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Old 18-04-2013, 04:44   #1
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Steiner Binoculars

I'm looking at buying a pair of Steiner binoculars over the Internet (thanks to the exorbitant prices charges by local vendors here) and I've come across a site selling Steiner 7x50 Police binoculars at a very attractive price. They appear to be the same as the Steiner Navigator 7x50 (non-compass) model. In fact ireading the specifications, there are no differences that I can see. My interest is piqued because I can get the Police model for about $90 less than the Navigator. Does anyone use the Police model Steiner? I suspect it will do the job but some confirmation would be nice.
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Re: Steiner Binoculars

We have two Steiners, a Commander XP 7x50 C and a Navigator 7x30 C... both excellent. Eye relief is an especially important feature for us, since we both wear eyeglasses.

I couldn't live without the compass, since we often use that as reference when we're each scanning for stuff.

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For me the fujinon Polaris is a better glass. More light collection and superb night time optics . I've owned both but now just use the fujinon . Just my tuppence . Its a little heavier and more bulky , but the performance justifies it


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Re: Steiner Binoculars

I've got a Tamaya 7X50 (from years ago) and a Fujinon 7X50, compass. Both very nice. If I get another, it will be a stabilized unit for rough seas.
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I'm looking at buying a pair of Steiner binoculars over the Internet (thanks to the exorbitant prices charges by local vendors here) and I've come across a site selling Steiner 7x50 Police binoculars at a very attractive price. They appear to be the same as the Steiner Navigator 7x50 (non-compass) model. In fact ireading the specifications, there are no differences that I can see. My interest is piqued because I can get the Police model for about $90 less than the Navigator. Does anyone use the Police model Steiner? I suspect it will do the job but some confirmation would be nice.
I'm on my fourth set of Steiner 7x50's.

1. Issued and had to turn back in.
2 Stolen
3. Fogged and sent to Steiner eleven years after purchase and got a new pair (rebuilt) for nothing.
4. The rebuilt pair.

Some were military/government grade and some were police. I could never tell any difference in them.

I love them.
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I've got a Tamaya 7X50 (from years ago) and a Fujinon 7X50, compass. Both very nice. If I get another, it will be a stabilized unit for rough seas.
I've tried to use stabilized binoculars. For some reason, they always make me seasick.

But, they work great right up to that point where I start barfing.
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Re: Steiner Binoculars

reef, go to binoculars.come and use their "compare" feature. They sell the Steiner 7x50s, nine models, and those two are $379 vs 399, one has 2mm more eye relief, the other a slightly wider field of view. In theory. Seems like the toss of a hat although I suppose extra eye relief would be good if you're wearing sunglasses and hate to keep cleaning them.
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Re: Steiner Binoculars

I slightly mis-spoke, our smaller binoc is a Navigator Pro C 7x30.

Another nifty feature is the individual eye focus basically from "real close" to infinity. Especially useful for eyeglass wearers, or even sunglass wearers (also much of time), but also dispenses with all that putzing around with a center-focus wheel at various distances.

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Stenier Commander should set you back about $600 , A fufinon MTRC or the newerFMTRC about 1000. ( this what I have which is the marine version of the polaris). Both companes make cheaper and poorer optics,. be aware that for example not all 7x50 Steiners are the same , even though they look the same

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Re: Steiner Binoculars

Whatever you do, get one with a compass and a light-switch for that compass so that you can use it at night.

9 out of 10 times I use ours (7x50 Steiner Commander), I use it at night and the compass. Always to take bearing on ships to check if they pass in front or behind or...
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You can also select a nice compact 40x150 glass:
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sh&^ happens, but edit feature saves idiots like me from time to time
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Re: Steiner Binoculars

Hey thanks guys. Hellosailor, I noticed the rubber cups on the eyepieces appear slightly different and wonder if that is what alters those parameters?

I'm not overly keen to spend a zillion dollars on a pair of binos especially since someone decided they needed my last pair more than I did. I had a compass on those but found that I rarely used it so am leaning towards opting out this time.

But.... now you guys have me thinking. I've had a look through a pair of Navigators and was pretty impressed with their optics, but I'm intrigued to know if the Commanders are really worth that extra step up in cost? And while I'm at it, I was looking online at the Minox BN DCM binos with the digital compass which l would seriously consider if convinced a compass was the way to go. They are cheaper then the Steiners but I've no idea how they would stack up against them in use. Anyone know?
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