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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Gadget Bag: Compact Binoculars

Get a different look at your surroundings and spot unique photo opportunities with a pair of lightweight, high-quality binoculars

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A familiar name in photography, Nikon offers a line of binoculars. The Premier LXL 10x25 ($469) is nitrogen-filled and waterproof, and features Nikon's Eco-Glass optical system. Field of view is 283 feet at 1,000 yards, and minimum focusing distance is 10.4 feet. Dimensions are 4.4x4.3 inches; weight is 10.5 ounces. www.nikonusa.com

The Olympus Magellan 10x25 WP ($149) is a nitrogen-filled, waterproof, fogproof model with a field of view of 285 feet at 1,000 yards and a minimum focusing distance of 9.9 feet. Dimensions are 4.4x4.5x1.7 inches; weight is 12.2 ounces. www.getolympus.com

The Pentax DCF SW 10x25 ($115) is waterproof to a depth of 3 feet, nitrogen-filled to eliminate fogging and rubber-armored. Field of view at 1,000 yards is 261 feet and minimum focusing distance is 9.8 feet. Dimensions are 4.3x4.1x1.6 inches; weight is 10.6 ounces. www.pentaximaging.com

Swarovski's Pocket Traveler 10x25
($829) is waterproof and rugged, with a field of view of 285 feet at 1,000 yards, a minimum focusing distance of 16 feet and individually adjustable eyecups. Dimensions are 4.6x2.3x1.5 inches (folds to 2.2 inches wide); weight is 8.1 ounces. www.swarovskioptik.us

The Zeiss Victory Compact 10x25 T* ($629) nitrogen-filled binoculars are fog- and waterproof, have a field of view of 285 feet at 1,000 yards and focus down to 13.1 feet. Dimensions are 4.3x3.8 inches; weight is 8.8 ounces. www.zeiss.com

Vixen's new roof-prism Foresta HR binoculars are available in several sizes. We like the 10x32, which is slightly larger than the 10x25 models that we've spotlighted in the rest of this article. As Vixen's top-of-the-line roof-prism line, the Foresta HR binocs feature the company's reflection-enhanced coating on the prism to render a crisp image in a variety of conditions. Like all of the models in the Foresta HR line, the 10x32 model is waterproof, and it has the "open-hinge design," which makes it easy to hold and focus with just one hand. www.vixenoptics.com

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