Canon 10x30 IS
Be prepared to
to well over
and eyepiece lenses are in line with each other) are more compact and
often lighter, but these require roof prisms that are far more complex and
normally cost more.
A major failure of even very fine prisms occurs when an impact to the
binoculars knocks one askew, even slightly. The image may become distorted or out of kilter, causing severe eye strain and making the set useless.
Sturdy construction is critical. You generally don’t get what you don’t pay
for; cheap construction often means early demise of binoculars.
Steiner, for example, says that it uses a special independent prism-carriage system to protect them. In addition to cost, there are other clues
indicating good construction. Manual assembly after use of computers in
design and technology, as in, for example, cutting the glass for the lenses,
is usually a sign of quality. Boat binoculars should also be encased in a
shock-absorbent material such as rubber. A waterproof rating means that
the set can not only be thoroughly splashed (a minimum requirement for
boating use) but that it can be actually submerged, three feet or more, for
a period of time with no water getting inside. Some sets even come with
straps that’ll keep them afloat if you drop them, and others will float on
their own. Mechanical fastening of lenses to the chassis, as by threaded
rings instead of glue or sealant, helps to insure seal and prevent shifting.
Rugged fittings, such as those that secure the strap, also indicate quality.
Fujinon 14x40 Techno-Stabi
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Many features, such as quality of the glass and coatings, are difficult for
the buyer to evaluate except by the reputation of and statements by the
manufacturer. However, it does help to use them before you buy. Although
looking through binoculars in or just outside a store gives some indication
as to how well they will work for you, it isn’t as good as using them aboard.
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