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I'm looking for a new set of binos and am unfortunately limited to a budget of $200 (maybe $250).

Given that porros in this price range will outperform roofs in the same price range, I'm currently looking at the following:

Pentax 10x50 PCF WP II
Nikon Action EX 10x50
Bushnell Legend 10x50
Leupold Wind River Mesa 10x50

I will be primarily using them for hunting. FOV is not crucial to me, but water/weather proofing is. I'm currently leaning towards the Pentax.

Any thoughts on these pro or con?

Any other suggestions for this price range?

Thanks.





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I have done a very limited side by side test of the Leupold, Nikon, and Pentax binoculars inside a sporting goods store, and at that particular time the Leupold Mesa was the worst overall, of the three, for sharpness. Then Nikon came in second overall, and the Pentax PCF WP II came in first, for a combination of overall brightness and clarity and sharpness.
 
Since you are not concerned with the FOV I would recommend that you give the Pentax a try. It has internal focusing and is rated at JIS Class 6 for waterproofing. The others do not specify the waterproof rating. http://www.opticstalk.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=784
 
The Nikon has a sharp central area and drops off in sharpness out around 60% and gives you softness around the very outer edges.
 
The Pentax has aspheric eyepiece elements and is pretty much sharp out to the edges, which actually compensates for the narrow FOV.
 
Then Nikion is multicoated and the Pentax is fully multicoated, plus Pentax has its own super-multi-layer coating, in addition. 
The Pentax also has a focus lock which can come in handy at times.
 
For your dollar I would recommend trying the Pentax.
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I would deffinitely chose the surplus Hensoldt 10x50.
It's by far one of the best binoculars I have looked through and the FOV is 130 meters at 1000 meters. ( wide angle)
Those can with some luck be found at 200-300 dollars.
But you have to wait until they turn up on Ebay.
 
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Has anybody checked out the Sightron 10x50 SII Big Sky binos? The price is in my budget and has a better FOV than the Pentax.
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Originally posted by Dwain Dwain wrote:



 FOV is not crucial to me, but water/weather proofing is. I'm currently leaning towards the Pentax. 
 
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