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Randall W. from St. Petersburg, Florida
I spend most of the year cruising my sailboat - both inshore and open ocean. I wanted a smaller set of glasses than the usual boating bins - the heavy 7x50's. My intention is to use them both on the boat and ashore when hiking and exploring. Right out of the box I was seriously impressed with the clarity, brightness, and sharp focus of the Eagle Optics NEW Ranger 8x42's. The more I use them the more I appreciate these features.
On the water I'm picking up distant detail that really surprises me. The 7x50's may always be in focus, but it just doesn't seem as crisp as these. The smaller size means they're more likely to be at hand when I need them. The 7x50 size brings in lots of light, hence the nickname, "night glasses". These do a nice job of that as well, though the field of view is not as great, and of course, they don't have the built in compass. Still, for most situations they work quite well on the water.
Ashore they are compact enough to keep in my backpack for when I need them, and have been a joy to use. They are sturdy and come with nice, attached lens caps. I have no reservations recommending them for boaters, or anyone else that needs a fine set of binoculars.
Great for birding
Nick G. from Plainfield, IL.
I purchased these for birding and am extremely pleased. The optics on these binoculars are excellent. I find the colors to be true and vivid. I also really like the tension on the focus wheel as it is easy to quickly focus to a sharp image which is important when birding. I wear glasses and these work equally well with or without glasses. The included neck strap is comfortable as it is padded with neoprene. Highly recommended!
Upgrading to the Eagle Ranger ED 8x42 binoculars
Richard S. from Orland Park, IL
I recently choose to upgrade my 30 year old Bushnell 7x35 binoculars to the Eagle Ranger ED. I work for Wild Birds Unlimited and had the chance to use a pair of Rangers for birding. What a revelation of compactness, clarity, and resolution at all light levels! Focusing is clean and sure and CLOSE, a very important factor in birding. My old Bushnells served me very well for many years, but the Rangers just blow them away. In low light, the views are stunning, allowing me to see details I know I have been missing ( I have spent much of the Spring watching a nest of Great Horned Owls in dusk light). I also do a great deal of nature photography and I know the advantage of ED glass. This was one of the factors that encouraged me to invest in a pair of Rangers. I really could not be happier with my purchase. The only minor criticism I have is that I wish the case were a bit larger to facilitate getting the Rangers in and out and to be able to keep a lens cleaning tool in the case.
New Rangers Rock!
Holly B. from Beaver Dam, WI
I love my new Ranger ED 8x42 Binoculars. The clarity and light gathering ability is the best I've had. I also notice that I see more color than I had with my old Rangers. They are light and easy to carry.
Ranger ED 8x42
Jerry G. from Wi
these binoculars have the clearest optics I have seen , I like the way the lens covers are attached not in the way and impossible to lose , I am very pleased with them .
Roxanne from South Padre Island Texas
Easy online shopping experience,fast delivery, excellent quality binoculars. Very happy with my purchase. Easy to focus even with my eyeglasses.
Richard N. from Pennsylvania
I discovered these binoculars while on a trip on the Amazon River - our Peruvian guide had a pair. They are light, easy to use, and were really perfect for seeing birds and other wildlife. I even compared them to a similarly priced 8x42 Nikon binoculars. The Eagle Optics binocs were easier to focus, felt more comfortable when held, and even had a slightly wider field of view (according to printed specs).
Eagle Optics Ranger ED 8X42 binoculars
Rick M. from Texas
These were recommended to me by a world class bird watcher. I was really impressed with the clarity of their optics from edge to edge. My wife has a problem with other brands not closing enough to give her the ability to focus through both tubes, but these are no problem for her nor my young grandchildren. I highly recommend these for their price, clarity and functionality. The shipping was also exceptional and they arrived 3 days after I ordered them on normal ground shipping. The price also included a very nice soft case.
Mark from New York
I'd been overdue to replace my old, bulky personal binoculars for years. I've used a variety of binoculars for work (mostly Eagle Optics and Nikon) and found all of them to be good quality and much better than my personal Minoltas. I finally went ahead and ordered the Eagle Optics and have been using them for birding for the past few weeks. I've found them to be much lighter and smaller than my previous ones and can see a clear difference in visual quality. If you want a good quality, reliable, durable, and small-ish set of binos that will last for years in any sort of weather, I'd suggest these.
