Managed to get my hands on a pair of the new Celestron Ultimas briefly the other day. The 8x42 model. Anyway I found them to be respectable for the price point they sell for in Canada. Fit and finish were good, all adjustments worked smoothly with no play or backlash, a large FOV but with some softening on the outer edging, good coatings, built onto a metal chassis and the prisms seemed to be retained with not only the standard grey epoxy putty but a retaining cage on the prism top.
They came with the usual small cleaning cloth, better than average case and padded neck strap, the only thing that rang alarm bells for me were the fold down rubber eye cups, which need to be down to use with glasses to take advantage of the 18mm eye relief. However the cups are fairly long and flexible though one wonders how they will stand up over time to constant bending?..
The other big question is the state of Celestrons QC, though some Celestron binos have arrived at my door fine, a good few have been returned due to poor operation of various parts and also alignment. Just wondering what the 10x50 is like? ,Dave.