Monday, March 23, 2015

Zeiss Terra ED 8x32 Binocular

From Scott in L.A.:

5/5 Rating

 I love these binoculars

I own the classic Zeiss Dialyt 7x42 and Leica Ultravid pocket binoculars and it's been a while since I've looked through anything touted as "entry level" binoculars, so this review may sound Homeric, but I love this

Being a long time birder, I'm used to thinking of glass at this price range as being "acceptable" at best, but these seem truly first-rate, and at any price range.  I guess binoculars have changed a lot in the last few years. 

The Terra 8x32's are a delight to look through.  ED glass, too.  And I wasn't expecting this: they are solid, well-built, bright, crisp, lightweight but not squirrely; and fun to use.  I bought them for the car and I'm happy to have them.  They're very handsome, too, with a charcoal gray body.  Clean, spartan, Germanic design.  The armoring has a slight grit to it which feels good and secure.

The deal killer for me is always eye relief since I wear glasses.  This has 16.5mm and, not surprisingly, it's JUST enough for me.  Wish it were greater, on perhaps a 6x32.  The view is wide and excellent, and not just for budget glass.  It's bright, snaps to focus with no disturbing fuzzies at the edge. 

Focus wheel isn't finicky or sloppy and doesn't lose focus. While it lacks the WOW factor of my 7x42's, CA is actually no worse!  Fit and finish are superb!  And I think that Zeiss's decision not to tart these glasses up with hefty carrying case and more solid covers is a smart idea.  All your money goes into the glass, which is important when money is tight and you're already stretched thin buying your first pair of binoculars.  Highly recommended.

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