Dr. Demex from Cleveland, Ohio
I bought the NEW Ranger ED 8x42 binoculars after extensive research on the E.O. website and every other bird-watching binocular review site I could find, including Cornell University’s Ornithology Lab. I even considered--more like drooled over--the brand new Zeiss Victory SF 8x42, but given the reported optical quality (and features) of the NEW Rangers for $330, I decided to take the extra $2,270 the Zeiss bins would cost and buy a slightly bigger case. Seriously, though, as it is with many products and services, having to spend eight TIMES as much to improve performance from 85% perfect to a state-of-the-art 98% perfect is a cost-effectiveness formulation that settled the matter for me. The NEW Rangers are poised at the right price point beyond which incremental improvements in performance start to escalate rapidly in price, so they represent a tremendous value. I couldn’t be happier with them so far.
I agree with other positive reviews posted here, so I won’t repeat the praise. I referenced above the fit of the included case, which seems to be the biggest complaint reviewers mention. If this is really a shortcoming, there are easy ways around it, besides getting another case. When the padded neck-strap is attached to the bins, it can indeed be a challenge to latch the top of the case when the strap is folded between the top flap of the case and the binoculars themselves. There are two easy solutions: One solution is to wrap the neck strap longitudinally around the center hinge. That way the strap fits completely in the space between the barrels. The other solution, which is the one I currently prefer, is to put the bins in the case while letting each end of the neck strap come out of each side of the case. The case will close easily and the neck strap, still attached to the bins, will serve as your shoulder strap. Leave the case’s dedicated shoulder strap at home. When it’s glassing time, leave the case in the car.
In another ten years, the successor to these bins in this price range probably will have fluorite glass and a roomier case. Today, though, the value is tough to beat.
New ED 8X24
Sue F. from Minnesota
Wanted a lighter pair; switched from my old Nikon 10X50s. Nice and bright, but dissatisfied with fit. First, I have to have the eye pieces as close as possible to avoid image overlap, which leaves NO room for my thumbs underneath. Second, my hands start to cramp since there is no thumb relief underneath. Good bino for occasional birding; wouldn't recommend for serious birding.
Excellent Birding Binoculars
Don from San Antonio, TX
I have only been on one Golden Cheeked Warbler survey with them but they worked great. These work well for up close at feeding stations. I ordered the wrong pair on-line and phoned Eagle Optics and got a quick and courteous response correcting the order. I would definitely recommend Eagle Optics.
They work as advertised and are a great value
MATT G. from United States
These were m first binox in 35 years and a terrific investment. I had been using 10 X 40s and always had difficulty finding a bird when I put them to my eye, probably because the magnification was too high. 8 X is ideal. The size and weight are just right and the ease of focussing as well. But what has particularly impressed me is the color rendition, which became apparent last month when I saw my first female Eastern towhee, the richest chocolate I've ever seen on a wild animal.
I do sometimes think I see a flash of chromatic aberration, which was unexpected from the manufacturer's write-up. Other thn that I could not be happier. I chose these over the Monarch 5 for the life-time warranty, the wider field of view - though it's slight - and the closer minimum focus, which does in practice turn out to be useful.
My only substantive complaint, not original with me, is that the case is too small.
Robin B. from Central Texas
Arrived quickly. Well packaged. Easy focusing and outstanding clarity
Very happy with my purchase. I looked at a lot of more expensive brands and feel these are comparable to much more expensive brands.
Deon S. from Wisconsin/Winter Texan
I am an avid birder and wanted binoculars lighter than the Olympus 10/50 that I had. I just got these but have gone birding three times with them and they are great. It's so easy to find that elusive bird in the bushes, lots of light so easy to see and not very heavy around my neck. I would highly recommend them and want my husband to get a pair just like them.
Rich D. from Ohio
Really great binoculars for the price , I am enjoying thoroughly.
Ranger ED 8x42 binoculars
Stephanie from United States
I am truly enjoying these binoculars. I am a novice at bird watching and have been using navy binoculars. These are much lighter and easier to focus. We live on a lake with bald eagles and many other types of birds. I get to see them all right in my yard. I highly recommend these binoculars.
