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Review of new Explorer WA ED-R 8x32 (2 Viewers)

StephenHampshire

Well-known member
United Kingdom
Hello Lee,

Thanks for the review. I am happy that you pointed out how much utility might be had from a relatively inexpensive binocular. That is not to write that more expensive binoculars are a waste but that the utility of lower priced optics should not be understated.

Stay safe,
Arthur

I'm saving up for a Traveller 8x32 myself having decided that my eyes aren't good enough to justify the 5 or 10% improvement that comes with straying into the £800+ per pair bino range! I enjoy nature and even a £100 pair of binos work most of the time, its only as you push the envelope into areas such as twilight birding that the extra money really starts to make a difference. I will admit I do like the feel of expensive bits of kit though
 

Pinewood

New York correspondent
United States
I'm saving up for a Traveller 8x32 myself having decided that my eyes aren't good enough to justify the 5 or 10% improvement that comes with straying into the £800+ per pair bino range! I enjoy nature and even a £100 pair of binos work most of the time, its only as you push the envelope into areas such as twilight birding that the extra money really starts to make a difference. I will admit I do like the feel of expensive bits of kit though

Hello Stephen,

There is a price point where inexpensive becomes cheap. I would guess that that point is a little shy of two hundred quid.
Yes the feel of expensive bits of kit is commendable. This is a benefit beyond optics. Even if one cannot make use of the marginal optical improvement, one can appreciate the well made mechanics and durability of those binoculars costing rather more than eight hundred quid.

Stay safe,
Arthur
 

Troubador

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I'm saving up for a Traveller 8x32 myself having decided that my eyes aren't good enough to justify the 5 or 10% improvement that comes with straying into the £800+ per pair bino range! I enjoy nature and even a £100 pair of binos work most of the time, its only as you push the envelope into areas such as twilight birding that the extra money really starts to make a difference. I will admit I do like the feel of expensive bits of kit though

I think you will be very happy with a Traveller 8x32 Stephen.

Good luck.

Lee
 

StephenHampshire

Well-known member
United Kingdom
I think you will be very happy with a Traveller 8x32 Stephen.

Good luck.

Lee

Thank you, I did try a pair at a local branch of LCC a while back (pre-COVID obviously) and had planned to attend an Opticron field event to check out firther, but this never happened, and obviously will be unlikely to be able to field test a pair for a while. The felt very nice and seemed nice and sharp. Couldn't justify spending that much at the time though
 

Davidnewguy

New member
Hi David

I haven't tried previous verysions of Explorer but this one renders white clearly and beautifully white. And to make sure I just checked it out.

Lee

Thanks, that's good to know. Appreciate your checking. I am not sure if I used the term "white balance" correctly for a binocular. That is the term coming from photography. I think for binoculars some people use the description "color tint," or warm/cool/neutral. If white is rendered without a tint, then I think you would describe the Explorer as "neutral" color tint?
 
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Vetiver

New member
Sweden
Thanks for the review Lee. I have just got myself a pair. Great binos. I was surprised how good they performed in low light. I have compared them with other highend binos and could not see a big enough difference to justify paying 3x or 4x times the price. I was initially going for the Traveller 8x32 but when comparing them side by side at the store, I found the Explorer sharper in the center. The Explorer has a more immersive view than the Traveller. The Traveller has a slightly larger sweet spot to the detriment of having a flattened image. Some people might prefer that. I have also bought some Eyeshields, the standard size, they fit nicely and improve viewing significantly.
 

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