I thought I'd share my impressions of my new Oberwerk 15x70 binoculars. I know there is no real shortage of reviews for this model, but I think it never hurts to have more data points when people are trying to decide on a purchase.
Caveat up front: I am not a binocular expert at all so this is 100% a layman's review!
First of all, I ordered them earlier this week and they arrived only two days after ordering!
The shipping box was well packed. With multiple layers of bubble wrap around the aluminum case and foam blocks in each corner so that the case was fully suspended within the box. I liked that.
The case is very nice. Quite sturdy. Locking and plenty of foam. The case contained a signed and dated Oberwerk inspection card filled out for this unit and an Oberwerk ink pen...nice touches!
The binoculars feel very sturdy and solid. Heavier than I thought which does not bode well for the monopod but we shall see...lol!
I gave them a hard "shake" test and nothing rattles. Always a good sign! Then I closely inspected the coatings and lenses and they appeared perfect. No blemishes or any noticeable imperfections. I looked internally and nothing seems out of whack but I'm not sure if I could tell it it was. The IPD adjustment motion is smooth and solid. It fit my eye spacing fine. The focus motion is smooth but the right eye diopter adjustment was a little coarse feeling...but workable. The objective caps are a tight fit and look good. The eye lens caps are pretty tight and very hard to remove in one pull. But I just sort of slowly wiggle them back and forth and they came off with no issue. Gentle is the keyword here.
The next test was critical and one of the reasons I chose this model. Was there enough eye relief to see the full FOV with my glasses one? YES! With the eyecups fully retracted, I could easily see the field stop all the way around and it was a sharp field stop. I could probably even extend the eyecups a little more if I wanted to. Now this was in the daytime and I don't know if this will translate into the same for nighttime views yet. Looking outside during these overcast afternoons, the optics appear sharp and well focused. But the stars are the real test. I have had nothing but clouds and rain here here for days and days. Hoping that tomorrow night might clear up so I can give impressions of the night sky view.