Jason from Illinois
I purchased Eagle Optics New Ranger ED 8x42s in conjunction with Nikon Monarch 5 8x42s in order to compare the two for my first pair of decent binoculars. Prior to these, I owned two old porro prism binoculars, both 7x35. I use binoculars pretty much only for birding. I tested both of these binoculars side by side in the field in multiple locations with friends, who mostly shared all of my conclusions.
In terms of optics, I would say the Monarch 5 and the Ranger ED are identical in quality. If there was any difference, it was too subjective to describe. The optical quality is amazing and a clear improvement from my old binoculars. I haven't used any binoculars above this price range so I can't comment on the value for quality. As a non-eyeglass-wearer, I didn't think eye relief would matter much for me. However, I found that the Monarch 5's eye relief was a little bit better for my eyes, despite them having the same amount of eye relief. Specifically, I can hold them a bit closer to my eyes without vignetting than the Ranger EDs. The difference isn't very much but it is something to consider.
In terms of build, the Ranger EDs look beautiful and feel great in hand. The rubber armoring on these feels a bit smoother in terms of texture than the Monarch 5s, but not to any degree where they would more easily slip out of your hands. I preferred the rubber armoring of the Ranger EDs. The Monarch 5's rubber seemed like they would more easily accumulate hand grime over time. The shape of the Monarch 5's rubber made them feel a bit substantial in my hands, with the Ranger ED's rubber being shaped more sleek and without indentation. Regardless, I preferred the sleekness of the Ranger EDs. As for the focus wheel, both felt quite nice and focused smoothly, but in the end I preferred the texture of the Ranger EDs. The Ranger EDs have a locking right-eye diopter and the Monarch 5s do not. At first I felt this feature was essential, but after focusing the Monarch 5s, the diopter is so stiff that it would be unlikely to move by accident. Still, it's a nice feature to have. While I was using the Monarch 5s in the field, the tripod adapter cover somehow came unscrewed without me ever having messed with it. Thankfully, it fell off in a friend's car so I was able to find it.
In terms of accessories, this is where the Ranger EDs really blew away the Monarch 5s. The rainguard for the Monarch 5s seems like it was made for a different pair of binoculars, barely staying on at all. The Ranger ED's rainguard is very nice and fits snuggly. The case for the Monarch 5s is decent, but doesn't come with a strap or even hooks to attach a strap. The Ranger ED's case is very nice, featuring an interior pocket which I use to hold a lens cleaning pen and a cleaning cloth. Speaking of which, the Monarch 5s don't come with a cleaning cloth. The Ranger ED case holds the binoculars very snuggly. The Monarch 5 case closes with velcro, while the Ranger ED case has a plastic latch. I like the objective lens covers for both binoculars, with the Ranger ED's lens covers being a little bit smoother to put on and take off. The neck straps for both binoculars are good. Both are comfortable and stretchy.
In conclusion, both binoculars are excellent in terms of performance and I would say you can't go wrong with either. However, in terms of aesthetics, feel, and accessories, the Ranger EDs are clearly superior. For this reason I chose to keep the Ranger EDs and return the Monarch 5s. I'm very satisfied with my purchase and would definitely recommend these binoculars.
Rose Marie D. from Ohio
Really happy with binoculars. Just what I wanted.
Binoculars for bird watching
Ken F. from Bonita Springs, FL
We were recently on a birding tour where we noticed the guide and several other participants were using Eagle Optics 8 by 42 binoculars. I had the opportunity to view a bald eagle nest through them as well as several other brands, including a few pair of very expensive binoculars. The consensus was the Eagle Optics were the best value for the money even though they are not inexpensive by any means.
We purchased a pair and are quite pleased. The sharpness of the image is remarkedly better compared to the inexpensive binoculars we had. They are very easy to focus and once set for viewing more than 20 yards, they do not need re-adjusting.
Eagle Optics NEW Ranger ED 8x42 Binocular
Harry from United States
I ordered these binoculars based on the overwhelmingly favorable reviews I found on the internet. I ordered them one evening and they arrived 2 days later. Great service from Eagle Optics. From my research, I expected them to be good, and I was not disappointed. The fit, quality of construction and optical quality are superb. I have never used a binocular at this price point that I thought were better than the Ranger ED. They are all I hoped they would be and then some. Add Eagle Optics lifetime warranty, and the Ranger ED binocular is a real winner!
