Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Pentax DCF ED for hunting?

From: Dave
Subject: Pentax 8 x43 DCF ED

I need a pair of binoculars for hunting deer in forest situations where the light is poor and the undergrowth makes it difficult to locate deer. The deer are generally dark, almost black and the bush is always green to black. I am considering buying the Pentax 8x43 DCF ED binoculars but I'm unsure how good they will be in early mornings and at dusk, can you comment on these? Are there other binoculars that compete with Pentax binoculars? I am also looking at the Minox HG 8x43 binoculars and I would be interested in your comments about those as well.

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Hello Mr. Saunders, thanks for the email. The Pentax DCF EDs are a spectacular choice for use in low light situations - in near dark you will still get very rich, contrast-y images with very good resolution thanks to the use of ED glass. To get binoculars that are better than the DCF EDs you have to spend twice as much (I'm thinking of Swarovski binoculars, Zeiss binoculars, and/or Leica binoculars)!

The Minox HGs are new and I have not yet seen them, but I suspect that they will be very similar optically to the Pentax DCF EDs. The current Minox HGs are slightly lighter weight than the Pentax, and the rubber armoring is, in my opinion, a bit of an upgrade but that is obviously more subjective.

1 comment:

  1. that's a good option Jason thanks for sharing the info and let me know if you have any stuff about Image Stabilization Binoculars.

    Sarah

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