- Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 2.2 inches ; 9.9 ounces
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- ASIN: B00076WOC4
- Item model number: 62217
- Average Customer Review: 292 customer reviews
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Pentax 62217 UCF II 8-16x21 Zoom Binoculars (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Central fingertip control includes focus ,locking diopter, and zoom control
- Revolutionary dual-axis, single body housing with synchronized eye-piece adjustment to assure correct optical alignment for comfortable viewing
- Fast and easy center focusing for handling ease
- Fully multi-coated optics to eliminate harmful ultraviolet rays while improving light transmission for high contrast images with no glare or flare.
- BOX CONTENT: Binocular UCF ZOOM II 8- 16X21, Case (69605), Neck strap (69356), Eyepiece lens caps (69529).
- Inverted porro prism design results in a light weight, compact body.
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Looking for big zoom in a small package? The UCF Zoom binocular series stands alone. These rugged binoculars offer extraordinary power in a compact and rugged design. A magnification range of 8X to 16X to get you closer to your subject, while the tough rubberized exterior that resists scratches, dust, dirt, and shock. Perfect alignment to eliminate headaches. And PENTAX's super multi-coated lenses allow more light to enter while eliminating irritating glare and flare. Packed with performance and portable enough to take anywhere, the UCF Zoom binocular is the perfect traveling companion.
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The magnification is fine, the optics are very good, and are sharp and clear. Focusing is near the zoom control, making this camera so easy to use.
I bought it for bird watching and love them as they are a small pair of binoculars that weigh under 10 oz...very easy to carry in my jacket pocket.
UPDATE: 3/3/14: these have he'd up great and I like the quality of the glass and the lightweight more and more. You can't go wrong at this low price.
In the field, the optics proved to be less than satisfactory: while the images were fairly sharp at 8x-12x zoom, when I panned over a scene, there was a sort of "bending" distortion. When I held the binocs steady on an object, I didn't at first notice the distortion; once I became aware of it after panning, I did notice it more and more, even while holding the binocs still. (Distortion like that isn't so good for my stomach...)
All in all, these are decent, compact binocs with excellent controls and fairly sharp imaging. If you want quality optics, however, you probably need to spend a bit more $$$.
I've been using these for the last 2 years and I couldn't be happier with them. I typically use these a few times a week. I typically leave them laying around the house so that I can grab them quickly to check out birds in my yard. I take them kayaking, hiking, camping and whenever I go on vacation. They have received a lot of abuse, but they still look and function as they did when i bought them.
I don't see any of the usual problems with "zoom" style binoculars here. I can freely zoom in and out, changing my field of view of a subject, and using the 8x for finding a subject and then immediately hopping into 16x to get a better view of it.
I compared it with the large-aperture Celestron 15x70 and 25x70 binoculars for both daytime and nighttime viewing. It's definitely not as bright as those, but bright enough, such that even dimly-lit objects on the horizon are visible in probably 80 percent of the detail. I haven't tried this for night-sky viewing, but I'm sure it's just fine for the moon and bright stars.
16x zoom is enough to really feel like you're transported to your viewing object, but not so much that it requires perfect hand-steadiness to use. Though once you achieve steadiness, you'll be amazed at what you see.
*Small and easy to store makes it a good travel
*Smooth and accurate focus.
*Decent magnification brings the objects close
-Looses focus when zooming in and must refocus (one star gone)
-Does not cover the eyes with the provided eye piece and must press against eye socket.
-Distance between Eye pieces must be adjusted very accurately or only a partial view is present
-Narrow over all view even without zoom but this is OK in most cases
This item must be judged based on it's price, features and overall performance, It does as intended. In the field of optics and cameras there is always better available and the sky is no limit. I find it great for fun, outdoor trips, and getting a closer look at a show, exhibition or kids school performance.
comfortable and easy to carry around
takes some work to refocus when you zoom
not as sharp an image as I expected
with that said, you can do a lot worse with some compact binoculars I've tried less expensive ones and they won't even come close to these.