How do the Steiner Binocs rate with ya'll?



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  • How do the Steiner Binocs rate with ya'll?

    I hunt where we have huge areas of open tundra where i gotta spot from boat/4wheeler for miles...need good binocs....but, only open credit card i have is with a whole club that carries steiner binocs, but, nothing better...

    are these a good 2nd choice to pentax, nikon and leopold...i can get out for $350-$600 for a 10x40 or a 12x50....steiner has all kinds of models....most have 17 in eye relief, is this ok?

    oh, htey have the police, military models that are about $400 , rubberized, 12x50 or so????

    Scotty in the AK bush

  • #2

    I've been very pleased with my Steiners. The only gripe I've got is that the tethered lens caps came off (tether broke) within a year. Nice crisp optics. A good accessory is one of the bino harnesses that holds it tight to your chset when walking/climbing.


    • #3

      My wife and I both have Steiner binos and so far really like them. She has a set of Predator's 8x30's and I have the 10x50 Nighthunter's. So far they have been everything we have expected. Yes they can be a little spendy but they are easy to use and more inportant, for us they are easy on the eyes. Like most sporting equipment, look it all over and get what fits your budget.


      • #4
        First, I am a Steiner fan – so the is/was a little predisposition in my selection. That being said, I played with a number of 10x42’s. I kept coming back to the Predators. The Merlins weren’t bad but “in for a penny – in for a pound” and the price difference wasn’t that significant. I could not find anyone local with the Peregrine’s to compare. I spoke in detail with Duster (Iron Bridge Optics – roaming somewhere in these pages) and asked him to track down a set of the Predators (he has the best prices). What he came up with was a set of Peregrine’s at an incredible price … I couldn’t resist and glad I didn’t. I am (still) amazed at the clarity and crispness. I love these things. Merlin’s are the “low-end”, Pred’s in the middle and Peregrine’s the “top”. A quick search shows you’ll drop about $950 (retail) for the Peregrine’s in 10x42 … depending on what magnification you want – a little more/a little less. I do however, highly suggest you talk to Duster – the guy knows optics.


        • #5

          I bought a set of P's in 8X30 for the wife-she likes the smaller, lighter size, but we wanted waterproof, which they are. They are nice for under 85 bucks-ebay. A great backup pair for sure too...
          Proud to be an American!


          • #6
            OK, so some of you have/like the predators. Do they really do what they are advertised to do? Enhance certain colors/make animals easier to see?
            I can't help being a lazy, dumb, weekend warrior.......I have a JOB!
            I have less friends now!!


            • #7
              I have Steiner Peregrine 10x42 that seem to me to be equal to higher priced binocs.


              • #8

                the military uses them and so do many guides. they have good customer service and are a good value for the money. they would not be my choice though.

                if the budget allows, then i would go with swarovski or leica.
                Cold Zero
                Member: S.C.I., N.R.A. Life Endowment Member & L.E. Tactical Firearms Instr.


                • #9
                  I would agree with cold zero on this one. Steiner's are good value for the money. I took a pair of the 8x30 Predator's to Namibia last fall and they did just fine........but they didn't compare to the Leica's my host was using. Then again the Steiner's cost only a quarter of what the Leica's did.
                  The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps! (Eleanor Roosevelt, 1945)


                  • #10
                    A friend has the military/marine 8x30s. I've seen and checked them out, but not used them. He likes and uses them. They looked good to me. They are one of the lightest 8x30/32 size binocs on the market. 18 ounces. I've been contemplating getting a pair.
                    There's always a variety of steiners for sale on ebay.
                    I can't help being a lazy, dumb, weekend warrior.......I have a JOB!
                    I have less friends now!!


                    • #11

                      f.y.i. i beleive each occular lense must be adjusted individually. this is a p.i.t.a....
                      Cold Zero
                      Member: S.C.I., N.R.A. Life Endowment Member & L.E. Tactical Firearms Instr.


                      • #12
                        Steiners or Burris

                        Burris is a unsung hero in the optics world. I own the Signature in 10X50. Compact and light weight. Cost around $500.00. Way less than Leica, Swaro. and the like, and yet have awesome glass, warranty, and customer service. Totally waterproof!
                        Just my .02
                        Good luck!


                        • #13
                          about Steiners

                          I owned a pair of 8x30 Military-Marine binos for ages. They were excellent for being a bit of a compromise. Too big to be really compact, too small an objective to be "excellent" in the low light early dawn or twilight hours.

                          I like the individually adjustable occulars. Steiner's are simply superb for their glass and quality. I sold the 8x30s and went with surplus US mil spec 7x50 Fujinons, also got a set of shirt pocket Olympus 8x22s. Later bought a Pentax 8x56 set that is really amazing, but quite heavy.

                          No free lunches out there. I betcha the upscale mil-marine Steiners are really something! The Fujinons are really my favorites though. They have individually set occulars too. My vision is better than 20-20 in each eye, but my dominant eye is the better of the two. Being able to adjust for each gives a noticeable improvement even if only a better "feel" to using the binos. If they fatigue or stress you, you won't use them for hours at a time without being uncomfortable.

                          Steiners are fine binoculars. Hope they have what you are looking for at your supplier.


                          • #14
                            First class binox

                            I bought Steiner Big Horns about 8 years ago and have taken them out moose hunting a number of times since then.

                            These are by far the best binoculars I have owned. While there are certainly better optics around, I am very happy with them. I put them up against some high priced Nikons and Pentax binoculars, and the Big Hornsdid a better job in the conditions we were hunting in.

                            These don't have a focus control as they are designed for long distance viewing. However, it is possible to rotate the individual focus rings on the eyepieces and come in closer.



                            • #15
                              I too have a set of Steiner Predator binos. Only problem has been the previously mentioned thing with the lens covers. Mine are "permanently focused" after you adjust the individual occular lens, then no more focusing. I like mine and have used them extensively on bear and caribou hunts. HAve used them in some really bad weather and never had a problem with fogging.


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