I bought these several years ago, and never really used them. I probably have 12 pairs of binoculars, and I need to thin out some of my collection. These are solid, well built glasses with superb lenses. They have never been dropped, and everything works as it should. Focus wheel is smooth. They they have no scratches, or blemishes of any kind.
February 16, 2018 - Published on Amazon Verified Purchase
Bought these as a gift. When I tried them out, I wished I had bought them for myself! I own a pair of Nikon 10x50's, a pair of top of the line West Marine 7x50's, and a pair of Pentax compact zoom binoculars. These little glasses are easily as bright and probably sharper than any of them. Despite the smaller lens. Excellent sharpness and clarity in all areas. Also, obviously well made from excellent materials. They are surprisingly hefty for their size. Backpackers obsessed with weight may want something lighter. But if excellent optics in a compact package are important to you, these are worth the weight! No pun intended! No wonder this particular model has been in production for 50 years and remains the hands down favorite of dedicated bird watchers all over the world. Expensive for compacts, but if you have never owned a pair of really good binoculars, you will not mind the price once you try them."
"Maybe one of the best ever pairs of binoculars.
January 23, 2017 - Published on Amazon Verified Purchase
Wow! We now have three of these including two of the older models. This seems to even be better with the dial up eyecups than the older model. Compared this pair to our Minox 8 x 26 $125 pair and these 7 x 26 Elites shine in comparison. Crisp and clear and sharp from edge to edge very much like the expensive big models by Zeiss and Swarovski in clarity from edge to edge. Maybe one of the best ever pairs of binoculars. We are bird watchers and us our binos extensively and have owned 20 or 30 pairs over our lifetimes. These are so compact, medium weight (lightness is too often cheapness when you compare binos), easy to carry, with easy focusing. Hard to think anyone wouldn't like them. Spend the extra $100 over cheaper binos - they will last a lifetime."
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