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In reading various internet forums,  Pentax shows up as, I guess a contender in the $500 class. 

First question is what's the difference between the dcf sp and the  dcf wp II?
 
Second, looking for feedback, how does the pentax 8X range in either versions compare to the likes of a zeiss conquest or similar.  Comments and recommendations.
 
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Ed
btw, with your guidance from the scope forum, bought the busnell 4200.  mounted but haven't hunted with it yet; good product.  thks
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Ed,
 
The Pentax DCF SP series has hybrid aspherical lens elements for better edge to edge sharpness compared to the DCF WP II.
 
The DCF SP also has water repellent coatings on exposed lens elements.
 
DCF SP has a 4-stop eyepiece ring.
 
DCF SP uses a magnesium alloy frame vs. aluminum in the DCF WP II.
 
The top-of-the-line Pentax is the DCF ED series binoculars followed by the DCF SP.


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thks birdwatcher.

The SP is the selection for Pentax. I guess my next question is whether the pentax is better than a zeiss conquest, kahles, within $100 or so

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I have owned both binos.
 
The SPs have a magnesium allow frame that is lighter in my hands.   While the WPIIs are very good binos, the SPs are step better to my eyes.  The focus is better through the entire field and the SPs appear a bit brighter.  The SPs also have "hard" coatings on external lens surfaces which are advertised to better resist scratching.    The SPs also have a locking diopter adjustment which I really like.
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