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Binocular Comparison: Nikon Prostaff ATB 8x25 reverse porro vs. Hawke Endurance ED 8x25 (1 Viewer)

According to Hawke's specs it looks as though the minimum close focus for the 8x25 should be very similar to your full-size model (which I assume performs rather better). Is it possible you received a faulty item?
Maybe? Although I have seen reviews that have said that the Endurance didn't hit the spec for close focus. My Frontier ED X pair does perform to spec for me.

 
Maybe? Although I have seen reviews that have said that the Endurance didn't hit the spec for close focus. My Frontier ED X pair does perform to spec for me.

That's interesting, thanks. The gentleman who did that review goes by the name Beacon Hill on this site. Maybe he could provide an update on whether more recent production has more nearly matched the specs. I did a quick check on the Amazon reviews and saw one reviewer (also from two years ago) state that an 8x25 he ordered had a minimum focus of 12.5 feet while the 10x25 was 7.6 feet. Indeed that is a substantial difference from the spec for the 8x25.
 
That's interesting, thanks. The gentleman who did that review goes by the name Beacon Hill on this site. Maybe he could provide an update on whether more recent production has more nearly matched the specs. I did a quick check on the Amazon reviews and saw one reviewer (also from two years ago) state that an 8x25 he ordered had a minimum focus of 12.5 feet while the 10x25 was 7.6 feet. Indeed that is a substantial difference from the spec for the 8x25.
Yeah, I recently had to start wearing reading glasses for up close, so my eyes definitely didn't have the dynamic range they used to. So being a little off spec wouldn't be super surprising to me with my eyes, but 17 feet is way off. I can see up to 6 feet or so with my Frontiers.
 
I got the Pentax UP 8x25 WP binoculars today. They are optically great! The center focus is super stiff to the point that you have to put a ton of pressure on it to turn it and then it slips. I shot a quick email to the company and they said that was normal and it will loosen up over time. I'm going to try them out birding tomorrow, but I think they are going to work!
 

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