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05-24-2011, 08:40 AM   #1
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News update from the official Pentax website:


GOLDEN, CO. (May 24, 2011)…OUTDOOR LIFE magazine awards the PENTAX DCF BC 9x32 binoculars with the OUTDOOR LIFE EDITOR’S CHOICE and the OUTDOOR LIFE GREAT BUY awards in the publication’s June/July 2011 issue featuring THE GEAR TEST.
“This trim, open-hinge 9-power doesn’t swing for the fences,” reads the review in the optics section. “Instead it brings so much game on so many fronts-optically, ergonomically, and in design and value assessments-it scores a double, winning both our Editor’s Choice and Great Buy awards. The poly-carb chassis is easy to operate with one hand, and the image is clear and crisp right to the edges. It’s a solid binocular.”
First introduced in January of this year, the PENTAX 9x32 DCF BC binoculars feature high-performance optics, waterproof* construction allowing fresh-water rinsing, and an ergonomic body design for a comfortable hold. Combining outstanding optical performance and value with a compact, lightweight, carry-anywhere body, these new models may be used in a wide range of applications including nature observation, bird-watching, sports viewing, hunting and more. * These models may not be used for underwater viewing.
The DCF series of PENTAX binoculars are made of durable, lightweight, glass-fiber reinforced engineered plastic and protected with a full-body rubber housing for excellent external shock resistance. Each body is filled with nitrogen gas to prevent moisture condensation within the lens barrels due to sudden temperature fluctuation. This nitrogen-filled construction also effectively prevents fogging of the lenses, fungal growth and rusting of interior parts.
The PENTAX 9x32 DCF BC is $299.00 USD and available on and a variety of optics dealers. Images may be found here:
PENTAX Imaging Company is an innovative leader in the production of a variety of adventure ready digital cameras including weather-resistant digital SLRs and stylish, compact, waterproof cameras, as well as lenses, flash units, binoculars, scopes, and eyepieces. For more than 90 years, PENTAX has developed durable, reliable products that meet the needs of adventurous consumers and businesses. With headquarters in Golden, Colorado, PENTAX Imaging Company is a division of PENTAX of America, Inc.

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05-25-2011, 02:32 PM   #2
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I'm glad that they're choosing target products and excelling in them. I've had a 8x32 DCF SP pair for 2 1/2 years that are exactly what I wanted: clear view, a pleasure to use (e.g. with retractable eye-cups), and just the right weight and build.
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I just purchased a pair. While this is old news, no one actually provided feedback. They can still hold their own against the competition. I've recently shopped for a bino that would give me the best compromise between comfort, weight, sharpness, brightness, and CA control in the $300-600 price range, and this little Pentax 9x32 provided the best compromise IMO. While pricier ones may offer a slightly sharper image or wider fov, none came close in weight (@ 500g), many had visible CA, which I am sensitive to, none were significantly brighter (@x32) and 9x is a nice compromise between the popular 8x and 10x, though it brings little advantage over the field of view, which is pretty average. Definitely recommended, and @ $250, it didn't break the bank either, which is always nice... and bonus... it has Pentax written on it ;-).

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Do any experienced bino buyers suggest a Pentax unit that's a bit better for just a bit more money? I've been getting buy with less-expensive B&L/Bushnell units. I'm now looking at Pentax and Olympus.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Biro Quote
Do any experienced bino buyers suggest a Pentax unit that's a bit better for just a bit more money? I've been getting buy with less-expensive B&L/Bunnell units. I'm now looking at Pentax and Olympus.
I don't know the modern Pentax binocs very well. But I did buy a new set of Pentax binocs 30 years ago. The case has come apart but the binocs are still great. Much better than the Bushnell binocs I got as a gift, 25 years ago.

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