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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I've been using these Viking Kestrel Binoculars for a few weeks now and still impressed with both the image quality and the overall design/build. There is a nice solid weight to them without digging into or causing a strain on my neck! The rubber armouring feels strong and durable and the eyecups are comfortable. When it comes to the optics the Viking Kestrel features sharp bright images across all but the very edges of the field of view, which is par for the course with binoculars at this price point. The ED glass undoubtedly adds to the quality with crisp, sharp optics and the colour and contrast is excellent. I've experienced only minimal colour fringing and even in lower light conditions these binoculars produce a fantastic image. Obviously they aren't in the same ballpark as the top offerings from the likes of Leica or Zeiss but they are more than adequate for most and at this price point one of the best!
+Excellent value for money
+Comfortable to use
+Bright and sharp optics
+Ethical (Viking have no links to trophy hunting...)
-Honestly it's really difficult fault the Kestrel
By Fred on 28/02/2020
I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to test a number of binoculars at my local Jessops, which included brands such as Nikon and Olympus. But after doing some further research online I decided to take the plunge on these. I had never heard of Viking before but will be recommending them to everyone as the image quality is better than any binoculars I've used or tested before. The brightness and clarity presents a different order of optical quality than what I've used before. Highly recommended.
By Chris on 04/03/2020
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful
The Viking Kestrel ED has excellent optical quality you would normally expect in a £1,000+ pair of binoculars so I think offer excellent value for money. The image is bright, sharp, and quite free from chromatic aberration. At this price range I've not been able to find better binoculars. Highly recommend!
By Michael on 02/03/2020
Overall I'm really happy with these binoculars and they compare well against others I've tested, and would agree with others that they offer really good value! The optics are excellent and I like the look and feel as it really does feel like top-end premium product. My only niggle would be the focusing, which can be a little tricky to get spot-on although perhaps this will improve as I use it more. Would recommend!
By C.R. on 03/03/2020
You'll be able to read about the technical aspects of the binoculars elsewhere - my review is strictly from a layman's perspective and on the whole I have to say I have been very impressive.
Granted I was moving from a pretty basic pair of 8x25s but still I was really taken aback by the improvement of image clarity as well as the magnification. I've been using for a few outings now and find them very quick and easy to use - the lens covers easy to pop on and off, and the eyecups click into place nicely.
From an, arguably less important, aesthetic perspective, I really like the overall design and build of the binoculars. The quality feels great, and there is a nice case included with them.
All in all, they seem to me a like an excellent pair of binoculars and was money well spent!
By rhudson on 06/03/2020
I think that these are very good binoculars for the money. High quality lightweight body, superb optics, nice package of cases and straps etc. I did a lot of research prior to making my purchase and feel that I have made the right choice. Lovely ergonomic feel, great wide field of view, very clear images and sure these will last me for years to come. Friendly service & quick delivery from ligo also. Thank you!
By T.Richardson on 09/03/2020
I love these binoculars, they are very clear and not too heavy though there is a decent weight to them and they feel well made. Good quality for the price. Arrived really quickly too!
By Kay on 13/03/2020
Excellent binoculars - well made, great quality for the price. Happy with service and delivery! Thank you
By Trev on 02/04/2020