Bresser Binoculars

Bresser Pirsch 8x56 Binoculars

About Bresser Optics
Founded in 1957 by a Mr. Josef Bresser, Bresser began life as a company that specialized in the importation and distribution of binoculars. The technical development and design of new and innovative optical products began later in 1979, when Rolf Bresser (Josef's son), took over the business.

Operating out of their headquarters in Germany, but with distribution centers all over Europe and in the USA, Bresser Optics design, build, and sell telescopes, spotting scopes, microscopes, and niche electronics and are one of the leading suppliers of optical instruments all over Europe and the rest of the world. 

The Bresser business was sold in 1999 to the American market leader Meade Instruments Corp located in Irvine California. Meade is a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ stock exchange and a leader in their market of state of the art diffraction-limited astronomical telescopes. Then from 2009, Bresser returned to becoming an owner operated company with Rolf Bresser, the son of the founder still being one of the main shareholders of Bresser GmbH.

The Bresser Binocular Range

The Bresser range has been continuously expanded they now have a portfolio of more than 70 binoculars and spotting scopes suitable for astronomy, bird watching, hiking and rambling as well as hunting, sporting events, and marine use.

Bresser binoculars are grouped in "families" at various price points and cater for casual observers, children as well as professionals. Starting with their very cheap Hunter, Topas and Junior models, progressing to their mid range Condor series, onto their mid-to-high level Pirsch ED binoculars and finally culminating with the top of the range Montana and Luch binoculars:

Popular Bresser Binocular Families:

 

Bresser Montana Binoculars

Bresser Montana 8.5x45 BinocularsBresser's most recent range of high-level instruments is the Montana series.

It is an interesting collection in that it contains only four roof prism models in two different size cateories. The two large 45mm options are available in either 10.5x or 8.5x magnifications and then two compact 25mm Montana binoculars in either 10x or 8x powers.

These high end binoculars boast many quality features and components as you would expect, but the two different sizes are quite different to each other:

The 45mm versions have ED glass within their lenses and a magnesium chassis, whiclt the compacts use aluminium for the chassis and do not have ED glass within the objectives.

Bresser Montana 10x25 BinocularsAll models are have full broadband multi-coating optics and use BaK-4 glass for the roof prisms which are also phase corrected. The quality also extends to the accessories as all models come supplied with a real leather bag as standard.

I also like the double hinge design on the compact 25mm Bresser Montana binoculars which enables the instrument to fold up into an ulta space-saving shape making them a true pocket binocular and thus are much easier to carry to sporting events, on hiking trips and even to the museum.

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With an original RRP of $900, the 45mm Montana's are now around $680 / £700 / €600, whilst the compacts will set you back around half that amount, which for the quality does look to me to be well worth considering if you are after a good value, high end instrument:

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Bresser 10x42 Luch (Lux) BinocularsBresser Luchs Binoculars

The Luchs are Bresser's top of the range binoculars that are also known as Bresser Lux Binoculars in some markets. They are available in 8x42 and 10x42 models.

Quality components are used throughout with fully multi-coated optical elements and BaK-4 prisms that give a sharp and high-contrast image over the full field of view.

The binoculars are 100% waterproof and Fogproof - filled with nitrogen to ensure there is no internal fogging in extreme climatic conditions. 

The large focus wheel ensures quick and accurate focussing and the high eye relief eyepieces, combined with twist up rubber eyecups make sure you get the full field of view with the Lux binocular even if you wear glasses.

A point to mention is the minimum focus distance of only 3.9 ft (1.2 m) - Ideal for close observation for things such like insects and butterflies in full format.

Sizes Available:

Price Range

Depending on the model, they range in price from about $250 - $300 (£210 - £250) and as such these "Mid Priced Binoculars" are competing with with the likes of the very good Minox 10 or 8x42 BV's (view and compare all Mid Priced Binoculars that I have reviewed).

Bresser Pirsch Binoculars

Bresser Pirsch 8x56 BinocularsThe Pirsch range is one of Bresser's mid-level series and is aimed at delivering a high performance binocular for the more serious enthusiast, but at a price that is relatively affordable. Or to put it another way, the aim of this series is to offer plenty of bang for your buck!

