About Barr & Stroud Optics
A British company, the Barr & Stroud story goes right back to 1891, when Archibald Barr and William Stroud were approached by the Admiralty of the Royal Navy to come up with a design for a short-base rangefinder.
With the outbreak of the First World War, they saw a large increase in demand for their rangefinders, but there was a problem with supplying the British forces with binoculars. At the time Zeiss, a German company were the leading makers of binoculars and obviously the military thought this may cause problems in the future.
By 1919 Barr & Stroud started producing their first binoculars which were supplied to the British Navy and were used almost universally by them during WW2. Over the years they have played a leading role in the development of modern optics and today apart from Binoculars they manufacture Microscopes, Monoculars and Spotting Scopes.
Barr & Stroud binoculars range from low cost take anywhere Sahara 10x25 and 8x25 compact binoculars to their top of the range Savannah binoculars:
Popular Barr & Stroud Binocular Ranges:
The Barr & Stroud Series 4 ED range of binoculars are their newest and top of the range binoculars that come in 8x42 and 10x42 configurations. They feature premium extra low-dispersion ED glass which reduces color dispersion and is said to offer you sharpness and clarity like never before with exceptional light transmission and remarkable color resolution and contrast.
Described by the manufacturer as high-quality, high-precision optics for the serious observer, the high-grade optical glass with fully multi-coated broad band coating and phase-coated roof BaK-4 prisms combine to give you views that are exceptionally bright, crisp, and high in contrast, The high-tech phase coatings alone increase prism reflectivity by 8% and it give you on average an extra hour of visibility at dawn and dusk compared to standard binoculars.
Twist-up eyecups are durable and comfortable to twist, they are also fogproof ,waterproof, and durable rugged armor.
The ‘Open Bridge’ design of the body has a number of advantages over the more traditional designs currently available. The most obvious is the ease of handling that this design allows; ergonomically it is a perfect fit with the human hand. This makes it easy and comfortable to use in the most grueling circumstances and particularly with gloved hands.
The full size roof prism Savannah range of binoculars from Barr and Stroud are a blend of superb optical quality, advanced mechanical design and rugged refinement that has produced an elegant range of binoculars that take the Barr & Stroud brand to yet another new level of performance and sophistication.
Depending on the model, they range in price from about £130 - £200, they are not yet available in the US.
The Barr & Stroud Series 4 range of sports binoculars are a blend of superb optical quality, advanced mechanical design and contemporary styling that has produced an exciting range of binoculars that Barr & Stroud are justly proud of.
Paradoxically this latest model from Barr and Stroud is the model that most resembles the most famous Barr & Stroud models from the past. This is largely a result of the modern ‘Open Bridge’ design. The ‘Open Bridge’ has a number of advantages over the more traditional designs currently available. The most obvious is the ease of handling that this design allows; ergonomically it is a perfect fit with the human hand. This makes it easy and comfortable to use in the most grueling circumstances and particularly with gloved hands.
Priced between £120 and £150 depending on where you buy them and the model, they are not yet available in the US.
The Sahara range from Barr & Stroud feature rugged construction combined with great quality optics. They are waterproof to a depth 1.5m of water for three minutes. This requires a high degree of mechanical quality in the construction of the binocular which is evident as soon as you take a look at them.
Priced between £60 and £120 depending on where you buy them and the model, the Barr & Stroud Sahara's are not yet available in the US.
The Barr & Stroud Sierra range of binoculars are a blend of good optical quality and rugged refinement at a great price. This has produced an elegant range of binoculars with Fully Multi Coated optics and quality BaK-4 phase coated prisms. This ensures that as much light as possible is transmitted through the optics which results in a super bright contrast rich images of high colour fidelity for the user even in low light conditions.
Water and fogproof, Sierra binoculars are filled with nitrogen gas which keeps water out and also stops the optics suffering from internal fogging in adverse weather conditions.
Twist up eyecups that are rubber coated make them equally practical for people to use with or without eye-glasses and the large focusing wheel and rapid focus mechanism takes the user from close focus to infinity in less than one turn.
Barr & Stroud Sierra Binoculars are priced between £100 - £120 depending on the model, they are not yet available in the US:
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