Why They Rule
A company that satisfies legions of birderssome of the fussiest buyersobviously knows its optics. Focusing is superfast and precise, but not overly sensitive. You see it, you nail it. » The image is breathtakingly sharp, like an Ansel Adams glass-neg enlargement. » Though Steiner spec'd the Peregrines for birders, that's good news for everyone else, too. Birders want true color; check. They need high light transmission for deep-forest shade; they get it, via more than 40 lens coatings and 42mm objectives. Even in murky lighta marina at duskanything I pointed them at, from feeding pelicans to partying yachters, sprang to life. » Featherheads ply their craft for long hours; the 25-ounce rubber-armored bodyridged on top, flat thumb spots belowis a pleasure to hold.Hmmm . . .
The folding eyecups will wear out faster than twist-out types.