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
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
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; might not be comfortable for people very close-set eyes
Not waterproof or fog proof; very short eye relief
Price
$259.95
$1,499.99
$94.98
Warranty
Limited Lifetime Warranty
Full 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 great binoculars to use for general outdoor activities like wildlife viewing, hunting, 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.
Both magnifications of these binoculars are 6.0" x 5.2" x 2.1" and weigh 22.9 oz.
The binoculars are 4.3" x 4.6" (L x W) and weigh 8.8 oz.
Magnification
10x
8x or 10x
10x
Objective Lens Diameter
42 mm
43 mm
25 mm
Exit Pupil
4.2 mm
5.4 mm (8x43) or 4.3 mm (10x43)
2.5 mm
Twilight Factor
20.5
18.5 (8x43) or 20.7 (10x43)
15.8
Field of View at 1,000 yds
340 ft
379 ft (8x43) or 342 ft (10x43)
262 ft
Angular Field of View (Real)
(not available from customer service)
7.2° (8x43) or 6.5° (10x43)
Angular Field of View (Apparent)
(not available from customer service)
(not available from customer service)
47.2°
Close Focusing Distance (ft)
6.5 ft
8.2 ft
9.8 ft
Focus System
They have a central focusing knob.
They have a central focusing knob designed with Minox's Quick-Close-Focus (QCF) system.
They have a central focusing knob.
Eye Relief
15.2 mm
19.3 mm (8x43) or 16.5 mm (10x43)
11.1 mm
Diopter Adjustment
± 2 dpt (locking)
± 2 dpt (locking)
± 4 dpt (locking)
Interpupillary Distance
57 - 76 mm
58 - 74 mm
56 - 72 mm
Prism Type
They have a roof prism system with BaK-4 glass.
They have a roof prism system with 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.
Both feature fully multi-coated apochromatic lenses with up to 21 layers on each lens.
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 argon-filled and are fog proof and waterproof down to 16.4 ft.
They are not waterproof or fog proof.
Rangefinder
N/A
N/A
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 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.
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 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 in a wooden box with a leather case, neoprene neck strap, eye covers and a lens cleaning set.
They come with a Nikon travel case, a neck strap and lens covers.
 
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