Denver, CO—Ricoh Imaging Company, Ltd., announced a new lineup of Pentax sport optics products that leverages Pentax’s 75 years of optical technology in binoculars aimed at world travelers, wildlife adventurers, birders and stargazers.
Ricoh revealed 34 Pentax viewing options, each with new features, technology and enhanced performance. The Pentax binoculars are divided into four categories: the Z series, built for critical observation and offering premium quality and clarity, at affordable prices; the S series, consisting of roof and porro prism models with large objective lenses for contrast-rich, bright viewing under all light conditions; the A series, featuring a compact, portable and durable design that doesn’t compromise performance; and the U series, compact porro prism models with a dual-axis, single body design and aspherical lens elements engineered for edge-to-edge sharpness.
Each binocular in the lineup includes advances in optical precision, such as lens multi-coatings designed to increase light transmission and prevent flare and ghosting from interfering with the view. Multiple layers of coatings are applied to every surface of every element and prism in the full lineup of Pentax sport optics.
In addition, because the complex, compact optical design of roof prism binoculars requires a higher level of optical perfection, a phase coating is necessary on the prisms. Pentax takes this to the next level by applying an optimized film-deposition technology on lens and prism surfaces to help in viewing bright images with accurate color rendition.
And to add to the durability of the Z- and S-series of waterproof binoculars, Pentax incorporated a protective coating that helps deflect water, oil, dust and dirt. Pentax waterproof products are fully sealed and purged with laboratory-grade nitrogen to provide a fogproof view. With a JIS Class 6 rating, the waterproof binoculars can be submerged in up to three feet of water.
Other optical technologies include: BaK4 prisms acclaimed for their perfectly round exit pupil and unvignetted image; long eye relief to enable viewers to see the entire field of view clearly and effortlessly, enabling even eyeglass wearers to view for extended periods of time without added eye strain; and inner focus optics designs, which contribute to a reduction in the size and weight while improving overall balance and durability.
With retail prices ranging from $50 to $1,200, the complete lineup of Pentax sport optics will be available at retail in March 2015. ricohimaging.com