Friday, August 17, 2018

Binoculars: Compare


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Pros
Great value with limited lifetime warranty; good optics; relatively compact and lightweight; fog proof and waterproof down to 50 m; made with materials typically found in higher priced binoculars; available in camouflage; fully multi-coated lenses
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
Flimsy strap; detached lens cover is easy to lose; focus dial is stiff; eye relief somewhat short
Expensive and warranty doesn't protect against accidents; heavy
Not waterproof or fog proof; very short eye relief
Price
$259.95
$2,799.99
$94.98
Warranty
Limited Lifetime Warranty
Limited Lifetime Warranty
25-Year Full Warranty
Best Use
They are excellent binoculars for general outdoor activities like hunting, wildlife viewing, 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 5.5" x 5" (L x W) and weigh 24.7 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
340 ft
330 ft
262 ft
Angular Field of View (Real)
(not available from customer service)
5.7°
Angular Field of View (Apparent)
(not available from customer service)
(not available from customer service)
47.2°
Close Focusing Distance (ft)
6.5 ft
18.0 ft
9.8 ft
Focus System
They have a central focusing knob.
They have a central focusing knob.
They have a central focusing knob.
Eye Relief
15.2 mm
15.5
11.1 mm
Diopter Adjustment
± 2 dpt (locking)
± 3.5 dpt
± 4 dpt (locking)
Interpupillary Distance
57 - 76 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) Prime Glass lenses and an ultra wide-band custom coating that helps to maximize available light.
They feature fully multi-coated achromatic lenses with Zeiss' T* and LotuTec® coatings.
They feature multi-coated aspherical lenses.
Water / Fog Proof
Yes, they feature RainGuardHD, Bushnell's patented permanent water-repellant coating, and are fog proof and waterproof up to 50 meters (according to 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 are made from a lightweight magnesium and are rubber-armored for durability, shock-resistance and comfort. They are available in a matte black or camouflage 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 twist-up eyecups.
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 carrying case, neck strap, microfiber lens cleaning cloth and a harness.
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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