PENTAX V-Series: An innovative, new-concept binocular/monocular series, consisting of binoculars with the world’s first detachable design* and a monocular to facilitate close-range observations with single-hand operation
RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. are pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX V binocular/monocular series, which provides unique functions beyond the conventional concept of binoculars and monoculars. As the first models of this new series, PENTAX introduces the PENTAX VD 4X20 WP binoculars with a detachable design, and the PENTAX VM 6X21 WP monocular, designed to facilitate close-range observations. These innovative models are designed to greatly enhance operability and usability in a wide range of applications.
These products were submitted for crowdfunding at Makuake, a crowdfunding site, from February 12 to March 2, 2020. The initial target amount was 1 million yen and ended up with a total fund amount of 4.82 million yen (482% achievement rate from the target), thanks to the 200 supporters which gathered, and sold out. The new concept of binoculars and monocular usage attracted many supporters who far exceeded their initial expectations and demanded additional and general sales even after the end of the crowdfunding.
The PENTAX VD 4X20 WP are multi-featured binoculars with a unique three-in-one design. As conventional binoculars, they deliver a solid, magnified view of the subject. In addition, they feature the world’s first detachable design*, which allows the user to separate the two barrels in order to use them independently or jointly. Separating the barrels lets the PENTAX VD 4X20 WP function as two independent monoculars that can be shared by two observers. Or, by connecting the barrels inline, it functions as a high-power telescope with 16-times magnification.
The PENTAX VM 6×21 WP provides an easy grip by either hand and features a newly designed focus mechanism to facilitate focus adjustment by the holding hand. Thanks to a minimum focusing distance of 70 centimeters and a wide focus adjustment range allowing close-range observations, this monocular can be used in a wide range of applications, from magnified views of distant scenery to close-up observations of small objects.
Featuring durable, dependable waterproof construction**, both models can be used for outdoor sports events, concerts and theatrical performances, at locations such as beaches and waterfalls, or in the rain.
In addition, the PENTAX VM 6×21 WP can also be used as a microscope capable of magnifying approximately 18-times by using the “Macro Stand V-MS1”, an optional accessory. The “Smartphone Adapter V-SA1” optional accessory enables shooting and recording with a smartphone. A VM 6×21 WP Complete KIT that includes the VM 6×21 WP monocular and these two accessories is also available.
* As of July 12, 2020, based on RICOH IMAGING research.
** Not usable in the water.
PENTAX VD 4X20 WP
Main Features of the new PENTAX VD 4X20 WP
1. Detachable, three-in-one design
• Binocular function: used as conventional binoculars to deliver a solid, magnified view of the subject at four-times magnification.
• Monocular function: by disconnecting the two barrels, can used as two independent monoculars with four-times magnification. Unlike binoculars, which demand adjustment of pupillary distance and diopter for each user, these monoculars allow users to observe the subject with focus adjustment alone.
• Telescope function: by connecting the two barrels inline, it functions as a 16-times telescope.
2. Exceptional optical performance
All reflective surfaces of the optical elements and prisms have been fully multi-coated to prevent excessive reflection. By treating roof prisms with phase coating and auxiliary prisms with super-high-reflection dielectric, multi-layer coating, this model boosts improved transmissivity and delivers outstanding imaging performance with a bright, sharp, high-contrast view of the subject with minimal flare and ghost images.
3. Washable, waterproof body
Featuring weather-resistant construction* (equivalent to JIS Class 7; protected against immersion to one meter under the water), this model can be rinsed clean with water, and is usable under all weather conditions.
* Not usable in the water.
1. Exclusive neck strap, which double-functions as two independent hand straps for monoculars
2. Helicoid eyepiece rings, with single-action storage operation
3. Optional TP-3 tripod adapter (currently available) for installation on a tripod
PENTAX VM 6X21 WP
Main Features of the new PENTAX VM 6X21 WP
1. Effortless, single-hand operation
Featuring a compact, palm-sized body, this model provides a non-slip, rubber-coated exterior to assure firm hold by either hand. Its seesaw-type focus adjustment mechanism assures easy focusing operation by the holding hand, allowing the user to observe a subject with one hand while trekking or hiking, or while carrying a bag with the other hand.
2. Bright, clear view
All reflective surfaces of the optical elements and prisms are fully multi-coated to prevent excessive reflection. Coupled with phase coating applied to the roof prism, this model boosts transmissivity and delivers outstanding imaging performance with a bright, sharp, high-contrast view of the subject with minimal flare and ghost images.
3. Dedicated accessories that greatly expand the usage
Coupling this model with a smartphone using an optional Smartphone Adapter V-SA1* will allow the user to observe a spectacular, magnified view of the subject on the phone’s monitor and to capture images on it. Also, by mounting an optional Macro Stand V-MS1, it can be used as a microscope with approximately 18-times magnification to observe an enlarged view of microscopic objects. When the object is dark due to the monocular shadow during observation, you can observe it while illuminating it with the built-in LED light. In addition, using it with the Smartphone Adapter V-SA1 can significantly expand the range of use of the main unit, including the ability to shoot and save super close-up images.
*Depending on your smartphone’s size and the position of the camera lens, you may not be able to attach it.
4. Washable, waterproof body
Featuring waterproof construction* (equivalent to JIS Class 7; protected against immersion to one meter under the water), this model can be rinsed clean with water, and is usable under all weather conditions.
* Not usable in the water.
1. Wide focus adjustment range (70cm to infinity), for close-range observation of nearby subjects
2. Exclusive carrying case, with a belt loop on both sides to facilitate storage and removal from either side of user body
3. Tripod receptacle, for easy installation of a tripod without an adapter