PENTAX

Z-SE­RIES 8X43

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MODEL ZD 8X43 ED

At 8-power they of­fer higher mag­ni­fi­ca­tion than the rest of our test field. The roof­prism con­struc­tion al­lows for lighter, more com­pact frames, mak­ing them eas­ier to back­pack or wear on the neck. Fully coated op­tics with hy­brid as­pher­i­cal lens el­e­ments trans­mit op­ti­mum light in spite of their smaller ob­jec­tive lens and exit pupil. Mag­ne­sium-al­loy frames are light but durable.

IN THE BOX: Comes with neck strap and ny­lon padded car­ry­ing case with strap. CON­CLU­SIONS: The higher mag­ni­fi­ca­tion of the 8-power op­tics were still easy to use thanks to their com­pact con­struc­tion. Glass op­tics trans­mit­ted light nearly as well as some 50mm ob­jec­tive binos and bet­ter than oth­ers. Testers could read most but not all of the very bot­tom line of the chart. The ZD binos at 8-power gave a clear view of line 7. The in­ter­nal fo­cus and right-eye oc­u­lar fo­cus ring made ad­just­ments easy. In­stead of roll-down rub­ber eye­cups, these eye­cups ratch­eted up or down for op­ti­mum eye re­lief with glasses.

PRICE: $859

AVAIL­ABLE: us.ri­coh-imag­ing.com WAR­RANTY: 25-year lim­ited war­ranty POWER: 8

OB­JEC­TIVE: 43mm

EXIT PUPIL: 5.4 mm

EYE RE­LIEF: 22 mm

FIELD OF VIEW: 330 ft. or 6.3 de­grees FO­CUS STYLE: In­ter­nal

PRISM STYLE: Roof prism with BAK4 RUB­BER AR­MORED: Yes

LENGTH: 5.75 in.

WIDTH: 4.875 in.

HEIGHT: 2.125 in.

WEIGHT: 25.2 oz.

COATINGS: Fully mul­ti­coated op­tics WA­TER­PROOF: JIS 6 to 3.3 ft.

NI­TRO­GEN FILLED: Yes

O-RING SEALED: Yes

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