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Pentax SD WP 8×42 Binoculars: Our Evaluate

Pretty good optics are hampered by one of many stiffest focus wheels we have encountered. We rated this mannequin within the Center Floor.

At A Look

Gray/green binoculars with dark gray eyepieces and focus wheel.
Pentax SD WP 8×42 binoculars. Picture by Marc Devokaitis.


  • Brilliant, clear picture
  • Light-weight


  • Extremely stiff focus wheel
  • Stiff hinge makes adjusting for eyes troublesome
  • Unfastened eyecups


  • Worth: $249 MSRP at press time. Costs usually fluctuate, so examine with retailers
  • Shut focus: Listed as 8.2 ft (250 cm). In checks, we might focus these binoculars to about 7.8 ft (239 cm)
  • Subject of view: 7.5° (394 ft at 1,000 yards). Extra about discipline of view 
  • Weight: 23.4 oz (663 g)—that’s about 2.3 oz (66 g) lighter than the typical for 8×42 binoculars in our evaluation
  • Eye reduction: 21 mm

Viewing Expertise: These light-weight binoculars present a vivid and sharp picture, however the focus wheel is so stiff that they’re troublesome to make use of for on a regular basis birdwatching. Watching a bunch of Bohemian Waxwings in a crabapple tree below a darkish and wintry sky, these binoculars introduced out the rufous undertail properly and had no bother defining the white vent patch in opposition to the grey underbelly. In higher mild, they crisply rendered the pink-red of male Home Finches and the streaking of females in a distant treetop. The sector of view is kind of good, permitting our reviewer to trace flying birds—though the stiff focus wheel made it troublesome to maintain the birds in focus. At simply over 8 ft, the shut focus is ok for many varieties of birding.

Really feel and Construct: These binoculars have a lightweight, balanced really feel within the hand, however the focus wheel is troublesome and uncomfortable to make use of. We discovered the wheel so stiff that it was almost unimaginable to get concentrate on a fowl that instantly appeared or moved to a perch at a unique distance. When attempting to get the main focus wheel shifting, our fingers tended to both slip off the ridges on the main focus wheel or dig in uncomfortably. In any other case, these binoculars are darkish inexperienced with a clean end and shallow thumb scallops for consolation. The hinge is as stiff as the main focus wheel, requiring effort to regulate the binoculars in your eyes. The eyecups are unfastened in order that it’s simple to skip previous the stops or drift off them throughout use. There’s a neat clicking diopter adjustment on the finish of the main focus wheel as a substitute of the usual place below the suitable eyecup. The neck strap is fundamental, slim webbing with out padding.

This text is one in a sequence of mini-reviews. To see how these binoculars examine to others we’ve examined, see our full evaluation of reasonably priced 8×42 binoculars.  

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