Re: Help w/Bino Decision!
I would not discount Pentax's current line. I believe that they are very good glass for the money. I have spent considerable time looking through my cousins 10x42 DCF WP's and have been impressed. He bought them mail order but I have looked through them side by side with comperable leica's and swaro's, and while I won't suggest that they are superior, for just over a third of the cost you lose very little preformance. The DCF WP line has since been replaced with the more expensive DCF SP line. I haven't tried these out although I have read that they are good.
Something to consider when looking for binocular evaluations is bird watching pages. Unlike long range hunters, bino's are a bird watchers main piece of gear, so they devote considerable thought to them. I know that they have held both Pentax's and Nikons in high regard when price is factored in.
Empirical results rule!