Quote:The diopter adjustment seems to be loosening up a bit on my 8x42. They were very tight at first.
EdZ, Glad to hear that the 10x42 are usable with glasses...I just ordered a pair. At this price, it's an easy decision.
Woah, hoss. You said "my 10x42 Nikon SE". That's glass. Merry Christmas.
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Quote:The Regal right eyeguard is also the right diopter dial, so nothing is in the way to grasp it. The diopter has click stop, but the clicks are quite coarse. Not only was best focus for me between two clicks on the 8x42, but the dial on the 8x42 was quite tight and coarse.
Quote: It takes only 1.5 turns of the focuser to go from near to far focus.
Quote: I really don't mind the "stiffness" of the focusing of my Regal LX - pretty pleased with them.
Quote: Quote: It takes only 1.5 turns of the focuser to go from near to far focus. Interesting comment. In fact on another website for the very exact same comment the reviewer branded these a fast focus binocular, most desired by birders.The reality may be considered by many birders as quite different. As I've done with all the binoculars in the Small Binocular studies, I measured the dial degrees turn needed to go from 3Meters to 30Meters (10feet to 100feet) and then measured the degrees turn to go from 30M to 100M (100 feet to 300 feet). The Regal takes only 30Â° of focus dial turn to focus from 30M to 100M. Typical fast focus binoculars have a total dial turn 20Â° to 60Â° for the 30M-100M range. half of all the binocular measured fall into this fast focus range. So for 30M-100M the Regal could be considered fast focus. BUT, and here's the catch, the Regal takes 300Â° of dial turn to go from 3m to 30m. Based on the 30+ binoculars in my test group, this is very SLOW focus for this 3M-30M range. The fast focus binoculars in my test group cover this same distance range with anywhere from 100Â° to 180Â° of dial turn. Only ONE out of 20 binoculars I've measured was slower focus than that in this range. In the 3M to 30M range, the Regals are among the slowest focusing binoculars available, potentially not conducive to near birding in that range.edz
Quote: Edz I hope you have another 8x42 coming to replace the defective one so that you can continue your minireview.
Quote: The Regal right eyeguard is also the right diopter dial, so nothing is in the way to grasp it. The diopter has click stop, but the clicks are quite coarse. Not only was best focus for me between two clicks on the 8x42, but the dial on the 8x42 was quite tight and coarse. The 10x42 is much quieter and has a smoother fluid-like motion. I don't recall noticing the same 'can't find the right spot' problem with the 10x42. The right dipoter on some other roofs is very tight, and some are thin rings or low profile, and being under the eyecup are very difficult to grasp. The Regal dipoter is easy to grasp and turn. Both the Pentax and the Garrett have a click stop diopter and both move much smoother and finer than the Regal. The Bushnell is smooth and with raised tactile rubber is the easiest to use overall.Well, the right dipoter on my 8x42 Regal is defective. It is now broken. The sliding eyecup also acts as the twisting dipoter. Twisting it no longer moves the right eyepiece. Somehow, in the mechanism, the eyepiece has become disconneted from the eyecup, so that twisting the eyecup to adjust the dipoter setting no longer produces any affect. I can no longer focus the right eyepiece. Bummer. These need to go back. The 10x42 does not have any indication of the same problem. edz