Alpen Optics PRO 8x25 Wide Angle Compact Binocular
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- Wide-angle binocular with 8x magnification and 25mm objective lenses
- BaK-4 lenses with multicoated optics for superior brightness, resolution, and clarity
- Rubber armoring for durability; ergonomic styling for comfort in the hand
- 430-foot field of view @ 1,000 yards; 10mm of eye relief
- Fold-down eyecups; measures 3.75 inches long and weighs 7 ounces
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The Alpen PRO 8x25 is a wide angle compact binocular with multi-coated BAK4 optics delivering a bright and lightweight viewing experience. The field of view is 430 feet and provides eye relief of 12mm. This compact binocular also won Great Buy award as seen in Outdoor Life magazine's gear test issue. Includes carrying case, neck strap and Alpen's lifetime warranty.
A "great buy" award winner in Outdoor Life's gear test issue, the compact Alpen Pro 8x25 wide-angle binocular is ideal for sporting events, hiking, nature viewing, and other on-the-go activities. The Pro model is equipped with BaK-4 lenses with multicoated optics, guaranteeing superior brightness, resolution, and edge clarity regardless of your subject. The binocular also includes a rubber armoring for protection and durability, helping it hold up to rough handling. Finally, the binocular provides a wide-angle viewing experience like no other, with a field of view of 430 feet @ 1,000 yards.
Other features include 10mm of eye relief, ergonomic styling for tireless use and comfort, fold-down eyecups, a standard-width neck strap, and a stylish and durable carrying case. Alpen Pro binoculars carry Alpen's lifetime warranty.
- Magnification: 8x
- Objective lens diameter: 25mm
- Focus system: Center
- Prism type: Porro
- Prism material: BaK-4
- Field of view: 430 feet @ 1,000 yards
- Exit pupil: 3.1mm
- Eye relief: 10mm
- Close focus distance: 12 feet
- Lens coating: Multicoated
- Neck strap: Yes, standard
- Tripod adaptable: Yes
- Waterproof/fogproof: No
- Case: Nylon
- IPD (min/max): 58 to 73mm
- Diopter design: Eyepiece
- Eyecups: Twist out
- Length: 3.75 inches
- Weight: 7 ounces
- Warranty: Manufacturer's lifetime
About Alpen Optics
Established in 1997, Alpen Optics produces a full line of binoculars, spotting scopes, riflescopes, and accessories designed to offer superior value to the consumer. The company produces more than 70 products and accessories chock full of features and benefits normally found on much more expensive brands. Alpen backs up its commitment to quality manufacturing with a limited lifetime factory warranty. Alpen is headquartered in Rancho Cucamonga, California.
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I had another pair of Minolta 8x compact wide angle binoculars and this one blows it away in terms of amount of light; it's definitely brighter when looking through the Alpens. Unfortunately I've never owned or tried super expensive binoculars before so can't tell how this model compares to them but compared to cheaper sets, I've tried, this one is probably one of the best I've seen. I think the more expensive ones will probably do better in extreme weather (in terms of lens fogging up, look, feel, etc.) but for most people I think this will be good enough. Oh, also want to mention I don't wear glasses as it seems to make a difference when reading other reviews.
I wear glasses but prefer to remove them when looking through binocs to get the full field of view. To focus (the first time), close the right eye and focus with the center knob, now close the LEFT eye and adjust the right eye diopter. If you have perfect vision they will be the same. I did use a white marker pin to put a dot for the diopter offset for my right eye so I can quickly return it. I also put white dots on the focus knob and binoc body at 'infinity'.
Love the view and as with any binoc you have to get used to finding the best settings and viewing distance for you. When all is adjusted I see only one big circle and can alternately close the left then right eye and all is in focus.
There is NOT a threaded tripod hole, which would have been nice to have when I use a monopod stick for field use.
Very light weight and very small even when NOT folded up.
Some folks were asking about the minimum distance to subject and I can look out my windows and see the birds on my deck but I can't focus on the TV from where I normally watch it. I got these for outdoor work and I'm happy with them.
They have a rubbery feel and while there are NO lens caps (which I usually end up losing) the lens barrel extends enough to protect the lens.
I have every kind of binocs from giant astronomical to one eye 'slip in your shirt pocket' models.
I'm very happy with this.
They are small enough to fit in my pocket, a big plus. The included case is a good fit, and does not add much size at all. I don't think the case would add much protection if you dropped the binoculars, but will protect the lenses if you carry them in your pocket like I do.
The image is clear. The viewing angle is excellent - allowing for watching the entire offensive line area, or pocket at once even at short distances. I find the focus easy to adjust on the move allowing for following plays down field and quickly looking from the playing field to the bench areas.
I have used them at day and night games. So far the lowest temperature was about 15, and I experienced no fogging or clouding in the lenses.
I love the color, the compact form, and the contoured body which allows for a sure one-handed grip. They also seem very rugged.
If you want binoculars for spectator sports I think these are an excellent choice.
Pentax 8x21UCF R vs Alpen 8x24 wide angle vs Nikon 8x24 travelite
I've been waiting to see if these inexpensive Alpen compacts were anything special. So I'll do a simple comparison review here with two other similar compacts I own.
Alpen 12ft approx.
Each of these compacts have strong points and weak points that might make them winners or losers depending on what one deems most important for personal use.
Alpens Strong points were, and outstanding FOV that feels like a full sized binocular, fairly crisp to the edges considering. Also very inexpensive. I actually found them for $45.
Weak points were, ergonomically difficult. Hard hold and when in place the focus nob actually hits your forehead so you have to slightly back away to focus. Even with a 3.1 exit pupil which was the largest they were the hardest to place in position for viewing. The focus nob was slow and difficult to find perfect focus. Once in focus they performed fairly well. They were the darkest of the three and even less bright than the pentax 21mm. Also they placed third in overall optical clarity possibly due to the darker views.
Nikon's Strong points were very nice ergonomically. Very comfortable to hold and easy to center in the eyes. They had the shortest eye relief but it felt like the longest. The brightness was very good. Clarity very good.
Weak points were a very narrow FOV which for me is not good. Very noticeable when compared to the others. They were also the most expensive of the three bins and the longest.
Pentax Strong points. Very small compact size and ergonomically fairly decent to use considering their tiny size. Inexpensive with very bright views (maybe the brightest even though the smallest objective lenses) and very good optics on par with the Nikons. Very light weight. Decent FOV.
Weak points. Compared to the others not much. Maybe too small for those with large hands and faces.
All testing was done at dawn and durning a dark rainy day.
So, if I had to keep only one it would be that little Pentax 8x21. It seemed to be the best compromise of qualities that one wants in a small compact compared to the others. The clincher for me over the Nikon was the FOV. The Nikon just was too narrow to be enjoyable. It (the Pentax) had enough to feel somewhat similar to the Alpen. The optics are very nice and it's a bright little binocular at 21mm.
For me even with all the Travelite's strong points that narrow FOV just won't cut it for me any more. Still they make it to second place.
The Alpens unfortunately had too many weaknesses to make the cut even though they shine in with that very large FOV. I might keep them just for that and the fact that I'm lazy, but they will be a pair that spends there time as bins of last resort. The car glove box most likely. Ergonomically they are a bit of a nightmare although there is a way to cup them with your hands that keeps that focuser out of your forehead but it's not easy to do. Also they are just dark. They might be fine on a bright sunny day but I'm not giving these any kind of recommendation unless you will put up with anything for a very wide FOV.
Small enough to not take up too much room or weigh too much in a backpack yet powerful enough to take to concerts and sporting events.
Very pleased with the construction and design.