EO Never Fails to Impress
DJ from Black Earth, WI
I have spent many years viewing wildlife, either for personal enjoyment or as my time as a Wildlife Biologist. I first got a taste of EO with the original Ranger 8X42 binoculars in an Ornithology class in college. Needless to say I was hooked. A few years later I got to use a pair of EO Denali 8X42s on a Sharp-tailed Grouse research program. Thus it took only a short time to wait until the new Ranger ED 8X42 binoculars came out. I got a pair right away and have never looked back. Compared to other optics in this price range (Leupold BX-2 Cascades, Vortex Viper, and Zeiss Terra ED) these are exceptionally bright. It never seems like there is too little of light looking for birds early in the morning. These binoculars are extremely comfortable and the focus wheel is 'grippy' and has just the right 'tension' that allows for quick but then subtle focusing. I know this optic will keep me viewing crystal clear wildlife for years to come (until I decide to drop even more money for another EO product).
Good value for Price
Norma W. from United States
Hi, this is the third pair of Eagle Optics 8x42 I have purchased for myself and family members. They fit my hands beautifully,are easy to focus, good in dim light and love the wide field for birding. Just wish you would ship them in something other than Styrofoam pellets!
Matthew H. from Beaverton, OR
I purchased these for my father because he loved a pair that I got myself. They're great!
Margaret H. from Montana
Purchased the NEW Ranger binoculars for a trip to Kenya. Liked them so much at the last minute ordered a pair for my husband. The second pair arrived in time and we both loved being able to use them. Shared them with others on the trip and they, too, were impressed with weight, ease of focusing, comfort in hands and clarity of images even in low light.
jim from Central New York
Amazing binoculars at an amazingly low price! There, commercial over. Seriously, I love these binoculars. A birder friend of my tried them and commented on the optical clarity - - we were in agreement that it is excellent. Her only comment was that they were a 'bit heavy'. To me heavy lends itself to a feeling of durability. Buy these, stop shopping and go birding!
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Matt from Seattle, WA
Optical quality is a very good value; however, not a very wide field of view.
Unfortunately, for my face shape, it was not easy to quickly find the image and maintain it using these binoculars... I have a 55 mm IPD and wear glasses... So it's not been easy to find binoculars that readily fit my face shape.
Jim F from Baton Rouge, la.
I purchased the "NEW" eagle Optics Ranger ED 8x42 binoculars and I couldn't be happier. I had been wanting to upgrade my binoculars for a long time and looked at all the major brands. I was about to buy the Vortex Diamond back. Customer service at Eagle Optics suggested I look into the "NEW" Eagle Ranger Ed. I did and am glad at that. I use them mainly for hunting (I also have a Vortex Viper scope on my rifle) and event watching. I have recommended Eagle binoculars (and Vortex rifle scopes) to several people.
Love these binoculars!!!
Deb N. from Ann Arbor, MI
I purchased these binoculars about a month ago, and am totally happy with them so far. I ordered them from Eagle Optics online and received them about two days later, so very fast turnaround for shipping!
Before purchasing, I researched what type of binoculars were recommended for birding, and similar activities, and found I was quite a novice on the subject! The Cornell Lab of Ornithology website was a great help, contained reviews with a wealth of general information, as well as breaking down the recommendations by price range - very useful overall. For me the standout in my price range was the Eagle Optics 8x42 Ranger, and everywhere else I researched I found positive feedback also.
The Ranger ED is a step up from the one I saw reviewed, and after using them for a month I am happy with my choice - they are sharp, easy to use, very comfortable to hold, not too heavy, work well in lower light, and with my glasses. The strap is very soft and comfortable around my neck, and I love that they come with both front and back lens covers, and a carrying case.
I believe these are binoculars I can use for a very long time without feeling I need to upgrade, and that makes me very happy!
It is what it is
Larry J. from San Francisco, CA
I purchased the ED8x42 for viewing sporting events. It replaced a 7x35 wide angle bino that was stolen out of my house. The optical acuity is excellent. The comfort of using it to watch sports is not good. I would not recommend this bino for viewing sporting events. I would recommend a 7x35 wide angle bino.