Wednesday, April 9, 2014

How to discern quality difference in two 8x42 binoculars?


I'm the owner of a pair of Eagle Optics binoculars and I like them a lot. A friend is asking me for purchasing advice.

He is asking me about the difference between the Eagle Optics Ranger 8x42 ($249) and the Denali 8x42 ($179.99).

As I look at the specs I am finding it difficult to advise him what he'd be getting with the Ranger for the extra $69.

It would be much appreciated if you would let me know exactly the improvements he would notice in the Ranger over the Denali that would justify the extra $69.

Also, can you please let me know if these two models are sold anywhere in the Cleveland OH area.....or if your web site is the only and best way to buy them.

Your help would be much appreciated.

Best wishes,

Len M.


Hi Len,

Thanks for your inquiry.  While the Rangers and the Denali binoculars share many of the same specifications, the optical systems between the two are different.  The Ranger will use a higher grade glass for both the prisms and lenses, as well as a host of higher quality lens coatings on all the air to glass surfaces.  This accounts for the price difference between the two models.   

You can expect the Rangers to have better light transmission (brighter) as well as render more detail or resolve the image better.  Color contrast and neutrality will also be better with the upgraded optics of the Ranger.  If you can budget the additional $69, I would suggest that the performance improvements are well worth it.  The Ranger is our best-selling, mid-priced binocular.

Best regards,

Eagle Optics

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