This binocular is better than advertised! The photo of the binocular makes it look possibly like plastic. It is not. It is a rubber armor-coated deep black. It is compact and elegant. It is under six inches long and under 5 inches wide. The statistics state the minimum focusing distance is 30 feet. It is not --mine focused down to only 15 feet --crystal clear! What a pleasant surprise! The binocular case is perfect for this binocular. Unlike many other binocular cases this one allows you to simply drop the binoculars straight in without having to fold the binoculars closed. I can use my binoculars with or without eyeglasses. I tested this for both ways. It is better suited for someone without eyeglasses, but can be confidently lent to your friends or spouse with eyeglasses. They can see adequately, but I would not recommend it as primary binocular if you must wear eyeglasses. It is small and light enough to lend to a younger person to view. This is a very versatile pair of binoculars! I chose the 10X30 size for a day at the beach, seaside, riverside or whatever water-related activity. The 10X feature is better suited to view distant ships or lighthouses. If you want a wider angle for viewing sporting events, or a play, I recommend try the 8X Floatmaster. I plopped the binoculars in a bucket of water to test its ability to float. I really hesitated doing this ! I never submerged a pair of binoculars in my life. I was delighted to find that it floats! No, it did not leak. It did not float like the image on the website. The large lenses pointed up vertically. This is important to know. When I take it to the river or ocean I shall wrap bright yellow tape around the end so I can ACTUALLY SEE the binoculars if they go into the water. I suspect trying to spot black binoculars in the ocean or river may not be easy. All in all, I highly recommend these binoculars, either the 8X or 10X may just be the only pair of binoculars you may ever need in any weather!
If this pair had not been defective I think it would have been an okay pair of binoculars to accomplish decent 4x magnification, a hard magnification to find. My pair arrived stuck in the farthest open position. It obviously looked like it should adjust but wouldn't. Since it was useless to me stuck in the open position (since I couldn't look through both eyepieces at the same time) I applied more pressure until one piece finally snapped. That freed up most of the moving pieces so it would adjust. However, it didn't snap at the place where it was supposed to be separated - it snapped elsewhere. The front section by my eyes will now adjust properly but the back barely moves - still hindered by part of the defect. So now they are somewhat usable because they will reach both eyes properly, but look like they will soon fall apart because of the broken spot. There is an adjustment wheel to focus both eyes, but there is no adjustment on a single eyepiece if you need that. Comes with a vinyl/plastic (?) case with a small strap on the side (not big enough to go over an adult hand but probably could fit over a child's hand) and a place on the back for it to fit through a belt. Case closes with velcro. If I had gotten a workable pair, they would have probably been worth the Alexander Hamilton I paid.
It's totally made out of plastic, so it kind feels like cheap stuff, but it works fine, you can take the pictures and download them. It requires some practice to get decent pictures, and since there is no screen to view the picture on the binocular, you need to download it to the computer just to check how it came out.
1st pair sent back the lens was knocked loose in shipment or was crossthreaded at company. 2nd pair lens were loose I had to tightened ithem when received and the treads are made of plastic which subjects it to crossthreading when tightened, do not over tighen. Seems like focusing is a little varied for long distance not much focus set it and use it overall good deal for the price except for the issue above pretty sure these will not take much abuse one drop will probably knock lens off but if i wanted durability i should have bought a more expensive pair like i said good for the price. Night vision is fair but i have not been in total darkness i live in town and the streetlamps provide enough light where i can see fairly well with them.
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