All models within the series use roof prisms and have a weight-saving open bridge body design. As you would expect at this level, Bresser Pirsch binoculars are fully waterproof and nitrogen purged to protect the inner glass surfaces from fogging. Also as expected, these have twist-up eyecups and a right eye-diopter adjuster. The focus wheel is centrally located in the standard position.

Configurations:

  • BRESSER Pirsch 8x34 BinocularsPirsch 8x56
  • Pirsch 10x42
  • Pirsch 8x42
  • Pirsch 10x34
  • Pirsch 8x34
  • Pirsch 10x26
  • Pirsch 8x26

Made using BaK-4 glass, the Schmidt-Pechan roof prisms are phase-corrected and whilst they say they contain the "Ultimate Reflection Coating", Bresser does not explain what this means - my guess is that they are dielectrically or at worst silver coated (If I get confirmation on this, I will update this info).

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Depending on the model, Bresser Pirsch binoculars have an RRP of between €450 and €226, but are now available for considerably less than that online:

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Bresser Condor 10x42 BinocularsBresser Condor Binoculars

There are 6 models of roof prisim binoculars in the Bresser Condor range that is also sometimes refered to as their Safari range of binoculars.

These "take anywhere" binoculars are ideal travelling companions, especially the compact 8x32 and 10x32 Condor's that are ideal as Safari Binoculars or for activities like hiking. Whilst the Bresser Condor 8x42, 8x56 as well as the 10x42 models have a larger light-gathering power, that is especially useful in dusk or dawn conditions giving you brighter images. The 10x50 model is ideal for those who want a bright and high magnified image in more difficult light conditions.

All Condor binoculars are waterproof and nitrogen filled to prevent internal fogging and have twist-up-eyecups that enable you to use them with or without eyeglasses

They also come with quality BaK-4 prisms and are fully multi-coated and the body of the Condor is made of the latest engineering polymer, a product of the space research industry, for lightness and strength. All models have an "objective lens cap system" that allows quick opening and closing, but can also easily be removed.

Sizes Available:

Price Range
Priced at about $85 - $200 (£110 - £200) these are good quality "Mid Priced" binoculars and are pretty good value for money:

 

Bresser Cobra 10x32 BinocularsBresser Cobra Binoculars

The Bresser Cobra range is diverse with two porro and two roof prism designs of binocular and are thus suitable for many applications.

These binoculars are on the cheap end of the scale and as such use BK-7 glass in their prisms and multi-coated lenses (as opposed to BaK-4 prisms and fully multi-coated lenses in the more expensive models) to all the optical surfaces which Bresser say "guarantees an additional enhancement and features a high contrast and brilliant observing quality."

The roof prism models have "Twist up" eyecups and long eye relief eyepieces to allow a full field of view for those that wear glasses. Whilst with the porro prism Cobra's that include one of the popular Bresser 10x50 binoculars you get folding rubber eyepieces, 5-lens eyepieces and standard tripod thread making it simple to attach the Cobra binoculars to any photo-tripod.

Sizes Available:

  • Cobra 10x50 mm - Porro Prism
  • Cobra 7x50 mm - Porro Prism
  • Cobra 10x32 mm - Roof Prism
  • Cobra 8x32 mm - Roof Prism

Price Range
Depending on the model, these "Low Cost Binoculars" range in price from about $50 - $80 (£40 - £60)

 

Bresser Nautic 7x50 WP/CMP Marine BinocularsBresser Nautic Binoculars (Marine Binoculars)

The most important features of any Marine Binocular is to be waterproof and offer the most stable view through them as possible for looking through a rocky boat:

All Nautic series models are waterproof (Immersion tested at 1m for 60sec) and have a water resistant and robust rubber armour as well as a gas purged optical tubes and are supplied with a flotation strap. The gas purged filling of the Nautic binoculars prevents water and moisture from entering the binocular by creating an interior pressure capsule and are therefore the ideal binocular for maritime use on board. The 7x magnification model makes it possible to achieve a relatively steady image during rough sea conditions.

