Friday, August 17, 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
Full lifetime warranty; powerful optics deliver clear, crisp images; quick-focus mechanism offers faster response time; lightweight and compact; great image and color quality; argon-filled to be waterproof and fog proof; fully multi-coated lenses; 8x43 has a very wide field of view
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
Expensive; might not be comfortable for people very close-set eyes
Price
$2,499.95
$2,799.99
$1,499.99
Warranty
25-Year Full Warranty
Limited Lifetime Warranty
Full Lifetime 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 to use for general outdoor activities like wildlife viewing, hunting, bird watching, etc.
Binocular Type
Full-Size
Full-Size
Full-Size
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.
Both magnifications of these binoculars are 6.0" x 5.2" x 2.1" and weigh 22.9 oz.
Magnification
10x
10x
8x or 10x
Objective Lens Diameter
42 mm
45 mm
43 mm
Exit Pupil
4.2 mm
4.5 mm
5.4 mm (8x43) or 4.3 mm (10x43)
Twilight Factor
20.5
21.2
18.5 (8x43) or 20.7 (10x43)
Field of View at 1,000 yds
341 ft
330 ft
379 ft (8x43) or 342 ft (10x43)
Angular Field of View (Real)
6.5°
5.7°
7.2° (8x43) or 6.5° (10x43)
Angular Field of View (Apparent)
59.2°
(not available from customer service)
(not available from customer service)
Close Focusing Distance (ft)
9.8 ft
18.0 ft
8.2 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 designed with Minox's Quick-Close-Focus (QCF) system.
Eye Relief
18.0 mm
15.5
19.3 mm (8x43) or 16.5 mm (10x43)
Diopter Adjustment
± 4 dpt (locking)
± 3.5 dpt
± 2 dpt (locking)
Interpupillary Distance
56 - 72 mm
54 - 76 mm
58 - 74 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 roof 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.
Both feature fully multi-coated apochromatic lenses with up to 21 layers on each lens.
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.
Yes, they are argon-filled and are fog proof and waterproof down to 16.4 ft.
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 lightweight magnesium body that is rubber-armored to enhance durability and shock resistance while also providing 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 twist-up eyecups with 4 detents.
Tripod Adaptable
Yes, they are tripod adaptable.
Yes, they are tripod adaptable.
Yes, they are 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 in a wooden box with a leather case, neoprene neck strap, eye covers and a lens cleaning set.
 
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