true of their binoculars that is true for their camera lens offerings: fantastic performance from years in the industry, but for much less money than "popular" brands.
It's been written numerous times, in my brief research over Pentax binoculars, in reviews that Pentax are "just as good or better than binos double the price".... That was often what I found in the camera lens world, and it holds true here. These binoculars have a great FOV, they are very sharp, and they are ridiculously bright.... All for about half what I expected to pay for a pair this good. That's a win.
Only complaints, as many have stated, are that the included strap isn't that great and the objective lens caps are a poor and cheap design that pop off constantly. If these are the corner Pentax cuts to make these come in at this price point, fine by me. I always reserve a star for products I review early after receiving... but I was hesitant to do so this time.
Waterproof and submersible with anti dirt coating which makes for easy cleaning
Good sharp image with control of light
Fantastic build quality, materials
Nice coating on lens with decent light gathering ability
Focus wheel so stiff you need two fingers to turn it, and it takes a while to move through the field of focus. The focus wheel is so tight my fingers would slip as i attempted to rotate it.
Cheap objective lens and ocular lens covers, cheap case
Ultimately I returned them because not being able to focus in an easy manner rendered them useless for viewing wildlife
Amazon shipped these without a box and they came beat up, I would suggest always double checking that they will ship in an amazon box