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How would you all rate the new Signature Select model of Binos compared to the Pentax DCF SP roof prisms. They seem comparable in size and the Selects are a few ounces lighter and a tad bit cheaper. I know Burris isnt known for great Binos but Ive heard a few positive things about these new ones. ANYBODY OWN THESE?
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Randy provides coments on those here

http://www.chuckhawks.com/burris_signature_select_8x42_binoc ulars.htm

 

Note: i could not find a single word about optical performance and quality other than their brightness. It all sounds like a cheap sales pitch to me. They may be good binos, though. I doubt that they surpass the Pentax SP.

 

In my book, the Burris binoculars have ridiculously narrow fields of view. The 10x42 Signature Selects have  262 ft./1000 yards. It'll be a cold day in hell before i spend money on that. At $500 there are many options out there.

 

 

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I looked through the newer Signature versions and would agree with anweis's suspicions. Optically they are fairly good in terms of brightness but I was not overly impressed by the perceived sharpness or contrast. I only looked at them briefly on two occasions while visiting the local Cabelas.
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Well, how would you compare Leupold Pinnacles and Pentax DCF SP optically in brightness and resoloution? If you like the Pentax better, is it $100 better than DCF WPII?
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Well first of all, either one would be better than the Burris.

 

As to comparing one against the other; optically they both are going to be fairly comparable. If pressed, I would probably give the edge to the Pentax though, not by much.  Certainly not enough that it would be noticeable except for under a rather stringent direct comparison. Mostly the choice between the two would come down to ergonomic issues and of course price.

 

Having said that; the 8x Pinnacle has a 341 ft FOV which is better than the Pentax's 330 ft FOV.  In 10x however, the Pinnacle only has a FOV of 267 ft. which is totally unacceptable (at least to me.) The Pentax offers a much happier 315 ft FOV (unless you choose the 50mm version which drops the FOV down to only 261 ft. which is again, totally unacceptable.)  What this boils down to is that if I were buying an 8x binocular, I would be strongly tempted by the Pinnacle. But, if I wanted a 10x, the Pinnacles would never be seriously considered.

 

I have owned the original DCF WPs in both 8x and 10x. They were both very nice binoculars though, the 8x was better (a situation very common in low-to-mid priced binoculars.) I have not owned any SPs nor have I directly compared the SPs to the WPs but, I have looked through them and I was not overwhelmed by anything that said - "WOW, these optics are way better!"  My guess is that the difference is in build quality as opposed to optical quality.  I have also not seen any of the new DCF WP IIs but, I doubt that much (if anything) will have changed.

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My thoughts tend to mirror Lucznik's as usual. I am not sure of the optical difference between the WP IIs and SPs as I have not looked through them side by side. However, you have just given me another excuse to head to the local outdoor store. ;)
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