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Initial post: Aug 26, 2010 2:05:53 PM PDT
the little ones called opera are useless, i would like to get some with a high quality lenses good focus adjustment a real good ones please

Posted on Jun 11, 2011 7:35:13 PM PDT
Yeah the ones they call "opera glasses" are usually more style over substance. They should still be compact, I think the idea is something one can use without making a spectacle of themselves so to speak. If price is no object I think Nikon's classic Mikron 6x15 is really the standard here. Nikon Mikron - Binoculars 6 x 15 M CF - porro
and with the handsome price of a pair of opera (or top drawer ballet house for that matter) tickets today, perhaps <$300 is not that much money for some folks. You certainly won't be envious of the ones the person sitting next to you is using.
Minolta used to make a 6x16 and 6x18 compact unit that may be ideal for this, a man could put them in his coat pocket and they aren't obtrusive. The limitation here is most ladies' attire at such a function as well as their handbag pretty much limits the equipment to the size of a pack of cigarettes- the man's suit the same- and if it weighs more than a few ounces you have to support it in such a manner your arms get in the way of the view of people behind you. Of course you can always act like a family of louts at a NASCAR race and lug in what you like, (or my ex-wife and I who used to stop at taco bell and stuff her big purse with real food going to the cinema!) I'm just explaining what drives the market to have the selection of opera glasses whose performance is less than ideal.
Whatever you choose don't make the mistake of selecting too much magnification, a marketing ploy. Small lenses and high magnification never mix well. 6-7x is the high limit here, and that Mikron format was done best at 5x.

Posted on Jan 18, 2013 3:02:03 PM PST
Hi, everyone! For opera, ballet, theater, indoor shows,etc. binoculars give you a great advantage. As the sounds in these performances is usually good, quality binoculars can give you that impressive, visual IMax theater experience that's even better than sitting up close and paying premium price, if that's required. Sitting up close doesn't give you that expansive, whole stage view that you get from these while sitting further away. The best as of 1-18-13 are: 1) Bushnell Xtra-Wide 4X30 with auto-focus, compact, huge field of view, Bak 4 prisms, fully mullticoated, my favorite (($74-Amazon); 2) Pentax 6.5X21 Papillo, as the name implies they're used for watching butterflies but are extremely popular for shows, portable, multicoated, aspherical elements (great sharpness), Bak 4 prisms ($125-Amazon); 3) Zhumell Mezzo Opera 3X, these are the ones you need if you want traditional opera glasses that really work and will not give you a headache, come with handle on one side, compact, stylish ($35-Amazon); 5) Vixen 3X28 Fold-Up Glasses, ultimate compact, not so great optics, ($10-Amazon). Get to the show with your choice of these and be ready for an unforgetable experience!!
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