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Astonishingly good value,
This review is from: Viking 6.5x32 MD Binocular (Electronics)
These binoculars are not only astonishingly good value, but they are also astonishingly good by any measure. The image is bright, clear and - as they are low-powered - dead easy to keep stable. Under most conditions, I can see more through these because of the lack of shake than through any 10x binoculars, Swarowski included. If it's windy, there is no competition.
I have found myself using these in preference even to my trusty Zeiss 7x42s for two reasons: first, in most light conditions the difference in quality is minimal; but second these are easier to use and focus ridiculously close. The focus wheel turns easily, smoothly and quickly to give a range from only one metre to infinity in about 1.25 full turns of the wheel.
This makes them great for watching insects or flowers as well as for birdwatching.
Other close-focus binoculars, such as the remarkable Pentax Papilios focus closer and the images from the two eyepieces coincide better. Those bins are also a little cheaper and much lighter, but the image is nowhere near as bright.
I wear spectacles, and eye relief can be a problem on many binoculars. Again, these MDs are brilliant, so good in fact that I have put a rubber band under the retractable eyecups to keep them raised slightly. With thicker glasses, I wouldn't need that, but it does mean that just about everyone should be able to use them to the full.
If you want a top-notch pair of binoculars at a bargain price, without the one-upmanship that goes with following a brand, grab a look through a pair of these. They are even better than the 8x or 10x versions. Low power bins definitely allow you to see more of the world.
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Initial post: 24 Jan 2013 18:57:11 GMT
Mr. PAUL says:
I agree with the above review. While a bit on the heavy side and not as small as some, everything else about them is excellent. I also find I use them more than my Zeiss Dialite 7x40 pair. They are excellent at dawn and dusk and generally the image seems very crisp. The weight helps with stability. They work well when used from a moving vehicle.
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