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Mid-Priced Binoculars

(Chart from review of mid-priced binoculars,
November, 2007, Bird Watcher's Digest)

by Michael and Diane Porter

The following table shows the mid-priced binoculars aranged by their OVERALL QUALITY scores, with highest scores at the top.

Manufacturer
Model
Power
Street Price
SCORE: Fit & Feel
SCORE: Focus Knob
SCORE: Diopter Quality
SCORE: Eyecup Quality
SCORE: Optical Quality
SCORE: Overall Quality
Prism Style
Field of View
Eye Relief (mm)
Close Focus (ft.)
Water- proof?
Wt. (oz.)
Len. (in.)
Width (in.)
Coatings
Diopter Locks?
Diopter Indicators
Diopter Where
Eyecup Style
Leica
8X20
$619
4.8
4.8
4.9
4.9
4.8
4.8
roof
341
16.0
7.2
yes
8.5
3.6
4.4
FMC
Yes
M
FK
P
Leica
10X25
$679
4.9
4.8
4.9
4.9
4.8
4.7
roof
273
15.0
10.5
yes
9.4
4.4
4.4
FMC
Yes
M
FK
P
Minox
8.5X43
$789
4.5
4.7
4.8
4.9
4.5
4.6
roof
321
18.0
7.6
yes
22.9
5.7
5.0
FMC
Yes
M
E
TC
Vortex
8X42
$700
4.9
2.9
4.8
4.9
4.8
4.6
roof
410
18.0
8.2
yes
29.4
6.5
5.5
FMC
Yes
DM
FK
TC
Minox
8X33
$679
4.5
3.8
4.9
4.9
4.5
4.5
roof
395
15.0
6.6
yes
21.3
5.0
4.9
FMC
Yes
M
E
TC
Pentax
8X32
$799
3.9
4.7
4.4
4.5
4.5
4.5
roof
393
17.0
4.9
yes
23.5
5.0
5.0
FMC
Yes
M
E
TC
Vortex
8X42
$480
4.5
4.8
4.0
4.1
4.5
4.5
roof
347
20.0
5.1
yes
23.0
5.8
5.3
FMC
Yes
C
E
TC
Leupold
Katmai
6X32
$290
4.4
4.8
3.9
4.1
4.5
4.4
roof
425
19.2
4.9
yes
18.2
4.1
4.7
FMC
No
D
E
TC
Eagle Optics
8X42
$300
4.5
4.9
4.0
4.1
4.4
4.4
roof
341
19.5
5.2
yes
21.8
5.8
5.1
FMC
No
C
E
TC
Zeiss
8X20
$450
4.0
3.8
3.9
4.1
4.6
4.3
roof
351
14.0
8.2
yes
7.9
4.0
3.8
FMC
No
M
CF
P
Nikon
10X42
$320
4.4
4.7
3.9
4.0
4.3
4.3
roof
314
15.5
8.2
yes
21.1
5.6
5.0
FMC
No
M
E
T
Bushnell
Elite 2
10X42
$500
3.9
4.7
4.4
4.4
4.2
4.3
roof
341
17.0
8.0
yes
28.0
5.7
5.0
FMC
Yes
DM
FK
T
Nikon
8X36
$250
4.4
4.7
3.9
4.1
4.2
4.2
roof
367
17.0
8.2
yes
19.8
4.9
5.1
FMC
No
M
E
TC
Zeiss
10X25
$490
3.9
3.8
3.9
4.0
4.7
4.2
roof
285
14.0
13.1
yes
8.6
4.7
3.8
FMC
No
M
CF
P
Zeiss
10X40
$800
4.0
3.9
3.9
4.1
4.5
4.2
roof
315
15.0
9.8
yes
29.0
6.0
5.0
FMC
No
C
CF
T
Zeiss
8X40
$770
4.0
3.8
3.9
4.0
4.5
4.2
roof
