Viking Kestrel ED 8x42 Binoculars
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Viking Kestrel ED 8x42 Binoculars

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  • 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful

    Really good binoculars for the price!

    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!

    Pros
    +Excellent value for money
    +Sturdy build
    +Comfortable to use
    +Bright and sharp optics
    +Ethical (Viking have no links to trophy hunting...)

    Cons
    -Honestly it's really difficult fault the Kestrel

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  • 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful

    Outstanding optical quality

    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!

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  • 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful

    Highly recommended.

    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.

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  • 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful

    Versatile & stylish

    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!

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  • 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful

    Very happy

    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!

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  • 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful

    Good quality!

    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!

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  • 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful

    Excellent

    Excellent binoculars - well made, great quality for the price. Happy with service and delivery! Thank you

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  • 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful

    Excellent

    Lovely quality binoculars, easy to use, bright, clear images. Seems a very good price for this quality.

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  • 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful

    Amateur Bird Watching

    I purchased these for my wife who loves to feed the birds in our garden, but wanted a more close up view of them feeding. I did a reasonable amount of research in reviewing the range of products on the market and decided these were the best within our price range. I have to say we have not been dissapointed and made the right choice. The spec and the features compare with much more expensive makes, but offer a more realistic price for the casual home bird watcher. Worth checking out the YouTube reviews for these binoculars to make your own mind up.

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  • 0 of 0 people found the following review helpful

    Great first time binoculars

    Looking for something as a distinctive gift for my 60th, we plumped on these.
    They are solidly made. The rubberised body feels really nice in the hand and should give good protection for many years to come.
    The image is sharp and they are comfortable to hold.
    They are the first pair of binoculars I have actually bought (had bought) for myself and I am happy with my choice.
    Happy with the price from LiGo too.

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