About Steiner Merlin Binoculars - 10x42
Closeouts. Steiner Merlin 10x42 binoculars boast lightweight, multi-coated roof prisms, a durable armor coating and a quick-focusing wheel that helps you quickly locate and identify birds and wildlife.
Specs about Steiner Merlin Binoculars - 10x42
- Power: 10
- Objective diameter: 42mm
- Optic style: Binoculars
- Focus type: Variable
- Exit pupil: 4.2mm
- Eye relief: 16mm
- FOV @ 1000 yards: 316'
- Prism type: Roof
- Fogproof: Yes
- Waterproof: Yes
- Eyecups: Yes
- Dimensions: 6x5"
- Weight: 1 lb. 10 oz.
- Material: Makrolon® polycarbonate (PC) resin
- Made in Germany
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Most Helpful 5-Star Review
Reviewed by Christine Birdwatcher from SF Bay area on Tuesday, June 2, 2015I have used my Steiner Merlin 10x42 Binocs one year. The fold-back eyecups are very flimsy and do not hold up to normal use, they've cracked and broken. The objective covers do not stay on well either. Steiner does not warranty either the eyecups or lens/objective covers, and they will not last. The click-lock connectors do not work with standard binocular harnesses and straps, so you are forced to buy the much more expensive Steiner harness. The optics are less clear than my alternate pair of less expensive Nikon Monarchs.
Verified Buyer Reviewed by C from OR on Saturday, May 16, 2015excellent. glass clear to margins of lenses.
Verified Buyer Reviewed by AnnaLaurie from Arizona on Monday, April 13, 2015These are going to be very good binoculars for birding or clear distance viewing. They are not lightweight, but I don't know what 10 X 42 binoculars of this quality would also be lightweight.. Thumbs up.
Reviewed by Lenlew from Hawaii on Monday, March 30, 2015Hard to imagine finding better binoculars under $300. Wanted for whale watching and bird watching; good for both. And night sky watching too.
Verified Buyer Reviewed by Walkingman from Charlottesville, Va on Friday, February 6, 2015I used a pair of Leitz 8x30 binoculars for years, small handmade from the 1950s but felt I was missing out. I was right. These new Steiner 10x42 binoculars opened up so much more. They gather light well enough to take a picture through the small aperture of my cell phone camera. They can focus on a subject about 6 feet away, great for butterflies that shy away when approached while excellent for birding and wildlife. They appear and feel very rugged. They are heavy but after several 5 mile hikes they were not overly burdensome. I did change the shoulder strap going to a canon EOS strap that had rubber backing making it less prone to slipping off my shoulder. I am going to enjoy these binoculars.
Question “In searching the net for info about these Steiners, I see there is also a "Merlin Pro" 10x42, that has gold lettering on them - not silver. But I can't find any info on the technical differences between this model and the "Pro" version. The specs appear to be identical. Perhaps its just some cosmetic change, but I don't know. Neither version is being produced by Steiner, so this really is a closeout.
Any input would be greatly appreciated.
Answer My best guess, based on my experience in marketing?
They're an international country, based in Germany, and they sell in many countries -- my guess, purposes of identification -- for example: The ones with silver lettering go to the USA and Canada.. the ones with gold lettering are "Pro." and go to the Eu or Asia or vice versa... maybe some research found that a lot of American buyers don't like gold lettering. Or that adding the word "pro" made them more popular in one region over another. Prior to these I had the Safari 10x26 and had a problem with the center hinge section -- Steiner sent me a new pair -- identical except the new ones had the word "pro" on them.
Either way, Steiner makes wonderful items and if I could afford them (still a reach for me even if they ever went as these did for 1/2 price closeout), I would jump at the chance to get the Nighthunter 10x56 for observing bats. I spent a lot of time catching hawks for Fish & Game (banding and releasing) and saw many different binoculars -- and the Steiners equal any of them.
Answer I had the same question as Dave: what is the difference (if any) between the Steiner Merlin Pro and the Steiner Merlin? Are they the same binocs, labelled differently; or is there some significant difference?
Bottom line, I couldn't find a definitive answer: the ad copy I found for the Merlin was the same as that for the Merlin Pro. Nowhere was the Pro described as a superior version. So I'm guessing they're the same.
In any case, I couldn't find anything comparable to the Merlins at the $300 price point...
Answer Hello....yes they can. The eye cups fold back.