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Vivitar Classic Series VIV-CS-821 8x21 Dual Barrel Binoculars

by Vivitar

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  • Great for theatre, bird watching, concerts and sporting events
  • 8x Magnification
  • Diopter adjustment for precise focusing
  • Multi coated optics for clear, sharp views
  • Reliable center wheel focus design
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Technical Details

  • Model: VIV-CS-821
  • Objective Lens Diameter: 21

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 14 x 13 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004MPQY9A
  • Item model number: VIV-CS-821
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,724 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Vivitar CS-821

For over 70 years, Vivitar has cultivated a rich heritage of optical product development and imaging technology innovation; reflecting both the vast experience of our past, and our vision of the future. Vivitar's high-quality, affordable binoculars, emphasize advanced optics, practical, user-friendly features and attractive design. Our products not only advance optical technology, but they also reflect our ongoing heritage of glass-making experience. Vivitar Binoculars are designed to go wherever you go.

Vivitar is proud to bring you the Classic Series 8x21 Rubber Armored Binocular. Everything looks better through bright, clear multi-coated optics, allowing superior light transmission and brightness. A reliable center wheel focus design and Diopter adjustment allow for precise focusing. This compact long-range is very popular since it sports a wide field of view with 8x magnification. Folding roof prism and a lightweight, durable rubber body make these binoculars great for theater, concerts, bird watching, and sporting events.

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Ideal Use for:
Outdoor activities

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Nature viewing

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Sporting events

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Bird watching

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Specifications:

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Features:
  • Bright and clear Multi-Coated Optics
  • Wide Field of View
  • 8x Magnification
  • Folding Roof Prism
  • Lightweight and streamlined Design
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Package includes:
  • 8x21 Binoculars
  • Carrying Case
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Cleaning Cloth
  • Instruction Manual
  • Warranty Card
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Product Description

Compact design with Rubber Shock absorbing armor, folds down to almost half its size to fit just about anywhere without you even knowing its there.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Don't waste the few dollars.
Shaun Hazel
If you are really spartan you can cut off one scope and use it as monocular, then all the problems go away (except internal reflection).
RC
The focus wheel is a bit hard to grip making it hard to turn.
figuy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By RC on November 16, 2012
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I have an older 8x40 Vivitar bought 15 years ago. So on brand recognition and specially price I decided to buy this binocular for portability. I have mixed feelings after my purchase and initial experience.

I always take from a week to a month to write a review so I can familiarize myself with the product unless its blatantly bad. So this I can say about the product:

* Its small and light, extremely easy to carry with a nice pouch.

* Truly 8x magnification, compared with the older 8x40.

* The image is clear and crisp. Even at night provided there is enough lighting.

* The build quality is not excellent but good enough.

* It is somewhat difficult to focus both eyes in a unified field of vision. You have to "re-calibrate" the distance between your eyes each time you unfold the binoculars. Maybe I'm getting old but its bigger counterpart is so much easier even after lending to someone with different eye-distance.

* There is a lot of internal reflection when looking at something near light sources.

* Even after adjusting the right scope to a clear image to match both eyes, sometimes when looking with both eyes the final image looks a little foggy when crisp and clear each a time. Its like if the adjustment of the right scope loosens a little without warning and is up to each eye to adjust itself to perception. You might end only seeing what your strong eye sees. But other times the image is perfect, just see through them and instantly the image is great. Is a hit and miss. The dial on the right scope seems robust and stable, but obviously a little more to right or left makes a difference. And somehow tends to displace from the sweet spot.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. KNOWLES on July 29, 2012
Got a pair that were decent for the money.... a year later, the units at the store were far worse. Sheesh... I don't how much lower they can go. OK mechanicals and bad optics..what a shame. All the packaging and worm gears and precision casting and then the lenses go south.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike Mckillip on December 26, 2012
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These are not the binoculars you buy to use a lifetime but are fine for occasional use. They fit well in a "range bag" or backpack.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By figuy on May 17, 2013
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The focus wheel is a bit hard to grip making it hard to turn. The diopter adjustment is hard to turn too, but for $7 I can't complain too much. I believe the one I recieved was defective because there was a double image no matter how I adjusted it so I sent it back. I tried a set at a local store and they were fine. In my opinion the Tasco 8x21 Essentials are worth the extra money.

Tasco Essentials 8x21 Binocular (Black)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shaun Hazel on August 18, 2013
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Yeah, they are binoculars. They work fine, simple little set. Perfect for a couple boys to use when camping. One major problem; the material is junk. My two boys had them one day, and both pair were accidentally dropped less that a foot from the ground and broke in the exact same spot.

The center section is very weak plastic. Granted, you get what you pay for, but I thought the bos might find them fun. Funny thing is I bought and toy plastic one for $2.00 which is stronger than these.

Don't waste the few dollars. I've added a picture as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AverageGuyShopper on May 12, 2013
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These binoculars cost about the same as a deli sandwich. Even so, they preform the job satisfactorily. They are quite compact and easy to carry. The optics are clean and it's fairly easy to adjust focus. Just not the best quality. But com'on, at this price point they're practically disposable. I bought one for portability and so the kids could have their own binoculars on a trip to the American Southwest... endured the trip well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Keram on March 29, 2013
I have these binoculars, and although I did not buy them on Amazon, I am grateful that I didn't. Here's why. Each one of your eyes does not have the exact same vision. It's true. Ask any eye doctor, both eyes do not see exactly the same. Anyway, I went to the store and tried out about 20 different binoculars. Most of them I could not get a clear view, it was almost as if I was getting a double image slightly off. I would focus them and still I was better off using just one eye at a time. Maybe it's just me, but when it comes to anything with the eyes, I prefer to try it out first. These binoculars were wonderful. I didn't have a hard time adjusting them, and the focus was so easy (no double images). Yes, the price is cheap, but I'm not a hunter, just a mom checking for coyotes, and stuff before I let the dog out, and on occasion I like to bird watch. But because they are super compact, I'll start bringing them to my son's sporting events. They'll fit in my purse and if your a guy, they have a belt loop on the back of the bag. You can't go wrong with these, but try to try them out at a sporting goods store, or at least try some binoculars out so you know what I'm talking about. In the bag and folded up they are 3" wide, 1"thick, 5" tall.
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By K. Nosack on December 26, 2013
The bridge is very thin. Broke next to the focus knob the first day when my son dropped them. Save your money.
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