Steiner Binoculars Review
AVAILABLE STEINER BINOCULARS SERIES
Commander & Marine Binoculars
Steiner Commander and Marine binoculars are some of the most dependable marine optics available. In addition to their superior performance in harsh weather or maritime environments, some models also include an easy-to-read compass, which assists in navigation both on the water, and on land. In addition, the auto-focus system on some models makes viewing objects easy, regardless of the distance.
Not only are Commander and Marine binoculars completely waterproof and fog proof, some models also feature a rain and spray guard for the eyepieces. The models that have a compass also have a range-finding reticle. The marine binoculars come with a carrying case with a shoulder strap, neckstrap, and a lens cloth, as well as objective and optical lens covers. Steiner Commander and Marine binoculars are covered by a 10-year limited manufacturer's warranty.
Steiner Merlin binoculars were created specifically for birdwatching. They're recommended for distance viewing, and offer a 300-foot field of view at 1,000 yards, but with a close focus distance of 7.9 feet, they're also good for viewing birds at feeders or in nests, while maintaining an appropriate distance to avoid startling them. In addition, the exterior is a muted brown color shown to lessen the possibility of spooking birds.
The Merlin series uses fully multi-coated optics which increase brightness, even in low-light conditions, and ensure crisp, clear images. The lightweight alloy body is covered with a heavy duty rubber armoring for protection from bumps and scrapes, as well as a firm, comfortable grip. They're water-resistant, but not waterproof, although they're still guaranteed not to fog up. The binoculars come with a thermo-molded carrying case, neoprene neckstrap, and attached lens covers. Steiner Merlin binoculars are covered by a 10-year limited manufacturer's warranty.
Military R & Police Binoculars
Steiner Military R and Police binoculars are designed specifically to meet the needs of military and law enforcement members. They're built for durability, dependability, and to withstand heavy use, even in harsh weather conditions as some models are waterproof. In addition, some models also feature an electronically illuminated, HD-stabilized compass for easy navigation, day or night.
Most models in the Military R and Police series contain phase-coated prisms for exceptional light transmission, which provides bright images in low-light conditions. Multi-coated lenses reduce glare, and offer crisp, clear images. Some models are made of Makrolon, which is an extremely strong yet lightweight polycarbonate material. Slip-proof, non-reflective black rubber armoring protects the binoculars while also providing a sure, comfortable grip. Most models in both series come with a thermo-molded carrying case, a neckstrap, one-piece ocular lens covers, and a tripod mount with adapter. Steiner Military R and Police binoculars are covered by a 30-year limited manufacturer's warranty.
Steiner Military-Marine binoculars are designed and built to military standards for quality and durability. Despite being made from heavy duty materials, the binoculars are lightweight. They're also covered with a durable rubber armor that protects the binoculars from damage while also providing a comfortable, non-slip grip.
The Military-Marine series is waterproof, making them ideal for use during inclement weather. Large objective lenses allow for increased light collection, which provides bright views, even in low-light conditions. The long eye relief provides comfort for extended viewing, especially for eyeglass wearers. Most Military-Marine come with a soft carrying case with shoulder strap, a neckstrap, one-piece ocular lens covers, and attached objective lens covers. Steiner Military-Marine binoculars are covered by a 10-year limited manufacturer's warranty.
Night Hunter XP Binoculars
Steiner Night Hunter XP binoculars, as their name suggests, are designed specifically for use in low-light conditions. They feature precision crafted optical glass, which is coated with a high definition broadband lens coating. The lenses are installed in a high performance, rugged body that is designed to increase light transmission. These Steiner binoculars also contain a baffle system to reduce internal stray light, which makes the images they produce brighter than those with any other standard binoculars.
In addition to their superior light manipulation capabilities, the Night Hunter series binoculars are also waterproof and fog proof, making them ideal for use in wet weather conditions. The lenses are coated with special water-repellent coatings as well. Most Night Hunter XP come with a heavy-duty ballistic nylon protective case with shoulder strap, a Clic-Loc neckstrap, a rain guard, three eyecup pairs, and detachable objective lens covers. Steiner Night Hunter XP binoculars are covered by a 10-year limited manufacturer's warranty.
Steiner Peregrine binoculars are true to their name in being the ideal binoculars for birdwatching. They're better for distance viewing, although they have a close focus range of 6.9 feet. Because of their superior distance imaging, they're perfect for watching birds such as hawks, falcons, eagles, and shorebirds that don't tolerate up-close viewing as well as other species. Because they're fully waterproof, there is no worry when taking them out in harsh weather.
The Peregrine series of binoculars contains high quality optics that are designed to transmit a high level of light, translating it into natural colors and bright images. They are considered to be some of the best low-light optics on the market. Peregrine binoculars come with a protective case, a neckstrap, a rain guard, objective lens covers, and a lens cloth. Steiner Peregrine binoculars are covered by a 30-year limited manufacturer's warranty.
Peregrine XP Binoculars
Steiner Peregrine XP binoculars are high-end optics created to military standards, but with several comfort features included. For instance, the binoculars feature gel-filled pads on the thumb rests, making the binoculars easy to grip, and very comfortable to hold, especially for long viewing. They also boast extra-long eye relief, and twist-up eyecups that accommodate eyeglass wearers and non-wearers alike.
