Same with my two specimens. They are also identical, I couldn't find any differences no matter how hard I looked. The finish is very nice indeed, really impressive. In fact, I've handled some alpha binoculars with a worse finish in the past few years. I couldn't find any weaknesses.Having said all this, here’s my opinion and it’s only my opinion on what APM finally delivered. Visually a very pleasing well constructed made waterproof porro binocular. Quality control with both specimens basically looking identical, having both focuser/hinge tensions the same. Both having nicely darkened barrels with clean tubes.The inside screws that can be seen, also blackened. Lens coatings seem evenly applied with no issues that either of us could see. The overall outside finish very nice, I liked the fake wanta - be leather which is nicely done.
I agree. Once again, no real weaknesses, far better than I expected. These are not flatfield binoculars, but the sweetspot is more than sufficient. The field is curved, something I prefer over a flat field, especially when viewing at medium distances. No "funny" distortions. Colours are neutral, even in a direct comparison to a Habicht 7x42 with the latest coatings, my reference porro binocular, and definitely more neutral than, say, the Nikon 8x32 SE with its warm tone. In fact, the views though the APM and the Habicht are quite similar. The Habicht may still have got a slight edge, with slightly more saturated colours. However, that difference is small.Optically we both thought they were very sharp, giving a easy nice bright view with neural colors. When I mean neutral colors , I mean you see what you would see with your naked eyes. Maybe with a Alpha porro the colors would pop out, being darker or richer but these are only a $200 plus porro.
Straylight is well controlled, not quite on the same level as the Habicht that is almost perfect in that respect. In some situations I could see some veiling glare when viewing against the light. It never got to a level where I found it disturbing in any way. There are several alpha binoculars that have far worse straylight control.
Agreed. I personally prefer the wider grip with porros, I find I can hold porros better than roofs. The weight is ~635 gr. with a different strap and a better rainguard than the one supplied, and rubber rings around the objective lenses. That's fine with me. They're right in my "ideal weight range" - between 500 and 700 gr.Handling very comfortable, having a nice feel that they will not slip out of your hands if wet. Finally the weight …. for me just right. They do not come across as being made of plastic and given their really nice looking appearance and that they have some heft gives one a sense of a very well made binocular.
Things I dislike so far:
- The APM hangs at an angle, i.e. it doesn't nestle flat against my chest. That may take some getting used to. (Attachment 1)
- The objective rings are not protected by some rubber coating, so I put some rubber rings on the objective. (Attachment 2). Problem solved. Highly recommended.
Sorry about the poor quality of the photos.