Selected by Outdoor Life magazine as the 2008 winner of Editor's Choice and Great Buy awards, the Pentax DCF LV earns high praise. Whether you are scanning open prairie or dense woodlands, the impressive performance of the Pentax DCF LV promises to make this binocular indispensable for daily outings. Protected for use in tough weather, the DCF LV is waterproof and fogproof. The Pentax Worry-Free Warranty guarantees enjoyment of this binocular for years to come.
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.
Appreciated for a streamlined shape and durability.
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 returned a pair of these, they work fine in low contrast situations, like diffused sunlight in the trees. They are sharp enough and, of course, there is the limitation of the 28 mm objective lens. They're light and well made.
But two problems: first, they have the problem that usually occurs in lower-end binocs; that is, I could never quite get the diopter adjustment correct so that both eyes were equally sharp. I have noticed this usually is not a problem on more expensive binoculars.
But the biggest problem is the lens flare alluded to in the other reviews. Point these binocs anywhere near the light or at right angles to the sun and the lens flare is extreme, making the view become very milky-looking. Another reason to buy binoculars with fully coated lenses. It was for this reason that I returned them, there was just way too much lens flare.
If you never pointed them anywhere near the sun, like for backyard birding under the trees, you'll be ok and probably never notice the flare. But otherwise, watch out.
Great little pair of binoculars
Thomas from Florida
I had these binoculars for a month or so, then left them at a park, now someone else is enjoying them, but may not appreciate what they have or how well they are made. They were my third pair, a little set that I could just throw in my pocket for walks or to quickly gaze at birds at the feeder from the porch. They were easy to access, with optics for what I did, that were as good as my larger and far more expensive glasses. I ended up using them most of the time. Wish I had left one of my other pair at the park and I would not have to replace a pair. These I will replace. Soon!
Pentax 9x28 DCF LV Travel Binoculars
Steve from Champlin, MN
I had been looking for travel and backpacking binoculars that were smaller and lighter than standard size, but that wouldn't compromise on clarity and ruggedness. The 8x20s and 10x25s were small enough, but I wasn't happy with the small field of vision. I chose the Pentax 9x28 as a nice compromise, giving up a little lightness of weight and living with the slightly larger size. When I got them, they were perfect! The clarity is awesome, they are easy to hold steady, and the field of view seems perfect for birding. Focusing is really easy. They are waterproof to boot. And Pentax delivers superb optics at a reasonable cost compared to the other big names.
Fantastic little performers!
WolfSoul from Tucson, AZ
I was looking for a pair of compact binoculars for several reasons. I wanted something light but high quality for backpacking and kayaking, I wanted a small pair of binos for when my main focus is photography, and I wanted a pair that I could use to introduce non-birder friends to birding without giving them an embarrassingly poor pair of optics. These little Pentax binos fit the bill in all respects. I'm a huge fan of Pentax (my full-size binos are Pentax WP 10X42s), but I was definitely open to all brands when looking for compacts. I compared over a dozen pairs of compacts on price, size, weight, close focus, eye relief and quality, and the Pentax 9X28s came out on top.
I bought a pair and I couldn't be happier. My old compacts were so poor that when I took them on trips, I never used them because the optical quality was so bad. I find myself finding reasons to pull these little Pentax's out to use them! Obviously they aren't as bright as my full-size, and as the light fades the difference is more pronounced, but you can't compare full-size optics with compacts. In good light, other than the extra magnification of my full-size binos (which I'm surprised was actually noticeable), there isn't much difference between the two. They're actually good enough that when I take newbies birding, I have no qualms about using the 9X28s so I can let my friends use the 10X42s.
I've compared these to a few other compacts of similar cost and the Pentax win, hands down. I would absolutely buy these again, and I've been recommending them to others without a hint of hesitation.
My only complaint, and it is a minor one, is that while my Pentax 10X42s are made in Japan, the 9X28s are made in China. But I suspect that nearly everything in this price range is made in China. That said, I haven't noticed any reduction in quality from my Japanese made 10X42s, I'd just rather not support China for various reasons.
Pleased with Pentax 9x28
Brooks from Birmingham, AL
I wanted a light, compact binocular to carry on long day hikes, so several weeks ago, I did a comprehensive review of compacts, looking for the best overall value for around $200 (the $200 threshold is where I suspect compacts start to show real quality). The Pentax DCF LV consistently got rave reviews, and Outdoor Life magazine even gave the LV the 2008 Editors Choice and Great Buy awards. As a result of these recommendations, I purchased the LV, and I'm not disappointed. The sharpness and brightness are definitely superior compared to cheaper compacts. Eye relief is very comfortable with eyeglasses/sunglasses, and the focuser and diopter are easy to operate and work well together (not something you can bet on with cheap compacts). The LV is perfect for hiking because it's so light and rugged, but I also like its styling. The LV also comes with thumb depressions for better one-handed gripping and four sturdy eyecup positions. Field curvature appears uncorrected, but that's normal for compacts. Given the affordability, I could not be more pleased with my DCF LV. Finally, Eagle Optics is a first-class retailer, and I'm very happy with them, too.
THE VIEW IS GREAT
Ted Alvarado from United States
I purchased my Pentax not too long ago after examining and looking through various types of other brands from the outrageous to the not so good , and the pentax for the price the clarity won hands down. I hunt everything from rabbit to elk and with my new pentax nothing gets away now.If you have a couple hundred bucks laying around go out and steal a pair you won`t be sorry.
Dave from Western New York
I can't believe how sharp and clear these binoculars are, I am thrilled. I ordered some inexpensive binoculars, and was very unhappy, but thanks to the excellent return policy that Eagle Optics offers, I returned them and upgraded to these.
I have just become a big fan of Pentax optics, and I have also become a big fan of this online store.
I would highly recommend these to anyone looking for a fairly light, compact pair of super sharp binoculars that won't empty your bank account. Honestly, I am thinking of ordering another pair.