Steiner Navigator Pro 7x30 marine binoculars - Extremely rugged, sharp images, 5m water proof - Outstanding viewing quality for beginners and professionals, Blue

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Steiner Navigator Pro 7x30 marine binoculars - Extremely rugged, sharp images, 5m water proof - Outstanding viewing quality for beginners and professionals, Blue

Steiner Navigator Pro 7x30 marine binoculars - Extremely rugged, sharp images, 5m water proof - Outstanding viewing quality for beginners and professionals, Blue

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Like many, if not most of their other top-end instruments, Steiner incorporates their "NBR Long Life rubber" armor on all their marine binoculars. With a 50mm objective diameter and 7x magnification this binocular provides a calm view even in rough seas and guarantees a bright image with excellent contrasts and sharpness of detail even in the darkness. I like the attention to fine details, for example, Steiner has added not one, but two metal ring connectors on each side of the strap (4 in total), these free up the strap to move into a more natural position as you bring the binocular up to your eyes. As I have already mentioned in the weight section of this review, for the most part, I feel that the included neck strap is excellent and I would rate it as one of the best.

In addition, a new bag is included to ensure that your binoculars are always optimally protected even when not in use. Sure they may not be able to match a 7x50 in terms of optical performance (in low light), so if you are in a larger vessel where size and weight are not as important, then a 7x30 may not be the right configuration and you should rather opt for something like the Steiner Navigator Pro 7x50 or Fujinon Polaris 7x50 FMTRC-SX Binoculars that I have also reviewed. Sharp images, absolute reliability and unmatched handling; all the features and advantages which Steiner marine binoculars are known for. The combination of the fairly traditional Porro prism shape and the excellent NBR rubber coating that Steiner uses on these just works. Of course, young people with a greater accommodation capacity of their eyes than me (I am 68) may believe that something like an “autofocus” reduces the need for them to refocus between various distances, but that just means that their eyes are performing most of the focusing work that usually should occur in the binocular.

Each ocular is individually focused for precise customization for each user and will maintain that focus from 65′ to infinity, so users can concentrate on the views, not re-focusing. The Navigator 7x30 offer significantly improved handling thanks to the new "Open-Bridge-System", while the 'Auto-Focus' optics ensure that images are always sharp, even when handling the binoculars with just one hand. The only real downside to this is the fairly long minimum focus distance, but in this situation, I found I was mostly looking at the bank, up at the tops of trees, cliff faces or further up the river to navigate the best route and thus this was not often an issue for me.By attaching a strap to the binoculars' universal belt attachment, they are always within easy reach. The problem for me and choosing my binoculars for my kayaking trip is the fact that most marine binoculars are designed to be used on larger boats/vessels and so size and weight are not a big priority and thus a 7x50 is probably the most common configuration. This version of the Navigator is also a downgraded version of Steiner's same size Commander marine binocular.

Leupold Roof prism model that my CN friend Patric brought over with him from Sweden during a visit in the summer of 2009,which was a delight to use,either in spite of,or more likely BECAUSE of it's "Plossl-like" AFOV.

Likewise and so long as you don't need a very short minimum focus distance or indeed need a lot of detail at a long-range, I feel these Steiner Navigator Pro's can more than hold their own as an all-round wildlife and general use instrument. So I bought another pair for the farm and I reckon they save me time every single day, because the clarity they give saves me having to 'go see' what is going on.

My critical comments hereafter about Steiner’s “autofocus” marketing are in no way intended to belittle the quality of Steiner binoculars, some of which I find very good. Over the years while seeking a holy-grail bino for enjoying daytime views, I have acquired a 7x35E, 8x32BN, 8x30FMTR, 8x30E2 and 8x30Habicht, all of which I currently use.When out in the field (on dry land), I usually don't use them much and almost never take the time to attach the rain-guard to the neck strap as it just gets in the way. Its image is not as contrasty, bright and brilliant as the Commander's (the reason for the lower brightness: lower quality of the AR coatings, reflections on the objective lens surfaces are clearly brighter than in the Commander) and it has less FOV, but the Navigator costs less than half than the Commander. In addition to a firm grip, the new, wave-like rubber armouring texture also offers the special ability to repel water to ensure non-slip and safe handling, especially in heavy rain.

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