Conclusion: I've had mine for almost 6 yrs. They are the primary binoculars on board, we cruise full time and they see use EVERY day! They are light, comfortable, sharp focus, and the stabilization is a must for use on a boat. The only problem I have is the rubberized coating on the exterior is turning into a sticky goo. It sticks to hands, the case, anything it contacts.
Excerpt: The image stabilization works beautifully but if you get sunscreen lotion (or other oils) on the body, the surface will become a tacky black mess that will leave smears on anything that comes in contact with it. IMO, that's not a wise choice of material. Estimate: $350 to replace the body.
Excerpt: I bought these for use on a trip to AK, on board a cruise ship. I think they work well when viewing from a platform that is not as steady as when on firm ground. I'm an avid birder and find them to be quite nice for providing a slightly larger image than my 10 power binocs. The brightness is acceptable in daylight, but is quite a bit less so at dusk and dawn. I own several pairs of binoculars and my current all-around favorites are the new 10X Swarovski EL Swarovisions.
Pros: Lightweight, Steady image
Cons: 3 year warranty, Cheap eyecups, Not waterprooffogproof, Poor close focus, Poor diopter adj
Excerpt: I use these binocs for birding and really like the clear image and extra magnification I can get with the image stabilization. They are not too heavy. There is an apparent design flaw I feel with the eye cups though. I wear glasses - bifocals - and find it is very easy to touch the lens of my glasses against the binocular lens with the eye cups folded down. Other eye cups I have used fold down half way and your glasses rest against the folded eye cup.
Excerpt: Die Stabilisierung funktioniert einwandfrei, wenn sie funktioniert. Jedoch ist sie sehr Stossanfällig. Bei Dämmerung ist das Glas nicht mehr zu gebrauchen. Viel zu lichtschwach!! Bei ausreichendem Licht ist das Binokular jedoch gut zu gebrauchen.