Features April 2009 Issue

7x50 Marine Binoculars Update

Testers rate Steinerís latest Compass-equipped Commander boating binoculars with 12-year-old Fujinons.

A pair of top-quality 7x50 marine binoculars can be pretty pricey, but itís an essential piece of gear on a cruising boat. Good binoculars offer superior optics, enhanced durability, and a long warranty. This binocular test update compares Steinerís latest premium marine optics offering, the Steiner Commander XP, with the Commander V from Steiner, and the Fujinon FMTRC-SX. The Fujinon binoculars were the favorite in Practical Sailorís 2006 test. All three marine binoculars in this test are waterproof and have a compass, a focus adjustment for each eye with a range of 5 to ¨5, 7x magnification, 500-millimeter objective lenses, and a rangefinder.

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