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Postby Steve on Mon Dec 19, 2005 10:59 am

I want to buy these binos here http://www.opticsplanet.com/steiner-bin ... arine.html I know you usally reccomend a center focvus for birding but here is the deal. I want these for when I go hiking up in the woods, watching animals, distant mountain sides and casual viewing. Could you tell me exactly how well the auto focus works. Do these binoculars have the legendary steiner optics that people have some to love over the years?

I also want to know what is the difference between the military marine's and the Predator http://www.opticsplanet.com/steiner-bin ... ator.html# I am maybe willing to spend the extra $50 Just tell me the difference between the 2 Are these binoculars compact enopugh to carry hiking?

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Postby opticsplanet.com on Mon Dec 19, 2005 4:18 pm


Yes, autofocus (individual eyepiece focus) does work well for medium and long ranges, though it is an impratcial system for close-in work. If you are willing to give up using your binos at distances under 30 yards or so - and a great deal of birding is done under 30 yards, especially in heavy cover - you will be happy with a Steiner 8x30 for your application.

The Military-Marine is Steiner's standard optical package. I would rate it as comparable to other porro prism binoculars in its price range. It will not compare to higher end and more expensive Steiners optically, but it is still a good optic.

The Predator Porro is basically a Military-Marine with Steiner's CAT lens coatings. These supposedly enhance browns and reddish tones, the idea being to better spot animals against a green background. It may work for that, but I don't recommend it for birding since accurate color reproduction is an important feature in a birding bino.
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