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Top Notch for Amateur Birding,
This review is from: Kenko Binoculars Ultra View EX OP 8x32 DH2 Waterproof Roof Prism (Electronics)
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I bird-watch a little--not a lot, but I'll take trips to look at specific species as they migrate and I can identify most birds in the area by their sounds. I have lousy eyes which have always worked somewhat independently of each other. So, I need a binocular that works well in the field and works well with my wonky eyes. To give the binocular a better review, I lent them to a friend who has good eyes, corrected by single-lens spectacles. We both give them a big thumbs-up!
Pros: they're light at 16 oz. The focus wheel goes from close-up to infinity in a little over one full turn. They are variable for inter-pupillary distance, so they adjust to many different "sizes" of eyes. For me, the person who has always had difficulty seeing with binoculars: the clarity is INCREDIBLE. The light that the lenses bring to your eyes offers well-lit subjects and the opportunity to see just about anything you'd like to see--from 8 feet to infinity. It's easy to maintain a focus on a moving bird. Sealed lenses to prevent dust, moisture, "fog," etc. from getting inside. Comfortable to hold as the material they're made from feels slightly "rubbery." They're not flashy in their trademarks/logo: you don't feel like you're carrying a $1000 pair of Nikons for all to gape at. You can loosely cover the eye-cups with a rain-out cover, and the business end caps fit directly into the lenses and look like an old-fashioned "pince-nez."
Cons: cheesy nylon-cordura carrying pocket-case barely fits all four pieces (strap, eye cup cover, lens cover and binocular), and there's no way to attach it to your belt, your camera case (by a carabiner hook, for example) or a backpack. I would hope Kenko would upgrade its case for the American market. The instructions are poorly translated Japanese-to-English and offer little in instruction on care and usage, mostly just disclaimers.
I've had two pair of binoculars prior to this pair, and, by far, this is the best for my bad eyes and weak birding skills. The clarity of vision is stellar!