10x43 binos: Pentax vs Minox vs Bushnell
All are excellent binoculars, but in my tests, the DCF ED comes out on top for resolution, contrast and clarity. ET is right, however. You are paying much more to get smaller gains over an SP. That's the nature of optics.
Not going to be a significant difference in terms of optics, no. The premium Swaros, Leica and Zeiss will have slightly better build quality and, of course, a bit more status as to brand, but no one is ever going to be able to claim that there is a significant improvement in optics over the DCF ED. You are at a point, where personal preference as to handling and brand will be the deciding factor.
thank you very much for your clear statements!
By a hair, my vote is the SE. Can't think of a better 10x I've ever tested.
Never was on that one. Closest thing was the now discontined 8x32
Compared to say Monarch 10x42 there is not a huge jump in the optics. If brightness is an issue, then by all means test all the models in hand. ED should be slightly better.
My 10x are in use less time than are my 8x32s, so I could not justify the added expense to ED.
I use mine for birding, so I usually have time to set up the ED scope.
Good point. ED is more ffective in terms of visible imrovement in sharpness as magnification goes up. At typical binocular magnifications, the improvement is subtle at best. Much more valuable as a feature at spotting scope magnifications, especially over 40x.
Yes, in my tests the DCF ED scored better on all counts.
I agree with your reviews that the pentax have better optics according the sharpness and contrast,but the differences isn't very obvious(I owned the elite and pentax ED),actually I prefer handing the elite for its feel and bigger FOV,I wear glasses, the elite brings me more amenity on vision, while both present clear pictures.
I have no doubt that what you say is true. Remember, much of the differences you see on an optical test target disappears in the field in this price range and, as you say, other features come into play. I have certainly sacrificed some optical features for other features in my binoculars.