Pentax PCF WP II 8x40
Posted 09 January 2013 - 07:25 PM
Are the new binos by Pentax as good as they were 6 or 8 years ago, when I bought the old pair? The price seems attractive, but Pentax is a ckmpany that offers some stunningly great products, and some stuff that's barely department-store grade. I didn't get a chance to try them, and now I'm out of town for the week. I'm hoping to check them out this upcoming weekend.
Posted 10 January 2013 - 02:45 AM
Yes, avoid 'departmental' optics.
Pentax’s Q. and A. appears to be consistent and I don’t believe you will notice any major change from your old series. If anything with ongoing improvement with coatings you should see incremental improvements over time.
The current PCF WP 11 range are good, mid range cost effective binoculars and they usually gets good reviews here on C.N.'s
Others may have different opinions.
Posted 10 January 2013 - 11:25 AM
Posted 10 January 2013 - 06:22 PM
Thinking back last night, I remembered that on my old pair, I had to put the diopter to the very end of its range to get my right eye in focus. My eyes have only gotten worse over the last few years, so I hope I can get these to work. Otherwise, I'll need to go visit Kittery Trading Post or somewhere that they have a large variety in stock, so I can find a pair that work with my eyes.
Posted 13 January 2013 - 02:57 PM
I did try a pair of Leupold Rogue 8x42s while traveling this week. They were more expensive, but there was plenty of room to spare on the adjustment. So, those will work. Unfortunately, no one around here sells that exact model.
The Pentax binos, if anyone in Southern NH or Northern MA is interested, are at the Salem, NH Sports Authority. I visited a couple other Sports Authority stores, and they didn't have them. Seems like the stock and the pricing vary quite a bit from one store to the next at that chain.
Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:11 AM
Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:34 PM
I also noticed some positive comments here about Atlas Radians. I'm planning to give Eagle Optics a call and ask about the diopter. I purchased my little telescope from them long ago, and their service was impressive. Guess that's one reason they're still in business.
Posted 17 January 2013 - 11:51 AM