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Pentax 8,5 x 21 Papilio Fernglas

Pentax 8,5 x 21 Papilio Fernglas
alaScore 87

136 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 136 reviews from magazines and websites.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Binoculars the Pentax 8,5 x 21 Papilio Fernglas is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 136 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

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close focus is superb


These binoculars are slightly larger than they would be if they didn't provide close focus, but the close focus does indeed work as advertised and the image is sharp and bright at all distances. It's amazing they will focus as close as they do. They...

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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;...

amplification peformance and clarity


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This product is great!


The binoculars were more than I had anticipated. Very clear, and easy to use light weight. You can take them with you everywhere.

Close Focus","Compact","Lightweight","Quality Lenses","Strong Construction","Works Well With Glasses



Consumer review by:

Pentax Papilio Binoculars


As stated in many reviews, these have excellent close focus. They are very good for insects, plants and other close subjects. The 7.5 degree FOV is very good, as is the 56mm IPD. However the 15mm Eye Relief is a bit tight for glasses wearers, and the...

Close Focus","Compact","Lightweight

Eye Relief only 15mm","Low Light performance

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Excellent update to a fine product


This magnification is easier to hand-hold than the 8X, and the close focus opens up a new world. Great update to the previous similar model, which I enjoyed for many years until it was stolen.

Close Focus","Compact","Lightweight","Quality Lenses","Strong Construction","Works Well With Glasses

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used by a legaly blind person


Used for bird watching by my wife and is delighted by its easy handling

Close Focus","Compact","Lightweight","Quality Lenses","Strong Construction

Consumer review by:

great for close viewing


I first used these on a trip to Mexico and loved looking at insects and spiders close-up with them. They work great and you can be much closer than with regular binocs. I bought these to use with an aquarium to look closely at various creatures in...

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Pentax Papilio 8.5x21 close focus binoculars, excellent but not perfect


This is a supplement to Allan Ostling's epinions review which covers them pretty well and in my view accurately. He has two reviews which are more or less identical and probably he is reviewing the lower power 6.5x binocs. I opted for the higher power...

No eyestrain close focusing to 1.5 ft - unique. Excellent optics, quality and price

Ease of use in the field could be improved

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Into the New Papilio Paradise


At work today a fellow rocket engineer asked me if I had a magnifier. I usually have some sort of lens in my office. He wanted to inspect some instrumentation hardware on which he suspected a fault. I said sure, reached into my briefcase, and handed...

These binoculars have no competition, at any price

They are now in short supply

Expert review by:

Pentax Papilio 8.5x21 Binoculars


The Pentax Papilio 8.5x21 binoculars can zoom in on your prey (or, you know, just the countryside) with impressive skill, offering 8.5x magnification, as well as a 50cm close focus, 21mm lens. They came out tied for top in our Iceland group test -...

Product Specifications

The PENTAX Papilio Series incorporate a mechanism that automatically compensates for the misalignment of right and left image fields at close ranges, facilitating the observation of insects in the field and exhibits at galleries and museums. The series is called Papilio, the Latin word for butterfly, because it was specifically developed to satisfy user demands for close-range observation of butterflies and other insects.

Dimensions & Weight



Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Pentax Papilio

Lens System

Focus Adjustment:Manual

Optical System

Eye Relief:15mm
Objective Lens Diameter:21mm
Prism System:Porro


Type: None