Bresser Luchs 10x42 Lux Binoculars
For me one of the most important features of any binocular that you are going to take travelling with you, like on a safari is it's size. Portability is key especially as I usually carry my binoculars in my hand luggage.
Because of this I rarely recommend full size binoculars (42mm or larger objective lenses) for safaris even though their light gathering potential and therefore the quality and brightness of the image produced is often superior to that of more compact binoculars.
With the Bresser Luchs 10x42 Lux Binoculars, you get the best of both worlds. At only 12.4cm (4.9inches) long, it is the shortest full size binocular that I have so far reviewed and equally as narrow as any out there. It's pretty lightweight too, at only 678g (23.9oz) they are lighter than most other full size roof prism binoculars.
What I also like is that even though they are both compact and fairly lightweight, they do not feel cheap in anyway, in fact the opposite is true the tactile rubber armoring on the binocular not only feels great in the hands, but will help protect the optics from any minor bumps you may encounter on safari or indeed at the airport! Overall this Bresser Luchs binocular feels well balanced as well as light in your hands, an important quality when used for extended periods.
Waterproof & Fogproof
The Luchs 10x42 is waterproof (Immersion tested at 1m for 60sec) as well as fogproof as they are nitrogen filled to prevent internal fogging.
Focusing using the central wheel is smooth and very accurate and takes about 3 and a half full turns to go from infinity to it's closest focusing distance which is a stunning 1.2 meters (3.9ft). Personally I like to be able to go from far to near focus with fewer turns of the wheel, but this less aggressive gearing does make fine tuning your focus that much easier. Worth highlighting is the incredible close focusing distance of 3.9ft - most quality 8x binoculars can only manage about 8-9ft and so this is makes these Bresser binoculars ideal for anyone wishing to study butterflies other insects or even flowers up close.
Bright and sharp were my initial thoughts when I first looked through the Luchs and this is backed up with their quality prisms, lenses and coatings:
Lens & Prism Coatings
Bresser Luchs use quality BaK-4 roof prisms, meaning that they are made of superior optical glass that produces a sharp and high-contrast picture over the full field of view. The optics are also fully multi-coated, which means that all air to glass surfaces have received multiple layers of antireflection coatings meaning that more light gets to your eyes.
The apparent field of view for the Bresser Luchs 10x42 is 101m at 1000m, which is about average but does fall short of the very best safari binoculars like the Swarovski 10x32 EL's (120m at 1000m), but you must also remember that the Swarovski's are more than 10x the cost of these Bressers!
As mentioned the close focusing distance is 1.2 meters (3.9ft), which is excellent and as close as any binoculars I have reviewed.
I generally love the 10x42mm combination, especially for wildlife observation and is my size of choice when working as a safari guide. For me they are the ideal compromise between a powerful magnification, field of view, light gathering potential and size. Ideal for getting as close to the action as possible without the need for image stabilization or a tripod, yet still with a wide enough field of view to make them more than decent birding binoculars.
A 10x42 binocular like these have an Exit Pupil of 4.2 and a Twilight Factor of 21, both of which are fine fine for most low light conditions like twilight. (I often use a 10x42 binocular on game drives that either end just after sunset or leave at sunrise without any problems).
Whilst these figures do not take into account the quality of the lenses and prisms, they do make it possible to compare the performance of binoculars in low light conditions and what is good is that these Bresser's do have really good quality lenses, prisms and coatings that produce a bright image.
At around £200 ($200) these are excellent quality binocualrs at a very competative price and I believe they offer you excellent value for money. It is always tempting to skimp and get a very cheap binocular - don't many very cheap binoculars are little better than toys any you will regret it.
- Magnification: 10x
- Objective Lens Diameter: 42mm
- Exit Pupil: 5.3
- Twilight Factor: 18.33
- Weight: 23.9ozs (678g)
- Length: 4.9in (12.4cm) Height: 1.9in (4.8cm) Width: 4.9in (12.4cm)
- Field of View: 101m at 1000 meters
- Close Focus Distance: 1.2m (3.9ft)
- Waterproof: Yes
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Overall I would say that these Bresser 10x42 Luchs Lux binoculars are excellent and at their selling price make excellent value for money. The view through them is vary good as is the body construction. Highlights include their very compact size and their close focusing distance, because of this they are ideal for anyone wanting to observe things like butterflies at close range. The binoculars are also ideal for safari holidays and due to their compactness are easier to carry around with you than almost every other "full size" binoculars.
Another full sized binocular that I highly recommend the Vanguard Spirit ED, read my full review below:
One of, if not the lightest quality full size binoculars available on the market, these Vanguard Spirit ED 8420's come with large 42mm objective lenses with extra low dispersion glass combined with quality phase coated Bak-4 prisms and fully multi-coated lenses, for the brightest and highest quality images.
100% water & fog-proof, at an excellent price these are ideal full sized binoculars to take with you into the bush for bot birding and larger wildlife observation.
If you are looking for a more compact and cheaper binocular? You should consider the excellent 10.5x28 Steiner Wildlife Pro Binoculars:
Could these be the ultimate safari binoculars?
The perfect combination of shock resistance, visual performance and comfortable handling. Designed with glare and UV blocking, these Steiner Wildlife binoculars also have the ability to offer clear, distortion free images in bright sunlight. The High-Contrast Optics offer excellent visual experiences and all at a reasonable price.
Or for the top of the range mid-sized binocular:
Fully waterproof, fog-proof, lightweight, with their unique wrap-around grip that enables comfortable operation even with one hand. This combined with the best quality fully multi-coated lenses and Bak-4 prisms available:
We take a look at the excellent Swarovski EL 10x32 binoculars and discover just why the Safari Guide rates them as some of the best safari binoculars ever made.
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