Fujinon 16x70 FMT-SX Polaris, Water Proof Porro Prism Binocular with 4 Degree Angle of View (Individual Focus)

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About Fujinon 16x70 FMT-SX Polaris

In the Fujinon "SX" series binoculars, every lens and prism surface is coated with a special EBC process. The result is an overall brightness factor of 95% across the full visible spectrum - images up to some 15% brighter than any other high quality binoculars.

The FMT / MT series of binoculars have been a staunch favorite among professionals in the marine and fishing industries. Designed for use in severe environments, these binoculars meet the high demands for functionality, ruggedness and water resistance. The FMT series are high-grade spec models that incorporate field flattener lenses.

The Fujinon 16x70 FMT-SX Polaris is commonly used for Astronomy and more.The Fujinon 16x70 FMT-SX Polaris is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual/ recreational among others.The Fujinon 16x70 FMT-SX Polaris is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Fujinon 16x70 FMT-SX Polaris: Quality lenses and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

(6)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Quality lenses (6),Strong construction (6)
Cons:
Heavy / bulky (3)
Best Uses:
Astronomy (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Casual/ recreational (4)

Fujinon 16x70 FMT-SX Polaris Specifications

Type of Prism
Porro Prism
Coating
Special EBC Coating with 95% light transmission
Real Angular Field of View
Apparent Field at 1000m
230' (70m)
Exit Pupil
4.38mm
Eye Relief
0.6" (15.5mm)
Relative Brightness
19.18
Interpupillary Distance
2.2-2.9" (56-74mm)
Twilight Factor
33.5
Close Focus Distance (ft)
36'
Rubber Coated (Armored)
No
Waterproof / Fogproof
100% waterproof, Nitrogen Purged
Camera Tripod Adaptable
Yes with Optional Tripod Adapter
Dimensions (Length × Width)
10.6 x 9.4" (270 x 238mm)
Weight
4.2 lbs (1.92kg)

Fujinon 16x70 FMT-SX Polaris Reviews

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4.5

(based on 6 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Fuji 16x70FMT-SX Polaris Binos

I have had them for 4 years and they are still my favorites (I have several other brands/versions). I also have the 7x50 in the same series that are excellent hand held for astronomy...but the 16x70s are my favorites by far for astronomy. Super contrast and resolution with excellent edge performance. They are heavy though so expect to use a mount to hold them steady. I tried the stabilization type binos from Canon and Fuji...too heavy so you really need to put them on a mount too so the stabi...

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I have had them for 4 years and they are still my favorites (I have several other brands/versions). I also have the 7x50 in the same series that are excellent hand held for astronomy...but the 16x70s are my favorites by far for astronomy. Super contrast and resolution with excellent edge performance. They are heavy though so expect to use a mount to hold them steady. I tried the stabilization type binos from Canon and Fuji...too heavy so you really need to put them on a mount too so the stabilization is a moot advantage. The big aperture and optical performance makes these the favorites of many astronomers I know (four of them have the 16x70s). For a really cool setup these work great with a Sky-Window platform (device that uses a front surface mirror to reflect the image and a mount that makes it sort of like looking into a microscope...very comfortable and user friendly.)

Reviewed by 6 customers

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Almost perfect binocular for astronomy

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from Southaven, MS  -  Casual/ Recreational

The short eye relief of this binocular has already been much discussed, but I would like to add that for use as an astronomical binocular I found it acceptable to go a little bit beyond my ideal IPD setting of 62 to 65 or 66 in order to obtain more "nose relief" and hence get the full field of view. Though I don't wear glasses I have deep set eyes and am able to get the full fov with this method, without unscrewing the rubber eyecups. Also, if you have a reclining chair with armrests using these handheld is a possibility though not 100% shake free. Optically, these are a 5 star binocular. But the big eps and short eye relief are a bit of a hindrance and I would imagine a deal killer for some who wear glasses, hence overall score of 4 stars.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best hand-holdable astronomy binocular

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from Belgium  -  Casual/ Recreational

