Reviews and Problems with Pentax 8x43 DCF SP - vanntett
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Pentax DCF SP 8x43 Binocular
30 September 2013
Excerpt: Excellent, sturdy bins for birding I've owned a pair of since 2005, and I have only good things to say about them. I use my Pentax DCF SP 8x43 Binocular for birding and for fieldwork, and they've been with me in all kinds of weather and remain one of my favorite possessions.
Excerpt: They were way over my budget but after a lot of research, I bought a pair of these but was disappointed. They're heavier than I thought, I weighed them at 23.9 oz., and they are narrow, so holding them up to my eyes gave me upper arm strain. There are no finger indents so they're not the most comfortable binoculars to hold. Also, there was a ring around the outer edge of view that was distorted.
Excerpt: I must be spoiled; I'm now realizing that my Pentax Papilio 6.5x21 binocs are even more fantastic than I thought. I wanted a bit more power, and after reading various reviews (and with my good luck on the Pentax Papilios), I decided on the Pentax 8x43 DCF SP . More than I wanted to spend, but I figured it would be worth it. Unfortunately, I'm disappointed.
Excerpt: I spent a lot of time in a nautical store, looking through many different glasses, before buying these. They were *very* close to the similarly-spec'd German binocs at the time, with the only differences being that I could perceive a slightly more noticeable chromatic aberration with the sun at some angles using the Pentax glasses, and of course the price was about 1/4th the German glasses. I've had them about 4 years.
Pros: Quality Lenses, Strong Construction, Waterproof, Works Well With Glasses
Excerpt: I use it for Nature study. It is my forth lens . The change in sharpness is outstanding. Compared to one european from a colleague, several times the price there's no clear difference. Excelent optical quality, solid construction, highly recommended. - Desireable one more step for the eyecup.
Summary: These are very nice binoculars, but the optics do not appear to be any better than my Nikon Monarch which are 1/2 the price. The eyecups are nicer, and they have a little nicer feel than the Monarchs but I don't think that they are worth twice the money.
Summary: I have been impressed with this product and make use of them whenever I'm in the field. These binoculars and robust enough to be carried in all weathers I encounter and I'm glad not to have to worry about them getting wet etc!
Pros: Robust enough for fieldwork and off-track bird watching
Cons: Can get a little heavy after a full day and with a full pack