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500$ to spend on binos

Postby mrabe on Mon Nov 21, 2005 1:43 pm

I am trying to decide between these three: minox 8.5x42 bd alt, kowa 8x42 bd c3, and the pentax 8x43 sp. application is hunting and general use. I have only been able to look though the pentax. They were great optically, but I did not like the focus wheel at all. Can't find a dealer with the other two. thanks for any help. :D

Postby on Mon Nov 21, 2005 3:57 pm


For me that's an easy one. I'd go with the Kowa C3. I've tested this bino and the optics are better than the $500 asking price. Color, resolution and especially brightness are superb. By the way, it focuses as smooth as butter, too.
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Postby mrabe on Thu Nov 24, 2005 12:49 pm

Thanks for the response. Would you rate the kowa c3's 8x42 optically as good as the kahles 8x42. I looked through the kahles and was very impressed. The kahles were brighter to my eyes than the pentax sp's 8x43. I guess I am looking for the best roofs for under $1000. Are there any others you would recommend. 1000$ at your store not ebay!