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Beginner or experienced, young or old, and everyone in between will appreciate the performance of the Eagle Optics Kingbird binocular. The highly-regarded porro prism style of the Kingbird delivers an exceptionally wide field of view with sharp, rich three-dimensional views. Featuring twist-up eyecups and waterproof, fogproof construction, the Kingbird continues a classic tradition in a modern fashion. The Eagle Optics Platinum Protection unlimited, unconditional lifetime warranty guarantees your Kingbird will be around for generations to come.

Optical Features
Fully Multi-coated Lenses Increase light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces.
BaK-4 Prisms Optimize light transmission.
Construction Features
Porro Prisms Generally offer a rich depth of field, wide field of view, and three-dimensional image.
Rubber Armoring Provides a secure, non-slip grip.
Adjustable Eyecups Twist up and down for comfortable viewing with or without eyeglasses.
Center Focus Wheel Adjusts both binocular barrels at the same time.
Right Eye Diopter Adjusts for differences in a user's eyes. Located by the right eyepiece.
Design Features
Waterproof Optics are sealed with O-rings to prevent moisture, dust, and debris from getting inside the binocular.
Fogproof Barrels are filled with nitrogen gas to inhibit internal fogging.
Magnification 6.5x
Objective Lens Diameter 32 mm
Field of View 410 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief 20 mm
Close Focus 15.0 feet
Weight 17.3 ounces
Dimensions (HxW) 4.5 x 5.7 inches
Weatherproofing Waterproof/Fogproof
  • Rainguard
  • Tethered objective lens covers
  • Neck strap
  • Case

Total Reviews: 16

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Eagle Optics Kingbird 6.5x32 Binoculars - 01/06/2016

by Edward V. from Norfolk, Va.

I selected these binoculars as a gift for a nine-year old beginning bird watcher and thought that their combination of optical quality, magnification, light-gathering, field of view, and light weight - plus their overall fine workmanship - made them ideal, and that they would serve her well through her beginning years in the hobby and beyond. The accessories and very reasonable price were added bonuses. They are proving to be an excellent choice - outstanding optical quality and easy for her to use; her parents are enjoying them, too!
ALSO ... Kudos to your firm. I asked questions about the binoculars via email and received a prompt reply with very helpful information. Packing and shipping were fast and the binoculars reached New Hampshire quickly and well before Christmas.

Great binoculars for children! - 06/23/2015

by David from Charleston, SC

Recently my 5yr old expressed interest in birding. I did some shopping around to find good quality bins for her age range.
This is where the Kingbird 6.5x32 come in...
Firstly, price is excellent for what you get. Well put together, brilliant design. These binoculars can be moved so close together, that it seems any child over 4yrs old will be able to get both eyes fully on the eye cups.
They are lightweight, and paired with a binocular harness, my daughter did not have any trouble carrying them for over 3 hours hiking.
Clarity is above acceptable. Not on par with EO Rangers or anything in that price range, but I would say that they do seem comparable to EO Denali's, albeit with less light gathering ability.
Field of view is great due to the 6.5x rather than 8x or higher. This is perfect for a beginner birder to help them find the birds quickly.
The closest you can focus seems to be no less than 10ft. Not much of a problem, but definitely not good for dragonfly/butterfly watching.
I would agree with some of the other reviews, that the focus wheel can be a little stiff, but it does seem to be loosening up a little. A stiff wheel, plus a slightly wider body due to the style of binocular, does make it hard for smaller hands to focus. Small hands cannot grip both sides of the binoculars while spinning the focus wheel.
The fact that focusing moves the whole eye piece arrangement, rather than the prisms inside the body, looks cool and is probably a cost saving method, but I fear that it may be the cause for part of the issue of stiff focusing, and it opens up opportunity for sand to get in and jam the focusing. Only time will tell on that issue.

Good buy for kids - 06/17/2015

by Kirby R. from NC

Our grandchildren are learning to watch birds and other wildlife. We wanted them to have some good quality binoculars appropriate for their size, without investing too many dollars in case they lose interest. This binocular has a great warranty and an excellent price, and is a size manageable for children. So we ordered it online, and it arrived promptly. What's not to like??!

