Ricoh Imaging Americas Corp. announced the PENTAX V binocular/monocular series, a new product line with multi-function features. The first models are the PENTAX VD 4X20 WP binoculars with detachable design, and the PENTAX VM 6X21 WP monocular, designed to facilitate close-range observations. Both models in the new PENTAX V-Series are suitable for use at outdoor sports events, concerts and theatrical performances, and locations such as beaches and waterfalls, or in the rain, due to weatherproof construction.
The PENTAX VD 4X20 WP is the company’s first “three-in-one” binocular product. As conventional binoculars, the PENTAX VD 4X20 WP delivers a magnified view of the subject. The design also allows the user to separate the two barrels and use them independently as two separate monoculars or combine the barrels inline into a single, high-power telescope with 16X magnification.
With a non-slip, rubber-coated exterior and seesaw-type focus adjustment, the PENTAX VM 6×21 WP monocular can be securely held and focused using just one hand, making it ideal for trekking or hiking. With a minimum focusing distance of approximately 27.5 inches and a wide focus adjustment range, this monocular can be used in applications ranging from magnified views of distant scenery to close-up observations of small objects.
Two optional accessories expand the capabilities of the PENTAX VM 6×21 WP monocular. An accessory stand, the Macro Stand V-MS1, allows the monocular to be used as a microscope capable of magnifying approximately 18X. A smartphone adapter accessory (Smartphone Adapter V-SA1) enables shooting and recording with a smartphone. Both accessories and the VM 6×21 WP monocular are available in the PENTAX VM 6×21 WP Discovery Kit.
Ricoh also announced the PENTAX UD 9X21 and PENTAX UD 10X21 roof-prism binoculars. Despite their palm-sized bodies, the company says these binoculars provide six to eight times greater magnification than similarly-sized models. The PENTAX UD 9X21 incorporates fully multi-coated optics to assure bright and clear viewing. The PENTAX UD 10X21 optics offer even higher power at 10X magnification while retaining the same compact body size.
The PENTAX UD 9X21 is available in five different body colors to accommodate user color preferences.
The PENTAX V-Series and PENTAX UD binoculars will be available in September at select Ricoh Imaging-authorized retail outlets nationwide for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price between $99.99 and 329.99 depending on the model.