Athlon Optics Midas Roof Prism UHD Binoculars
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- ED Glass - ED glass gives you an image with little or no chromatic fringe so the final result brings a clearer and sharper image to your eyes
- ESP Dielectric Coating is a multi layer prism coating that reflects over 99% of the light to your eyes bringing you a clear, bright image that displays accurate color reproduction.
- Advanced FMC - Advanced Fully Multi-Coated lenses gives you better light transmission to bring optimum brightness and true color across the entire light spectrum.
- Argon Purged - Argon purging gives you better waterproofing and thermal stability and Field of view Angular -8.1 degree
- Long eye relief can be particularly important for eyeglass wearers because longer eye relief allows them to still see the entire field of view.Field Of View M @1000 METERS:144 m
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Midas was known to have a golden touch. He must have laid his hands on these binoculars since they set the gold standard for this class of binoculars. The rugged benchmark for all-weather brightness and clarity, these Midas roof-prism binoculars are light and slim thanks to the magnesium designed chassis.
Together with UHD Glass lenses, Advanced Fully Multi-coated optics, high quality BaK4 prisms with our ESP Dielectric Coating plus Phase Coating, these Midas binoculars gather maximum light and produce brilliant color fidelity.
Rubber Armor provides durable and secure, non-slip soft texture grip for any weather condition.
Lightweight Magnesium Chassis
Magnesium chassis gives you the strength of a metal chassis while reducing the weight as much as 35%
Argon purging gives you better waterproofing and thermal stability additionally making your binoculars fog proof in tough weather conditions.
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Update: each of the four pairs we've tried has had different build issues: two had focus knobs with noticeable play, two had close focus points that were longer than the specs, one folds down on itself when held up with one hand, one is too stiff and doesn't bend easily, one had water spots on the eyepieces upon arrival, and one had a scratch on an objective lens and dust on the inside of the lens upon arrival. We eventually gave up and kept two of them. We're going to give Athlon the benefit of the doubt, because we love the two pairs we have. If they have significant issues in the short-term, we'll adjust this review...
Update 10/31/2019: Although I still enjoy using the Athlon Midas 8x42, I find myself preferring my >10-year-old Nikon Monarch 8x42. As an advanced birder, I don't need great image quality so much as I need to obtain a sharp image as quickly as possible. Songbirds are really fast, and the super-smooth Nikon focuses on them almost instantaneously. In contrast, the Athlon takes much longer to acquire focus, partly because of a shallower depth of field, partly because the focus knob is stiffer, and partly because the knob needs to be turned more than that of the Nikon.
Update 12/2019: The binocular strap broke the other day, from the plastic attachment to one side of the instrument. I was lucky to catch the binocular before it fell onto concrete!
The ED glass really helps with minimizing glare and ghost images (I believe these are among the least pricey bins with ED glass on the market). The close focus and low light performance is just brilliant, and are the icing on the cake. In my opinion, this blows the similarly-priced competitors out of the field.
Cons: To adjust eye relief, you twist the eyecup housings. The eyepiece lens covers are rubber and they slip somewhat snugly over the eyecup housings. On my first or second use, upon removing the eyepiece lens covers, the outer layer of the eyecup housings (which seem to have been glued in place) came off with the lens covers. The objective lens covers are also a bit clumsy. They hang from the front of the lens barrels from rubber bands and fit inside the barrels. But in the field, they tend to fall out a lot and the bands sometimes come off completely, so it's easy to lose them. Finally, my binoculars came with a few visible imperfections/dust specks on the internal elements. In practice, doesn't impact use, but I'd have preferred not to see any...
Even though I am no expert, I am impressed. These binoculars are very comfortable in my small hands. They are solid without being unwieldy. The focusing is smooth and easy. Also, I am impressed with how bright they are in low light. The binoculars arrived late in the day, and I gave them their first test drive in the dark. To give you an example, I was able to focus easily and pick out tiny details in an area that my camera metered as f/2.8 and 1.3 seconds at ISO 200. That's EV2, which is really dark.
One more small detail. These binocular do have a tripod mount, which was not mentioned in the reviews or the product specs on the company's website.
No regrets here. I would highly recommend these binoculars.
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• Superb optics – excellent clarity/resolution, brightness (excellent in low light conditions) and field of view
• Build quality, ergonomics and “feel” of binoculars is excellent.
Cons: Some “quality control” issues pertaining to focusing, as follows:
• Grinding noise - I have tried 3 pair and all have a grinding noise when focusing. The third pair, which I am keeping, is acceptable but the others were distracting and very noticeable.
• Focusing knob is somewhat stiff, but acceptable, but that is under hot summer conditions. I have to wonder about the performance in sub-freezing weather. I suspect the focusing will be very stiff (don’t expect quick focusing response).
• Close focus is not as specified (6.5’). One pair was >10’, the third pair is about 8.5 feet. I would have expected that the specs would be conservative, meaning performance should be at least as good as specified, not worse. In contrast, my Bushnell Legends (originals), Legend UHDs and Bushnell Elites, all have smooth, silent focusing and focus closer than specified.
Bottom Line: I would like to give 5 stars for the optics and overall “feel”, but quality control issues around focusing suggest 4 stars at best, possibly 3 stars. If they improve focusing knob issues, it would be 5 stars and “best in class”.
Also, 8 times zoom is very stable when fully zoomed. It won't do any goods if it shakes too much.