Mid-priced Binoculars Review
by Michael and Diane Porter
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Michael and Diane Porter wrote the following article, which also appears in the January, 2012, Bird Watcher's Digest.
This review of the Alpen Apex is part of that review.
Alpen Apex 8x42
Overall Score: 4.23 (0ut of possible 5.0)
Although this is one of the least expensive binoculars in the study, it equaled or bettered all but the top two binoculars with its 4.8 resolution score.
It has outstanding 20mm of eye relief. The strap lugs are near the eyepiece and partially protected by a swelling of the armored covering, making the binocular very hand friendly.
The diopter adjustment has no lock, but it has a scale and click indents and a clear, red center indicator, so you can see at a glance if it’s set properly. The focus knob turns 1 ½ turns lock to lock.
Pro: Exceptional optics for the price; good ergonomics; long eye relief
Con: No diopter lock.
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