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Olympus DPS I Binoculars 8-16 x 40 - zoom - porro

by Olympus
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
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  • Armouring: Rubber
  • Autofocus: No
  • Exclusive Model: Exclusive
  • Exit pupil diameter (mm): 2.6 to 5
  • Magnification X: 8X
  • Objective lens diameter (mm): 31 - 40
  • Objective Lens Diameter in mm: 31 - 40
  • Prism = Porro, Roof, Gallilean Or Other: Porro
  • Type Standard/Compact: Standard
  • Type of Prism: Porro
  • Waterprotection: No
  • Zoom: Yes

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Olympus DPS I Binoculars 8-16 x 40 - zoom - porro + RSPB Pocket Guide to British Birds: Second Edition + Visionary NE-1 Wide Comfort Strap - Fits Most Binoculars
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 18.2 x 15.2 cm ; 789 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Item model number: N1240586
  • ASIN: B0000YVEG0
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,695 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

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The Olympus 8-16x40 Zoom DPS I Binoculars: Answer the Call of the Wild with these Rugged Outdoor Binos, Offering Nature Lovers a Powerful 16x Zoom

Birds of prey and otherwise skittish wildlife will fall within your virtual grasp when you’re proudly equipped with the Olympus 8-16x40 Zoom DPS I Binoculars. Incredibly useful and flexible, visibility is boosted courtesy of a high-powered 8-16x zooming capability. Built for the outdoors, the standard porro prism binos feature a robust high quality finish with sure grip rubber coating plus the added worry-free feature of UV protection. They’re not only excellent for watching birds but also ideal for sports events or for taking out when walking or hiking.

Implementing high-grade optical components to ensure a perfect view even in low light conditions, further desirable qualities include anti reflective lens coating for better image brightness and contrast. Peace of mind and years of pleasure are further guaranteed thanks to a 25-year European warranty.

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Optical Perfection, Day or Night

This particular zoom model offers an 8x to 16x magnification and a 40mm objective lens diameter. As it sounds, up to 16x magnification produces an image that appears as if the user were 16 times closer to their subject, while the objective lens diameter refers to how much light can be gathered to form that image. While for daytime use a lens diameter of 21 to 25mm is useful, for night-time viewing something between 35 to 50mm is recommended. Therefore the 40mm specification here indicates excellent suitability for low light visualisation.

Also worth considering for low light work is the exit pupil. Here that is 5.0 to 2.5mm, which for 8x40 binoculars, for example, is arrived at via 40 divided by 8 = 5 exit pupil in mm, so beyond the 2-3mm which is generally thought of as being suitable for daylight use. Another thing to take into account is the field of view, which here, due to the zoom capability, is 87-59 metres, and is defined as the width of the viewable field at a distance of 1000m from the point of observation. Closest focusing distance is 10 metres.

Versatile and Bright, these Binos Will Place Nature in the Palm of your Hand

Offering an 8x to 16x zoom magnification to bring faraway points of interest that much closer plus a 40mm objective lens diameter, the Olympus 8-16x40 DPS I Binoculars incorporate fully coated lenses to deliver maximum image brightness, visual impact and image defining contrast.

Fast and easy focusing is provided courtesy of a large, centrally placed knob. The 8-16x40 DPS I model further sports a 10-12mm eye relief for extra comfort, plus diopter adjustment for comfortable viewing without glasses.

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Engineered for Excellence, Built to Last

Boasting a tactile and ergonomic design and weighing a solid feel 790g, the Olympus 8-16x40 DPS I measurements are a manageable 182x152x58mm, while the package includes a neck strap, case and protective lens covers.

In summary, with a lens configuration of 6 elements in 4 groups, and a 10-12mm eye relief, the field of view at 1000m is 143m. The actual field of view is 5.0° to 3.4° while the apparent angle of view is 40° to 54.4°.

These are also binoculars that will repay your original investment with years of good service. A case in point: a 25-year warranty is included with any purchase.

Olympus DPS I Series 10x50 DPS I 8x40 DPS I 8-16x40 Zoom DPS I
Model 10x50 DPS I 8x40 DPs I 8-16x40 Zoom DPS I
Magnification 10x 8x 8-16x
Objective Lens Diameter 50mm 40mm 40mm
Exit Pupil 5 5 5.0-2.5
Relative Brightness 25 25 25-6.3
Actual Field of View 6.5° 8.2° 5.0°-3.4°
Field of View at 1000m 114m 143m 87-59m
Apparent Angle of View 65.0° 65.6° 40.0°-54.4°
Near Focus Distance 6m 4m 10m
Eye relief 12mm 12mm 10-12mm
Adjustable Eyepiece - - -
Dioptric Correction >± 2m¹ >± 2m¹ >± 1m¹
Eye interval adjustment range 60-70mm 60-70mm 60-70mm
Weight 855g 710g 790g
Dimensions WxHxD 191x178x63mm 182x139x58mm 182x152x58mm
Prism Type Porro Porro Porro
General Use      
Camping / Hiking
Bird Watching
Sports / Events
Theatre / Indoor Events      

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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Olympus Binoculars Review 20 Jun 2010
The clarity of this product was nothing short of stunning. On 8x magnification the image was pin sharp and clear. When using 16x magnification some support is required for a steady image but this is not a negative comment. The focusing wheel is very responsive and easy to use. I would thoroughly recommend this product, especially for wildlife enthusiasts.
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76 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great purchase 23 July 2009
By Andy
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I was looking for a compromise between great optics (usually found with 50 mm lenses) and small size. For me, these offer the best of both worlds - small enough to take on a hike, but with a good clear image. Even with 16x zoom, it is possible to have a steady image. I use mine on 16x zoom most of the time, so I'd be happy not to have the zoom - maybe it will come in useful one day. My only complaint (and a very small one it is) is that the lens covers are not attached to the binoculars, so one has to be careful not to loose them. Highly recommended.
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123 of 129 people found the following review helpful
I've owned a pair of these for about 18 months and have used them thoroughly in that time. I'm a member of the RSPB, WWT and my local Wildlife Trust, and I regularly take these binoculars birdwatching. I bought them to get back into birdwatching after 20 years away from the hobby. They seemed good value for a brand I trusted and the zoom sounded like a great idea - 8x magnification for scanning around and then up to 16x for more detail was my theory. However, to be honest, I now wish I'd done a lot more research before making a purchase.

