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Postby tikka77 on Sat Apr 08, 2006 11:32 am

Joanie,

How is the quality of Weaver Classic Binoculars? Are they Phase coated optics and how about the clarity, resolution and waterproofing? Are they also rugged for hunting in sheep country?

Thanks,

Tikka 77
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Postby opticsplanet.com on Sat Apr 08, 2006 11:49 am

Hi

We don't carry these, so can't offer much help there. From the description on the Weaver website, they do not appear to be phase-coated.
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Postby Chris in NorCal on Fri Dec 15, 2006 11:41 am

Hi Joanie,
I'm bringing this back to the top because now OP does carry Weaver Classics. Any input from OP on their performance and quality?
I just off the phone with Weaver. They said the classics are multi-coated but NOT phase coated. The 8x24 have also been discontinued. In the barriage of questions I asked the one I forgot is what will replaced them. They also carry Weaver's limited lifetime warranty. Which their customer service and warranty service has been top notch for me.

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Postby Acenturian on Fri Dec 15, 2006 3:46 pm

I can't help with the Weaver Classics but I do own a pair of the Weaver Grand Slam binoculars and they are very clear, bright and perform very well.

About the only complaint that I have is that they have a very "touchy" focus wheel. Just hardly touching the wheel will put them out of focus. The Grand Slams are better then a Pentax DCF HR II, Nikon Monarch, or a Bushnell Legend. But then again they are more money. I don't think they are quite as nice of glass as my friends Pentax DCF SP binoculars, infact I would say that the Weaver Grand Slams are about the same as the Pentax DCF WP II series.

To my knowledge the Classics are a step below the Grand Slam series so they should still be good optics about on par with the other brands mentioned above.
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Postby opticsplanet.com on Fri Dec 15, 2006 4:10 pm

Hi Chris

Weaver is a relatively new addition to OP, so no chance to see their bino lines like the Classic.

I confess, however, I am underwhelmed with the optics on any roof prism compact at this price, since they all invariably suffer from lack of phase-correction and this one isn't even fully multi-coated. Absolutely the only reason to pick a roof prism compact under $200 is to get the handling. Optically, I have yet to see a roof compact at this price that can hold a candle to a reverse porro compact such the Nikon Prostaff, http://www.opticsplanet.com/nikon-8x25- ... ulars.html or the Pentax UCF WP, http://www.opticsplanet.com/pentax-ucf- ... -8x25.html, both of which are fully multi-coated. I seriously doubt the Weaver will come close.

Are you locked into a roof? I'd start at the Leupold Olympic 8x25, http://www.opticsplanet.com/leupold-win ... cular.html or the Pentax DCF MP8x28, http://www.opticsplanet.com/pentax-8x28 ... proof.html and move up from there. The Pentax, in particular, is a real sweetheart.
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Re: Weaver binoculars

Postby litesong on Mon Apr 25, 2011 12:38 pm

Quick continuation of this old Weaver Forum............

I recently obtained a Weaver Classic 8x42 roof prism binocular 849675, because thirty+ years ago I had a Weaver 16 power by 40mm rifle target scope (made in the USA). Always thought the scope was a trace dark, but I still was able to shoot sub-3 tenths of an inch target groups at 100 yards with my factory stock Remington 700 heavy-barrelled rifle & handloads. :D

Anyhow, here are some cons of the Classic 8x42 binocs:
They only focus as close as 12 feet. In that regard, they are the same as my Nikon Buckmaster(Sporter) 8x36 binoculars. Other cons are that they are an inch longer than my Nikons AND my Celestron 8x42's & a bit heavier than the Celestrons. They are not as sleek as one piece body & barrel binoculars, the Weaver Classic 8x42 barrels giving an impression that they are just added on to the frames as an afterthought. The impression is the Weavers aren't as durable as my Nikon Buckmasters. The Weaver Classic frame is not eyecatching, but the practical fore & aft running lines give more secure grips for fingers..... even the lines underneath & interior where thumbs grip are made for security. The eyepieces are largish to fit its longer length. The design of the Weaver Classic is practical without pomp. :roll:

Here are the pros:
As far as looks, the small Weaver signature emblem is understatedly gold, green & cute. The striking larger sized focusing knob endplate is a polished black with gold lettering stating Weaver Classic 849675, Fully Multi-coated, 8x42, & 330'@1000yds.
Optically, the longer length of the Weaver Classic made it easier to control chromatic aberration even better than in my Pentax 10x36 DCF Nv which has phase coatings. Two other advantages from the longer Classic is very good central sharpness AND excellent edge sharpness for what has been stated here as a less expensive optic! Brightness is the same as my out-of-collimation TruGlo 8x42 binoculars, & better than my Celestrons & Buckmasters. The Weavers have an image similar to my Buckmasters whose large eyepieces have a wonderful presentation. The fairly durable Weaver nylon case has a reinforced padded side that will be against your body to increase durability, retains its 'full' shape when empty, has a reinforcing strap for longer 'carry' life before holes appear, has snap connectors instead of regular straps you have to 'assemble' to the case(& which unravel), has a zipped mesh pocket for small carry items & also the cute Weaver logo. It could have had more double stitching. The snap close lid is stitched to the mesh pocket so don't snag or tear the mesh. All in all, the Weaver 8x42 Classic sports an excellent image, one that will not tire you over the years, unless you just got to have a really expensive binocular.
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