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This binocular is a wonderful instrument! Its close-focusing ability is nothing short of astonishing.Carrying one of these in the field is like having a long-distance dissecting microscope in your pocket.I purchased mine prior to a hike to Paradise Park on Mt Hood in Oregon, and I could not be more pleased with its performance.For example, an unusual-looking fly alit on a wildflower in the meadow, and I was able to observe both in great detail.The anatomy of the fly was quite clear -- its palps...

Pentax 62216 Papilio 8.5x21 Sports Optics Binoculars review by Heliomphalodon Incarnadine can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Heliomphalodon Incarnadine
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Review Date: 09/05/2009
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96% (74 of 77) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
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I'm not very impressed with the Papilo binoculars for bird watching. I find that there are very distracting internal reflections in the binoculars as if Pentax had never heard of optical coatings. And as you pan the binoculars, you can actually see the optical distortions at the edges of the lens. I suspect that this lack of optical quality is in service to the Papilio's one party trick, which admittedly is a really good one. The close focusing feature of the binoculars works very well and o...

Pentax 62216 Papilio 8.5x21 Sports Optics Binoculars review by Daniel Neiman can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Daniel Neiman
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3.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 04/04/2012
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80% (21 of 26) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
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No doubt there are high dollar binoculars that excel over the Papilio in the ordinary capacity of long distance viewing. No doubt being absolutely waterproof is important for some. But still, these optics are superb for the price; the focus is fine and precise; and If ordinary care to protect them from foul weather and water is of no issue, the Papilio does something few, if any other binoculars can--focus down to an amazing 18"! To be able to gaze the "close-scape" without having to have you...

Pentax 62216 Papilio 8.5x21 Sports Optics Binoculars review by Ohm Slaw can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Ohm Slaw
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5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 01/19/2009
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88% (8 of 9) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Excellent quality, could be priced lower
 
This is an excellent piece of equipment, when compared to heir counterparts at $100 or lower. Good amplification, excelent clarity, wide angle, in general a much better performance. At a 20% premium over the competition it would be an awesome purchase; 50% pemium limits its acquisition potential

Pentax 62216 Papilio 8.5x21 Sports Optics Binoculars review by JustAfterEarlyAdoption can be read at Best Buy
 
JustAfterEarlyAdoption
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4.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 11/09/2010
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88% (8 of 9) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
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I am a casual birder and general nature lover. When my old (cheap, heavy, kinda lousy) binoculars died, I decided to try these. Am I ever glad I did! They provide a totally different experience! They are light, easy to focus, and the image quality is amazing. The short focusing distance is unbelievable. I was trying to test it out and chose a blur to zoom in on.. it turned out to be my big toe- 2 feet away - in probably more detail that you really want to see your toes! I had to laugh, but since...

Pentax 62216 Papilio 8.5x21 Sports Optics Binoculars review by Laurel B can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Laurel B
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Review Date: 01/09/2012
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100% (6 of 6) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
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I bought these along with a Pentax rebate that brought the price to around $70. I went to Costa Rica and wanted something portable and these were designed for butterfly close-ups too. I figured for the price, it was worth a try. I have to say they are my favorite binoculars by far now. I was skeptical of the 21mm objective. I had small binocs like these (24mm) and was pretty disappointed with them. But these are amazingly bright, as bright or brighter than my Bushnell 7-25X40 zooms and wit...

Pentax 62216 Papilio 8.5x21 Sports Optics Binoculars review by D. Jackson can be read at Amazon.Com
 
D. Jackson
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5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 05/10/2012
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100% (6 of 6) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
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I agree with all the positive reviews on the 8.5x papilios, I feel like a kid again exploring the backyard. The close focus really is amazing and the far focus is like any other quality binoculars. They are tiny, a true work of optical engineering.My gripes - I was disappointed to open them up and smell that familiar Chinese rubber/plastic stink. It faded some after a few days of airing out in the sun. The reflection/glare from side light bouncing back from the eyepieces ruined the pleasure of w...

Pentax 62216 Papilio 8.5x21 Sports Optics Binoculars review by Bucky B. can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Bucky B.
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Review Date: 03/07/2009
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100% (5 of 5) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
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I had been looking for some time for a set of compact close-focus binos for butterfly and moth observation, and as a light-weight backup when not carrying my birding glasses, when I stumbled upon the Pentax Papilio.I am astounded at the close-focus capability of these glasses. There is, quite simply, nothing on the market in the same league. At 8.5x21, the exit pupil is quite small and it required a little bit of patience to get everything adjusted to my liking. The payoff was well worth the ...

Pentax 62216 Papilio 8.5x21 Sports Optics Binoculars review by Michael Lee can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Michael Lee
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Review Date: 04/21/2009
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83% (5 of 6) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
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I read a rather lengthy scientific review of these binoculars in a telescope forum and bought them based on the recommendation. I have not been disappointed! Watching insects is probably the best application. They will focus to 1.5'. Every detail of an insect's behavior is observable in the highest detail. I also take them with me to football games and musicals where they are equally adept. Also consider the 6.5 x 21. I own those as well and the lower magnification doesn't amplify the unsteadine...

Pentax 62216 Papilio 8.5x21 Sports Optics Binoculars review by C. Johnston can be read at Amazon.Com
 
C. Johnston
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Review Date: 12/12/2011
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100% (5 of 5) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
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If you are a serious observer of nature you will probably want to own more than one pair of binoculars. Hunters have more than one rifle, musicians have more than one instrument and birders (and other naturalists) should have not only a back-up pair but also alternative binoculars that are better suited for specific situations. I have high magnification, compact and high definition pairs.I bought the Pentax 8.5x21 binoculars for a couple of reasons. I like the fact that they are small and com...

Pentax 62216 Papilio 8.5x21 Sports Optics Binoculars review by Timothy B. Riley can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Timothy B. Riley
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Review Date: 11/02/2009
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100% (4 of 4) Users Found This Review Helpful
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