Conclusion: So to summarise, the Merlin 8x42 Binocular offers excellent high-end optics, fantastic 42mm objective lenses with a wide field of view, a precise focus with close-focus range to within 6 feet, is lightweight, waterproof, robust and sit in the middle tier in terms of cost and therefore make perfect wildlife and birding binoculars.
Conclusion: A solid piece of equipment – such expression comes to your mind after glancing at the chart with test results and the binoculars themselves. Not outstanding, not sensational, simply solid. In most categories the binoculars get medium or good scores; their build quality is impeccable and it comes with a ten-year guarantee from a renowned producer. The device has two slip-ups concerning truncated exit pupils and too high chromatic aberration.
Pros: very solid, stylishly interesting casing,, negligible astigmatism,, slight lightness fall-off on the edge of the field of view,, good whiteness rendering,, excellent blackening and cleanliness inside the inner tubes,, good quality of prisms.
Cons: noticeably truncated exit pupils,, significant chromatic aberration on the edge of the field of view.