Product Type: Opticron binoculars
Newest Review: ... fit into nicely. The case offers extra protection as well as keeping them free of dust. The weight of the binoculars is 295g so n... more
Opticron Savanna Binoculars
Opticron Savanna 8x23
Member Name: malishka13
Opticron Savanna 8x23
Advantages: Lightweight and affordable
Disadvantages: Not the most attractive binoculars
I needed a pair of binoculars as part of my uni course (I am studying zoology and part of the course included bird watching) and so I started doing some research online for the best pair which wouldn't break the bank. I came across the Opticron Savanna binoculars on Amazon. They cost me £54.96 which is a very reasonable price for a pair of binoculars.
When they arrived they came in a compact cardboard box which prevented them moving around too much. The binoculars also came with a black case which the binoculars fit into nicely. The case offers extra protection as well as keeping them free of dust.
The weight of the binoculars is 295g so nice and lightweight for carrying around with you, ideal if you are watching wildlife like me. Some binoculars make your arms ache after holding them to your eyes for a while but as these don't weigh much they can be held up for quite a while.
These binoculars have a roof prism design which means they are more compact than the porro prism binoculars. They have a magnification of 8x and are easy to adjust by turning the knob on the side. It doesn't take too long to bring the image into focus and once done you get a good clear image. The outer rubber means they are easy to grip and there's little chance of dropping them.
These binoculars are also quite robust, although this doesn't mean you should throw them around all the time as they still have delicate lenses in. I have dropped mine a couple of times and they've been absolutely fine. I think the rubber coating probably provides a large amount of protection from shattering.
The eye parts consists of thick lenses with multiple layers and are surrounded by a soft rubber part which makes it more comfortable. There is a substantial gap between the lenses and the rubber end so that your eye is not pressed up close to the lenses.
The binoculars are not particularly attractive and are relatively plain to look at. They are completely black with an outer rubber coating and aren't as "stylish" as some types but they do their job well enough.
Overall I have found these are a great pair which I use all the time for wildlife watching. They are easy to transport and affordable even if you are a student such as myself. I would happily recommend these to anyone looking for a set of decent binoculars.
Summary: A great set for both beginners and experts.