Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Help with Binoculars and IPD

From: Alexandra
Subject: Help with Binoculars and IPD

I'm in the field in Alaska. I'm wondering if you have a list of binoculars that includes their specs for Interpupilary Distance (IPD). I have very close set eyes, and have a difficult time seeing binocularly through most binoculars. I currently have a pair of Nikon binoculars which I am looking to replace with a substantial upgrade. I was able to try out a friend's pair of Leica Ultravid 8x42s and could see well through them (the IPD was fine) but I am looking to spend not more than $800 to $1000 on this new pair. Would it be possible for you to provide a list of 8x and 10x binos in that price range with an IPD at least as small as the Leica Ultravids? I am a professional bird biologist, so I'm looking for a pair of binoculars that will be rugged in addition to being good quality.

Thanks very much,


Hello Ms. Rose, thanks for the email. I measured the IPD for 8x and 10x42 binoculars in your price range to check out, here are some of the highlights to look at:

1. Vortex Razor 8x42 Binoculars (or 10x42 Razor Binoculars)
2. Minox HG 8.5x43 Binoculars (or 10x43 HG Binoculars)
3. Meopta 8x42 Binoculars (or 10x42 Binoculars)

Of these I really like the Minox Binoculars in terms of optical prowess, in my opinion it has a slight edge in contrast and color fidelity over the others. The Vortex Binoculars have the most comprehensive warranty of the three models though.

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