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Excellent controls, distorted optics
on September 18, 2013
I really wanted to like this pair of binoculars - they look good, are lightweight and compact, and the focus & zoom controls are very easy to use. The focus and zoom dials are next to each other on top of the binocs, making it easy to zoom & adjust on an image (unlike some zoom binocs which have the zoom adjust on the eyepiece). The diopter adjuster was also quite good: situated behind the zoom control, the diopter adjuster pops out when needed, then pops back in when you don't. I especially liked how smooth & easy the adjustment dials turned. As one should expect form binocs with a small objective lens, the field of view is fairly narrow, and when zoomed all the way in, the image darkens.
In the field, the optics proved to be less than satisfactory: while the images were fairly sharp at 8x-12x zoom, when I panned over a scene, there was a sort of "bending" distortion. When I held the binocs steady on an object, I didn't at first notice the distortion; once I became aware of it after panning, I did notice it more and more, even while holding the binocs still. (Distortion like that isn't so good for my stomach...)
All in all, these are decent, compact binocs with excellent controls and fairly sharp imaging. If you want quality optics, however, you probably need to spend a bit more $$$.