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A step up,
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These binoculars are definitely a step up from the cheaper ones I used to buy. I have worked my way up from discount-store cheapies to sub-mid-range (sub-$100), to these, which I bought based on a recommendation in Field and Stream magazine. The clarity and construction quality compared to previous binoculars I have owned is noticeable.
The Pentax warranty is a little odd, in that you pay a shipping and handling fee and send them back, so you are always out money, even if the defect occurs early in the life of the binoculars. The good news is that it is a lifetime warranty and covers damage incurred by the owner (other than purely cosmetic damage, theft, or loss), so I think it's probably a pretty good tradeoff.
I have read that a good pair of binoculars has to cost $500 or more, but these are good enough for what I do with them (camping, hunting, sports, etc.).
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Initial post: Apr 13, 2012 11:47:04 AM PDT
Appalachain Waterdragon says:
Well said. You basically wrote what I would have written regarding these binoculars.
Prior to owning this 8x42 DCF CS model, I had the old version which is now discontinued, the Pentax 8x42 DCF HRc which had to be replaced twice after I purchased it in late 2008. I had to pay shipping but Pentax gave me a brand new binocular. When the replacement failed last year, Pentax gave me this new DCF CS model as the HRc had been discontinued. This CS model has proven to be much better quality.
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