Excerpt: I'm very satisfied with these Vanguard ED 8x36. THey bring in more light than expected for the 36 objective lens; although 42mm is brighter it's not by much. But most importantly, the sharpness of the focus is immediately noticable. I have 8x42 binoculars without the ED or equivelent lenses that are lower price/quality, and believe me, the difference is large.
Pros: Close Focus, Compact, Lightweight, Quality Lenses, Strong Construction, Waterproof, Works Well With Glasses