Friday, June 24, 2011
From a Small-mouth Fisherman in IA:
I was looking for a waterproof alternative to my all-time favorite compact binocular, the Bushnell 7x26 Elite. The Vortex Viper 8x28 is not quite as bright, but it does focus significantly closer than the Bushnell, which is a boon to folks that enjoy watching dragonflies and butterflies.
I wear the Viper when kayaking or fishing. This is a handsome looking instrument that is well built and feels good in my large hands. The 8x28 focuses very smoothly and renders a bright, clear image for such a compact design. If this was offered as a 6x28, I would buy it!
I have recommended this model to several friends, and have loaned it out to birding companions (all were favorably impressed). The only suggestion for improvement is for the addition of tethered objective covers.