Another upgrade question... 12x50 binos
Posted 19 June 2005 - 01:43 AM
1) Does the Pentax mount with similar threads and bracket or is there another adapter I should plan on gettting?
2) Do the binos come with lens caps?
3) Should I be concerned about collimation if I purchase on-line since I won't be able to try first? Or should I try to find a local retail store?
4) I have read all (or at least most) of the related reviews and articles on CN and I think I will be o.k. with the FOV. Is there anything else I should consider or look into?
5) Anyone know of current sale / best price on-line?
Posted 19 June 2005 - 03:14 AM
3) Find a local retail store and try the one you want to take home. There are too many binoculars, even high end ones, that are not up to spec.
Posted 19 June 2005 - 05:55 AM
Posted 19 June 2005 - 06:28 AM
Or, use a mail order store with a good return policy
It is a big pain in the backside to do returns. With some models of binoculars most of the units are a little off in alignment. You may well get another bad one. If you get your money back that's nice but you still need to find a good binocular.
Even though I live in a big metro area there are very few Zeiss dealers with stock on hand. The only reliable Zeiss dealer is about a 4 hour drive, one way. At this point I would be willing to take that drive and pay state sales tax to look through the binocular before I buy it.
Posted 19 June 2005 - 06:29 AM
I think you going with the Pentax PCF WPII will make you very happy!
They should come with lens caps as do the 10x50 version(I've purchased two as gifts for family and get to use them..nice).
The main objective lens caps clip on to the neck strap...convenient.
I believe you'll need a Pentax L adapter to mate them to a tripod.
While the 50' AFOV is smaller than I'm used to....it's easy to accept a vibrant sharp to the edge view:)
Posted 19 June 2005 - 08:15 AM
Posted 20 June 2005 - 07:57 AM
Is there a link for testing binos? I thought I read a post (or maybe an article) regarding "What to look for when purchasing a good binocular?" but I can't seem to locate the text.... guess I'll go get my morning coffee, do some work and try later when I'm more awake.
Posted 20 June 2005 - 08:13 AM
Posted 20 June 2005 - 08:17 AM
how did you tweak the collimation on the Pentax?
remove the vinyl covering and find screws?
dismantle the eyepiece assembly to get at the shelf?
Posted 20 June 2005 - 06:09 PM
Posted 11 July 2005 - 12:04 PM
I am now considering the "Oberwerk Mariner 10x60". From what I have read here at CN they are rated well however the are on the heavy/large side. Any additional thoughts?