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Alpen 8X42

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Overall 7

Alpen Optics Apex 8x42

22 March 2010
  • Conclusion: Undoubtedly the light weight and handiness of the tested binoculars is an asset. Many nature lovers, not burdened by a heavy instrument during long trips, will fully appreciate that fact. Everything comes at a price, though. The small weight and dimensions in roof-prism binoculars most often mean a limited size of the prisms. Although in the case of the Apex the constructors tried to diminish losses to the minimum but they can be still noticed.
  • Pros: small, light and compact barrel,, well-corrected astigmatism,, slight coma,, not very big brightness loss at the edge of the field of view,, good whiteness reproduction,, very short minimum focus distance,, good quality of prisms,, very nice blackening and cleanliness inside the inner tubes,, lifetime warranty.
  • Cons: slippery rubber on the housing,, clearly visible chromatic aberration at the edge of the field,, truncated exit pupils,, too low transmission in the blue part of the spectrum,, field of vision definitely too small.
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