360
16.0
9.8
yes
28.9
6.0
5.0
FMC
No
C
CF
T
Pentax
10X43
$649
3.9
4.8
4.4
4.4
3.9
4.1
roof
315
17.0
6.6
yes
25.0
5.7
5.0
FMC
Yes
M
E
TC
Minox
BL
8X32
$349
4.1
4.0
3.9
4.0
4.1
4.1
roof
429
15.5
6.2
yes
18.5
4.8
5.0
FMC
No
M
E
T
Pentax
8X43
$599
4.0
3.0
4.3
4.4
4.1
4.1
roof
330
22.0
6.6
yes
24.5
5.7
5.0
FMC
Yes
M
E
TC
Celestron
Noble
10X50
$298
4.4
4.8
3.9
4.0
3.9
4.1
roof
262
20.0
9.0
yes
27.0
6.7
5.2
FMC
No
M
E
T
Kowa
BD32-8x
8X32
$440
4.0
3.9
3.9
4.0
4.0
4.0
roof
430
15.0
6.0
yes
19.7
4.9
4.8
FMC
No
M
E
T
Zeiss
10X30
$520
3.9
4.7
3.9
4.1
4.0
4.0
roof
288
15.0
9.8
yes
18.0
5.2
4.5
FMC
No
C
CF
T
Leupold
Pinnacles
8X42
$380
3.9
3.0
3.9
3.9
4.2
4.0
roof
341
17.8
6.6
yes
23.0
5.5
4.8
FMC
No
D
E
P
Vortex
8X42
$350
4.5
3.8
3.0
3.3
4.1
4.0
roof
350
18.0
5.0
yes
26.6
6.0
5.0
FMC
No
M
E
TC
Zeiss
8X30
$471
4.0
3.7
3.9
4.0
4.1
4.0
roof
360
15.0
9.8
yes
17.5
5.6
4.5
FMC
No
C
CF
T
Kowa
BD42-8x
8X42
$530
4.0
3.9
3.9
4.0
3.9
4.0
roof
361
18.3
6.5
yes
25.8
5.7
5.0
FMC
No
M
E
T
Celestron
10X42
$282
4.4
4.8
3.9
4.0
3.7
4.0
roof
314
16.0
8.0
yes
24.0
5.8
5.1
FMC
No
M
E
T
Swift Sport Optics
Audubon (Model 828)
8.5X44
$360
4.7
3.4
4.3
4.4
3.8
4.0
roof
336
19.0
9.0
yes
23.4
5.8
4.9
FMC
Yes
DM
FK
T
Minox
BV 62167
8X42
$249
3.9
3.9
3.9
4.0
3.8
4.0
roof
389
18.0
3.9
yes
27.5
5.5
5.0
MC
No
M
E
TC
Minox
BL 62148
10X42
$399
4.0
3.9
3.9
4.0
3.9
3.9
roof
344
16.0
8.2
yes
22.9
5.6
5.0
MC
No
M
E
TC
Bushnell
Infinity
8.5X45
$380
4.4
3.0
4.8
4.7
3.6
3.9
roof
314
17.0
6.7
yes
25.0
6.0
5.3
FMC
Yes
DM
FK
TC
Swift Sport Optics
Eaglet
10X42
$490
3.9
3.9
3.4
3.6
4.0
3.9
roof
261
16.0
6.5
yes
23.6
5.4
5.0
FMC
No
D
E
T
Swift Sport Optics
Eaglet
7X36
$450
4.0
3.9
3.4
3.6
3.9
3.9
roof
374
16.0
5.9
yes
20.6
5.0
5.0
FMC
No
D
E
T
Fujinon
HB
12X60
$685
3.1
3.8
3.0
3.2
4.2
3.9
roof
285
15.5
5.0
yes
56.0
9.0
6.1
MC
No
DM
FK
TC
Swarovski
8X20
$629
3.5
3.9
3.9
4.0
4.1
3.9
roof
345
13.0
13.0
yes
7.6
4.0
3.7
FMC
No
M
CC
T
Zeiss
Conquest Compact
8X20
$300
3.5
3.9
3.9
3.9
4.0
3.9
roof
345
14.0
10.8
yes
6.3
4.0
3.7
FMC
No
M
CC
F
Kowa
BD42-10x
10X42
$560
4.0
3.9
3.9
4.0
3.7
3.9
roof
344
17.6
6.6
yes
