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10x42:Pentax DCF WP II or DCF HRc or Bushnell Legend

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10x42:Pentax DCF WP II or DCF HRc or Bushnell Legend

Postby butz on Wed Jun 02, 2010 11:12 pm

I need some advice here before I buy 1 of these 3 choices for my casual hunting activities.The Pentax WP II has aluminum alloy body & the HRc uses fiber-reinforced polycarbonate while Legend Ultra HD has a magnesium alloy,in terms of durability & weight which one is much better & preferrable?How about their resolution,contrast & brightness?Which one has better clarity & sharp images in actual viewing?What`s the difference between ED Prime Glasses of Bushnell HD compared to Fully Multi Coated lenses of Pentax in these models?

Eye relief factor is no problem with me since I`m not wearing glasses but what about their focusing ability,eye caps & diopter adjustments?Are these Pentaxs` made in Japan?Can this Legend Ultra HD be also submerge into water 1 meter depth?Please help me answer these questions.The opinions from experts would be a lot of help to me.It would really be appreciated much.
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Re: 10x42:Pentax DCF WP II or DCF HRc or Bushnell Legend

Postby Jne_K on Thu Jun 03, 2010 7:19 am

Hi

Any of these will be more than durable enough for casual hunting and all have decent optics. Multi-coatings are similar on all, despite the advertising. The HD on the Bushnell will give you a touch more resolution, but not enough, in my book, to make that the clear winner. I would make a choice based on other factors. For instance, I rate handling to be quite important for that activity and, in that regard, I personally prefer the HRc. I would give an edge to build quality on the Pentax.

All of these are made in China, as are most binos at this price. To get into a Japanese Pentax, you need to move up to the SP. To get a Japense bino in a Bushnell, you need to move into the Elite E2.
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Re: 10x42:Pentax DCF WP II or DCF HRc or Bushnell Legend

Postby butz on Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:27 pm

Joanie thank you for the advice.So you mean optics wise the legend HD is the winner among these 3?IF i have to choose between the two pentax which is better in terms of optics quality?What do you think makes the DCF WP II a little bit expensive than the DCF HRc?

Thanks again..
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Re: 10x42:Pentax DCF WP II or DCF HRc or Bushnell Legend

Postby Jne_K on Mon Jun 07, 2010 9:25 am

Hi

I really couldn't see enough difference in the optics among these three to justify making a decision on that basis, but, yes, if you put them on an optical test target, the Bushnell scores just a touch better or, at least, it did for me. Doesn't guarantee it will work out that way for you - there is probably as much sample variation, one box to the next - but take it for what its worth.

I suspect the WR II is a bit more expensive since the body is quite a longer, overall, but I can't prove it. As far as the one I liked the best, it would be the HRc. Just the best combo of handling, quality and optics that made it a winner for me. .
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Re: 10x42:Pentax DCF WP II or DCF HRc or Bushnell Legend

Postby butz on Thu Jun 17, 2010 6:30 pm

Hi joanie,

If I go up to japan made which of these two would you recomend?To my understanding the Elite E2 uses ED Prime glass while the DCF SP did not.Can this give an edge to the Elite in terms of optic quality?Please give me the comparison between these two models in terms of resolution,contrast,color correction & built quality to help me understand what benefits could I get from either of these two models.

By the way do you think the new Elite E2 has the same optics quality with the old one?Your help is very much appreciated.thank you so much.
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Re: 10x42:Pentax DCF WP II or DCF HRc or Bushnell Legend

Postby Jne_K on Fri Jun 18, 2010 7:30 am

Hi

Okay, glad to help, if I can.

I haven't had the opportunity to check out the new ED version of the E2, but the older version of the E2, without ED could stand on its own, very nicely with the SP, so I would expect great things from the E2 ED. To be honest, though, I don't think ED makes quite as much difference in a binocular as, say, spotting scopes or camera lenses, but it doesn't hurt, either. Just don't make the ED feature the primary reason for your choice. As for other features, I rate build quality and handling to be about equal, so, overall, this would be a tough choice for me. Would come right down to having both in hand, side-by-side, for me. Not much help, I know, but this is a tough one to call.
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