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Decent binoculars, with 2 drawbacks
, September 3, 2013
This review is from: Nikon 8246 ACULON A211 10 x 42 Binocular (Black) (Electronics)
I purchased these today at a local sporting goods store. They are a "decent" pair of binoculars that only really have 2 flaws. The bridge is plastic and can flex. This means if you are viewing through the binoculars at an odd angle and somehow manage to apply more pressure to one or the other eye cups, you can cause the bridge to flex enough to throw one or the other sides out of focus. (The same as having an improperly adjusted diopter.) Fortunately, this does spring back into focus as soon as pressure is released. Still, it's annoying that it can happen at all, even if it's only in rare circumstances.
Second, they aren't waterproof. If you take these in the field, you will have to pack a plastic bag in case it rains.
Other than that, they appear to be good binoculars. Viewing is bright and clear, and objects come into crisp focus once the diopter is tuned to your eyes. The eye cups are nice and snug so they stay put where you set them. The included lens caps fit well and have tabs for attaching to the strap. The strap itself is on par with an entry level DSLR camera strap, so it's good enough not to have to replace it, and the carry pouch is sturdy enough as well.
The instructions specifically caution against storing them in a hot vehicle, which is too bad, because I had planned on keeping them in my vehicle as a "knock around" pair that I wouldn't care if they got beat up.
For a little more, the Leupold Rogue series of binoculars are perhaps a better choice, having a metal bridge and being waterproof, but with slightly inferior eye cup design. I have the Rogue 8x50 and I'd gladly trade these Nikon for another pair of the Leupolds.
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