Binoculars for a Beginning Birder - 01/04/2015

by Kent R. from St. Louis, MO

I purchased these as a gift for my 11 year old grandson who is a beginning birder in New York City, with a life list of nearly 50 birds already. They are a good quality, the image through the binoculars is sharp and clear. The smaller size is perfect for him. When he is ready for an upgrade, I will again recommend Eagle Optics binoculars as I myself own 2 pairs which have served my birding needs well for the past 15 years.

shoddy binoc not Eagle optics quality - 10/25/2013

by r c from Colorado

Focus wheel so stiff and inter pupil adjustment so loose that trying to focus the binocular moved the IP hinge. One always wants a butter smooth fast focus wheel and an IP adjustment stiff enough to hold position but loose enough to correctly adjust.

From the Eagle Optics name, I expected decent focus and IP with light weight but lower quality optic performance in line with the price. I never evaluated the optics since the package was unusable.

Comfortable, clear, wide field binoculars - 09/13/2013

by James B. from Texas

The Eagle Optics 6.5x32 Kingbird binoculars are the perfect supplement to our other fine Eagle Optics binoculars for our backyard forest use as they provide a wider field of view than our 8x models and maintain clear images, allowing us to more easily follow tricky bird movements happening at closer ranges.
A bonus is the grandchildren can use the binoculars since the inter pupil distance can be adjusted from 50mm to 70 mm and the weight and size are more manageable for them.

Just what I was looking for - 06/29/2013

by Mike S from Oregon, USA

I've taken up recreational kayaking recently and discovered my fun little 8x24's were just a little too strong and the FOV was a little too narrow to enjoy waterfowl from a rolling boat. The search for a slightly lower power, waterproof, great optics with a wider FOV lead me to the Kingbirds. I've had them on the water for about a month now and they are pretty much exactly what I was looking for. Everything is much easier to follow and the 3D image of these poro's almost takes your breath away. The image does soften a little at the outer 25% of the field but still excellent for this price point. The focuser is a little on the stiff side but most waterproof binocs are.
My only real negative is the the focuser "direction". All of my other binoculars spin left to right to focus at a further distance but these spin right to left? I wonder if they are all that way or did I get the odd one?
Anyway, they are great bino's and I recommend them.

Good for the money but? - 06/22/2013

by Dave A. from Ontario,Canada

Well considering the price these are nice optics wise, they look to come from the same factory as the Leupold Yosemite, and like their sister binocular you get a mixed bag.
First the optics are very good, sharp crisp and clear with good colour rendition, the case and neck strap are of good quality.
Now the mechanics, lots of plastic which is to be expected in this price range, the focuser is fairly stiff and when released the wheel tends to spring back a touch, maybe this is newness and will rectify itself with use?, my main complaint is the right twist up eyecup is rather loose, more so than the left, however as I will use these with the cup retracted while wearing my glasses I can live with it, lots of eye relief by the way if you observe while wearing glasses.
Bottom line- These are what they are, a low cost porro binocular that gives you a lot for your money however if you can go up a notch budget wise then I feel their are better options for a more satisfying experience.

Alternative for Ranger 6x32 - 10/19/2011

by Paul from Indiana

I purchased the Kingbird 6.5x32 shortly after buying a pair of Ranger 6x32's. The Rangers are so good I had to have a similar pair for car use. I was not disappointed! The Kingbirds are not quite as good as the Rangers optically, but still very, very good. The size is just perfect for storage in the glove box, and feels very good in the hand. I have large hands and found them very comfortable to use. The only negative is the weak feel in the eye cup click stops. The eye relief is excellent for wearing glasses. Considering the benefits of porro prisms, smaller size, excellent optics, and a very usable power/objective size these
are a really nice binocular. I exchanged the first pair received due to a faulty eye cup. Eagle Optics had a replacement on the way immediately. Eagle Optics warranty and customer service is above and beyond others I have dealt with.

Kingbird\Raptor 6.5x32 porro - 10/06/2011

by Ken from Mansfield, Texas

I decided to stick to porro instead of roof binoculars a while back. Just so much better value and performance dollar for dollar.

I had first purchased the Leupold 6x30 Yosemite's after struggling to decide between them and the Eagle Kingbird. I know others have the same dilemma so I will make a few points on each for their sakes. The two compare well and while the Yosemite's have much to offer, and may be the best buy in a pack-and-tote type of binocular, I am finding the Eagle Kingbird's do have that slight, particular, edge I was looking for. These seem just a tick better in low light when needing help scoring deer.

