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In my never ending quest to find the perfect binocular I have ventured far from the mainstream binocular market. The company name "Sightron" will carr...
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Wow. Everything I read about these is true!

by Very pleased, from United States, TX Written on September 12, 2014
What a pleasant surprise - to actually get MORE than what you pay for! I've read about these on several forums and one in particular is populated by birders who are some of the most knowledgeable optics snobs on the planet. Everyone raved about the value of these compared to their fantastic image quality. Well, they are right. These have an image of bin's costing several times as much. In fact, I can't see how you'd ask for more from a binocular that didn't cost over $1K. Only issue I have at all is a narrow FOV than I'm used to with an 8x32 binocular, but the brightness and image quality more than makes up for that. It's hard to find anything to criticize on these. They are so light, so bright and absolutely razor sharp. For comparison, they are brighter, lighter, and sharper than my Nikon Monarch 10x42's, which I've been very pleased with for quite some time now, and I felt those were a good deal at $299.

If you're even thinking about getting a pair of these, take my word for it and go ahead.

You'll be happy you did.

With my OpticsPlanet $15 discount and free shipping, it was a no-brainer....
Pros:
  • light
  • very bright
  • razor sharp
Cons:
  • slightly narrow FOV
Best Used for:
  • hunting
  • Birding
Would recommend: Yes
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8x32 Big Sky

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, AL Written on November 24, 2013
PROA; Best optics I have ever owned. Somewhat larger in size than most 8x32 binoculars. But very light to carry.
CONS; The neck strap is confusing. It holds on the fron & rear lens covers and hard to figure out how to install. Nothing in the instructions. I don't like the way the lens covers are attached to the neck strap and hang down when looking through the binoculars. Next is the case. No belt loop.
Pros: Great Optics
Cons: Neck Strap & Case...
Would recommend: Yes
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Wonderful

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, NC Written on November 21, 2013
I bought these and the discontinued SIII (non-magnesium) binocs. Both binocular's lenses have amazing clarity and color (much better than I expected). They almost have a 3D effect. I tried really hard to see a difference between the SII and SIII binoculars and I think the SII is 90% as good as the SIII that I own (I had a tough time noticing any difference at all). These SII binocs have twist up eyecups, which I prefer over the SIII pull up eyecups. The hinge on the SIII is quite a bit stiffer than the SII. Both are covered in a thin layer of rubber for added protection against drops & impacts. The eye piece & objective lens covers are nothing special, but they work. The case for the SII is a stiff nylon canvas-type of fabric with hook & loop closure, the SIII has a slightly padded vinyl case with hook & loop. Both cases are functional but simple. Both include simple neck straps for the binocs and the cases. I don't own a pair of ultra-high priced binoculars but can't imagine that their glass could be much better than either the SII or SIII binocs. I think that these are a great value and everyone I have shown them to loves the optics.
Pros: Clear optics, Sturdy Construction...
Would recommend: Yes
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Excellent Binocular

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, NC Written on October 31, 2013
Apparently, miracles sometimes happen. The miracle is that such a high quality binocular can be found with such an affordable price. To my opinion, this quality optics can be obtained only if you spend many hundreds of dollars.
I own at least 4 pairs of binoculars (including this one) and I have had in my hand at least a few more. My high end binocular is the Swift Audubon 8.5x44 ED, which according to many is a fine binocular. I was looking of an affordable, good quality 8x30 porro binocular for day to day use. I tried the Kowa 8x30 YF, but I quickly returned it. The problem was mostly with internal reflections and ghosts, especially in unfavorable lighting conditions. I tried the Vortex Raptor 8x32, which was good, but I had to give it away to a friend. While I was looking for something better, but still affordable, I ran into a recommendation for a binocular that I had never heard of, the Sightron Sii Blue Sky 8x32. Few people knew about it, but almost all of them praised the exceptional optical quality with an incredible low price. At the beginning I was skeptical due to its incredible low price ($179), but I was intrigued from the reviews and I quickly ordered one from Optics Planet.
It took more than 3 weeks to get it, but the wait was worth. As soon as I unpacked it and put it in my eyes, looking at the birdfeeder in my backyard, I understood what these people were talking about, simply exceptional. The clarity and the sharpness of the image were better than any bin...
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This is the best pair of compact binoculars you will find for this price.

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, NY Written on October 24, 2013
This is the best pair of compact binoculars you will find for this price.
The Sightron SII 8x32 is very light (only ~17oz) but it is NOT compact
(size of the smaller 8x42(e.g. Nikon Monarch 3 8x42)).
Light weight and great for any hands, becouse it has more slender barrels.
Eyecups work well for my face
Only one small drawback- I didn't like his bag case.

I can highly recommend it!
Pros: Very bright optics (for 32mm object-glass)
Cons: CASE...
Would recommend: Yes
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Sightron Binoculars 8x32mm

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on August 13, 2013
Brightness, sharpness, excellent color reproduction. Focusing on the right eyepiece and Central. Focusing is performed Central wheel, has a "buttery" move without backlash. Eyecups eyepieces answer with fixation in 4 positions. Focusing on the eyepiece is sufficient tight, careless movement or placement in any case not go astray....
Would recommend: Yes
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bearclawthedonut

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, OR Written on May 12, 2013
For the money, this is one of the best binoculars available. Resolution and contrast are excellent; CA is minimal and brightness is good. Only not so hot characteristic is the small sweet spot (50 to 55%), which is noticeable. The focus knob on mine is fine. Plus, fast OP service. These are so good, I sold my Viper 8x32s.

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Pros: Excellent optics, lightweight & great handling!
Cons: No good: strap, case & rainguard...
Would recommend: Yes
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Wow !

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on March 30, 2013
The first review is right. These binos are very very good : excellent clarity for the price, nice sweet spot, light weight and well balnced (confortable for my face).
It's incredible for this range of price !
I compare the BSII with the Swarovski Companion 8x30 and they more similar than different...

One bad thing : Optics Planet doesn'tn't offer an international shipping for this Sightron and it's very difficult to find them in Europe.
Pros: Bright-sharp and light
Cons: Cheap strap...
Would recommend: Yes
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Sightron 8x32 SII Series Binoculars

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on March 11, 2013
light weight, very sharp, wide FOV
Pros: very sharp for the price...
Would recommend: Yes
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High end optical performance at an inexpensive price!!

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, PA Written on October 25, 2012
In my never ending quest to find the perfect binocular I have ventured far from the mainstream binocular market. The company name "Sightron" will carry little recognition for most birders but those in the US hunting population are very familiar with their optics' products as they have been producing high quality optics for many years. Admittedly, I knew next to nothing about Sightron other than to see occasional posts in reference to their riflescope products over on 24hourcampfire. I never imagined that they produced binoculars not to mention one that I would end up trying.

What led me to them was a bit of a roundabout journey. Many evenings I surf ebay, amazon and various other places around the net in search of "good deals" on more well-known optics. You might be surprised though with what you find if you type in "8x42 or 8x32 binoculars" in a search engine or two instead of just typing "Nikon" or "Bushnell". It was just such a search that led me to find many of the other bins I have tried in the last three or four months.

That search did not initially lead me to the Sightron model referenced in the title of this thread. It actually lead me to the Vixen Foresta 8x32 DCF HR open-bridge model. I had considered buying them but $329 was a little steep for what I was looking for at the time. I did find a nice review of them over on allbinos.com which, in turn, led me to the Kenko version of them (Ultraview HP 8x32). $239 looked better than $329 plus the allbinos review of...
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