Looking for the uncommon 9x magnification in a moderate price range? The compact, open-hinge Pentax 9x32 DCF BC binocular is a good choice. Pentax guarantees bright images by including fully multi-coated lenses and increases resolution and contrast with silver-coated roof prisms and phase correction. Smooth rubber armoring protects a fiber-reinforced polycarbonate body while waterproofing and fogproofing safeguard the internal optics. A great choice for nature observation, sports, hunting, or hiking, the BC is protected by the Pentax Worry-Free Warranty.
Fully Multi-coated Lenses
Increase light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces.
Enhances resolution and contrast through roof prisms.
Increase efficiency of light transmission.
Appreciated for a streamlined shape and durability.
Fiber-reinforced Polycarbonate Body
Provides a secure, non-slip grip.
Twist up and down for comfortable viewing with or without eyeglasses.
Center Focus Wheel
Adjusts both binocular barrels at the same time.
Right Eye Diopter
Adjusts for differences in a user's eyes. Located by the right eyepiece.
Optics are sealed with O-rings to prevent moisture, dust, and debris from getting inside the binocular.
Barrels are filled with nitrogen gas to inhibit internal fogging.
I have just bought one, so no extensive experience with it, but here are some quick comments:
PROS: *Open-bridge body with good ergonomics; easy grip and it feels very good in the hand much as the Swarovski Swarovision 8x32. *Sharp almost to the edge, very little pincushion distortion (once again, like the Swarovski Swarovision); yet comfortable panning (no "rolling ball" for me). *Field of View 6.7 degrees - reasonable for a 9x: no "tunnel vision" feeling. *Quite bright for a 9x32; *Satisfactory depth of field. *Light weight at 500grams. *Eyecups with 5 steps lock well at each position. *No blackouts with the eyecups fully extended, and I have seen blackouts in many sets, such as the Conquest, so I am rather sensitive. *Smooth focuser (about 1.25 turns counter-clockwise); at both 0 and infinity the focuser ends neatly with a metallic sound, so no spongy end of travel like for many other sets. *The spec of -/+4 for the diopter correction appears to be correct (this is important to me; unfortunately few companies list this range, but Pentax does) *The hinge and the diopter correction ring are stiff enough, as they should. *Accessories (case, covers and neck strap) are minimalistic, which many might consider a minus, but personally I like them that way. *Eyecups are comfortable: their rubber covers are pretty soft and, more important, their external diameter of about 37mm is smaller than that of other binos (such as Zeiss FL, Leupold Mojave, etc., for which the diameter is some 41mm and the eyecups for many IPDs but the larger values would push against the nose bridge). *Glare and stray light: these are well controlled. They both exist: there are false pupils due to internal reflections, and they cause glare from light entering the objectives, and there are reflections in the oculars from back or side light. However neither is disturbing while using the set, and in fact I have seen worse in much more expensive binos.
CONS: *The green armor covers the entire chassis and ensures a satisfactory grip, which is good; however this armor is like a magnet for dust and lint which makes cleaning not only often necessary but also a bit hard. *Similarly the lenses are somewhat difficult to clean (no "easy to clean" hydrophobic coating, hence no analogy with Swarovski Swarovision here) *There is some chromatic aberration even in the center, but at an acceptable level (and I am rather sensitive to chromatic aberration)
At about $250 the DCF 9x32 is highly recommended---a very usable set (the "poor man's Swarovski Swarovision?”, or as a "car set" for those possessing a Swarovski).
It all worked
Bob B from San Jose CA
Product works as advertised. For me this is a great product at a nice price point. We are traveling to Tanzania and are under severe weight restrictions in terms of total gear weight. These binocs are lightweight in terms of ounces, but are heavier weight in terms of performance. Purchasing experience was seamless, product arrived quickly sans issues, and I was advised of what was what all along.
Great travel binoculars
Russ from Pennsylvania
These will be the perfect binoculars for our upcoming trip to Africa. Lightweight, rugged, waterproof, and small enough not to get in the way, yet powerful enough to be up close and personal with the animals!
It was a tough choice...but they are that good!
Tim from Milwaukee
I recently visited the Eagle Optics store in Madison to compare several moderately priced glasses that I was considering. I went there fully expecting the Eagle Optics Ranger 8 X 32 to win my heart, and in many ways they did: Wonderfully ergonomic and perfectly sized with just the right amount of eye relief, super easy to focus with a bright and clear image, quality accessories to keep the glasses safe even when handled roughly, and an unbelievable warranty. So why did I leave with the Pentax BC 9 X 32 binocular? Chromatic aberration.
After all was said and done, it came down to two binoculars: the Eagle Optics and the Pentax. Both are beautifully balanced and ergonomically well-designed. The Pentax is a tad lighter but both are light and sweet in the hands. Both are easy to use and focus even one-handed, the Pentax because of its open bridge design, the Eagle Optics because they are smaller. The Pentax have just a bit more magnification, the Eagle Optics just a bit wider field of view. Both have remarkable image quality for the price. But they are not perfect. While the Pentax image is warm with slightly dulled colors, the Eagle Optics image suffers chromatic aberration (though, in truth, I did not initially notice it - in fact, I did not notice it until I followed a bird from a near-by tree to a moderately distant one. At the farther distance, the bird's colors were significantly distorted by chromatic aberration, as were the colors of the branches of the tree).
In the end, and I hemmed and hawed for nearly an hour, the chromatic aberration was the deal breaker. Once I noticed it, it was ever present...and in 4 different pair of the same binocular. So I easily chose the Pentax in spite of my disappointment with the accessories that accompany it - essentially useless objective lens caps, a rain-guard that does not secure to the binocular, and a case with neither a belt loop nor a strap. I easily chose them even though I was admittedly biased toward the Eagle Optics. I easily chose them because they are that good!
I really like the pop of extra magnification the Pentax provides, and REALLY like the fact that I detect very little aberration. Though warmer than the Eagle Optics, the image is as clear and the colors, for all intent and purpose, as bright. The narrower field of view is not noticeable because the focal sweet spot is quite large. And although the eye relief is the same, it maybe just feels a tad easier to look through the Pentax than the Eagle Optics while wearing my glasses. Lastly, though both are sweet in the hand, the Pentax are just that much lighter and are, therefore, that much less taxing to hold over time.
All said, I fell in love with both pair of binoculars in spite of my initial bias and would have had a difficult time deciding between them had I not noticed the chromatic aberration. Because both feel so good, my decision would have probably come down to the extras, especially since I envisioned owning that perfect pair of binoculars. You know, glasses good enough for a great view in all circumstances but tough enough to throw in the car or in the bag without a thought. Although the Pentax give me that view, are solid and built with quality, I can't be rough handling them simply because I cannot securely cap and protect the lenses. I hope that this will not detract from my enjoyment in using them (it hasn't so far!) Of course, if I can find some good caps and maybe a more useful bag, it all becomes a mute point.
Colin from San Diego
I have been looking for a good pair of bins for birding. I needed something light, I already own some Olympus 8x42 which are japanese made and really nice . The Olympus are a tad too heavy to carry along with my camera gear. So I've been searching reviews and was prepared to pay much more than I paid for these ,but I saw these were a new design and won awards and the specs were what I was looking for. I ordered from Eagle Optics and I must say I am impressed with the image quality, the ergonomics and the light weight of these binoculars. I am totally satisfied with my purchase and I feel like I've save hundreds of dollars by not a more expensive pair that I couldn't imagine being that much better.