Most thinking they need a 10x would do well to see what a larger field of view does for you. 6x has a lot more reach than many might assume. My ideal would be a similar 7x35 but so far none can match this pair of binoculars.

These feel a little bigger in the hand than the Leupold due to a more angular design. Nothing to dissuade- only to notice. All adjustments were solid. The Yosemites were the least finicky binoculars I ever owned. They never needed those minor focal adjustments - in contrast to my much more expensive 8x42 Pinnacles (Leupold Roof prisms). The Kingbirds appear easily as bright as the larger Pinnacles. Color and clarity on both it and the Yosemite are crisp with the Yosemite's being perhaps a bit "warmer". Depth: I might also give the edge ever so slightly to the Yosemite's but I will need more testing. Field of view is listed as wider on the Yosemite's but for some reason seemed larger through the Kingbird. It sort of pops out with these. The eye cups on the Kingbird will likely be easier for people with glasses and they also has a bit wider range of IPD.

I chose the Kingbird over the Vortex Raptor because I was not sure how well I would like the green color of the Raptors. I also like the idea of sporting the name "Eagle Optics" as they have always been first rate. I go straight here for all my binocular needs.

I give these binoculars a very solid "A" rating and my strong recommendation. Oh, the Yosemites...they now reside in the hands of my B-I-L who absolutely drooled over them.

Great binoculars - 09/24/2011

by Cynthia from Bloomfield Hills, MI

These binoculars are sleek, lightweight and easy to use. The quality is exceptional, especially for the price.

we love them - 11/18/2010

by jan from US

My son was turning 7 and I wanted to get him his first "real" binoculars. The staff at Eagle Optics were incredibly helpful. I chose this pair at the suggestion that it's about comfort as well as optics, if my son got tired holding the binoculars he would not use them. They are light and wonderful. I also got them for their waterproofing. As he is 7 there is a chance they get left in the backyard over night. We go on our first bird walk next Friday.

Raven 6.5x32 Great Starters - 10/08/2010

by Rhoda from US

The Raven 6.5x32 binoculars were recommended by the EO staff for my 8 year-old who is just starting out in the adventurous world of birding. They are working out great for him. The Ravens are easy to hold, lightweight and a low enough magnification to make spotting relatively easy. We are quite pleased with their performance at early morning woodland birding, backyard birding and afternoons at the beach as well.

Eagle Optics Raven 6.5x32 binocular - 04/23/2010

by Dave Quist from Albany, New York

This is a really great pair of binoculars, especially considering the price. I bought them as a "step-up" beginner pair for my daughter based on the other reviews. Based on prior experience with inexpensive binoculars, I was still skeptical, but have been very impressed. They're well made, solid, well balanced, and have very nice optics. My only quibble is that the focus wheel is noticeably stiffer than that on my Pentax 8x42 DCF WPs. That will make them a bit harder for my young daughter to use, although she hasn't complained so far. And to be fair, it's still not bad, esp. considering that it has to physically move both barrels.

Overall, I'd highly recommend these - the quality seems very good, the construction solid, the optics impressive - even more so considering the price.

Astonishingly good for the money. - 09/19/2009

by Mike Scully from San Antonio TX

I bought these as car binoculars too.

I will say in recent years the quality of inexpensive porro-prism binoculars has been improving by leaps and bounds. Much serious thought has obviously gone into these latest designs.

It used to be not uncommon to come across optically decent inexpensive binoculars, but they were typically fragile enough that they would tend to break or get out of collimation even with careful handling.

Not so this latest generation of designs. Based upon my experience with the generally similarly-constructed Leupold Yosemite 8x30's, I would predict that these Ravens will withstand considerable rough handling in the field.

They are not merely "good for the price", I believe they'd be pretty good at any price. The edge to edge focus and depth of field are very good, and the clarity is good enough to make even muted olive tones and dull wingbars stand out.

7x is my preferred power, but these 6.5x Ravens are close enough.

I'm gonna give 'em five stars.

Eagle Optics 6.5 x32 great buy - 09/18/2009

by William Barminski from Montrose, Colorado

I bought these as a second pair to keep in tne car without worrying about theft. They seem to be well built, smooth focusing and lightweight. I have a pair of swarovski 8.5 x 42 that I can use as a reference on quality . The Eagle Optics may not give the fantastic view of the swarovski but the view is bright and clear. I do like the feel of the porro design in the hand better than the roof design. I would give these four stars and a best buy.

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