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Old 12-03-2003, 02:55 PM
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Re: Steiner Nighthunter Binoculars

Jerry,

I took my binoc's out at night...Please note that we have street lights around. But I got to the darkest possible place and was looking at things in the dark and was quite please.

I did a side by side comparison with an older set of Pentax PCF 12X50's. The 12X50's did gather more light, but not much more...

For the size, weight. The 8X28's are perfect for hunting applications..If you have a long stalk/walk. It seems to me to be the best compromise.

Like you, I was leaning towards the 32 and 43mm obj...when I compared the cost of the 28mm, then the quality of the optic's. I was impressed. I could have gotten the Pentax 8X32 for more money but I did not think they were better.

If you get a chance, find a pair and take a look. Most of the guys that have looked through mine, instantly said they wanted a pair.
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Old 12-03-2003, 04:36 PM
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Re: Steiner Nighthunter Binoculars

Jerry, xring,

I was interested in the Nighthunter because of its' light gathering optics. We live in a rural valley about 1 mile square and the only light we have is our yard light. Most of the animal movement is made at disk and throughout the night. With a full moon, you can see accross the valley and close shadow movement with the naked eye. I had a cheap pair of 7X35s, but just weren't strong enough to reach out and get a good look, thus the 12X. I know about Jap optics, all of my pro camera gear is Jap. I've used Leitz also, but the Jap stuff is just as good though not as rugged.
Thanks for the info...

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Old 12-03-2003, 08:31 PM
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Re: Steiner Nighthunter Binoculars

From everything that I have read. Pentax is the best binoculars out there. Even over Leica...

There is a website I believe its betterviewdesired that compares most of the quality brand binocs.

After reading it. I did my own informal test. I came to the conclusion that Pentax was the best...The 8X42's are great...just a bit big for my application...

Do all the research you can before you lay down the cash. Binocs are a very personal decision. No one set fits everyone.
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Old 12-03-2003, 09:59 PM
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Re: Steiner Nighthunter Binoculars

xring,

I don't doubt that Pentax makes good glass. I once ran a head to head lens test between my Leica equipment and my Pentax stuff. After processing the film and putting these negatives under a microscope, I couldn't tell the difference in resolution, contrast and distortion. I did this with several lens, same result. A $250 Pentax M lens was every bit as good as a $1000 Leica lens. The only way I could justify the cost of the Leitz equipment was the quality of material and assembly. They build the most rugged equipment you can buy. That's why when you see a Geographic photographer he always carries the little black camera with the red dot on it.
Thanks for your advice...

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