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PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2014 10:37 am 
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I wanted to get some waterproof binos for our upcoming trip to Tahiti and after doing a lot of research online, I chose the Orion Shoreline 8x42's. They arrived a couple of days ago and after getting some time with them, it looks like I made the right choice!

The optics are bright, extremely vivid, and very little edge distortion. False color is minimal- I can detect a bit of green on one side of a tree etc and a tinge of violet on the other but it's a very small amount. The only other thing to complain about is a bit of kidney beaning(even with the eyeguard twisted all the way up) which necessitates careful eye placement.

The build quality is exceptional and they are very compact. I love the flip down lens caps and the focus is buttery smooth.

In comparing them to Justine's Nikon 8x40's which cost about three times as much as the Orion's (though, granted they are several years old), the results were quite dramatic. The Orion's are much, much brighter and more vivid (the view through the Nikon's look dull and washed out by comparison), have less false color, and none of the pincushion distortion that the Nikon's have. And the Orion's are much smaller in size despite having 2mm more aperture- and they're waterproof!

I think the Orion Shoreline bino is going to be in my arsenal for some time. :cool:


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2014 10:39 am 
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And they also come with a very nice zippered pouch! :)

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2014 2:10 pm 
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Awesome! I have some decent Pentax 8x40 porros. I'm intrigued to hear the Orions work better than the Nikons. Are the Nikons porro or roof?

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 12:07 am 
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The Nikon's are porro prisms- a bit surprising, huh? I found this article regarding the recent improvements in roof prism design and coatings that might explain it:

http://www.birdwatching.com/optics/roof_vs_porro.html

And here's a photo of the Nikon's I compared them too. I wouldn't have thought the Nikon's were slouches by any means.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 9:37 am 
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Okay, AFAIK the Actions are not fully multi coated, nor do they use orthoscopic eyepieces. I have read they are good binos, but not the best from Nikon. I think you need to plunk down some coin on the Astroluxe series to get that. Mind you, my Pentax PCF WP II is far from an Astroluxe. I'd love to look through those Orions. I will admit that the best binos I've used in recent years was a pair of Swarovskis. They certainly didn't suffer from the roof design. You want to talk contrast and sharpness!?! Of course, I think if I had $2300 to spend an a pair of 8x42 binos I'd probably rather get something more useful. Like a 5" apo, or a big, fast lens for my Canon.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 10:31 am 
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Thanks Jason. I'm not too familiar with them- Justine said she paid around $90 for them but that was several years ago. They may be less expensive these days.

The Orion's aren't fully multi-coated, just multi-coated. Though they do have the "Pro" version for $20 more which is FMC. I would have bought those instead but they're listed as only having a 6 degree FOV (vs. 6.8 degrees for the standard Shoreview). BTW, the Nikon Action binos claim to have an 8.2 degree FOV. So the extra edge distortion and color might be partially due to that. But that doesn't explain how dim and dull the images were by comparison.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 10:35 am 
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Holy crap- I just checked on the Nikon Action binos on Amazon and they cost $280!!!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0001AOGA ... 80&sr=8-10

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 2:14 pm 
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Yikes! Maybe she got a bum pair???

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Nice 8x42 roofs mang.

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Thanks. 3 years later and still enjoying them. We have two pairs and they get a ton of birding use. They're an essential part of our morning breakfast birding on the back deck. :lol:

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Nice 8x42 roofs mang.


"Mang". Echoes of Adam Sandler's Buffoon? :lol:

"I got a snake mang. One time, I fed it some beer......it was slithering this way and that......it was all fcucked up!"

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Kawx4d wrote:
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Nice 8x42 roofs mang.


"Mang". Echoes of Adam Sandler's Buffoon? :lol:

"I got a snake mang. One time, I fed it some beer......it was slithering this way and that......it was all fcucked up!"

:mrgreen:


Hahahaha! "I bet you got really hairy balls."

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Nice 8x42 roofs mang.


"Mang". Echoes of Adam Sandler's Buffoon? :lol:

"I got a snake mang. One time, I fed it some beer......it was slithering this way and that......it was all fcucked up!"

:mrgreen:


Hahahaha! "I bet you got really hairy balls."


"Yeesss, it's a veritable forest down there...."

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TMI TMI!!! :lol:

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:lol: :lol: :lol:

Well, that IS the next line of the skit! :mrgreen:

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Haha. Yeah, Tim Meadows was gold. His delivery was incredible.

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