Eschenbach's Arena D+ binoculars are designed for beginners in the fields of nature and bird observation. There are 5 models available in the Arena range, D+ 8x32 B, D+ 8x42 B, F+ 8x B and F+ 10x25 B. The F models are more compact.
Eschenbach say that the D+ models have comprehensive features, with a compact yet robust and handy design. On test here we have the Arena D+ 10x50 B model, with an aperture of 50mm and a magnification factor of x10. Let's find out how they perform.
Eschenbach Arena D+ Binoculars Features
Eschenbach say that the + in the equipment name signifies that these binoculars are for beginners. They are waterproof and feature a new roof prism model with silvered prisms. There are BaK-4 prisms with a multi-layer coating providing sharp and true to life images while silvering improves reflection by 4%.
They are nitrogen filled, to help stop the binoculars fogging up internally and keep water vapor out, and feature a closer near point and a larger field of view than previous models.
The binoculars come with a shoulder bag, protective rubber covers for both front and back, neoprene neck strap and lens cloth. As well as having a generally grippy texture there are ridged sections on the top and bottom. There is a large focussing knob in the middle and dioptre correction. There is also the ability to screw the rubberised eye cups up and down for comfort.
- Nitrogen filled
- BaK4 prisms
Eschenbach Arena D+ Binoculars Handling
The binoculars feel really robust but at 740g, I wouldn't call them lightweight but they are bearable when worn around the neck or carried over the shoulder in their bag on walks.
They are quite stiff to alter, however this is really a good thing as once you've found the correct position for your face you don't really want that to change. The focusing knob is nice and smooth to operate and it's easy to remove or replace the lens protectors.
Eschenbach Arena D+ Binoculars Performance
These binoculars have a near point of 3m and with 10x magnification, proved really useful for local bird spotting. The image is clear and crisp, with little sign of fringing.
I sometimes struggled to get focus spot on, but this is most likely down to user error. Dioptre adjustment worked well to allow me to get a crystal clear view - this is a really important element when looking for binoculars as it's essential to be able to compensate for different eyes.
There are twistable eye cups that allow you to adjust the distance from the front lens, which is great if you wear glasses.
Value For Money
The Eschenbach Arena D+ 10x50 B binoculars are available for £137.33 from Amazon.
Other available 10x50 binoculars include the Nikon Prostaff 5 10x50, which are of a very similar spec to the Eschenbach optics except that they cost about £50 more, at £186.39 from Amazon.
There are lots of 10x50 binoculars on the market and there is a staggering difference in price, from around £50 into the thousands of pounds for some models. I suppose a bit like camera lenses, you will get what you pay for in terms of optical quality although I have to say that for the beginner that wants birdspot and possibly scout out photographic scenes with these binoculars, it's difficult to fault them for the price.
Eschenbach Arena D+ Binoculars Verdict
Eschenbach's 10x50 Arena D+ binoculars will be an ideal investment for anyone that is looking for birdspotting equipment to aid them with their photographic captures.
Easy to carry around in their shoulder bag, these binoculars will make an ideal addition to any birder's kit. You get a lot included in the price too, like a lens cloth, neoprene strap and lens protectors as well as the shoulder bag, making it a complete kit.
Eschenbach's Arena D+ binoculars are a good price and will be ideal for bird spotters.
Eschenbach Arena D+ 10x50 B Specifications
|Box Contents||Shoulder bag, lens cloth, rubber lens caps, neoprene strap|
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