New compact Maven C.2 Binoculars

New Maven C.2 Compact Binoculars

Maven Optics have added to their stable of high end binoculars with a new compact option:

The New Maven C.2 Binoculars come in either 7x28 or 10x28 configurations and boast an array of excellent features and components that are sure to place them up there with some of the best compact binoculars out there:

Main Features

The inclusion of Extra low-dispersion (ED) glass is the main headline for me.

Whilst commonly used on mid and full sized binoculars, ED glass compacts are far less easy to come across and thus it immediately shows the intent of Maven Optics to produce a premium quality compact binocular. Indeed, I am quietly confident that I will be adding it to my list of the Best Compact Binoculars with ED Glass once I have had a chance to test and review them!

Maven C.2 Binoculars

Maven C.2 Binoculars

The theme of extreme high quality continues with the use of the same dielectric coated Schmidt-Pechan prism system that Maven use in their very high end, full sized B.1 and B.3 binoculars.

Once again, a compact with dielectric coated prisms is not that common, but is great to see as the increased light transmission is especially important with a compact binocular.

Maven Built Optics round of the optics by fully multi-coating them and then adding scratch resistant coatings to the exterior lens surfaces.

Maven C.2 compact binoculars are fog and waterproof and like most compacts, the chassis is made from a polycarbonate plastic. It is a slight shame that it is not magnesium, but then again it will be more lightweight.

I also like that Maven have used twist-up eye-cups on these compacts, unlike many who use simple folding rubber ones, on top of this both the Maven C.2 7x28 binoculars and the 10x28 models have more than a decent amount of eye-relief for a compact.

For me the only slight issue regarding their specifications is their fairly long minimum focusing distance of 3m (10ft). This is not a problem unless you specifically want your bins for activities like butterfly and insect observation.

Main Specifications

The table below shows the main specifications of both the Maven C.2 10x28 binoculars and the 7x28 Maven C.2 Binocular:

  Maven C.2 7x28 Maven C.2 10x28
Magnification 7x 10x
Objective Lens Diameter 28mm 28mm
Exit Pupil 4mm 2.8
Field of view (ft/1000 yds) 341 262
Eye relief 16mm 15mm
Close Focus 3m (10ft) 3m (10ft)
IPD adjustment 5.8 – 7.2cm 5.8 – 7.2cm
Dimensions WxHxD 4.6x4.5x1.7 4.6x4.5x1.7
Weight 12.4oz 12.6oz

Cost & Where to Buy

When you consider the high quality features, I think that it is rather incredible that these have a RRP of only $200 – these are looking like they have the potential to be a great value for money high end compact:

Further Reading

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