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It's time to purchase a pair of quality binos for hunting where the ranges are from 40 to 700 yds. I've got my eye on 3 models.

1. Pentax DCF SP 8x42
2.Swift 828 HHS  8.5x44
3.Swift Audubon 820 (possibly ED) 8.5x44

From what I've read it seems that #3 will have the best optical qualities but won't be as durable or water/fog proof. Also eye relief while wearing glasses is a concern.

Also would it be fair to say that #1 will be superior to #2? Would I even notice a difference?

Bear in mind that all I have experience with is an el cheapo pair of BSA 7x50 porros.

The most I want to spend is about $500 which I have seen the DCF's going for at certain places.

Thanks in advance for any guidance given.

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If youwere birding, I would say Swift 820ED.

For hunting, if you can efford the Pentax, go with it.  It is a proven glass that is tough, reliable and has excellent optics.

Swift also has nice glass, but I think Pentax is more durable.  As far as how good the view is, I think 820ED is a little better than Pentx DCF SP and 828HHS is a little worse than Pentax.

Another alternative in your price range would be Minox 8x44 porros.  I think this binocular has glass as good or better than Pentax or Swift and its built like a tank.  With waterproofing better than Swift.

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