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Excellent quality, much better than expected.
on 22 August 2013
I decided on this product largely because the reviews were mostly very positive and the price was very low for this type of item. I was concerned that there may be parallax issues (where one lens points in a slightly different direction to the other causing a doubling of the image). Small amounts of parallax are common with binoculars, particularly in the lower price range. I cannot detect the slightest amount of this - quality and accuracy of build has to be very good to get no detectable parallax. I was also concerned that image resolution may be poor, or that there may be some peripheral distortion. However, the optics show no sign of this at all. Again, it takes good quality of build and precise optical alignment to get this level of image clarity and lack of distortion. The lenses are also coated which ensures good clarity and contrast. Overall, I am extremely impressed with the optical performance of these binoculars, I would have expected to pay 3 to 4 times the price for this level of quality. The delivery was also quick, ordered on Friday and delivered the following Monday morning.
However, there were a couple of very minor things that could have been better. The 4 lens caps are a bit flimsy. The neck strap and the case shoulder strap are both a few cm too short, but just about adequate. The case therefore hangs under the elbow rather than on the hip, and the binoculars hang a little too close to the chin rather than the lower chest area. Small issues though, and alternative straps are readily available and are not at all expensive.
Overall, I am very impressed with the product and with the service. I would highly recommend this item and one should not be alarmed at the low price. They have a magnification of 10x, which is about as high as you want for handheld use, but they can also be mounted on a tripod for steadier viewing. They have 50mm objective lenses which is about the maximum I would choose for handheld use, any larger they can become too heavy. I am very pleased with my purchase.