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I though some guys might be interested in first impressions of my new IOR binocs. I got them from Qualityoptics
for $380 and they looked worth a try. My first impression is that they seem optically comparable to binocs costing
2 to 3 times as much. They appear very rugged, they're well balanced and handy. They are very sharp, and see
into dark shadows very well compared the 8x32 Minox I've been using for deer hunting in the woods, squirrel
hunting and birding. I have a mild tremor in my left arm and the relatively lower mag and higher weight of the
IORs compared to binocs with comparable optics helps me hold them steady enough for longer scans. Their
only disadvantage seems the lack of a common focus knob. Not something I'd even thought about, but moving
the field of focus through the brush inside 50 yards requires a lot more fiddling around than I'd want to deal with.
I bought them for eastern varminting, so their lack of common focus may not matter for longer ranges where the
depth of focus will be deeper. I'll try them at longer ranges this weekend and let you know what I think. If they don't
work out I'll brace myself for another search among more expensive binocs. Maybe 7 or 8 X 50's to keep the
weight up?
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I recently bought the same binocs on Ebay and I am extremely impressed with them.  The optical quality is superb.  I spent some time using them in moonlight and I was very impressed.  I found that I do not have to refocus them a whole lot, but I also tend to look at slightly longer distances.  They are heavy, but unlike a lot of other porros they are shaped in such a way that I can use them in an elbow-down stance.  They are also waterproof, fogproof and have removable amber (UV) filters for brightl light viewing.  I use a binocular carrying system from crooked horn outfitters and I am very happy with the setup.
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Koshkin,
I tried the 7x40 IOR binocs groundhog hunting Fri and Sat and they worked just fine. They were handy, easy to hold
steady and very little focusing was required beyond @35 yards. Iím well pleased with the quality for the price and
Iíll keep them. I tried the filters and it really made unhealthy folage stand out. I'm sure that's handy for spotting
camo on a battlefield, but it didn't seem to help much spotting deer, groundhogs or coyotes. I spotted all three
either way. What do you find the filters useful for?
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The filters helped in bright light a bit.  They helped to get rid of some of the glare over water.  Also looking into shadows from a brightly lit area was a bit easier.

Ilya
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I see why I didn't notice. It was overcast the whole time I was out this weekend.
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I live on Southern California where the weather is always nice and sunny, and the political climate is always dark and mirky. 

Everybody has different eyes; it may not work the same way for you.

Ilya

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