Monday, October 12, 2009

Porro Prism Binoculars?

From: Maria
Subject: Open box Vixen Foresta CF 10x42 Porro

I am interested in Vixen binoculars, specifically the Foresta CF 10x42 "open box" Porro Prism binoculars. What exactly in this instance does "open box" mean?

I am also considering either the Nikon Action Extreme ATB 10x50 or the Bushnell Legend 10x50 Porro binoculars. How would you compare them optically, particularly with regards to long-range resolution and sharpness at the edges of the FOV?

Thanks.

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Hello Maria, thanks for the questions. The "open box" Vixen binoculars are binoculars where the box was opened and a manufacturer seal was broken (a sticker on the box was broken, and sometimes a bit of the box is ripped as well) so that it cannot be sold as new. Other than the box though, the binoculars are new.

Of the three binoculars you mention, I would say that if size and weight isn't an overriding factor the Nikon Action EX 10x50 is very near the optical quality of the Vixen Foresta binoculars. The Vixen feels nicer in the hand though, it's easier to hold and much lighter weight. I would put the Bushnell binoculars as a distant third, just as heavy as the Nikon but not nearly as sharp and bright optically.

Hope this helps, thanks again!

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