Bresser nautic 7x50 compassThe Bresser Nautic 7x50 Binocular (WP/CMP) features a integrated and illuminated precision compass, whilst the Bresser Nautic 8x42 has an integrated digital compass in its armour housing, which points you the right way, at any time. Temperature and time are shown on the display. The TwistUp eyecups ensure an optimal eye distance setting. It’s nitrogen filled body prevents the optics from fogging up on the inside of the binocular, caused by rapid temperature variations.

Sizes Available:

  • Nautic 7x50 WP/CMP (Porro Prism)
  • Nautic 8x42  (Roof Prism)

Price Range
Priced between $120 and $180 (£99 - £180) depending on the model:

 

Binocom 7x50 CLS marine BinocularsBresser Binocom Binoculars (Marine Binoculars)

All Bresser Binocom binoculars are filled with nitrogen gas and are therefore 100% water proof as well as fog-proof. They also come equipped with a floating neckstrap, which prevents the binocular from sinking should it accidentally fall into the water.

Other marine features include an integrated reticle for measuring distances. Ontop of this the Binocom 7x50 CLS and 7x50 GAL binoculars also have a built-in illuminable 360° pricision compass to help with navigation and the 7x magnification power makes easier to achieve a relatively steady image during rough sea conditions.

The Binocom 7x50 DCS has an integrated digital compass and display of the binocular angle.

Quality BaK-4 prisms are used and lenses are fully multi-coated which is good.

Sizes Available:

  • Binocom 7x50 DCS (Digital Compass)
  • Binocom 7x50 CLS
  • Binocom 7x50 GAL

Price Range
Priced between £160 and £300) these are good quality marine binoculars:

 

Bresser Hunter 10x50 BinocularsBresser Hunter Binoculars

Bresser's cheapest range of binoculars are their Hunter binoculars, which despite their name arn't specifically desinged as a hunting binocular.

This family contains a wide range of binoculars, with 7 models (5 porro prism designs and 2 compact roof prisms).

To save costs they have used cheaper use BK-7 glass in their prisms and multi-coated lenses as opposed to BaK-4 prisms and fully multi-coated lenses in the more expensive models.

The Porro versions have a tripod adapter thread and can be easily connected to a regular photo tripod.

Sizes Available:

  • Hunter 8x21 - Compact Roof Prism Design
  • Hunter 10x25 - Compact Roof Prism Design
  • Hunter 8x40 - Porro Prism Design
  • Hunter 7x50 - Porro Prism Design
  • Hunter 10x50 - Porro Prism Design
  • Hunter 16x50 - Porro Prism Design
  • Hunter 8-24x50 Zoom Binoculars - Porro Prism Design

Price Range
Depending on which size you choose, they range in price from about £15 - £34

 

National Geographic 6x21 Children's Binoculars by Bresser

National Geographic 6x21 Children's BinocularsSince 2012, Bresser has been producing binocular under license for National Geographic.

These National Geographic Children's binoculars are based on their very successful ExploreOne 6x21 Junior Compact binoculars and are a fully functional roof prism compact binocular that has the optical performance that matches that of a standard 'adult' compact binocular at the same sort of price level.

What I Like:
As we have already discussed, the 6x magnification is ideal for children, helping them to keep the image shake free and ensuring a wide view to make finding their intended subject easy:

At 360ft wide at 1000yds, the width of view is indeed nice and wide which is great news as I know from my daughter that one of the biggest things that younger kids struggle with is actually finding what they want to look at.

The shape is very compact and thus ideal for small hands and they have a large centrally located focus wheel that is easy to reach. The National Geographic Kid's binocular is also very lightweight, which once again is ideal for youngsters.

I also like the tough housing: The main chassis is made from a polycarbonate plastic and the exterior is rubber armored to withstand the inevitable knocks and bumps.

These instruments also come with a soft carry pouch, wrist strap and cleaning cloth, just like Mum and Dads!

The optical glass that Bresser use in these is coated with an anti-reflective coating for a brighter and better quality image than what you get on the many imitation kids binoculars that don't have any coatings and which are now available.