At the lower magnifications(8x to 10x) the image is bright and clear. There is also a good depth of field meaning minimal refocusing even when scanning across a lake or open field. However, the higher you go the more the performance drops off. At 16x magnification the image is noticeably darker and quite fuzzy. Also, at 16x the depth of field is extremely shallow which means it is difficult to attain perfect focus and you are constantly having to refocus if the point you wish to view changes slightly. You will also need VERY steady hands to use them at 16x - even with both elbows planted on a flat surface the image can be a bit shaky.

A minor bugbear is that when you zoom in or out on an object, it doesn't stay in focus and you need to refocus each time, so you might miss some action or lose track of a bird in the process. After a while though, you get used to how much you need to adjust focus and in which direction to minimise viewing disruption, but it will still take a couple of seconds to get sharp focus back.

At 8x the field of view is 5, which is OK, but could be better. The field of view is basically the width of the image you see through the lenses.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Olympus DPS I - Binoculars 8-16 x 40 - zoom 28 April 2011
By tone1428 VINE VOICE
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These Binoculars are an absolute bargain at a knockdown price!
These bins came in really good time and I immediately went out for a spot of birdwatching with them,the image they give is really excellent and Though at first I did find the zoom lever a little stiff, that soon settled down( just as I was considering a little WD40) Zooming up to 16X I really could not see any huge amount of dimming and it is well possible to hold the bins steady enough for a good view.Though holding the bins steady for any length of time would be an issue and you would need some sort of prop to steady against.
Now the bad news,within two hrs a hair or something similar fell across the right lens and ruined the view through them,I cannot find the heart to remove a star for this as the binoculars are so good!I then e-mailed the brilliant return service at Amazon who e-mailed me a pre paid printable Royal Mail address form,As the company I ordered them from had none left in stock,I was forced to take a refund.
I had kept the original packaging so I packed it all away and posted it on the Tuesday,On Wednesday evening I received an e-mail saying they were in posession of the return and on Thursday morning another mail saying my money had been refunded! Brilliant service so I immediately ordered another pair from a different seller 2.70 more expensive but they are well worth the money!
I have just received my relacement bins and they are really terrific! I am so pleased with them.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for a zoom lens, I'm impressed. 3 Mar 2010
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Generally speaking variable power zoom binoculars are not as good as fixed ones as the image tends to get dimmer, the Olympus 8-16x40 provide bright images due to the large exit lens and UV protected lens. I use these for seeing wildlife up close and are the 3rd set of binoculars I've bought in my life (60 years and counting).
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 15 Sep 2011
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I was sceptical that a zoom to *16 would let enough light in or would shake

not so, I did not have them out of my hands for 17 days in the Hebrides spotting otters, eagles and seals etc;

they are the best binoculars I have used and can also be zoomed down to *8 when used off a boat

a great product
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - great build quality and finish 6 Nov 2010
By Marc
I'll keep this review short - these are excellent binos. At x8 images are crisp and clear, and obviously the further you go up the scale towards x16 the more distorted and dull things become - but images are still good. Keep them on x8 or x10 for top quality.

Needless to say the build quality is excellent as you would expect from Olympus, as is the general finish. As for the size - they are reasonably compact, though quite weighty, which is I would attribute to the quality materials used.

I recommend these binos - buy them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars crystal clear
I procrastinated for ages before buying these, but they truly are amazing.

having tried several other zoom bins with different size objectives these outclass them all. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Davo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
We'll worth the price for general use.
Published 5 days ago by A. Watts.
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice clear image
Small and lightweight. Nice clear image. You have to refocus after adjusting zoom but no big deal.
I use with "Opticron Tripod L Mount Standard Adaptor for Binoculars to 50mm"... Read more
Published 13 days ago by markjhall
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great value money. Good all round binoculars with a very useful zoom function. Very pleased with them.
Published 14 days ago by MR R ANDREWS
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Binoculars
Feel sturdy without being too heavy. Zoom is great but as others have pointed out re-focussing is required after zooming but then they don't claim to have autofocus. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tony G
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed
I have an old pair of binoculars, good quality but not very powerful and a little heavyweight. I have an Olympus Compact camera and have been very pleased with the quality of that,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Poetry Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous binoculars
Fabulous ! Great views and easy to use and adjust. Sharp and clear making bird watching a joy. Will enjoy using them on holiday.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Too heavy for my requirements
Unfortunately, I need smaller, lighter binoculars and I had to return these, because of their weight. This in no way reflects on the functions of the item.
Published 2 months ago by Melody
5.0 out of 5 stars Distance viewing
I chose the Olympus DPS 1 binoculars as they were within my price range. I received "exactly what it said on the tin"! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Joan Cass
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Used on Safari did not miss anything would recommend to anyone easy to use even the wife could handle them
Published 4 months ago by Paul Smith
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