These are my comments, perhaps a mini-review, on the Opticron 6.5x32 Adventurer.
You can see comments from an experienced bino guy in post #6 here: https://www.birdforu...ad.php?t=359527.
Mechanics seem of very high quality. (Unlike that user's comments, my right eyepiece diopter adjustment has appropriate friction and stays put in and out of a fanny pack.)
Brightness, color, contrast and center-field sharpness I would call outstanding. I continue to be shocked at how good is the image in the center. Okay, part of that attribute to the steadiness and optical forgiveness of low magnification. On the other hand, isn’t that the point, or a major point, of this format. As a practical matter, for general daytime use with this bino, I think it would be rare to miss any worthwhile detail that higher handheld magnification might deliver.
I have never been bothered by deteriorated image quality toward the edge of field. And I have several vintage 7x35 10, 11 and 12 degree, plus the Zen-Ray 7x36 9-degree. Yet in this Opticron, I do notice the deteriorated view away from the center. This bino is good enough to be my everyday choice, except I am fortunate to have great others to choose among. My point is, I think I would adjust to the sweet and not-sweet zones in this bino, but the issue does exist.
Before my conclusion, one further observation: This is the “quickest” bino I have ever used. I am careful about IPD adjustment and eye placement. Just for comparison: With my Zen-Ray roof, I find it takes some fussing to place the optical paths before my eyes. After that, the view is extremely relaxed. With my Nikon 7x35 E and 8x30 E2, the placement goes quicker and is quite natural. But in no other bino have I experienced the instant-on feeling of raising this Opticron to my eyes. The seeing is immediate.
Bottom line, this is gonna be for my wife. She likes binos, but has no interest in them, nor patience to get the best view, often forgetting to focus, and often holding to her eyes with one hand. This very forgiving Opticton should be perfect for her. The wide apparent field is pleasing, and given her style, the center-field performance should deliver her the maximum she is gonna see in any walkabout bino.
Or possibly I will use it, for the same reasons, for casual sharing. It's a hundred bucks. Punches way, way above that.
Edited by Neil Sanford, 31 October 2020 - 12:55 PM.