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Binoculars of Note

Pentax DCF ED

High-end Binocular Round-up, 2008

by Michael and Diane Porter

Pentax DCF ED

Our survey of top binoculars (High-end Binoculars Round-up, Bird Watcher's Digest, September, 2008) included the Pentax DCF ED binocular.

Costing half as much as the most expensive binoculars in our 2008 survey, the Pentax DCF EDs have extremely sharp and bright optics. Pentax's "Extra Low Dispersion" glass, which incorporates the rare-earth element Lanthanum, provides pure colors and sharp images.

Take a close look

The Pentax beat everything else in close focus. The 8x32 model focused down to an amazing 4.9 feet. The DCF ED also has great eye relief for glasses wearers. The 8x43 model has the longest eye relief (22mm) in the survey. (See the Ratings Chart.)

In the image quality column, the DCF ED lost a few points because some other binoculars had a wider field of view. However considering the moderate price, our judges deemed the Pentax DCF ED to be an excellent value.

Warranty — the promise is forever

The Pentax No-worry lifetime warranty provides repair for a flat fee of $19.95 for any accidental damage. The warranty is not transferable.

Available models

The binocular is available in 8x43, 10x43, 10x50, and 8x32.

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Bird Watcher's DigestText copyright 2008 by Michael and Diane Porter.

This article appears as part of the High-end Binoculars Round Up in the September, 2008, issue of Bird Watcher's Digest.

Photo of magazine copyright 2008 Bird Watcher's Digest. Image of N2 button removed with gas port revealed copyright Michael and Diane Porter 2008. Other images of Peregrine binoculars are courtesy of the Steiner Binoculars, manufacturer of the Peregrine XP.



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