Pentax, Minox or Vortex?
I have narrowed the search down to:
Pentax 8x43 DCF SP
Minox HG 8x33 BR ASPH
Minox HG 8.5x43 BR ASPH
Vortex Viper 6 or 8x32
Vortex Viper 8x42
If you have used or looked at any of these and have some input that would help in my decision, or if you have another model for me to consider it would be much appreciated.
Optically, I rate the Minox HG and the Pentax DCF SP to be first rate at their respective price points. Buy the HG if you can afford it, but you won't lose much, if any, performance with the Pentax.
How would you compare the Minox 8.5x43 HG's to the more comparably priced Pentax DCF ED 8x43 Binoculars?
And, yes, I did just post a question about the 8x42 Burris vs. Vortex Viper binos. We are actually in the market for two new binos, one at the $500ish range, and the other under $1,000.00 for birding and general wildlife viewing. The one thing that concerns me about the Vortex binos is their wider field of view. Do I have reason to be concerned about seeing less detail with the Vortex line?
Finally, do you have a showroom? I am in the Chicago-area.
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No, we do not have a show room. We are an internet only retailer. Sorry.
Field of view has nothing to do with resolution or detail, so feel free to choose a Vortex if you like them. Excellent binos. Detail is a function of magnification and optical quality.
Two excellent in binos in the HG and DCF ED - almost too close to call, but my personal preference is the DCF ED for its superb contrast.