History has it that Hans Lippershey constructed the first binocular telescope in 1608. Now, 400-plus years later, the basic science hasn’t changed, but the advances have been enormous. We tested these three bare-bones (no compass, no stabilization) 7x50 models to literally see for ourselves how they compare to one another.
Fuji Mariner WP-XL
Our Take: From Fuji, this quality-made, waterproof, nitrogen-purged binocular weighs just shy of 32 ounces — light enough for extended viewing without arm fatigue. Fold-down eyecups make using them while wearing glasses easier, a problem some of us face as we age.
The Buzz: It has a slippery finish, and a carry case is not included — that’s an additional 55 clams (list).