You may or may not know that Fujifilm produces a full line of binoculars boasting high optical performance and reliability. From high-grade models for professional users to a whole range of binoculars for enthusiasts of various sports and activities, it takes a little research to keep the particulars in focus. That’s why we’ve created a four-part video series to help you navigate the waters. In the first installment, we start with “the numbers.” Watch the full video by clicking below, and you can watch the entire series on the Fujinon Binoculars YouTube channel.


The digits on binoculars describe the configuration. For example, with the 8x42 binocular, the first number—8— represents the magnification. In this case, an object will be eight times closer with the binocular compared to looking at the same object with your naked eye.

The second number—42— is the size of the Objective in millimeters. The Objectives are the larger lenses at the end of the binoculars. The larger the Objective, the better its ability to collect light.

So, which set is right for you? Start by identifying how you’ll be using them. While a 7x50 or a 10x50 may be ideal for an astronomer, a birder may want to opt for something smaller, like the aforementioned 8x42 or 10x42. There is no one “best” binocular—it all depends on your needs. Let’s take a deeper look into some common applications.

Astronomers want binoculars with magnification that also gather a lot of light. The best choices here are the 10x50, 7x50, or a FUJINON FMT 10X70 or 16X70.

Birders want binoculars with light-gathering ability and to see their objects as closely as possible. For this application, compact sized 42mm, with their large exit pupils, are good choices.

Hunters want low light performing binoculars, as they typically use them at dawn or dusk. The best options here are the 42mm or 50mm binoculars with optimal coating.

For marine use, 7x50 binoculars are generally your best choice. The lower magnification of a 7x binocular makes it easier to hold steady amidst the movement of the waves, while the larger 50mm objective lens is ideal for seeing detail in low light.

Stabilized binoculars are also ideal here, making FUJINON’s Techno-Stabi binoculars—with their high magnification and very effective stabilization—an excellent choice.

Waterproofing and fog proofing are major considerations when choosing binoculars. Those that are both waterproof and fog-proof are highly recommended for environments with high humidity, rain or water. A binocular that becomes compromised by moisture will ultimately become unusable due to the mold growing in the barrels.

Waterproof binoculars are sealed but the oxygen inside the binocular has not been purged. Fog-proof binoculars have been purged and the oxygen inside the barrel has been replaced with nitrogen or argon gas.

Fog-proof binoculars are always waterproof, but binoculars that are waterproof are not necessarily fog-proof.

All Fujinon binoculars are 100% water and fog-proof.  This means they’re sealed with O-rings to prevent moisture, dust and debris from entering the barrel and the eyepiece of the binocular. And, of course, the oxygen has been purged.

Those are the basics of the basics. There are a few other areas you’ll want to brush up on before deciding which binoculars are best for you. Tune in to the rest of the series, right here on our YouTube channel, and be sure to explore or for more information on Fujifilm Optical Devices.

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Posted: 2/23/2016 11:58:47 AM by Thom Calabro | with 0 comments


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