Field & Stream Binoculars Pro-Series 10X42 Review
Check out my article on: Choosing a pair of binocularsToday I’m reviewing the Field & Stream Pro-Series 10x42 Binoculars. They have a field of view: 304 feet at 1000 yards. I purchased these binoculars from Dicks Sporting Goods for around $80. Basspro offers a large selection of binoculars here
I usually use these binoculars when Anna and I go boating on the lake. I’ve also used them for bird watching and sightseeing. They really are great binoculars.
You can find cheaper binoculars with higher magnification than 10 x 42 but what you’re really paying for with these is durability, weatherproofing, and great optics. They feel solid in your hand, and you never have to worry about dampness in the optics if you get caught in the rain.
Features of the Field & Stream Pro-Series 10 x 42 Binoculars include:
- A rugged armor coating
Impact resistant high density rubber coating is easy to hold on to, and provides a high level of protection from scratches and falls.
- Waterproof seals and fog proof lenses
I’ve had these binoculars submerged in water and the insides remained bone dry.
- BaK-4 prisms and multi-coated lenses
BaK-4 prisms are preferred over Bak-7 prisms and are also more expensive to make. Bak-4 prisms provide better light transmission and edge to edge sharpness.
Turning the binoculars around and looking down the barrel of these Field & Stream binoculars reveals a perfectly round viewing area and crystal clear optics.
I've used these binoculars at night many times and am impressed by the amount of light they gather, even with their small compact size.
- Binocular case
The binoculars come with a well made carrying case with a strap, as well as a strap for the binoculars themselves.
- Diopter control to correct for any vision imbalance
- Twist-up eyecups
The twist-up eyecups are a great feature for reducing glare.
Twisting them up creates a dark chamber between your eyes and the lenses.
This dark chamber blocks out most of the light that would be reflecting off the lens and causing glare.
Most binoculars provide a small eyecup, really just a lip around the eyepiece for preventing glare. These binoculars go a step further with this dark chamber and it's a great improvement.
This feature greatly increases their usability on bright sunny days or in snowy conditions. That being said, these are movable parts which could potentially break in the future. Mine have worked well but you never know.
I have to give these binoculars a 10 out 10 for their durability, ease of use, and lens quality. You don't typically find optics of this quality for $80.
Other Binoculars from Field & Stream
So maybe you like Field & Stream binoculars but you want a smaller pair or different magnification, what are your options? Well, I've only seen these binoculars in two sizes. The 10x42 and 10x25. The 10x25 are a bit smaller. The magnification is the same but the objective lens size is reduced to 25mm so they are going to let in less light in order to achieve the smaller size.
Other binocular brands in 10x42
This is a popular magnification and many brands offer 10x with a 42mm objective lens. Brands include Nikon, Bushnell, Leopold, Tasco, and Vortex, to name a few. Check out other brands of 10x42 binoculars below:
Ken wrote:I've used many binoculars since this review. These Field & Stream binoculars are still the ones I reach for when I'm going for a hike or out on the lake fishing. They seem to have just the right amount of eye relief for me and their resolving ability is amazing for optics in this price range. When I first got into binoculars I was rather naive in my purchasing. I assumed the higher the magnification the better. I also thought the larger the aperture the better. While this can be true it seems that better optics with a lower magnification can often function better than higher magnification binoculars with cheaper glass. Cheap glass can come with a host of problems like chromatic aberration (That blue and purple fringing around bright objects), as well as an inability to focus light perfectly. These Field & Stream binoculars don't suffer much from these problems found in this price range. I have a larger 15x70 pair of Celestron binoculars I use for star gazing and while the magnification is higher I often find myself reaching for these Field & Stream binoculars because the resolving power seems higher. They focus stars to a point better than the larger 15x70 Celestron binoculars.
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