am 29. August 2016
I tried these binoculars, because in addition to the greater brightness of 28mm, compared to the classic 10x25, attracted me particularly also the unusual 10.5x magnification, because it has a value in some way "perfectly" consistent in proportion to human vision (which I'm not to explain) and so I was very intrigued: I then compared with Pocket 10x28 Minolta and I saw that both have the same precise magnification. So either the Pocket is a 10.5x he, or both are simply two 10x28 binoculars !!!
Start by saying that the copy I received it seemed optically an excellent binocular, well contrasted, bright and punchy, almost to the edge. The colors are neutral, perhaps saturated so slightly, but never fake or artifacts, the light appears detailed even in the brightest white and the shades you can easily read, so, once carefully set, the picture is very clear, transparent and with a three-dimensionality that I thought was more realistic than most binoculars.
The distortions in my opinion are clearly correct as chromatic aberrations, which if present and notice, tend more to green-magenta towards the center, while yellow-blue towards the edges. The presence of white glare appear all at a time and persist for a few degrees of inclination towards the light, but they are present and when they appear, spoil a bit 'observation.
But the thing that surprised me positively was that you can use it safely, in open space, up to civil twilight (6th), without noticing that the light is slowly disappearing floor.
The Steiner Wildlife XP 10.5x28 weight above average, it is massive and imposing, and with all the rubber cover that have applied as a shock, is not at all a pocket binoculars, as you might assume from his "pocket-shaped" because it has the size predominantly "too" bulky. Even the bag, which is provided in the package, have oversized and could accommodate a 10x32 or perhaps even a small 10x40, so everything seems designed for other uses, heavier workloads, such as hunting, hiking in inaccessible places, safari and / or wildlife in general.
Supplied also damage the ocular cover rubber with two types of engagement with the strap (with a closed loop and an open loop), rather comfortable as anti rain, snow, etc., and with the typical shape of the Steiner shells.
It also comes adjustable nylon shoulder strap, with special hooks to the body: if you wish, it would be possible eliminate it in a few seconds.
One downside I found, is the diopter adjustment. That is, the ring is normally difficult to grasp (impossible with gloves), has a very tough rotation (and because this would be too positive), but unfortunately the adjustment must be done again every time you move the focusing ring of several meters: I It found about 10-20 degrees diopter rotation between fuocus on the stars and the minimum distance of 2m. This mechanical defect, I do not understand whether it is just my copy of or the entire production of this model, makes it difficult and impractical tracking of moving subjects, as one of the two images, tends to blur over the other, forcing every time a new calibration of diopters.
I also noticed a slight play in the focus ring, where the direction of rotation can be slightly even change the calibration of the two telescopes. In practice, I've seen much worse, with other binoculars, but in fact I trusted more on the quality of the brand. Maybe the model is not at the top of the production, so the building is a bit ' "distracted", or rather, I hope it's just a coincidence, but I would rather not see these flaws, with expenditure for these binoculars, is no small : costs still like 10 or more, binoculars from 20 Euros !!
That aside, I would advise him Stainer XP for those who want something sturdy, solid, but portable and with a high quality viewing even to limit hours, spending an amount not exaggerated. I think the warranty is 30 years, so I do not think there are absolutely no problems. Despite having returned my copy, I was very happy with the optical performance: good / very good binoculars !!!