Alex Juris with the hare and the Steiner 8x30 Wildlife Pro binoculars he used to spot it.

A change of binoculars


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Recently I had the opportunity to check outa few different brands and magnification sizes in binoculars that for me are amust have when out hunting, scouting or looking for animals to photograph.

The last couple of years I use a pair in10x42 magnification binoculars and they are great but a little bulky, so I waskeen to find something more compact.

I have looked at compact binoculars beforebut only the odd set were good and none could compare to my 10×42 set. It seemedimpossible to find binoculars smaller in size but powerful enough for mypurposes, be easy to look through for longish periods and feel comfortable touse, but I have.

I first checked out these 8×30 Steiner Wildlife Pro binoculars at the BerettaAustralia stand at the 2013 Melbourne Shot Show and was impressed by theirfeatures.

Rick of Beretta showed me the Sports AutoFocus feature that once focused on a distant subject, will automatically adjustto nearer subjects, although they still require some adjustment in some circumstances.

On four outings over the last month thatall began before first light in light rain or mist before clearing into warmer conditionsI compared the Steiner binoculars with my 10×42 binoculars.

They performed fantastically well, they’rewaterproof and don’t fog up in cold morning conditions, and I found the autofocus feature very helpful while glassing different areas while out and about.

They retail for around $550 and are a greatalternative to large, bulky binoculars.

The attached photos are of different animalslocated at different light condition and weather conditions with the Steiner8x30 Wildlife Pro binoculars.


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