Alpen Wings 8×34 Binoculars: Our Overview


Snug, mild, cheap binoculars with some flaws in picture high quality. We rated them within the Center Floor.

At A Look

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Alpen Wings 8×34 binoculars. Photograph by Hugh Powell.

PROS:

  • Open-bridge design is comfy to carry
  • Light-weight and simple to hold
  • Simple-gliding focus wheel

CONS:

  • Has hassle with sharpness at center and lengthy distance
  • Fuzziness and a few distortion at fringe of picture
  • Poor shut focus

STATS:

  • Worth: $130 MSRP at press time. Costs typically fluctuate, so test with retailers
  • Shut focus: Listed at 8.2 toes (250 cm). In exams, we may solely focus these binoculars to about 10.2 toes (312 cm)
  • Subject of view: 7.7° (406 ft at 1,000 yds). Extra about subject of view 
  • Weight: 16.6 oz (470 g)—that’s about 1.1 oz (32 g) lighter than the typical for compact binoculars in our assessment. Evaluate binocular sizes and weights
  • Eye reduction: 17.4 mm

Viewing Expertise: The Alpen Wings are among the many least costly binoculars in our assessment, and we discovered that meant just a few trade-offs between worth and peformance. These slim, light-weight binoculars present a good picture at shut vary, however at center and longer distances they weren’t at all times sharp. With a Frequent Grackle on a garden about 250 toes away, we had hassle clearly seeing the yellow eye. The picture had good colour and was pretty shiny within the middle, however was fuzzy towards the sides—particularly noticeable when panning or adjusting the main target. Some testers reported some eye pressure after a interval of viewing. The main target wheel had good easy motion, however required many turns to get from shut focus to distant focus. Watching Tree Swallows zip up and down a stretch of river, it was onerous to get the birds in focus earlier than they vanished across the bend. In mottled mild, with grey glare filtering by means of inexperienced leaves, it was onerous to get a pointy view of a Warbling Vireo’s face sample.

Really feel and Construct: Like different binoculars with an open bridge design, the Alpens are elegant, light-weight, and comfy. The slender barrels and hinge design enable loads of room to wrap palms all the way in which round for a certain grip. Mixed with the sunshine weight, these can be a good selection for individuals who have a tendency to carry their binoculars with one hand. The eyecups had been comfy and had three strong settings. The main target wheel was comfortably nubbled. The diopter adjuster was nubbled as properly, however was very stiff and tough to maneuver. There appeared to be a substantial distinction in focus between the 2 barrels, making it important to regulate the diopter. The neck strap was vast and comfy.

Testers’ Feedback

  • Light-weight
  • Restricted subject of view
  • Snug design

This text is one in a sequence of mini-reviews. To see how these binoculars evaluate to others we’ve examined, see our full assessment of reasonably priced compact binoculars.  

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