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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: September/09/2005 at 16:45
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While on vacation in Maine, I had a chance to compare my in-laws 10 year old Swarovski SLC against my Pentax DCF WP (both 10X42).  Some general notes:



Full Sunlight: The Pentax was much brighter and had denser color.  Both binos showed great detail.  The SLC had better depth of field and a more comfortable view.


Indirect Sunlight:  The Pentax was still brighter, but the SLC had more subtle details available in the darker objects.  Both binos resolved objects equally.


Dark objects and objects in shadows: The SLC was much better in this situation.  The Pentax lost much of the contrast and details could not be resolved very well in low light.  The SLC could look into very dark shadows and subtle details could be seen after lenghy observation.


General Notes: The focus on the Pentax was a speedier focus and more diffacult to find the fine focus.  I prefer the slower focus on the SLC.  The SLC had a more comfortable view.  CA (chromatic aberration) was more pronounced on the Pentax (purple and green).  CA was very narrow on the SLC to the point of really having to look at a challenging object to find a narrow band of CA (in the SLC case, only lime green was visisble). 


The Pentax is still a very usuable bino, but maybe I can strong arm the SLC off my brother in-law somehow!


Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: September/24/2005 at 14:15
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Thanks for the review. Well done!
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