Brunton Echo Binoculars
Probably my favorite brand of binoculars overall are Steiner's, but I was introduced to a less well known brand the other day that I think are well worth a mention.
Brunton is an American company that are based in Riverton, Wyoming and are probably best known for their quality outdoor and camping equipment, The produce products high end compasses, portable stoves and solar heating devices.
Their range of binoculars are also interesting, Their flagship range are the Brunton Epoch binoculars that are fantastic, but are probably out of the price range for the majority of people, except a few that are looking for the ultimate in optics and even then I feel most people would probably opt for a pair of Swarovski binoculars or other more well known brand.
The Brunton Echo Binocular series,for me are interesting as they sit just above entry level, but still have many features that you would expect to find in far more expensive optics including Bak-4 prism glass with fully multi-coated lenses. They are also fully waterproof as well as nitrogen filled to prevent fogging up.
The series consists of about 10 binoculars in three sizes, Full size, Medium and compact binoculars.
It is the medium 8x32 and 10x32 Echo binoculars, that are of real interest, especially to those looking for a pair to take on safari or other outdoor or wildlife adventure as I feel that they offer a good compromise between size, quality and brightness of image and of course price.
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A Little About Me
With so much information on the web, sometimes too much, I sometimes find it hard to know what to believe and how do you know that who ever wrote what you are reading knows what they are talking about?
With this in mind, I thought I would just write a little about me and what I know about binoculars.
I guess I will start off by saying that I do not know everything about optics, or even binoculars for that matter. But I have used many pairs and have been interested in them for many years.
This interest started when I was studying to become a field guide (safari guide) in South Africa. That was when I bought my first pair of really serious binoculars. It was then after I had qualified, as a safari guide, I was using binoculars daily as an indispensable tool of the job, that I really started to compare the differences between binoculars. I would compare mine to that of my guests, most would bring pretty average or poor binoculars on safari, whilst others would bring the ultimate.
I hope you find this page interesting and that you find some of the information and my opinions helpful.
Brunton Echo Full Size Binoculars
I guess the best way to describe the full size 10x42 and 8x42 binoculars in the Echo Range would be value for money. Ranging in price from about $220 - $250, you get plenty bang for your buck:
These Echo Binoculars are fitted with Bak-4 prisms, that are far superior to the Bak-7 prisms found in many other binoculars in this price range. This superior optical glass produces clearer images, obviously something you want in your binoculars.
Fully Multi-Coated Lenses
Pretty much every binocular you buy these days come with some sort of anti-reflection coatings. These Brunton Echo 10x42 and 8x42 binoculars come with Fully Multi Coated Lenses. These coatings help with light transmission. When comparing binoculars, It is important to carefully note how the manufacturer describes their coatings.
- "Coated" means a single layer antireflection coating on some lens elements, usually the first and last elements (the only ones you can see).
- "Fully Coated" means that all air to glass surfaces are coated. This is good.
- "Multi-Coated" means that at least some surfaces (again, usually the first and the last) have multiple layers of antireflection coatings.
- "Fully Multi-Coated" means that all air to glass surfaces have received multiple layers of antireflection coatings, and this is what you want in your binoculars. The latest fad in coatings is ruby or red multi-coatings. These are intended to reduce glare in bright light.
- 100% waterproof and fogproof. They are filled with nitrogen gas that helps in preventing them from fogging up in poor and moist weather conditions.
- Twist Up Eye Cups: Eyeglass wearers are also well catered for with a twist-up eye relief system, that they say also makes for more comfortable viewing.
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Brunton Echo Mid Size Binoculars
Of the three sizes in the Echo range, the mid size 10x32 and 8x32 Echo binoculars are for me the most interesting.
Whilst they are never going to compete with the quality of the Swarovski EL 32 binoculars, for my money some of the finest binoculars in the world, they are however MUCH cheaper.
Not everyone can afford the high price of a pair of Swarovski's ($1500 - $2000), but at around $210 - $250, the Brunton's are in the price range that is far more comfortable for many.
I think with these binoculars you are getting excellent value for money. The come with quality Bak-4 Prisms, Fully Multi coated lenses and are 100% waterproof. The should also be fog proof in that they are filled with nitrogen.
These mid-size binoculars are ideal travel companions. Small enough to easily tuck away in your luggage, but still offer a good image brightness and quality, superior to that of fully compact binoculars.
Conclusion: Brunton Echo Binoculars
I think the best way to sum up the Echo Range from Brunton, would be value for money.
They are not the best binoculars in the world and they are far from being the worst. But I do think that you get a pretty good pair of binoculars for the amount you pay. If you are looking for the best, I am afraid you will still have to pay for it. But if you are looking for a good dependable, take anywhere pair of binoculars, you could do far worse that a pair of Brunton Echo Binoculars.