Just like standard binoculars, these have a diopter adjustment ring to calibrate them to cater for any differences in vision between the left and right eyes.

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Age Range
Levenhuk suggest that these are suitable for children of 4 years and above which is about right, however I know from experience that my daughter was capable of using the very similar Bresser ExploreOne 6x21 Junior Compact Binoculars from around 3 years old. Since then we tested and reviewed this exact National Geographic model when she was 7 and whilst she has access to loads of other binoculars this is her favourite.

As for a maximum age, a lot depends on their previous exposure to optics, but these should be perfectly fine for kids of about 10 or 11 years old. For older or more experienced kids, take a look at some of the standard compact binoculars that I suggest below.

One last thing to mention is that these have an IPD range of 5cm to 6.3cm. So, once again perfect for smaller faces with closer set eyes.

Reviews

  • Read the full Review - Fully tested in colaboration with my daughter, you can read my the full review here!

Price Range
Absolutely perfect for younger kids and good your the parents bank balanace too! Origionally priced at around $30 / £30 / €30, you can currently find them on offer for about $15 in the US, €15 in Germany and Europe and £15 in the UK.


Bresser 6x21 Junior Compact Binoculars

Bresser 6x21 Junior Compact BinocularsWhilst the Bresser Junior 6x21 is very colourful, it is in no way a toy binocular! It is a fully functional roof prism compact binocular. The 6x magnification is ideal for children and they are very light and compact.

They have Bk-7 prisms and has a fully coated optical system that delivers crisp, colourful images to the eyepieces. The body of the binocular is rubber armoured to withstand plenty of punishment. Bresser are so confident that these optics can handle what you children can throw at them that they come with a five year guarantee! Also included is a neat carrying case ans small wrist strap.

Read full Review - Read my full review of these binoculars.

Price Range
These great little binoculars are available for between £20 and £30 in the UK. At the time of writing, I was not able to locate them in the US:


 

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Bresser Pirsch ED 8x56 Binoculars Review

Not much larger or heavier than many 8x42 binoculars, these 8x56 Pirsch ED Binoculars from the German Optics company Bresser offer a bright image with a superior low light performance.

Image quality is ensured with the use of ED glass lenses, phase corrected and dielectrically coated BaK4 roof prisms, whist the fog and waterproof body also contains features like an all metal focus wheel end eyepiece housing to ensure their durability.

Price: (4/6) Mid-High Value Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 8/10 80%
Outstanding
Body Stats: 9/10
Optical Quality: 8/10
Optical Stats: 7/10
Image Quality 8/10
Extras & Details: 8/10


Bresser 10x42 Condor Binoculars Review

The Bresser Condor 10x42 binocular is Waterproof, Fogproof, has quality BaK-4 prisms and is fully multi coated. Make no mistake these are excellent quality budget binoculars that make great general use binoculars ideal for nature observation, camping and taking to sporting events.

Price: (2/6) Low Cost Binoculars

Bresser 10x42 Luchs Binoculars Review

With their powerful 10x magnification, tough waterproof exterior and quality optics these Bresser 10x42 Luchs binoculars make excellent wildlife observation binoculars. Add their compact dimensions into the equation and these are ideal full size travel and therefore safari binoculars.

Price: (3/6) Mid Priced Binoculars

Bresser 8x42 Luchs Binoculars Review

Quality optics combined with a very compact and lightweight fog and waterproof body. These Bresser binoculars are ideal birding binoculars and the excellent close focusing distance also makes them ideal for those wishing to study animals like butterflies.

Price: (3/6) Mid Priced Binoculars

National Geographic 6x21 Children's Binoculars by Bresser Review

Bright and colourful, these National Geographic binoculars are made by the German optics company Bresser and are specifically designed for younger children.

The lightweight and very compact body is perfect for small hands and faces and the low 6x magnification ensures a wide field of view and an image that kids with shaky hands can keep still to ensure a good view...

Price: (1/6) Cheap Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 6/10 65%
Very Good
Body Stats: 10/10
Optical Quality: 5/10
Optical Stats: 7/10
Image Quality 6/10
Extras & Details: 5/10

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