Monday, December 6, 2010

Meopta 8x42 Binocular Review


I've had the pleasure of using the Meopta 8x42 binoculars for the last couple of months. Here is a brief summary of what I thought about them:

The first thing I noticed about them was their green armor exterior and rugged build. They're not particularly lightweight at 30.4 ounces but they have an ergonomic design that makes them feel well balanced in your hands. I also liked the sculpted thumbs pockets which allows for a secure and comfortable grip.

Meopta uses high end European glass in their binoculars which produce images that are both bright and colorful. They have an incredibly wide, flat, field of view (402 ft @ 1000 yds) that is sharp from edge to edge.

The focus is sufficiently fast and brings images into focus with precision. These binoculars have an excellent depth of field which makes it easier to view birds that are moving around without having to refocus all the time.

The close focus is sufficient at 9.8 feet but I have found that I'm able to focus in on objects even closer than that.

The neck strap is wide and comfortable but I did not care much for the lens caps. They just got in the way stay so I just took them off and put them in storage. I just keep the binoculars in the case when I'm not using them. The binocular case is made of some sort of wool or felt material which I didn't care for either. I prefer the old fashioned hard cases that can protect the binoculars in the event that someone happens to accidentally sit on them.

I've had the Meopta meostar 8x42 binoculars with me in all kinds of weather conditions. I've carried them with me while climbing up mountains and bushwacking through dense brush after getting myself lost in the woods. They've never fogged up and the view is always crystal clear, even in low light conditions. I've compared them side by side with the other top name binoculars on the market. In my opinion, the Meopta Meostar 8x42 binoculars are every bit as good as the other top selling European optics but cost hundreds of dollars less. I highly recommend them.

9 comments:

Chris said...

Goo to know ;-) I'll ask them to Santa Claus ;-) Thanks for the review Larry....

Kathiesbirds said...

Nice review Larry. Good info to know! Well done!

troutbirder said...

Sounds really good Larry. I will check these out.

The Early Birder said...

Thanks for the review Larry.

Lana Gramlich said...

They look a damned sight lighter than my big old clunkers (although I like our binocs other than their heavy/clunkiness.)

Ruth said...

I am so very unhappy with my 8x42 Bushnell binoculars. The optics are good but the housing is cheap cheap cheap. The straps hang on plastic clips which have broken and been replaced twice. And they are broken again so I have no straps. Another birder I met has the same problem and Bushnell has not changed the design. Sorry for the rant...but I would check the strap support system carefully no matter how good the optics are.

Larry said...

Everyone-Thanks for checking out the review.

Ruth-Interesting I never would have thought of that being a potential problem. Sorry to hear that you've run into a bad situation with your binoculars.I just checked the strap supports on these and they seem solid-and the binoculars have a lifetime warranty

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