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My research in local stores has led me to lean toward Pentax binoculars, and I seem to like two models as potential deer/elk hunting glasses: 

62551 Pentax 8x42 DCF WP II Binocular Pentax 8x42 DCF WP II Binocular
  • Rubber Armored
  • Roof Prism
  • Free Eyepiece Lens Cap w/ Purchase
  • Free Case w/ Purchase
  • Free Strap w/ Purchase
SWFA: $339.95
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62612 Pentax 8x42 DCF HR II Binocular Pentax 8x42 DCF HR II Binocular
  • Rubber Armored
  • Roof Prism
  • Waterproof
  • Phase Coated
  • Nitrogen Filled
  • Free Objective Lens Cap w/ Purchase
  • Free Eyepiece Lens Cap (rain guard cap) w/ Purchase
  • Free Case w/ Purchase
  • Free Neck Strap w/ Purchase
SWFA: $278.95
More Info..order= Buy Now

What I can't seem to figure out is: Which is the best value?  They really are very similar to me when I look through them both inside and outside the store, and the features look nearly identical. Is there any reason to spend the extra $61 on the WP IIs?  As far as I can see, the only real difference is that they are a bit more compact...but they actually weigh an ounce or two more than the HR IIs.

Both are well within my budget, so the extra cash is no issue if there is a reason to get the more expensive model.  Thanks for any light you fine folks can shed on this subject.
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Both are nice binoculars, to my knowledge the WPII's are a step up in the Pentax line.  What you get with that step I have no idea.  A step up from that is the Pentax DCF SP's and I have some experience with those since a buddy of mine own a pair and they are very nice glass for the money.

 

Personally, if you got the cash and your willing to spend it I would go with the nicer model. If for any other reason if you someday go to sell them off since they are a step up they will hold value a bit better. I remember seeing on E-bay the orginal WP's which were around the same price as the current WPII model when new and they were still selling for around $250 where as used HRII's could be had for a lot less.

 

The people here at teh SWFA store are very knowledgable and friendly give them a call they should be able to explain what the differences are.  My guess is you get better coatings, which in a store (everyting looks good under lights) or even during a clear day...add a bad weather day or low light conditions and then I bet you will see a difference.

 

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I just recently got the DCF WP IIs in 8X42.  I am a devoted turkey, deer, and waterfowl hunter.  The major reason I chose the WP IIs was because of the tougher (though somewhat heavier) frame and better optics (at least that is what I read on this forum).  I will be using these binoculars in a variety of conditions and wanted the toughest bino I could afford. 

 

I researched the purchase for nearly a week and decided that this was the best bino I could afford.  I don't know much about the HR IIs other than what I read from the Pentax website.  The major difference to me was that the WP IIs have better glass and are made made on an aluminum frame.  The HR line has a "polycarbonate fiber reinforced" body (plastic).  They both contain phase coatings, nitrogen purged and are JIS class 6 for water resistance.  Both carry a lifetime warrenty.

 

I have now used the binos for a couple of weeks deer hunting in West Tennessee.  I absolutely love them.  They are very bright in low light conditions, very clear and sharp (at least I think so but I am no optics expert).  They really have exceeded my expectations, which were very high to begin with. 

 

I am very certain that I made a great choice in picking the WP IIs and I couldn't be happier except for one small thing >>>>>>>>>>> the click stop feature on the right dioptor doesn't appear to work (doesn't click and has no detents - the wheel just turns like all the others I've used).  I called Pentax and to verify the fact that the bino has this feature, which keeps the dioptor adjustment from changing once you set it for your eyes.  Pentax said that it should have this feature and that I should request a replacement from the retailer (Amazon.com).  I called Amazon and they sent me another one promptly, but guess what >>>>>>>>> no click stop on the dioptor wheel.  I call Pentax again (office is in Denver and they were snowed out for two days) and told them the story.  The customer service guy was very nice and said that he would research it in the sports optics department and call me back.  Either this is a misspelling in their advertising or they have a bad lot of the WP IIs out there without a feature that they are supposed to have.  This was an attractive feature that I really wanted, so it will be interesting to see how this is resolved.  Stay tuned.

 

Take a look at the links from the Pentax website.  Click on the "features" and "specifications" buttons to view more detail.

 

DCF HR II 8X42

http://www.pentaximaging.com/products/product_details/binocu lar--DCF_HR_II_8x42/reqID--2042/subsection--Full_Size_dcf_hr

 

 

DCF WP II 8X42

http://www.pentaximaging.com/products/product_details/binocu lar--DCF_WP_II_8x42/reqID--7344413/subsection--Full_Size_dcf _wp_ii

 

 

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The bottom one looks good, but is as heavy as many waterproof porros. The equivalent Nikon Monarch is 21.5 Oz. The body may not be all metal, or perhaps none, but fairly solid nevertheless. I have no idea how the top one is better, it is phase coated which should be listed. Must be the aluminum alloy that is different. Optics will be then very similar between the two.
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