They are not too heavy or too large; some first-time users complain that they weigh a lot but they are lighter (1900 grams) than the older version (2200 grams). I got used to their girth after a few weeks or regular use. Now the 50mm binos feel skinny in my hands. A 50mm bino is not full-size; it's compact. The full-size are the 63mm and 70mm models.I've spotted nebulae and galaxies that are difficult to see with telescopes much larger than this 70mm aperture. The anti-reflection coatings are perfect: I see no ghosting and the background sky is maximally dark. The toughness of the frame complements the rock-solid stability of the collimation. It has made dozen of trips in my car trunk on bumpy roads and never lost alignment. They are easy to grip even with gloves because of the pebbled surface; winter observing is easy. They resolve many open clusters in individual stars where smaller, or poorly-made 70mm binos only show a mist with a vague peppering of stars. A guy who tried it immediately commented that it was better than his 80mm bino, and I tried a mid-priced 20x80mm that had poor contrast and less resolution. The hinge and the focus mechanism are firm and smooth; images are sharp over a wide 64° field. I only wished they had hinged objective lens caps that cannot be lost or forgotten, and the eye relief could be a couple millimeters longer, but just for a bit more comfort because it's long enough to take in the whole view easily. Overall nothing beats them in 70mm or 80mm aperture.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nicely made binocular

By

from New York, NY  -  Casual/ Recreational

When I bought it, I showed it to my father. First thing he asked was, where is the magnification? [he mean zoom]. He was also very surprised that his 8-24x25 Nikon zooms have higher magnification than this, so in his opinion it was stupid of me to buy this large Fujinon binoculars. Nonetheless, I think that my dad's little zoom binos have quite a bit of a tunnel vision compared to these large Fujis. I like the Fujis, my father likes the little Nikon. For each his own, I suppose.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Binocular for stars

By

from Aurora, CO  -  Avid Adventurer

These are very well made binoculars. Clear bright stars almost to the edge. Far better than my German made binoculars that cost four times as much or other Japanese made at twice as much. Because of the individual focus these are best at viewing things not requiring refocus. These are probably the strongest made binoculars I have but are lighter than I was expecting. Not stylish but I am inspired by the obvious quality. I am sure these will last a lifetime. I have many top rated binoculars and use them several times a day. These Jujinon 16x70 FMT-SX stand out as the best I have ever used for long time observation.

(1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great for spotting wildlife

By

from Apache Junction, AZ  -  Casual/ Recreational

I used these on my elk hunt and killed the biggest bull of my life. With the rugged terrain where I was hunting, they worked well to spot and stalk.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Fuji 16x70FMT-SX Polaris Binos

By

from Macomb, Michigan  -  Astronomer

I have had them for 4 years and they are still my favorites (I have several other brands/versions). I also have the 7x50 in the same series that are excellent hand held for astronomy...but the 16x70s are my favorites by far for astronomy. Super contrast and resolution with excellent edge performance. They are heavy though so expect to use a mount to hold them steady. I tried the stabilization type binos from Canon and Fuji...too heavy so you really need to put them on a mount too so the stabilization is a moot advantage. The big aperture and optical performance makes these the favorites of many astronomers I know (four of them have the 16x70s). For a really cool setup these work great with a Sky-Window platform (device that uses a front surface mirror to reflect the image and a mount that makes it sort of like looking into a microscope...very comfortable and user friendly.)

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
Daniel N  Quality (Made in Japan). Excellent views.
Shopper  Do you have tripod adapter for it? thanks
WILLIAM K  I'm currently using a tripod adapter (made by Pentax) with the big 16X70's, but I'm not satisfied with this setup. The standard tripod adapter holds your binoculars by just a few threads of a 1/4 X 20 screw stuck into the end of the center shaft; this is a poor design which cannot avoid wobbling and shifting and even working loose when adjusting the interpupil distance. I was very disappointed to discover that I wouldn't be able to use my tripod adapter that Nikon makes for use with my 8X32 SE and 12X50 SE's; this Nikon adapter (mfr# 7806) clamps under and over the center shaft itself and then screws down to effortlessly secure the binoculars with a vise-like grip--a vastly superior design. But,alas, there's just not quite enough room around the center shaft of the 16X70's to use this Nikon 7806 adapter. Because this Nikon adapter is so superior, I have ordered up the other Nikon tripod adapter (mfr# 7650), which although is a standard design, I'm hoping will be a more robust model. This item has been backordered for quite a while now, so I hope it hasn't been discontinued. The big Fujinons are such good binoculars --it's a shame that the Nikon 7806 won't fit . (And a shame that Fujinon doesn't sell their own version of the Nikon design for their excellent FMT-SX series).
Shopper  Did it last?
Daniel N  These binoculars are excellent quality items. They are very well made and the overall quality is apparent. The only downside is the focusing which takes some getting used to.
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