I've wanted to purchase a pair of binoculars for a couple of years, but kept putting it off because I figured I'd have to dump at least $300 on a quality pair. I wanted something compact, good quality, and affordable. Not exactly an easy order. But after reading the reviews for these bins, I figured I'd give them a try. All I can say is wow. These are exactly what I was looking for. They provide a very crisp image at the lower magnification levels. And even at 24x, although usually impractical, they are a lot of fun. I find it easy to focus and change the zoom level with one hand which is a plus. For general purpose viewing, these are fantastic binoculars. The bins shipped with a black velcro-flap carrying case with a belt loop on the back, and a small carrying strap that you can attach to your bins.
** UPDATE ** I've owned these bins for about 5 years now and they are still just like new. Despite frequent use, I am amazed at how well they have remained in tip top shape. None of the moving parts have become loose or worn. All of the optics are still just as crisp and clear as the day I bought them, and not once have I had a problem with condensation. So... five years later I can still claim that these are amazing binoculars that are very well made and are of great value.