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5.0 out of 5 stars Small becomes great with these!, 30 Aug 2012
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Theses are the best all rounders of our five binos and a Swarofski scope for long distance. Experience (and frustration) showed don't get zoom, it decreases field of view; go for a biggest objective that is not too heavy, and of course go for quality which is subjective and best judged by visiting a store (and subsequently buy from them - don't be mean use your local store or lose it!). I trusted a newspaper review to order these online unseen and am overwhelmed by the versatility, light weight, easy focus and high quality. The close up zoom never fails to get a "wow" from first time viewers. I now have an iterest in insects, didn't realise there were so many bees and false bees. See the hairs on the antennae of the buterflies, and of course see the club ends on butterflies and lack of on moths. See the water surface bend like a sheet of plastic under the pond skaters. Let the texture of rock and the subtle beauty of lichen and moss lead you to a world of aesthetic of the tiny. I wish I could photo the drop of rain that enclosed the tiny flower with the sunlight glinting off the sphere of water - I look forward to spells between showers just to see the art of nature in the minature. I know all flowers have similar reproductive parts, but we cannot them on small flowers - until these marvelous binos came along! I must stop gushing now, time to look at those birds on the feeder and see their tongue and tiny seeds getting chewed. The slight downside is the slightly less light gathering than my 8x42 Opticron or my 8x40 Helios but they weigh much more and are much more bulky so are often left behind, these are small enough to fit in a pocket and so get taken more often. Don't prevaricate, just get them! Delivery was on time good service.
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Initial post: 12 Nov 2012 21:03:07 GMT
J. Neighbour says:
Sorry to duplicate this message, which I left on another review, but here goes: A good review (from you too!) about an obviously good bit of kit. I've just seen these bins reviewed outstandingly on CH5's 'Gadget Show' so had to research further and I've just ordered a pair - mainly, I have to admit, on the strength of the reviews here. But does anyone know why the x6.5s are claimed to be water-resistant and these not? I'm slightly puzzled seeing as they appear almost identical. A bit late now seeing as I've just ordered a pair of x8.5s. I'm curious, and hoping they're water-resistant like their x6.5 counterparts. Any info would be greatly received before I use them in the rain, which is occasionally the case in Laos at this time of year and where I shall be taking them next week.

Posted on 6 Aug 2013 19:06:21 BDT
Re. Peter N's comment: Sold ;)

Posted on 13 Jan 2014 12:45:26 GMT
Graham says:
Good review - thanks
But Amazon verified purchase - "best judged by visiting a store (and subsequently buy from them - don't be mean use your local store or lose it!)". Hum...
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