The majority of birders who do photography will know Vanguard for their photographic accessories like stands, tripods and cases. Vanguard also manufactures a full line of sporting optics, including binoculars, spotting scopes and monoculars. Recently, the company has stepped up its optics line, putting an emphasis on innovation, while maintaining affordable retail prices. The Endeavor EDs are the top of Vanguard’s lines of binoculars and have features comparable to other brands costing much more.
Focus On Features
The first thing you’ll notice about the Vanguard® Endeavor ED 8.5×45 mm Binoculars is how easy they are to hold. Well balanced with a large focus adjustment wheel, ergonomic finger rest and a texturized soft rubber exterior to make finding and focusing on a target quick and easy. The Endeavor EDs have a wide view angle, exceptional image and color quality due to the use of ED glass, BaK4 roof prisms and special lens coatings. They have a 3-stop eyecup adjustment, position locking diopter ring and tripod adapter. They are also nitrogen-charged and o-ring sealed to be fogproof and waterproof. They come with a carrying bag and a wide neck strap.
The Big Picture
I was very impressed with the feel and image quality of these binoculars. Especially when the viewed subject requires you to face nearly into the sun. You won’t have any trouble either focusing or getting beautiful colors in that situation or ever. Plus, they are rigorously tested including submerging in 36 inches of water for 30 minutes and then thoroughly re-tested. How many of us have ruined binoculars by dropping them in water?
You Might Also Consider
The only thing I would recommend when you purchase these is while the carrying bag and strap should be adequate for the amateur birder, I would recommend purchasing a binocular harness like the Vanguard Optic Guard Harness.
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