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Old Friday 20th June 2014, 17:15   #1
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And 14 months later, I ask again….

And 14 months later, I ask again, "What's new Pentax?"

Perhaps I should ask instead, "Is Pentax still in the sport optics business?"
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Old Friday 20th June 2014, 23:39   #2
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Eagle optics still lists them and sells them. There aren't too many reviews from sales made this year though. They always had binoculars with narrow FOVs compared to other brands. Their light weight DCF BC 9x32 looks interesting.

http://www.eagleoptics.com/binocular...9x32-binocular

Some people here have commented on it's resemblance to Frank D.'s now almost legendary Sightron II 8x32 Blue Sky binocular. 932 posts about the Sightron so far!

http://www.birdforum.net/showthread....211793&page=38

Camera Land still lists Pentax too.

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PS: Where has Frank D. been recently?

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Old Saturday 21st June 2014, 19:16   #3
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Here's something new from them. Looks like they've entered the Yosemite-clone sweepstakes.

http://www.us.ricoh-imaging.com/spor...ts/PCF_CW_8x30
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Here's something new from them. Looks like they've entered the Yosemite-clone sweepstakes.

http://www.us.ricoh-imaging.com/spor...ts/PCF_CW_8x30
If the IPD range of 60-70mm is accurate, they're no Yosemite substitute.

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Old Sunday 22nd June 2014, 04:51   #5
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That's it? After 2,873 years without a new model?… a PCF CW 8x30? Looks to me like they might have a pulse, but don't want to compete anymore.
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Some people are satisfied with the ones they have. I have a friend who has owned a Pentax 8x36 Porro Prism for what must be nearly 20 years now and he leads birding tours with it!

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If the IPD range of 60-70mm is accurate, they're no Yosemite substitute.

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Hello Alexis. It's possible that it's a typo. The specs for the field of view don't seem right either. If the actual fov is 7* then then eyepiece ought to be 7* x 8 = 56*, not 52.1*. Or alternately, if the eyepiece is 52.1* then the actual fov ought to be around 52.1*/8 = 6.5*. It's also curious that the company website only lists an 8x30, whereas retailers are beginning to list both an 8x30 and 10x30 versions.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...30_pcf_cw.html

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...30_pcf_cw.html
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Another reason might be because Pentax is now owned by Ricoh and I don't recall Ricoh ever being involved much in the optics business like Pentax was. This appears to be a new venture for Ricoh.

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Some people are satisfied with the ones they have. I have a friend who has owned a Pentax 8x36 Porro Prism for what must be nearly 20 years now and he leads birding tours with it!

Bob
Get outta here, doesnt buy a new binocular of the month, I cant believe that. LOL

I think it also says there is more money in cameras than in a saturated binocular market.
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Get outta here, doesnt buy a new binocular of the month, I cant believe that. LOL

I think it also says there is more money in cameras than in a saturated binocular market.
Curious that you say that! The same guy buys up old mechanical Japanese range finder cameras, gets them working again, and sells them back to Japanese Collectors.

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Curious that you say that! The same guy buys up old mechanical Japanese range finder cameras, gets them working again, and sells them back to Japanese Collectors.

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I have said it before, just because something new comes along doesnt mean the old one suddenly works any less well than it ever did. If something had a nice view 20 years ago, with a little care it will have a good view today.
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I was just in Cameraland and they had them on display but said the hadn't heard a word from Pentax in ages.

I have a pair of brand new Papilo 6.5's in the box, I only checked them once in the store for perfect focus. I should save them for a few years, they might be worth something if no one ever duplicates them.
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