New Posts New Posts RSS Feed - Bino comparison: Swaro, Pentax, Kahles and Zen Ray
  FAQ FAQ  Forum Search   Events   Register Register  Login Login

Check GunBroker.com for SWFA's No Reserve and No Minimum bid firearm auctions.

Bino comparison: Swaro, Pentax, Kahles and Zen Ray

 Post Reply Post Reply   Topic Search Topic Search  Topic Options Topic Options
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: June/06/2010 at 17:24
brodeur272 View Drop Down
Optics Journeyman
Optics Journeyman
Avatar

Joined: September/23/2007
Location: United States
Status: Offline
Points: 609
Was on my way home the other nite and thought I would take all four of them out for a test drive a bit before sunset til about 15 minutes after sunset.  It was partly cloudy out and these observations are based on my eyes.  Your eyes may have different results.

Binos tested were the Swarovski SLC 8x30, Kahles 8x32, Pentax 8x43 SP and Zen Ray 10x42 ED.  Ranges viewed were 100-400 plus yards on a field that had some patchy trees, farm equipment and a treeline at the far end.

First up were the Zen Rays.  Largest of the bunch.  Came with a nice soft case.  They were easy to set up for my eyes and had good image quality, but with my eyes, I seemed to run out of focus adjustment at the longer ranges.  On the edges the clarity appeared to suffer a bit.  Colors were good and before sunset the clarity was pretty good.  Clarity started to suffer as the available light was reduced in the post sunset time.  Field of view was adequate for a 10 power.

The Kahles were next.  One of the smaller binos, the "plastic" coating on them felt cheap compared to the others.  They were one of the smallest, as should be with 32 mm objectives.  Color was good, about the same as the Zen Rays.  Clarity was just a bit behind the ZR, but they were clear out to the edges.  Color and clarity dropped off as the sun disappeared.  Field of view was larger than the ZRs by a bit, which would be expected.

Following the Kahles were the Pentax.  For an 8x43, they were not much larger than the Kahles.  When I looked through them, I was impressed.  Granted, they let in more light than the other two, having a 5.4 compared to a 4.2 and 4.  Color was good and the images were crisp.  Definitely better than the Kahles and the images were clear from edge to edge.  Field of view was about the same as the ZR 10x, which I found interesting.  Same as the Kahles and ZRs, the image started to suffer as the clock ticked past sunset.  But these definitely were one of the better tested so far.

Last came the Swaros.  The SLCs were the smallest and lightest of the group.  The rainguard was the nicest over the eyepieces.  It wasn't just a plastic cover.  It fit the eyepieces, not tight, but snug.  The image was about the same as the Pentax, which surprised me.  Edge to edge was good.  They did start to suffer, compared to the Pentax, as the sun went down.  Field of view was about the same as the Kahles and smaller than the Pentax.  The design did exude quality.  When I made an adjustment, you could feel it.  Focus knob is on the forward part of the hinge, atypical of the other three.  It actually felt easier to use.

For sunset and later, my choice would be the Swaro or the Pentax, depending on budget available and size required.  Keep in mind that the SLCs were only about 4 ounces lighter and less than an inch shorter overall.  For the price, the Pentax SPs can't be beat in my opinion.  Wish I was able to test the 8x32 SPs.

When I get a chance to take them out during the day when it isn't raining, I'll try and get another review out.

I hope this helps...
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: June/07/2010 at 07:06
SVT_Tactical View Drop Down
Optics Retard
Optics Retard
Avatar
Chief Sackscratch

Joined: December/17/2009
Location: NorthCackalacky
Status: Online
Points: 28758
good review
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: June/07/2010 at 10:28
ckk1106 View Drop Down
Optics Master
Optics Master
Avatar

Joined: December/14/2007
Location: Arizona
Status: Offline
Points: 1435
Thanks for the review.Thunbs Up
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: June/08/2010 at 08:00
abailey54 View Drop Down
Optics Apprentice
Optics Apprentice


Joined: August/17/2005
Location: United States
Status: Offline
Points: 72
Great review.  I have owned all 3 and you are own the money. Thanks again.
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: June/08/2010 at 22:25
stephen b View Drop Down
Optics GrassHopper
Optics GrassHopper


Joined: November/05/2009
Status: Offline
Points: 33
Nice review!

Pentax's are impressive. And this review was done with the SP's; if you really want to see impressive glass-check out the ED's. They really give the Swaro SLC a good run and the EL's. I compared the 8x32 Pentax ED's and the 8x30 SLC Swaro's and the 8x32 Swaro EL's and the Pentax ED's more than held there own. 
 Post Reply Post Reply
  Share Topic   

Forum Jump Forum Permissions View Drop Down

Similar Threads: "Bino comparison: Swaro, Pentax, Kahles and Zen Ray"
Subject Author Forum Replies Last Post
Pentax DCF ED vs. Zen Ray DAVE44 Binoculars 25
ZEN RAY ED2 VS KAHLES 8X32 Chris Farris II Binoculars 2
Zen-Ray 7x36 Zen ED2 Binocular tahqua Binoculars 6
Zen-Ray 10x43 ZEN ED Demo's Brady Samplelist.com 0
Zen-Ray 10x43 ZEN ED Demo's Brady Binoculars 8
Zen-Ray 8x43 Zen ED2 SVT_Tactical Member's Tests and Reviews 2
ZEN-RAY ZRS HD 2010, a review by a poor hillbilly stork23raz Binoculars 1
New Zen Ray Vista and ZRS HD Klamath Member's Tests and Reviews 19
New Zen Ray Vista and ZRS HD Klamath Binoculars 0
Zen Ray Spotters - Decent? SVT_Tactical Spotting Scopes 3


This page was generated in 0.078 seconds.