26.3
5.7
5.0
FMC
No
M
E
T
Kowa
BD32-10x
10X32
$465
4.0
3.0
3.9
4.0
3.8
3.9
roof
344
15.0
4.9
yes
19.9
5.0
4.8
FMC
No
M
E
T
Celestron
Regal LX
10X42
$452
4.0
3.9
3.0
3.2
4.0
3.9
roof
319
16.0
6.0
yes
25.0
5.8
5.3
FMC
No
DM
E
P
Celestron
Regal LX
8X42
$442
3.9
3.9
3.0
3.2
4.0
3.9
roof
340
20.0
6.0
yes
25.0
5.8
5.3
FMC
No
DM
E
P
Alpen
Model 493
8X42
$305
4.0
3.9
3.0
3.2
3.8
3.8
roof
341
20.0
4.0
yes
19.4
5.8
5.0
FMC
No
DM
E
TC
Swarovski
10X25
$681
3.2
4.0
3.9
4.0
4.1
3.8
roof
285
13.0
16.0
yes
8.1
4.6
3.7
FMC
No
M
CC
T
Carson Optical
XM-832HD
8X32
$270
3.9
4.3
3.4
3.6
3.8
3.8
roof
420
15.5
9.8
yes
20.6
5.5
5.0
FMC
No
C
E
T
Alpen
Model 495
10X42
$320
3.9
3.8
3.0
3.2
3.8
3.8
roof
315
16.0
5.0
yes
24.0
5.6
5.0
FMC
No
DM
E
TC
Zeiss
Conquest Compact
10X25
$380
4.0
3.9
3.8
3.9
4.0
3.8
roof
285
14.0
18.0
yes
7.1
4.7
3.8
FMC
No
M
CC
F
Leupold
Cascades
8X42
$250
2.2
3.0
4.3
4.3
4.0
3.8
Porro
341
18.0
9.9
yes
22.9
5.5
5.5
MC
Yes
M
FK
T
Pentax
10X42
$299
4.1
3.9
3.0
3.2
3.8
3.7
roof
315
18.0
8.2
yes
22.2
5.7
5.2
FMC
No
D
FK
TC
Alpen
Teton 84
8X42
$599
3.1
2.9
3.8
3.9
3.9
3.7
roof
383
17.0
8.2
yes
26.5
6.0
5.0
FMC
No
M
E
TC
Alpen
Model 496
8.5X50
$330
3.9
3.9
3.4
3.5
3.8
3.6
roof
290
20.0
16.0
yes
28.0
7.0
5.0
FMC
No
C
E
TC
Canon
Image Stabilizer
12X36
$579
3.1
3.9
3.0
3.1
3.9
3.6
Porro
262
15.0
12.0
no
31.4
6.9
5.0
MC
No
M
E
F
Canon
Image Stabilizer
10X30
$359
3.1
3.9
3.0
3.1
3.9
3.5
Porro
314
14.5
13.8
no
22.0
5.9
5.0
MC
No
M
E
F
Pioneer Research
Steiner Wildlife Pro
10.5X28
$299
2.9
2.9
2.1
2.3
4.0
3.4
roof
264
13.0
8.5
yes
11.0
5.5
4.5
FMC
No
C
E
F
Pioneer Research
Steiner Merlin
8X42
$469
2.1
2.9
2.9
3.1
3.7
3.4
roof
342
19.0
6.9
yes
27.0
6.4
5.2
FMC
No
C
E
F
Pioneer Research
Steiner Merlin
8X32
$429
3.0
3.0
2.9
3.0
3.4
3.3
roof
336
15.0
8.9
yes
20.0
5.5
5.2
FMC
No
C
E
F
Pioneer Research
Steiner Merlin
10X42
$499
2.1
2.0
2.9
3.0
3.7
3.3
roof
274
18.0
7.9
yes
25.0
6.4
5.2
FMC
No
C
E
F
Pioneer Research
Steiner Wildlife Pro
8.5X26
$279
2.6
2.8
2.0
2.2
3.3
3.1
roof
333
13.0
6.5
yes
9.7
4.8
4.5
FMC
No
C
E
F

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