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A surprisingly good piece of glass for the money,
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This review is from: Pentax 62217 UCF II 8-16x21 Zoom Binoculars (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
This is one surprisingly good binocular for well under $100
Good optics (not in the league of German $2000 glass, but somewhat close)
Well designed, easy to focus, easy to zoom and easy to adjust diopter for eye differential, it does not get a lot better than this.
It also has pretty fairly close focusing capabilities, considering its magnification range (8-16x).
Also fairly bright considering its reduced size. I have occasionally used at night with passably good results.
It loses one star primarily for two reasons:
1- In spite of its fine Japanese heritage (in engineering) it also, regrettably, reveals its Chinese heritage in the manufacture.
My unit came with one of the oculars poorly assembled and at the beginning I noticed that it did not maintain the diopter setting
consistently. Once I figured the problem, I unscrewed the ocular and quickly and easily corrected the problem. Just plain sloppy assembly.
2- This binocular has a very limited field angle, noticeably less than units of similar size and magnification power. Definitely not good for sporting events or other activities requiring a wide field of view.