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You get a bit more than you pay forJul 28, 2011
By Josh Adams
I just wanted to update and revise my review below. About 6 months after I bought and reviewed these binoculars my wife noticed that the two halves of the binoculars didn't line up very well resulting in double vision. I had actually been closing one eye to eliminate the problem without even noticing so I'm not sure how long it had been going on. The binoculars had been riding around in my trunk or backseat for a few months, so they weren't exactly being treated with great care, but I had never dropped them or anything particularly rough so I was surprised at how quickly they broke. I feel like I got my $17 worth, but wouldn't necessarily recommend this item to anyone else given what I know about them now and the inability to contact the company. I've gotten a lot more serious about bird watching recently so I'm looking for an upgrade anyways.
Note: The pair I purchased look a bit different from the ones Amazon has pictured as of this writing. Focus is a wheel rather than a rocker and the finish is smooth rubber rather than textured. Basically mine look like a black version of the camouflage Binolux 10x50's being sold.
I purchased my Binolux 10x50 binoculars at Big 5, a discount sporting good chain. I originally went in with the intention of probably buying a pair of "Rugged Exposure" binocs which I had read were actually the same as the "BARSKA Escape Porro 10x50 Binoculars (Green Lens)" that Amazon sells. The salesman let me try out three different pairs of 10x50 binoculars behind the counter. The first were Bushnell's (most likely the Falcons based on price, but I couldn't make any promises). I was buying to replace a pair of Bushnell 7x35's I've had since I was a kid that have pretty poor image quality. These Bushnell's were better than what I had, but were still noticeably much worse than the other two I cross shopped and were also the most expensive. The second, the Rugged Exposure model I'd come to look at were much clearer than the Bushnell's and about $5 cheaper on sale. The third pair were the Binolux model. I didn't expect much because they were only $17 which was almost half the price of the Bushnell's and almost $10 less than the Rugged Exposures, but when going back and forth I couldn't see much of a difference between them and the Rugged Exposures. I looked quite a while, but for $17 I figured what the heck and bought them. I haven't taken them out much, but just trying them around the yard I've felt pretty good about them and look forward to taking them to Yellowstone NP next week.
There are a few downsides I'd throw out for any perspective buyer:
* Minimum Focus Distance - Not sure if this is just because of being 10 power compared to the 7 power I'm used to, but the minimum focusing distance was higher than I expected, probably 20-30ft. For most things this is fine, but my bird feeders are closer than this, which was a bit disappointing.
* Strap - The strap is horrible. A piece of twine might actually be more comfortable since you'd get to choose your own length. If you buy these, plan on replacing the strap.
* Image Quality - While image quality is good, I noticed a decent amount of Chromatic Aberration (purple fringing). I'm a photographer who has spent over a grand on lenses in the past year, so I look for this stuff. For what I use them for (spotting wildlife) it doesn't bother me much so I could care less, but I thought I'd mention it.
* Price - Right now Amazon has these priced at $27 which is almost the same price as the Tasco Essentials 10x50Binocular (which I haven't tried, but are better known brand) and the BARSKA Escape Porro 10x50 Binoculars (Green Lens). At $17 these were a steal, but at $27 it would probably pay to look into the other brands with good ratings.