Thursday, August 16, 2018

Binoculars: Compare


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Pros
25-year no-fault warranty; powerful optics deliver crisp, clear images even in lower light; waterproof and fog proof; detachable and adjustable eyecups are shaped to block light and enhance comfort; features ED glass; fully multi-coated lenses; open bridge design makes them comfortable to hold
Powerful, high quality optics; integrated laser rangefinder and ballistic information system; waterproof and fog proof; good performance in low-light conditions; fully multi-coated lenses; wide interpupillary range
Inexpensive with 25-year no-fault warranty; great quality optics for the price; compact and exceptionally lightweight
Cons
Expensive; relatively heavy; some complaints about adjustable rain guard being more difficult to use than a one-size-fits-all model
Expensive and warranty doesn't protect against accidents; heavy
Not waterproof or fog proof; very short eye relief
Price
$2,499.95
$2,799.99
$94.98
Warranty
25-Year Full Warranty
Limited Lifetime Warranty
25-Year Full Warranty
Best Use
They are well suited for general outdoor activities including wildlife viewing, hunting, bird watching, etc.
They are ideal for hunting, but they can also be used for other general outdoor activities like nature viewing, bird watching, etc.
They are great binoculars for activities like watching a sporting event, concert or play.
Binocular Type
Full-Size
Full-Size
Compact
Binocular Size
The binoculars are 5.9" x 5.6" (L x W) and weigh 27.9 oz.
The binoculars are 6.6" x 5.3" (L x W) and weigh 35.1 oz.
The binoculars are 4.3" x 4.6" (L x W) and weigh 8.8 oz.
Magnification
10x
10x
10x
Objective Lens Diameter
42 mm
45 mm
25 mm
Exit Pupil
4.2 mm
4.5 mm
2.5 mm
Twilight Factor
20.5
21.2
15.8
Field of View at 1,000 yds
341 ft
330 ft
262 ft
Angular Field of View (Real)
6.5°
5.7°
Angular Field of View (Apparent)
59.2°
(not available from customer service)
47.2°
Close Focusing Distance (ft)
9.8 ft
18.0 ft
9.8 ft
Focus System
They have a central focusing knob that is integrated with the diopter adjustment.
They have a central focusing knob.
They have a central focusing knob.
Eye Relief
18.0 mm
15.5
11.1 mm
Diopter Adjustment
± 4 dpt (locking)
± 3.5 dpt
± 4 dpt (locking)
Interpupillary Distance
56 - 72 mm
54 - 76 mm
56 - 72 mm
Prism Type
They have a roof prism system with BaK-4 glass.
They have a type of roof prism system known as Abbe-König and feature BaK-4 glass.
They have a porro prism system with BaK-4 glass.
Lens / Coating
They feature fully multi-coated ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass lenses designed with Nikon's field-flattener lens system.
They feature fully multi-coated achromatic lenses with Zeiss' T* and LotuTec® coatings.
They feature multi-coated aspherical lenses.
Water / Fog Proof
Yes, they are nitrogen-filled and are fog proof and waterproof down to 9.8 ft for 10 minutes (confirmed with customer service).
Yes, they are nitrogen-filled and are fog proof and waterproof.
They are not waterproof or fog proof.
Rangefinder
N/A
Yes, they are engineered with an integrated laser rangefinder (class 1) and Ballistic Information System (BIS™) for quick and accurate targeting information. In about 1.5 seconds, they can measure any distance between 10 - 1300 yards with an accuracy of about 0.5%. The rangefinder is powered by a CR 2 (Lithium 3V) battery, which should last for about 10,000 measurements.
N/A
Exterior
They have a magnesium-alloy, rubber-armored body that is lightweight, durable, shock-resistant and comfortable to hold. They are only available in a matte black finish.
They have a lightweight magnesium construction with a rubber armor that provides durability, shock resistance and a comfortable, secure grip. They are only available in a matte black finish.
They have a carbon fiber body and a rubber armor, which enhances their durability and provides a comfortable, secure grip. They are only available in a matte black finish.
Eyecups
They have horn-shaped adjustable and detachable eyecups with detents.
They have twist-up (and detachable) eyecups with 4 detents.
They have adjustable and detachable eyecups with detents.
Tripod Adaptable
Yes, they are tripod adaptable.
Yes, they are tripod adaptable.
No they are not tripod adaptable.
Accessories
They come with a travel case, an adjustable soft touch neck strap and rubberized objective frames.
They come with a leather carrying case, a neck strap, an eyepiece cap, protective lens covers and an optics cleaning cloth.
They come with a Nikon travel case, a neck strap and lens covers.
 
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