The Peregrine XP series of binoculars uses revolutionary lens coatings, one of which is called NANO protection. This coating keeps moisture from rain, snow, and humidity from obscuring your view, and keeps the lens smooth and clear at the molecular level. This coating is found on both the objective and optical lenses. The barrels are filled with dry nitrogen gas, making them waterproof, and pressurized at 22 PSI. Add to this the optics made from index matched glass, and coated with mineral substrates such as titanium and fluorite, and you will be hard pressed to find brigher images or truer colors from any binoculars. Peregrine XP binoculars come with a protective case, a neckstrap, a rain guard, and objective lens covers. Steiner Peregrine XP binoculars are covered by a 30-year limited manufacturer's warranty.
Steiner Predator binoculars are true to their name. Designed by experienced hunters, they offer the best viewing in all light and weather conditions. They feature high contrast lens coatings designed specifically to help find hidden game. The coating enhances reds and browns—game animal colors—while toning down the greens and blues—foliage, water, and haze colors. The lenses are also phase coated for high resolution and brightness.
The Predator series of binoculars are also waterproof, able to withstand rain, snow, and humidity. In fact, they're submersible to 15 feet. The roof prisms allow for maximum light transmission, so the binoculars provide bright, clear images even in low-light conditions. With a wide field of view, and long eye relief, they're comfortable for long-term viewing. Most Predator binoculars come with a deluxe carrying case, a neoprene neckstrap, a rain guard, and objective lens covers. Steiner Predator binoculars are covered by a 30-year limited manufacturer's warranty.
Steiner Optik was founded in 1947 by Karl Steiner and is located in Bayreuth, Germany. They originally started manufacturing many optical devices, but eventually decided to put their efforts into making the best binoculars. With all resources going toward binocular production, they're able to make high-quality and professional binoculars.
Since the beginning, Steiner has focused on optic technology and the creation thereof. Steiner developed many industry firsts, raising the standards for other companies, including the integrated compass, lens coating that protects against UV radiation, and pocket binoculars.
With all resources going into the production of binoculars, Steiner is one of the largest manufacturers of quality binoculars. These binoculars are manufactured for all sorts of activities, casual or professional. There are binoculars for birding, outdoor viewing, and hunting, but also for use in the military and marines as implied by their series naming including the Predator, Nighthunter, and Military/Marine series.
Steiner breaks up their binoculars into 10 series. The Predator series is great for hunters with their high contrast optics, the Nighthunter series is designed for viewing in low light conditions, the Merlin models are a rugged, comfortable model, and the Wildlife Pro are compact and designed for traveling.
They also have a Peregrine and Peregrine XP with great color and brightness. The Safari Pro series has lens coatings to protect against UV and glare. For professionals there's the Commander and Marine, Military/Marine, and the Military R and Police Series.
There are only fixed magnifications available on the Steiner binoculars. The magnification factors available are 6X, 7X, 8X, 8.5X, 10X, 10.5X, 12X, 15X, and 20X. For the highest magnification, the Military R & Police Series 20X80 Military has the most you can get from a Steiner model. Seven of the eight Commander & Marine Series models have the 7X, with the exception of the 8X Navigator model.
Steiner's binocular objective lenses range from 22m to 80mm. Two models in the Military R & Police Series have the highest 80mm objective lenses, the 15X80 and the 20X80. The second highest is only 56mm and that’s the 12X56 Nighthunter XP. Both the Predator series and Safari Pro have a 22mm model with an 8X magnification.
FIELD OF VIEW (F.O.V.)
The F.O.V. on Steiner binoculars will range from 165 ft. to 432 at 1000 yd. Very few models find themselves on the lower end of that scale as more than half have more than 300 ft. F.O.V. range. The model at the top of the range is the 6X30 Military R from the Military R & Police Series and the 165 ft. is on the 20X80 Military of the same series. The 20X80 trades some range for added magnification.
There are 47 models and ten series of binoculars available from Steiner, including the Nighthunter series with bright, high resolution optics for low light conditions. This allows the user to see at night without the need for an electronic model. They also have the Safari Pro series with glare and UV blocking optics.
Where most binocular manufacturers tend to make other optical devices such as rifle scopes and monoculars, Steiner only produces binoculars. They have a larger product because they focus on binoculars and this makes them a true binocular specialist.
Steiner binoculars have a wide range of prices, just like their product line. You can get the least expensive model, the Steiner 8X22 Safari, for a mere $89.99. The most expensive model is the Steiner 10X44 Peregrine XP, available for $1,629.99. The average cost of them all is mid range, with approximately the same number of low, medium, and high cost models available.
The binocular warranties differ depending on the series and model of binoculars you decide to get. Even two models in the same series could have a different warranty, but all are limited warranties. Some have a 10 year warranty and some have a 30 year warranty, but with even the 10 year warranty you're more likely to want a new pair of binoculars before needing to pay to repair the old ones, as long as the problem was not caused by misuse. The limited warranty only covers manufacturing defects, not user error or wear and tear. The Steiner website includes a six step warranty registration form to register your binoculars online.
POPULAR STEINER BINOCULARS
The pair of binoculars choice from Steiner's product list is the 7X50 Marine in the Commander and Marine series. The 7X50 Marine is a high performance 7X50 pair for about $300, which will perform better than other binoculars for that price. Built in Germany, the outside of the 7X50 Marine is made with black rubber for a good grip, even when wet and its water/shock proof. They can be used, giving the full field of view, while wearing sun or eyeglasses since it has a 20mm eye relief. The optic lenses are fully multi-coated with light transmission peaking over 90 percent, making them ideal for low lighting conditions. All that and a 10 year limited warranty. You'll probably get a new set of binoculars before your warranty runs out.