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8x32 Binocular

Postby stereotruckdriver on Sun Jan 10, 2010 1:52 am

Joanie K, I would like to here your thoughts about the optical quality between Nikon LX L (Premier), Leupold HD, Pentax ED, Kowa Genesis 8x33. I'm looking to get one of them. Which one do you think, any one stand out visually? Thank you as always.
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Re: 8x32 Binocular

Postby Jne_K on Mon Jan 11, 2010 8:33 am

Hi

Those are all excellent choices and I don't think you'll go wrong with any of them. Optics are very close and I suspect the determining factor for you will probably be handling, not optics.

Okay, optically, I give a slight edge to the Pentax DCF ED for resolution and contrast with the Nikon Premier LX being noteworthy for having such excellent edge sharpness and flat field. The Kowa and the Leupold are really right in that same neighborhood, though. We are talking differences based on a resolution chart, here - out in the field these differences are really not that significant. You cannot make a mistake based on optics with this list.

There are more significant differences in handling. As far as handling, I like the Kowa. At 20 oz, that's tough to beat and that's ideal for an 8x32. After all, you go with an 8x32 to save some size and weight. The Pentax and Nikon are more typical for an 8x32 at about 24 oz - not bad. I could live with 24oz, since both have such great optics. The Leupold at 27 oz, though, is as heavy as some 8x42 binos and if you are going to an 8x32 to save weight, that would not be my choice. Furthermore, the Leupold has a rather slick finish which tends to slip in my hands. On the other hand, build quality and durability are excellent.
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Re: 8x32 Binocular

Postby stereotruckdriver on Mon Jan 11, 2010 3:16 pm

Joanie, thanks for the input! Weight is kinda secondary to me I have found I just like the 32mm,33mm format. Ultimately looking for a back-up to my Nikon 8x32 SE's? I have full sized covered!!! I like my Pentax 8x32 SP's just want that little extra when I'm out! Also the Kowa I was refering to was the newer Genesis 8x33, flourite model? That said also have the oppurtunity to get a Zeiss FL (lotutec) pristine for not much more? OH the agony!!! Thanks.
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Re: 8x32 Binocular

Postby Jne_K on Mon Jan 18, 2010 10:28 am

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I would opt for the Zeiss if it is in your budget. Really be at the top of that list, as far as I am concerned and the Zeiss would have much better resale value if you were ever crazy enough to sell them. Then,too, the Zeiss warranty is transferable.
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Re: 8x32 Binocular

Postby stereotruckdriver on Tue Jan 19, 2010 8:59 pm

Well I wasn't quick enough on the Zeiss. No matter I'm going to try the Leupold GR 8x32 HD that I ordered if it doesn't work I will get the Pentax ED! I already have the 10x43 ED's by Pentax and they are superb! Also got the Zen 7x36 ED 2's, after having already gotten it, it might be mute point in getting another glass as a back-up to my 8x32 SE's anyways, the zen's are that good! Thanks, Bryce.
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Postby Jne_K on Wed Jan 20, 2010 5:49 pm

Bryce, you convinced me. If you say they ZR are that good, I gotta have look
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Re: 8x32 Binocular

Postby Chuxter31 on Fri Sep 16, 2011 1:26 pm

Hi...
I too am in the 8X32 market. I first had a pair of the wonderful [link=http://www.opticsplanet.com/swift-brand.html]Swift[/link] HHS 828 but felt they were a bit big and bulky for travel. We're not much in to birding. Then I looked at the compacts (ultravid 8x20 and premier 8x20) but felt they were a bit too small and hard to hold. Now I'm in to the midsized, specifically the [link=http://www.opticsplanet.com/kowa-brand.html]Kowa[/link] 8X33, [link=http://www.opticsplanet.com/pentax-brand.html]Pentax[/link] DCF ED 8x32, [link=http://www.opticsplanet.com/nikon-brand.html]Nikon[/link] Premier 8X32 and the [link=http://www.opticsplanet.com/vortex-brand.html]Vortex[/link] Viper HD 8X32. The [link=http://www.opticsplanet.com/kowa-brand.html]Kowa[/link] are the most expensive. I really liked how they felt and the [link=http://www.OpticsPlanet.Com]optics[/link] were awsome. More in my price range are the other three. I really can't discern much of a difference between the three but it seems like the Nikons get the best reviews. Just curious how you feel about the four I mentioned.
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Re: 8x32 Binocular

Postby Chuxter31 on Fri Sep 16, 2011 1:30 pm

Hi...
I too am in the 8X32 market. I first had a pair of the wonderful HHS 828 but felt they were a bit big and bulky for travel. We're not much in to birding. Then I looked at the compacts (ultravid 8x20 and premier 8x20) but felt they were a bit too small and hard to hold. Now I'm in to the midsized, specifically the [link=http://www.opticsplanet.com/kowa-brand.html]Kowa[/link] 8X33, [link=http://www.opticsplanet.com/pentax-brand.html]Pentax[/link] DCF ED 8x32, [link=http://www.opticsplanet.com/nikon-brand.html]Nikon[/link] Premier 8X32 and the [link=http://www.opticsplanet.com/vortex-brand.html]Vortex[/link] Viper HD 8X32. The [link=http://www.opticsplanet.com/kowa-brand.html]Kowa[/link] are the most expensive. I really liked how they felt and the [link=http://www.OpticsPlanet.Com]optics[/link] were awsome. More in my price range are the other three. I really can't discern much of a difference between the three but it seems like the Nikons get the best reviews. Just curious how you feel about the four I mentioned.
Thanks
Chuck
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Re: 8x32 Binocular

Postby Jne_K on Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:08 am

Hi

Really can't go wrong on any of these.

Of those, I definitely prefer the Kowa for handling and optics are terrific. When it comes to 8x32 class binos, I like to keep the weight down to as close to 20 ounces, when possible. What a sweet binocular! You could drop down to the Kowa BD32 and get very much the same handling, still with good optics, but not in the class of the XD. Otherwise, I think the Pentax DCF SP 8x32 would be tough to beat when it comes to bang for the buck.
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Re: 8x32 Binocular

Postby chuxter31 on Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:35 am

If I go with the 8x32 I don't mind spending a bit more and was looking at the [link=http://www.opticsplanet.com/pentax-brand.html]Pentax[/link] DCF ED. Your opinion on those? They come highly regarded by another birding store. I've played with the Genesis 8x33 and I agree wholeheartedly; they are sweet but maybe out of my price range. And, the [link=http://www.opticsplanet.com/nikon-brand.html]Nikon[/link] Premier seems to get awesome reviews... Too many darned decisions!!

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Re: 8x32 Binocular

Postby chuxter31 on Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:53 am

I guess if I'm spending $800 or $900 for the Pentax ED or Nikon Premier's then another few hundred for the Kowa Genesis isn't really that out of line...
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Re: 8x32 Binocular

Postby Jne_K on Sun Sep 18, 2011 1:48 pm

Hi

Oh, I've been down that road a time or two :)
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Re: 8x32 Binocular

Postby chuxter31 on Sun Sep 18, 2011 2:04 pm

Soo... your favorite among the 8x32s is the Kowa Genesis 8x33 and if not that bino you feel the Pentax DCF ED is the choice over the Nikon Premier?

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Re: 8x32 Binocular

Postby Jne_K on Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:05 am

Hi

In that rough price range, yes, but I generally avoid rating binoculars because no two people are alike in terms of how they weight the various binocular features. For instance, the only reason I would prefer the first two and not the Nikon is that the Nikon just feels a bit awkward in my hands. You, however, may love the way it fits in your hands. I promise you, though, you'll do fine with any of these.
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