Long Eye Relief Binoculars

Binoculars for Eyeglass Wearers
I am lucky in the fact that I don't need to wear eyeglasses, but for the many people who do or for those of you who often wear sunglasses, looking through binoculars often can become really annoying and a long eye relief is probably a more important feature than magnification to an eyeglass wearer.

The problem is what to do with your glasses when you want to use binoculars or a spotting scope. Many people remove them, put them down or wear them around the neck with a safety cord. This sounds simple enough, but doing it all the time can get really annoying and then there is always the risk of forgetting where you put your glasses and even loosing them.

Especially important for bird watchers and those on safari where speed is important, the extra few seconds it takes to fumble with glasses can result in a missed rare sighting of a leopard as it slinks off into the bush or lost birding opportunity where the the extra movement may be just the thing that prompts it to flee.

Eye defects like nearsightedness and farsightedness can be corrected by focusing the binoculars, but not astigmatism. With this condition you will need to wear your prescription glasses when you use the binoculars, or you will sacrifice valuable image sharpness.

Some people who can wear contact lenses need not worry too much, but they also have their faults. They often require constant blinking to keep them moist, not ideal as most people tend to stare though binoculars, this can lead to hazy vision as the contact begins to dry out.

Eye Relief with Glasses on BinocularsThe Solution: Long Eye Relief
The best solution for most people who need eyeglasses is to use the binoculars with glasses. This works fine as long as your binoculars or spotting scope has a long eye relief.

Binoculars Eye Relief
The eye relief of a pair of binoculars, scopes or most other optical devices is how far back from the eyepiece your eye can be and still see the whole field of view. This is so important to eyeglass wearers, because your glasses hold the eyes back from the eyepieces. If the distance to your eyes is greater than the binoculars eye relief, you will see only the center section of the image.

A long eye relief will allow you to wear your eyeglasses and see the entire field of view. Binoculars with short eye relief will give you a much reduced field of view sometimes less than half of the available field when you use your eyeglasses.

Long eye relief binoculars are more forgiving. You can hold your eyes well back from the eyepiece and still see a full field of view. If you wear glasses, you will notice this difference right away if you were to compare the two.

Field of View
The width of the view you can see through the binoculars is called the field of view, a wide field of view field of view on a pair of binoculars has many advantages, not only is it easier to locate the object you want to focus on, which is especially important with fast moving birds and other objects, but it also improves comfort because your eyes will be more relaxed. It is kind of like having the curtains on a window fully opened as apposed to half shut.

How Much Eye Relief Do you Need?
In most cases an eye relief of 14 to 15mm is needed for the average eyeglass wearer to be comfortable. Ideally though you should look for binoculars and spotting scopes that have 16, 17 or even 18mm. Some very long eye-relief binoculars come with 20mm or more, which gives you plenty of room to manouver.

Please note that it is important that you check the figures before you buy as some manufacturers state that they have long eye relief when infact they only have around 13mm!


 

Long Eye-Relief Binocular Reviews

Below are links to the reviews of binoculars that have 18mm of eye-relief or more:

 

Snypex Knight D-ED 8x42 Binoculars

'New and improved' that is how Snypex highlight their latest version of the Knight ED binoculars, which was developed and improved in response to customer as well as BBR's feedback.

Major changes include upgraded dielectric coatings on the prisms to improve light transmission and thus the brightness and image quality as well as changes to the exterior like a full metal focus wheel that not only works better but brings added class to what was already a great pair of binoculars.

Price: (5/6) High Value Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 9/10 85%
Outstanding
Body Stats: 8/10
Optical Quality: 9/10
Optical Stats: 8/10
Image Quality 9/10
Extras & Details: 8/10

 

Hawke Endurance ED 8x42 Binoculars

Mid-range binoculars that to my mind offer a level of quality and performance that easily surpasses their price tag.

Highlights include a Magnesium Housing, ED Glass Elements in the Lenses, Phase Corrected BaK-4 prisms, 18mm of eye-relief and a close focus distance of less than 2 meters.

Price: (3/6) Mid Priced Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 8/10 80%
Outstanding
Body Stats: 8/10
Optical Quality: 8/10
Optical Stats: 8/10
Image Quality 8/10
Extras & Details: 8/10

 

Swarovski EL 8.5x42 Binoculars

By combining the highest quality optical components and coatings with their technical expertise, there is no denying that these Swarovski's produce an image that is unsurpassed.

Add to this their tried and tested exterior and the inclusion of their new FieldPro package and you really do have a special pair of optics.

So If you are looking for the ultimate pair of 42mm binoculars, then you will most certainly not be disappointed with the Swarovski EL 8.5x42 binoculars. These are for me now the reference point and by which all others need to aspire towards.

