Binocular Review: Eagle Optics Ranger ED 8×42
The Eagle Optics Ranger ED 8×42 performed very well when compared to other binoculars in the same price range, but also matches up nicely against optics that are much more expensive.
I love getting great value for my money, and that is exactly what it achieved with the Ranger ED. It is priced at just a little over $300, but delivers quite a punch with many features that are perfect for bird watching.
*Need help understanding all the features that come on a binocular? Read my post How To Select Bird Watching Binoculars! It explains what is important in a binocular to a birder and in general will make your shopping experience more educated and enjoyable.*
If you want to purchase the Eagles Optics Ranger ED, I have found Amazon normally has the best prices. If you discover a place that has a better deal, please let me know!!
Extra-low dispersion (ED) glass
- One of the best features is ED glass. ED glass is very high quality and is sought after because of its amazing image clarity, brightness, resolution of details and color. You will notice a huge difference in low light situations!
- ED glass is very good at chromatic aberration compensation. To put it simply, chromatic aberration is the inability for a binocular to bring different wavelengths of light together and into focus, which can produce a faint halo around an object. Limiting chromatic aberration helps to see more detail and create a better image while birding.
- Dielectric high-reflective multi-layer coating on the prisms. This is the BEST coating available for light reflectivity. What this means to us is we get brighter colors and more natural images.
- Phase Correction coating applied on the prism.
- All the lenses are fully multi-layer coated to optimize light transmission.
Waterproof , Fog Proof and Durability
- Sealed with O-rings. This is important to keep out moisture and dirt.
- Filled with dry, nitrogen gas to prevent molding.
- Polycarbonate body which keeps it light, but has rubber armoring which gives it some durability plus a secure grip.
- Magnification: 8x
- Objective Lens Diameter: 42mm
- Field of View: 341 feet at 1,000 yards.
- Close Focusing Distance: 5.2 feet / 1.58 m
- Weight: 23.6 ounces or 1.475 pounds
- Eye Relief: 19.5 mm
- Check out Eagle Optics website to see even more technical data.
- Eagle Optics gives the best warranty that I could find among any manufacturer. Actually, you can’t get any better. It comes with a Lifetime No Fault Transferable Policy for accidental damage. This covers EVERYTHING except for loss and theft.
- Here is verbatim what the rep from Eagle Optics told me: “The warranty covers all accidental damage. You could accidentally run it over or your dog could chew it and as long as you send in all the pieces we will repair/replace the binocular at no cost to you, minus shipping to get it to us. You would not need to register your binocular as it’s a transferable warranty.”
I can’t stress this enough, but when reviewing binoculars it is important to remember the price of the optic. It is just not fair to compare the Ranger ED to something like the Lecia Ultravid HD-Plus, it’s similar to comparing a Toyota Camry to a Lamborghini.
With that being said, there is nothing wrong with a Camry. (I own one myself!) For the price, you are getting a binocular that will provide a nice clear and bright image while birding. It feel’s light and compact in my hands, I can easily imagine carrying it around all day.
With the Ranger ED and other models like the Nikon Monarch 5 providing high quality ED glass at such low cost, it’s hard to recommend anyone ever purchasing a set of binoculars now that doesn’t include ED glass. These companies have really set the bar high for low cost, entry level bird watching binoculars.
There are many, many binoculars to choose from in this price range. To be honest, it is pretty overwhelming to start comparing them all together, trying to figure out what is the best buy and value.
In my opinion, the Ranger ED should be put at the top of this list. It is an excellent combination of price, image quality, durability and comfort. Perfect for anyone with a limited budget, or casual or beginner birder!
As mentioned before, I could not find a better price that buying these on Amazon: Eagle Optics Ranger ED 8x42mm Binocular.
My personal preference for bird watching binoculars is an 8×42 (magnification x objective diameter). This is a much debated topic with no right nor wrong answer, it just comes down to the individual birder. I mention this because the Ranger ED also has a model with a 10x magnification, check it out on Amazon Eagle Optics Ranger ED 10x42mm Binocular
If you are willing to sacrifice a little on performance (especially in low light) for a lighter binocular, the Ranger ED comes in an 8×32 model. Eagle Optics Ranger 8×32 Roof Prism Binocular It only weights 1.22 lbs/ 19.5 ounces and has a bigger field of view (393 feet). Lastly, it has a really close focus of 4 feet / 1.22 meters.
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