Memory Upgrades for 2019 Mac Pro - Save Up to 65% vs Factory Costs
Today’s Deal Zone Items... Handpicked deals...
$60 $20
SAVE $40

$950 $700
SAVE $250

$1597 $997
SAVE $600

$1149 $1149

$1499 $1259
SAVE $240

$400 $360
SAVE $40

$372 $247
SAVE $125

$9999 $2999
SAVE $7000

$4500 $3500
SAVE $1000

$70 $50
SAVE $20

$1000 $500
SAVE $500

$1398 $898
SAVE $500

$1499 $1249
SAVE $250

$829 $799
SAVE $30

$935 $549
SAVE $386

$309 $259
SAVE $49

$1300 $900
SAVE $400

$450 $280
SAVE $170

$1499 $1249
SAVE $250

$700 $600
SAVE $100

$349 $349

$2000 $1270
SAVE $730

$1499 $779
SAVE $720

$450 $120
SAVE $330

$349 $349

$150 $70
SAVE $80

$3998 $3498
SAVE $500

$150 $80
SAVE $70

$369 $175
SAVE $194

$1699 $1199
SAVE $500

$649 $449
SAVE $200

$1498 $998
SAVE $500

$999 $949
SAVE $50

$1099 $999
SAVE $100

$400 $320
SAVE $80

$2399 $2199
SAVE $200

$200 $95
SAVE $105

$200 $170
SAVE $30

$7697 $4997
SAVE $2700

Binocular Buying Suggestions

Last updated 2010-01-19 - Send Feedback
Related: binocular, binoculars, video
Swarovsky EL 10X42 SwaroVision, 20mm eye relief
Click to see price at B&H

Our hands-down winner (so far) is shown at right— the Swarovsky EL 10X42 SwaroVision (the 8.5X42 model should perform the same).

Comparing binoculars can be like comparing shoes: there can be a different right answer for everyone!

I’m not going to put price into the discussion here, that’s your headache to figure out. But if you need binoculars, don’t screw around with something you’ll end up replacing.

The Swarovsky EL SwaroVision 42 binoculars just do everything right. As I write this, I haven not yet tried any of the Nikon EDG binoculars, so they might also be a very good choice.

  • For one binocular that I’d enjoy, be willing to cary, and use the most, it would be the Swarovsky EL 8.5X42 SwaroVision.
  • Second choice: the Nikon EDG line, less expensive, very promising, but I haven’t yet reviewed them.

Binoculars at B&H Photo:

OWC Easy SSD Upgrade Guide
MacBook Pro and MacBook Air
iMac, Mac Pro, MacMini, more!

Suggested models

Here are the binoculars I suggest looking at to start with, taking particular note of eye relief.

I haven’t yet used the Nikon EDG line as of this writing, but it shows considerable promise in the eye relief area.

See my B&H wish list for pricing on the Nikon EDG and other brands.

Click for relevant review page
Eye Relief (mm) Weight Exit pupil (mm)
Fujinon FMTR-SX Polaris 7X50 23 3.35 lbs / 1520g 7.1
Nikon EDG 8 X 32 18.5mm 23.6 oz / 4.0
Nikon EDG 10 X 32 17.3mm 23.6 oz / 3.2
Nikon EDG 8X42 19.3 28.6 oz / 811g 5.3
Nikon EDG 7 X 42 22.1 28.6 oz / 6.0
Swarovsky EL SwaroVison 8.5X42 20 28 oz / 794 4.2
Swarovsky EL SwaroVison 10X42 20 27.5 oz / 780g 4.2
Zeiss Victory FL 8X32 15.5 19.75 oz / 560g 4.0
Leica Geovid 8X42 w/ rangefinder 18 33.3 oz / 945g 5.25


Compact binoculars

I have yet to find a compact binocular that’s worth bothering with, compact meaning 8-10 magnification and up to 25mm objectives. They all have serious compromises, especially poor eye relief. I’d rather just do without. I’ll keep looking.

Mid-size binoculars (32mm objectives)

After reviewing the binoculars discussed here, I’m just not going to bother with less than 18mm eye relief. It’s too much of a pain in the neck, literally.

The 32mm objectives almost always have poor eye relief, but Nikon has one what looks like a very good option in its 8X32 EDG model, with 18.5mm eye relief (according to Nikon’s web site). The Zeiss Victory FL 8X32 would also fit the bill, but with just barely enough eye relief.

Event viewing

If you’re going to an opera or show or hockey match or football or soccer match, the Fujinon 7X50 repesent great value— carry them the short distance and enjoy the wide angle view along with the deep field of view afforded by the porro prism design.

On the flip side, the Fujinons are so damn big and heavy that maybe even a short carry is too much, so take a close look at Nikon’s EDG 7X42 model (22.1mm eye relief, not yet reviewed).

Which Camera System 📷 is Best?
Which Lenses to Choose?🌈

Avoid costly mistakes and get the ideal system for your needs: diglloyd photographic consulting.

Car and boat binoculars

The Fujinon 7X50 binoculars are huge and heavy, and not suitable for any pack and carry situation, unless you’re a mule. So I call them “car and boat” binoculars, and they represent an incredible value for such uses.


At close to 2 pounds with caps and case, any 8X42 or 10X42 binocular might be out of the question for real excursions, particularly for backpacking, where every ounce counts. But the solution there is easy: don’t take binoculars at all— take a camera!

For short day hikes, I do not consider a 1.5-2 pound binocular too much to carry, an 8X32 or 8X42 or 10X42 binocular is still a reasonable size too. If you really want to use them, then carry a good view, or go without.

OWC Envoy Pro EX SSD
Blazingly fast USB-C SSD!

Up to 4TB capacity, USB-C compatible with Thunderbolt 3.

√ Fastest USB drive MPG has tested!
OWC Accelsior 4M2 PCIe SSD
6000 MB/sec!
Mac or PC.

Ideal for Lightroom, Photoshop, video.
Capacity up to 16TB!
OWC Thunderblade Thunderbolt 3 SSD

Blazing fast, up to 16TB.


√ No more slow and noisy hard drives!

Our trusted photo rental store

diglloyd Inc. | FTC Disclosure | PRIVACY POLICY | Trademarks | Terms of Use
Contact | About Lloyd Chambers | Consulting | Photo Tours
RSS Feeds | Twitter
Copyright © 2020 diglloyd Inc, all rights reserved.