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Go to www.Pentaximaging.com and under the heading of PENTAX News
12-14-06 click on to read about the Pentax DCF ED premium line of, extra-low dispersion glass, binoculars.
    
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Maybe I am missing something here but I was certain that the Pentax DCF-SP line already incorporated ED glass in their bins though they did not heavily advertise it. I have an advertisement from two years ago that lists it as such. Is this really an upgrade or just a way to remarket their premium line while actually extolling one of their virtues?
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Frank,

Something obviously changed since the advertisement of two years ago. Going to the current Pentax web-site it makes NO mention of ED glass in the Pentax DCF SP binoculars. Only talks about the hybrid aspherical lenses.

At a price tag of around $900, you will have to read the specifications and decide for yourself if it is a new premium line or not.
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I noticed much the same thing as well on the Pentax site but I do have the advertisement from Bowhunt America Magazine and this particular issue was at about two years old.

 

Interesting.

 

As for the $900 price tag, I am guessing that is for the largest configuration...10x43, 10x50, etc... and would be fairly close to the original MSRPs of the current SP lineup. I think the 8x43, for example, typically sells around $600 and I know that the 10x50 was at least $700 or more.

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It looks like the new line line will cost $200-$300 more than the DCF SP and will have improved image quality (sharpness, contrast, much less color fringing). Unfortunately, the 8x43 still has the 330 ft. field of view (50 degrees), which is just average tunnel vision.

The 8x32 will become very interesting. Let's see if it will match the Nikon 8x32  LX in quality, since it will cost almost the same.

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