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Good starter binocs...but this is not for me
on February 15, 2012
I am new to the world of binoculars. I've used them in the military, but I puchased these for the sole purpose of birding and travel. I've been reading a lot of reviews and doing quite a bit of research on a good, all-around quality pair of binoculars. My budget is up to $300.
I had a good feeling about these Bushnell binocs based on the reviews, so I purchased them.
Well, either my expectations were a bit too high, or perhaps my experience with good quality photography lenses have left me unsatisfied.
First off, don't get me wrong this reviw. These are a great pair of binocs. The glass is nice and clear, the armor feels fine (albeit a little too 'plastic' feeling), and the brightness is excellent.
Now, with that said, I was hoping better quality in the following areas:
2. control of chromatic aberration
Color - the color is somewhat natural, and a tad yellow and warm(which is common with most coated lenses), but overall, the image is a bit flat. Contrast and punch across the color spectrum is a bit lacking. The overall feeling of color is more two-dimensional and slightly muddy. Honestly, it is quite acceptable, but again, I was hoping for a but more.
Chromatic aberration -is somewhat evident. After observing buildings, trees and people from a 6 story building, almost all images have a strong blue-purple chromatic aberration covering any object that is being hit by the sunlight. I was surprised by this, as I have not read anything about such artifacts in the Amazon user reviews. This is something that I was hoping to avoid...
Compactness - although I had an idea of the dimensions and weight of these Bushnells from the specifications, I was unfortunately not very happy with the larger size. The weight felt great though. So readers, please be aware of the dimensions on these binoculars. They may not fit your preference.
With that said, I do think they are an amazing buy for the amount of quality you are getting. For me, I am needing a bit more 'oomph' and performance in IQ.
I will be returning these, but I just purchased a pair of Vanguard 8x42 Spirit ED. These are the binocs I originally wanted, but couldn't justify the price. I will update if this trade off was worth it.