Vanguard Spirit ED Binocular, Black
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- ED glass for superior color reproduction
- Bak4 phase-coated prisms and fully multi-coated lenses
- Two stage twist out eyecups with long eye relief
- 100% waterproof and fogproof
- Advanced lens coatings for outstanding performance even in low light conditions
- Lightweight, ergonomic body design with large, precise focus wheel
- Premium Lifetime Warranty
- Magnification: 10x, Objective Lens Diameter: 50mm, Field of view: 293 ft/1000 yards, View angle: 5.6 degrees, Near focus: 9.8 feet, Eye relief: 19 mm, Weight: 29.8 ounces
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|Item Dimensions||9 x 12 x 5 in||4.92 x 1.65 x 5.71 in||5.1 x 5.7 x 2.4 in||5.6 x 5.9 x 1.75 in|
|Item Weight||1.86 lbs||1.41 lbs||1.34 lbs||1.53 lbs|
|Objective Lens Diameter||—||42||42 millimeters||42|
Spirit ED's light transmission of up to 90 percent results in a near-perfect viewing experience. Its advanced lens and prism design with ED glass means you'll get up-close and personal with nature, unveiling details in a way you never thought possible. Spirit ED boasts user-friendly features, too, with a lightweight, comfortable-to-hold body design, twist-out eyecups for long eye relief, large focus adjustment wheel and 100 percent waterproofness, so the weather will never slow you down.
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Spirit ED’s light transmission of up to 90 percent results in a near-perfect viewing experience. Its advanced lens and prism design with ED glass means you’ll get up-close and personal with nature, unveiling details in a way you never thought possible. Spirit ED boasts user-friendly features, too, with a lightweight, comfortable-to-hold body design, twist-out eyecups for long eye relief, large focus adjustment wheel and 100 percent waterproofness, so the weather will never slow you down.
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Top Customer Reviews
1. Image quality is great, a little blurry around the edges though, with a not particularly wide FOV. Light gathering is very good. They pick up the same stars I could see with a much larger but cheap multi-coated 7x50 binos.
2. Fit and finish is very good, and they look great compared to other binos, which sometimes are too plain or too futuristic looking.
3. The focusing screw had no play in it, i.e. turning the knob immediately changed focus.
4. Flip down lens caps are just the right size, easy to put on and take off, don't fall off themselves.
1. The 2" wide neck strap is gigantic. These are 1 pound binoculars, not a 5 pound DSLR camera with a zoom lens. The strap doesn't need to be that bulky.
2. The eyecups are made from "soft" rubber which attracts lint like a lint brush. Didn't notice them being any more comfortable than any other rubber eyecups.
3. Putting the binoculars into the carry case with the eyecups twisted up is a tight fit. Just needed to make the case 1/4" taller.
4. Shining a bright flashlight into the objective lenses I could see dust on the internal optics. The left barrel had what almost looked like a fingerprint on the prism.
5. The focusing mechanism is exposed to the elements. I can see the plastic focusing screw and the grease on it when looking at the focusing knob from the back (see picture). Not sure how smooth it will be long term when that grease picks up dust from the air.
The real bad:
Right out of the box they focused great with the diopter setting at 0. Within a few hours of use the diopter had to go to +1 to focus properly. Then +2, then +3. By day 2 the focusing between the barrels was so different the diopter adjustment wasn't helping anymore. Looking into the objective lenses I could see the focusing lenses inside were at a different distance from the objective lenses. So something in the focusing mechanism was clearly broken, and I chose to return them for a refund as Vanguard certainly made a bad first impression.
Vanguard's website seems to run on a dial-up modem, and they are headquartered in China. Perhaps it's worth investing in binoculars from a well established company, like Celestron, Nikon, Bushnell. Companies that are likely to be around when you need that "limited lifetime warranty". Modern binoculars are not the reliable binoculars of the past, that could get passed down from generation to generation.
The set is small and lightweight enough to pack when hiking, and binoculars are items I have eschewed packing because a really good pair is typically too expensive and/or too bulky to justify the additional weight I'd have to carry. I also appreciate that the optics are fog-proof. They come with a very nice neoprene neck strap and carry case. The lens cleaning cloth is a thoughtful addition. These binoculars are well worth the cost, and I highly recommend them. Great for outdoorsmen/women, wildlife watchers or sports fans.
I own the 10x50 size, and use it for casual star-gazing. The 50mm aperture really hauls in the light! I also use them to investigate any unsettling voices that disturb my star-gazing sessions, you can easily pick out terrestrial shapes in the dark. I haven't used them for hunting, but I could imagine you could spot game easily in low-light conditions with these amazing binoculars!
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