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.
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.