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Snypex optics may have only been around since 2011, but in the last five years they’ve kicked up a storm and made a fantastic impression on optical experts and customers alike.

We’re stoked to be the only authorised seller of Snypex optics in New Zealand, and by way of introducing the range to you, we’ve written this short article to explain the key features of each of their ranges:

Snypex Knight ED Binoculars

Snypex Binoculars

The Knight ED Binoculars are Snypex’s flagship range. The range includes mid and full sized models in both 8x and 10x configurations meaning there’s a quality option for most popular applications including hunting, bird and wildlife watching, travel and more.

Built with all the features you’d expect from other mid to high end optics, the Snypex Knight ED’s also come with a very affordable price tag.

Features to expect from the Snypex Knight ED range:

  • Apochromatic Lenses (APO) that correct chromatic aberration
  • Extra Low Dispersion (ED) glass lens elements reduce colour fringing
  • Quality BaK-4 glass
  • Fully multicoated lenses
  • Phase-correction coating on lens surfaces, minimise the loss of resolution and ensure high contrasting images
  • Modern, light weight open bridge design thats comfortable to hold and grip
  • Aluminium and magnesium body
  • Tough hard rubber design
  • Waterproof for up to 15 minutes at a depth of 1m
  • Fog proof
  • Lightweight
  • Diopter adjustments
  • Wide field of view
  • Long eye relief
  • Compact, rigid carry case for protection
  • Tethered rubber objective lens covers
  • Tripod adaptable

 

What do others think of the range?

The 8x42 model from the Knight ED binocular range was rated exceptionally highly by bestbinocularsreviews.com who gave it an outstanding score of 80% on a number of quality ratings. In fact, they were so impressed by the features of this model that it won the Best Birding Binocular 2015 in their Annual Binocular Awards, and it’s sister 10x32 model also came away with an award in the Best Safari & Travel Binocular category in the 2014 awards.

Binoculars from the range were also put to the test by the team at Bad to the Bone Outdoors who put them through vigorous tests to see how they would hold up out in the bush on hunting trips. After a bout in the hot tub and then the freezer, the guys concluded that the 10x42 model from the Knight ED range they tested would be ‘a good friend in the field’.

Snypex Knight D-ED Binoculars

Man using Snypex binoculars

Released in August 2016, the Knight D-ED range is the best of the best on offer from Snypex. With all of the awesome features of the Knight ED range (see above), these top of the line binoculars are built with one feature that separates them from all other Snypex binoculars - dielectric lens coatings. Put simply, these coatings are applied to certain surfaces within the binoculars to increase their ability to reflect light.

There are a number of types of coatings that can be applied to the optical system of binoculars, each providing a different level of light reflectivity. Dielectric coatings are the most efficient (and most expensive) type of coatings, providing reflectivity of more than 99% across the visible light spectrum. Thanks to the inclusion of these high quality coatings, they’re able to produce the highest quality images that are almost the same brightness as that perceived by the naked eye, and clear, high-contrast images that display accurate colour reproduction.

Highlights of the range:

  • Dielectric coatings
  • Apochromatic Lenses (APO) that correct chromatic aberration
  • Extra Low Dispersion (ED) glass lens elements reduce colour fringing

Snypex Profinder HD Binoculars

Man using binoculars in mountains

The Profinder HD range is positioned just below the Knight ED range in terms of quality and price and is suitable for customers who want high quality optics at a mid level dollar range.

Features to expect from the Snypex Profinder HD range:

In many ways, the Profinder range is similar to the Knight ED range:

  • Quality BaK-4 glass
  • Fully multicoated lenses
  • Reflective surfaces are silver coated
  • Phase-correction coating on lens surfaces, minimise the loss of resolution and ensure high contrasting images
  • Modern, light weight open bridge design thats comfortable to hold and grip
  • Magnesium body
  • Tough hard rubber design usually only seen in higher priced models
  • Waterproof for up to 15 minutes at a depth of 1m
  • Fog proof
  • Lightweight
  • Diopter adjustments
  • Long eye relief
  • Compact, rigid carry case for protection
  • Tethered rubber objective lens covers
  • Tripod adaptable in two different positions
  • Broad range of inter pupillary distances makes them appropriate for children and adults
  • Water repellent coatings on exterior lens surfaces

 

What do others think of the range?

The 8x42 model from the Profinder HD binocular range was rated very well by bestbinocularsreviews.com who gave them a score of 75% on a number of quality ratings. You can read the full review here.

Snypex Infino Binoculars

Woman using binoculars

The Snypex Infino range is the most affordable option from Snypex. A focus free design makes these binoculars ideal for people who want easy to use binoculars that require no adjustments. They’re similar in design to the Snypex Profinder range, however they’re built with fibreglass instead of magnesium allowing them to be priced slightly lower.

Features to expect from the Snypex Infino range:

  • Focus free
  • Quality BaK-4 glass
  • Fully multicoated lenses
  • Reflective surfaces are silver coated
  • Phase-correction coating on lens surfaces, minimise the loss of resolution and ensure high contrasting images
  • Modern, light weight open bridge design thats comfortable to hold and grip
  • Fiberglass reinforced polycarbonate
  • Tough hard rubber design usually only seen in higher priced models
  • Waterproof for up to 15 minutes at a depth of 1m
  • Fog proof
  • Lightweight
  • Long eye relief
  • Compact, rigid carry case for protection
  • Tethered rubber objective lens covers
  • Tripod adaptable in two different positions
  • Broad range of inter pupillary distances makes them appropriate for children and adults
  • Water repellent coatings on exterior lens surfaces

With an assortment of models at different price points it’s easy to see why Snypex binoculars appeal to such a wide audience.

With a high end yet affordable option for avid birders and hunters who require the very best dielectric lens coatings, a more affordable version which still utilise apochromatic lenses but save money by leaving the dielectric coatings out, and more basic models which have all of the necessities such as fully multicoated Bak-4 lenses and waterproofing, they really do have something for everyone. Snypex works very hard to include features in their mid priced offerings that you’d usually only find in high end options, allowing their products to out perform models by many other brands in similar price ranges.

If you’re looking for quality binoculars that are packed with features then look no further than those from Snypex.

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  • Jodi Markham
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