Gadgets 83

Published on December 9th, 2005 | by Greg


Zoomvision- Nikon Binoculars

Lightweight, or super-durable: make your choice! 8x or 9x! Pocket-sized or compact-sized! Water resistant or waterproof! Either way, Nikon makes a pair of binoculars to suit. Sure, you could save a few bucks on a cheaper set, like you did on those nosebleed seats, and you can expect a distorted view and an uncomfortable grip. Worse, you might find yourself carrying and holding a two pound weight, when you could save the wrist strain by carrying half that.

We tried the Sportstar 8×25 DCF 7493 Binoculars, and found them to be nice and light, just the thing for use at stadiums, ballgames, or for urban sightseeing (parades, etc). They are light, easy to carry, and small enough to fit in a purse or even a large pocket. Priced at around $50, you’ll find them handy and portable, though difficult to use if you wear glasses. The 8×25 refers to the magnification (8x) and the 25 indicates the number of times someone will ask to borrow your binoculars in an hour.

Just kidding. The 25 is actually called the “objective”, which is kind of weird since it actually means “the amount of light the enters the lens”. Higher numbers allow more light to enter, so those lenses work better at night. A 25 value is perfect for daytime use, or in brighter conditions- but don’t plan on using these at night or in dark environments.

The other pair we tried was the higher-end ProStaff 9×25 ATB. They are heavier and more durable, designed for use outdoors for camping, hunting, fishing, tracking, and spotting all kinds of animals in naughty positions. They have a 25-year warranty, nice retractable eyecups (for those with glasses), and are waterproof. Expect to pay closer to $110 for these, but the optics are definitely better, and you get what you pay for. They are heavier, but the included strap makes them pretty easy to carry around your neck.

About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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