Eschenbach Farlux F 10x28 B Binoculars Review
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One of the main reasons that the Steiner 10.5x28 Wildlife Pro Binoculars are one of my favorite binoculars, especially for walking safaris is down to their duel hinge design that when folded makes them far more compact than standard single hinged compact binoculars. This means that they are easier to store in a shirt or jacket pocket, keeping your hands free to carry things like a camera.
So when Eschenbach sent me their Farlux F 10x28 B Binoculars to review, that also feature the same duel hinge design, I really looked forward to giving them a try.
For those of you who don't know, Eschenbach Optik like Steiner is another German manufacturer of high quality eyewear, spotting scopes, theatre glasses, meteorological instruments and binoculars. Founded in 1913 as a wholesale business selling optics, today they employ around 550 people most of whom are in Germany and sell their products in more than 80 countries around the world including the UK, China and the USA.
If the packaging is anything to go by, I was in for a real treat as these 10x28's come in a really good quality and rather sleek looking display box. Whilst this may not mean much to many, to me it does show that Eschenbach have not overlooked any of the small details.
Also included is an excellent quality leather carry case and neck strap.
I immediately liked the way the Eschenbach Farlux 10x28 B Silver Binoculars feel in your hands. Their rubber armor has a lovely tactile feel to them that will not only make them more secure to hold in all weather conditions, but helps to protect the binocular from any bumps and scratches that come with day-to-day use as well as dampening down any noise from bumping them that could frighten away skittish birds and other wildlife. Something that I often accidentally do with my wedding ring!
The dimensions (4.3x4.1x1.3in / 109x105x32mm) of the Farlux 10x28 makes them fairly compact, but as I mentioned using their double hinges, their width goes from an already thin 105mm (4.1in) when fully extended to a tiny 70mm (2.8in) when folded. Making easily small enough to slip into your pocket and ideal for taking with you wherever you go.
Their weight of 9.2 oz (260g) is also very impressive than almost every binocular that I have reviewed. For comparison one of my favorite safari compacts, the Steiner 10.5x28 Wildlife Pro Binoculars weigh 11ozs (312g)
Waterproof & Fogproof
As the Eschenbach Farlux F 10x28 B Binoculars fully waterproof and they have also been "nitrogen purged" which means that the air inside the binocular has been replaced with nitrogen gas, this prevents the interior optical surfaces from fogging. Important in places where you get rapid temperature changes or in areas that have high humidity.
What is more is one of the 64 layers on the "naturebright" coating on farlux binoculars is an "anti raindrop" coating which makes them simpler to clean and leaves no watermarks.
To focus you use the small central wheel on the binocular which was very smooth on the pair I was testing and only takes about 1 1/4 of a turn to go from near focus which is 4m (13.1ft) to infinity. Many binoculars that I have tested take up to 2 full turns of the wheel and sometimes many more.
You may think about it this would make it harder to fine tune your focusing compared to a binocular with a less aggressive focusing mechanism, but I did not have any problems getting correctly in focus and very quickly at that. Whilst this may seem like a small point to some, quick accurate focusing can mean the difference in correctly identifying that once in a life time bird or forever wondering what it was!
The Eye Cups
The Eschenbach 10x28 Farlux binocular has twist up eyecups with 3 click stops - flush against the eyepiece, half-way out or fully extended.
Non-eyeglass wearers will use the eyecups in the fully extended position whilst for people who wear glasses will use twist them halfway out or have them flush against the eyepiece depending on your glasses.
For a compact binocular, the view through this Eschenbach was very impressive. As well as very sharp the image produced was really bright and I could not see any colour fringing and there was only a small hint of softening of the image on the periphery of the view.
When I very carefully compared the view through them to my a pair of Steiner 10x26 Wildlife binoculars that I use as a control, you see that these Eschenbach Farlux F 10x28 B Binoculars are brighter, which is impressive. To achieve this Eschenbach use some high quality prisms and coatings:
Lens & Prism Coatings
The 10x28 Farlux's have phase corrected BaK-4 roof prisms which means that not only are they are made of superior optical glass, but the phase-correction coating helps to reduce the phase shift of light that is caused by phase differences arising from total light reflection on a roof surface. This Phase-correction coating therefore reduces the loss of image resolution maintaining high-contrast images and is found only in high end roof prism binoculars. Eschenbach also use a high reflection coating on the roof prism that further reduces the amount of light lost within the system.
The lenses on them are also fully multi-coated, so all air to glass surfaces have received multiple layers of antireflection coatings which again will ensure that more light gets to your eyes by reducing the light loss and glare due to reflection for a brighter, higher-contrast image.
Eschenbach use their own special "naturebright" coating on their lenses that they say deliver "an exceptional true-to-life, colour-accurate and bright image" and going by my experience with them, I cannot argue against that.
What is more is one of the 64 layers on the "naturebright" coating is an "anti raindrop" coating which makes them simpler to clean and leaves no watermarks behind.
When choosing a compact binocular over one that has larger objective lenses, the biggest compromise is the brightness of the image produced and whilst the difference is not huge, it is more noticeable in poor light conditions where you can notice it if you compare a full size binocular and compact one side by side.
10x28 binoculars like these Eschenbach Farlux Binoculars have an Exit Pupil of 2.8mm and a Twilight Factor of 16.7, both of which point to the fact that they are not ideal for poor light conditions. But remember that they will be better than no binoculars at all and that is what compacts are about - taking them with you where ever you go.
It is also important to remember that whilst these figures do not take into account the quality of the prisms, lenses and their coatings, they do make it possible to compare the potential performance of different configurations of binoculars in low light conditions.
The apparent field of view for the Eschenbach Farlux 10x28 B Silver Binoculars is 86m at 1000m which does fall short of the best binoculars like the Swarovski Pocket 10x25 B Binoculars (95m at 1000m).
The close focusing distance is a very average 4m (13.1ft)
- Magnification: 10x
- Objective Lens Diameter: 28mm
- Exit Pupil: 2.8
- Twilight Factor: 16.7
- Weight: 9.2 oz (260g)
- Length: 4.3in (109mm) Width: 4.1in (105mm) Height: 1.3in (32mm)
- Field of View: 86m at 1000m
- Close Focus Distance: 4m (13.1ft)
- Waterproof: Yes
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To sum up, I would say that the Eschenbach Farlux F 10x28 B Binocular is an excellent compact binocular and ideal not only for safaris, but to take anywhere you go. Highlights include the super high quality lenses, coatings and prisms that produce a very bright and sharp image as well as the duel hinges that make the binoculars as small as you can get when folded.
Other compact safari binoculars that you may be interested in:
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