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Close Focus

Birders love close focus. We often study birds up close, and when birds aren't available many of us watch butterflies. The closer a binocular focuses, the better we like it.

Zeiss 42 T* FL binocularHowever, close focus is not a cut-and-dried matter. Close focus varies from person to person through binoculars just as it does with the naked eye. So the distance that the manufacturer quotes is at best a guideline. To determine true close focus, you have to try the binoculars with your own eyes.

How close a binocular will focus is determined by the design of the eyepiece. It is not necessarily related to the magnification.

Examples of close focusing binoculars are:

Audubon Equinox (5 ft.)
Celestron Noble 8x32 (5 ft.)
Eagle Optics Ranger (5.2 ft.)
Leica Ultravid 10x42 (9.7 ft.)
Nikon Premier (10 ft.)
Pentax DCF SP (6.6 ft.)
Swarovski EL (8 ft.)
Zeiss T* FL (6.6 ft.)

 

 

 

 


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