Pentax 8x32 ED
Posted 21 June 2011 - 01:34 PM
Posted 21 June 2011 - 02:03 PM
Posted 22 June 2011 - 04:23 AM
The DCF Pentax ED roofs have not received a lot of attention on the C.N. forums.
They are the premium roof binocular from Pentax. They come in 4x sizes - 8x32, 8x43 10x43 and 10x50.
They are Japanese made - as are the second level 'SP' versions - which lack the ED glass.
I have owned the 10x43 ED version for about 4 months. I picked them up second hand in mint condition for $US400. A good buy.
There are very minor aberrations and distortions however one has to look critically to discern them. There is some very minor curvature of field of view and pin cushioning effect. Eye placement does have to be critical to any avoid 'black out' effects.
On axis stars are absolutely pin point with no spiking effects.
The image is bright and rewarding. The contrast and color fidelity of the view is noticeable.
The FOV is a 90% usable. The ED glass works well with no obvious color fringing.
The 10x43 has an 'average' 60 Afov. The 8x43 does have a narrower 50 Afov.
ER is 17 mm and they weight an average 25.8 oz.
They are not inexpensive - the 10x43's are around the US$1000.
The optics are 'almost' Alpha quality - but not quite. But then again they are not Alpha binocular costs.
With most Alpha binos you do get that 'X' factor with the Pentax ED's you get that more highly efficient 'clinical' effect.
They do get very positive reviews on the birding forums.
Mine are keepers.
Posted 22 June 2011 - 11:38 AM