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Brand: Pro Optic
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Pro Optic 8 x 42 Birding Series Water Proof Roof Prism Binocular with 8.3 Degree Angle of View.
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Avg. Customer Rating:
 
5 stars
(based on 3 reviews)
100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Quality lenses(3), Strong construction(3), Works well with glasses(3)
Best Uses:
Bird watching(3), Wildlife viewing(3)
Was this a gift?:
No(3)

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Excellent Performance and Ergonomics!
By FrankDVerified Reviewer from Eastern PA on 5/22/2011
Pros:
Close Focus, Compact, Lightweight, Quality Lenses, Strong Construction, Works Well With Glasses
Best Uses:
Bird Watching, Hunting, Sporting Events/Concerts, Wildlife Viewing
Describe Yourself:
Casual/ Recreational
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Pro Optic Pro Optic 8 x 42 Birding Series Water Proof Roof Prism Binocular with 8.3 Degree Angle of View.:

Optics:This is the one area that most users focus on more so than any other...and for good reason. What use is a binocular with wonderful ergonomics and a butter-smooth focus if the image quality is sub-par? Of course, the answer is "none". The ED objective certainly delivers. Color fringing is very well controlled in the sweet spot. Apparent sharpness, brightness and color representation are all excellent and entirely comparable with the Zen ED2 that I have on hand. The ED2 might have a very slight edge in terms of brightness but I had to focus extremely hard to pick up on it in regular use. Without doing a "side by side" between the two models I doubt anyone would notice it.Close focusing distance is a very respectable 5.5 feet. Not as close as one or two binoculars on the market but certainly as good as most models...in any price range.The field of view is certainly addicting. The 8.3 angular field of view translates into over 430 feet. I love a wide field of view because I feel it gives a more relaxing view and definitely makes it easier for the user to scan large areas or follow fast moving objects. Eye relief seems to be in the 17-18 mm range as I have no problem seeing the field stop at the edge of the image with the eyecups fully depressed into the binocular body.So, you are probably asking, what isn't to like about this binocular's optical performance. Well, if I had to pick one area that might be this binocular's optical "weak spot" then it would be the edge performance. Noticeable field curvature is present in the outer 1/3rd of the image. Illumination appears to be even across the full field of view but field curvature is present and can be seen readily if one focuses on it.Mechanical properties:The focusing speed of this binocular seems fairly fast. I have not measured it at this point but I would not be surprised if it takes approximately 1 to 1.25 turns to go from close focus to infinity with this binocular. Even though the focusing speed is fairly quick I have not had a problem overshooting "perfect focus" on any given object because the focusing tension is excellent. "Butter smooth" is a term often coined in this area and it certainly applies here. I have no complaints whatsoever in terms of focusing speed or tension. In fact I find it ideal!The diopter design is an interesting one. The diopter is located in the second most common area for binoculars..in between both eyepieces on the central hinge. It does feature a locking mechanism. A small, metal "button" must be depressed in order for the diopter to be adjusted in either direction. It is extended just enough to be easily accessible while still recessed enough not to be accidentally bumped or caught while pulling the binocular out of the case.The eyecups fully extend and collapse with the typical twist and turn method. They do lock in the fully extended position. I did not notice any problems with the design or construction of this particular feature. Keep in mind that the serial number on this particular unit was fairly high (unlike the unit mentioned in an earlier review).Central hinge tension is very good on this unit. It just tight enough to keep the IPD constant and yet adjustable enough to move it should you decide to lend the binocular to another consumer.Size and ergonomics:This a very compact full-sized binocular. Though not as small as the Zhumell Short Barrel model that I reviewed recently it is very close. Putting the two side by side the Pro Optic is only about a quarter inch longer overall. The physical weight of the binocular is not listed but I would estimate somewhere in the 22-24 oz range. It certainly isn't heavy and feels very solid when handling.Ergonomics are an extremely individualistic area. In other words every person has their preferences. I seem to be comfortable with a variety of designs provided basic functions are easily met (being able to comfortably reach the focusing knob with comfortable finger placement for example). The open-hinge design on this particular model is very easy to use even with my larger than average hands. There are two, shallow thumb indents on the underside of the binocular to also aid in hand placement.Conclusion:I like this binocular. I like it alot. Why? Well the optical performance is certainly way above the price point that they are selling it for. The sweet spot performance is certainly comparable to anything short of the European models. Apparent sharpness, color representation and brightness are all extremely satisfying. The field of view is wonderfully wide. Add those characteristics together and you certainly have a comfortable and enjoyable image. Throw in the ergonomics and the mechanical properties of this model and you definitely have a winner. I strongly encourage others to try this model. It easily is a "best value" and high performer at this price point and beyond.

 
Best binocular under $400
By zhoutigerVerified Reviewer from CHINA on 5/21/2011
Pros:
Lightweight, Quality Lenses, Strong Construction, Works Well With Glasses
Best Uses:
Bird Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Describe Yourself:
Avid Adventurer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Pro Optic Pro Optic 8 x 42 Birding Series Water Proof Roof Prism Binocular with 8.3 Degree Angle of View.:

wonderful binocular with such a low price. good ergonomic design as well as quality optic lenses

 
Ultimate Best Buy!
By George the Viewer from IL on 5/7/2011
Pros:
Quality Lenses, Strong Construction, Works Well With Glasses
Best Uses:
Bird Watching, Hunting, Sporting Events/Concerts, Wildlife Viewing
Describe Yourself:
Avid Adventurer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Pro Optic Pro Optic 8 x 42 Birding Series Water Proof Roof Prism Binocular with 8.3 Degree Angle of View.:

I bought both the 8x and 10x.Can't believe these bins sells for [$]! Made by XiAn Optics, THE number one binocular maker in China, these should be the best "Chinese EDs". Haven't had a chance to check out Zen Rays, but I bet ProOptics should be as good if not better than Zen Rays!

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