Price: (6/6) Expensive Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 9/10 93%
The VERY Best
Body Stats: 8/10
Optical Quality: 10/10
Optical Stats: 9/10
Image Quality 10/10
Extras & Details: 10/10

 

Opticron Savanna R 8x33 Binoculars

A more than capable, great looking, low cost, mid sized binocular that covers all the most important areas well and thus makes for a very versatile instrument that competes well within their price bracket.

Highlights include a waterproof aluminium & polycarbonate shell that protects full multi-coated optics and aluminium coated BaK-4 roof prisms.

Price: (2/6) Low Cost Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 7/10 68%
Very Good
Body Stats: 8/10
Optical Quality: 6/10
Optical Stats: 7/10
Image Quality 7/10
Extras & Details: 6/10

 

Hawke Endurance ED 8x32 Binoculars

Mid-sized, mid-priced Hawke binoculars that impress in almost single every area.

A fully fog and waterproof magnesium housing protects high quality and fully multi-coated optics with highlights that include ED glass lenses, BaK-4 roof prisms that have been phase corrected.

The result is a high quality and bright image that has a wide field of view, good close focus and delivers plenty of eye-relief.

Price: (3/6) Mid Priced Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 8/10 80%
Outstanding
Body Stats: 8/10
Optical Quality: 8/10
Optical Stats: 8/10
Image Quality 8/10
Extras & Details: 8/10

 

Pentax 10x30 PCF CW Binoculars

Mid sized porro prism binoculars from Pentanx that manage to combine a low price point with a good quality optics system and a high level build quality to produce a versatile instrument that delivers a superior quality image for it's class.

Highlights include fully multi-coated optics, fully sealed, nitrogen filled, water proof body, twist-up eyecups and very long eye-relief.

Price: (2/6) Low Cost Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 7/10 68%
Very Good
Body Stats: 7/10
Optical Quality: 7/10
Optical Stats: 6/10
Image Quality 8/10
Extras & Details: 6/10

 

Pentax ZD 8x43 ED Binoculars

Pentax Sport Optics flagship series contains all the qualities, components and coatings that you would expect from a high end instrument from a quality optical manufacturer.

Hybrid Aspherical lens elements containing ED glass and a range of specialized high receptivity coatings ensure that these really do deliver a superior image in terms of their clarity, color reproduction, sharpness and low light performance that I feel is as good as the very best at this price level.

Add to this a very well made, classy looking yet tough and waterproof chassis and you have the makings of a very fine binocular.

Price: (5/6) High Value Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 9/10 80%
Outstanding
Body Stats: 8/10
Optical Quality: 9/10
Optical Stats: 7/10
Image Quality 9/10
Extras & Details: 6/10

 

Opticron Verano BGA HD 8x42 Binoculars

These mid-high level open bridge 8x42 binoculars from Opticron feature phase corrected roof prisms with their own Oasis coatings that they proudly say has a transmittance of more than 99%, which easily beats most bins that use aluminium or silver mirror coated prisms for a brighter, higher resolution view.

Other highlights include a very long eye-relief and 4 stage twist-up eye-cups, a water & fog proof body that is tripod adaptable and much more...

Price: (4/6) Mid-High Value Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 7/10 75%
Excellent
Body Stats: 7/10
Optical Quality: 7/10
Optical Stats: 8/10
Image Quality 8/10
Extras & Details: 8/10

 

Snypex Profinder HD 8x42 Binoculars

High quality optics encased and well very protected in a high quality chassis and all at an affordable price. These Snypex Profinder binoculars rank up there with the better mid-range bins that I have tested.

Optical attributes worth underlining include a fully multicoated system with water repellent coatings on the lenses, BaK-4 roof prisms that are phase corrected to ensure a bright and high resolution view in even the most adverse conditions.

Price: (3/6) Mid Priced Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 8/10 75%
Excellent
Body Stats: 7/10
Optical Quality: 7/10
Optical Stats: 8/10
Image Quality 7/10
Extras & Details: 8/10

 

Celestron Cavalry 7x50 Binoculars

The 7x50 configuration, tough body designed to withstand the elements as well as it's bright image, wide field of view and of course the rangefinding reticle, digital GPS and compass mark these Celestron binoculars out as the ideal companion for boaters, security and military personnel as well as hunters and especially those involved in search and rescue operations.

Price: (3/6) Mid Priced Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 8/10 78%
Excellent
Body Stats: 9/10
Optical Quality: 7/10
Optical Stats: 8/10
Image Quality 8/10
Extras & Details: 7/10

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