Olympus Binoculars - A history of quality and value

Our range of Olympus binoculars offers quality and value for New Zealand sports optics users.

Olympus binoculars are designed with you, the user in mind, and the collection is cleverly split into two ranges; binoculars for professionals, and binoculars for leisure.

In this article we will examine what each range has to offer, and give you a clear overview of the main features you can expect to find when purchasing a set of Olympus binoculars.

Olympus Professional Binoculars

Olympus Professional binoculars

Professional binoculars from Olympus are quite simply their finest, highest quality optics that are designed especially for users who want nothing but the best from their optics and do not mind spending that little bit more on their optics.

Binoculars in the Olympus Professional range can grouped into Nature Binoculars and Extreme Binoculars. Binoculars in both ranges produce the bright, clear and true to life images expected by avid birders, astronomers and hikers, with the most notable difference between the two being how waterproof they are.

Nature Binoculars - Olympus EXPS I Models

The Olympus Nature Binocular range consists of two models which are both part of the EXPS I range and available in 8x42 and 10x42 models.

These binoculars are built with a host of highly advanced features such as BaK4 prisms and fully multi‑coated lenses to guarantee they produce crisp, sharp images even in difficult light conditions.

These binoculars are great for hiking, bird watching and sports viewing in dry conditions.

Both binoculars in the EXPS I range are built with aspherical optics for a plasticity and distortion free view, multi coated lenses for maximum image contrast and brightness, have a UV lens coating to reduce glare, and have long eye relief with twist up/down eyepieces.

The Nature EXPS I range are designed for comfortable use, with a non‑slip rubberised coating, and ergonomic, contoured design and a large, centre‑focus knob for fast and easy focusing.

If you’re looking for top quality optics, but can live without binoculars that are waterproof, then these binoculars are an excellent choice from Olympus and offer great value.

Olympus Leisure Binoculars

Olympus Leisure binoculars

Olympus Leisure Binoculars are designed for people who want to get a closer and clearer view of exciting, interesting and beautiful things that happen in their every day life. Have you been out on a Sunday stroll in the countryside lately and wanted to get a closer view of a stunning landscape or a native bird? Or perhaps you went for a trip overseas and wanted to get a closer view of Gaudi’s architecture in Barcelona, or you wanted to see a beautiful ballet outfit in closer detail? If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then the Olympus Leisure collection of binoculars has an ideal set of binoculars that will enrich your life and future experiences without breaking the bank.

The Olympus Leisure Binocular collection includes a number of ranges, each specifically designed for a certain activity and use in a specific location. All models are easy-to-handle, designed for convenient portability, and engineered to enhance your range of vision in bright, realistic detail. We’ll check out each range individually below.

Cultural - Olympus RC II WP Models

The RC II Series of binoculars from the Olympus Cultural range are slim, elegant and lightweight, whilst still offering the waterproof, fog proof and dirt proof ruggedness needed from a go-anywhere travel binocular. These pocket sized binoculars really can be used anywhere your travels take you. Whether your enjoying views of a city on a sunny day, soaking up the countryside whilst getting equally as soggy in the rain, or enjoying a theatre trip in London, your RC II WP binoculars will both look and act the part with their stylish outdoor design.

These binoculars place an emphasis on portability and can be folded for easy transportation. They’re built with fully multi-coated lenses, have a convenient centre-focus knob for easy focusing and can be customised to suit your individual eyesight perfectly thats to the built-in dioptric correction. The Olympus RC II WP binoculars are available in blue and green with 8x21 specifications.

Sports - Olympus WP II Models

You’ll never miss a moment of the action with the high quality WP II compact waterproof sports binoculars that are available in 8x25 and 10x25 specifications.

Designed to provide outstanding performance and design for outdoor enthusiasts who love to watch the landscape during activities like trekking, hiking and boating, these binoculars offer maximum brightness, contrast and colour fidelity for clear and crisp images. Add to that a compact, foldable, convenient body that is easy to handle and has a durable waterproof finish, and you have the ideal companion for all of your sporting adventures. Just throw these phase coated, fully multi-coated binoculars in your backpack and hit the track.

A little clearer now - Browse our Olympus range

We hope that taking a closer look at Olympus’s binocular ranges has given you a clearer idea of when and where each model of binocular will be most suitably used and will effectively bring you closer to your environment. Once you’ve decided on your needs and your budget, why not browse the Olympus range to choose your ideal binoculars.

FAQ's about Binoculars 

How do I choose a binocular for hunting   

When it comes to choosing binoculars for hunting there are a few main features that it’s important to look out for. Firstly, opt for either an 8x or 10x magnification. Second, choose binoculars with between a 30mm and 50mm sized objective lens. The ideal is around 42mm. In addition, always opt for the best quality glass that you can afford; either Bak4 or HD. Finally, choose waterproof binoculars. All of our binoculars listed on our site include this vital information so that it’s easier than ever to compare binoculars for hunting and make the best choice for your needs. Want to learn more about choosing hunting binoculars? Check out our buying guide

How do you get binoculars for sporting events

Binoculars can be a great addition to the viewing of any sports event, especially if the action is far away. We have a range of binoculars that would be a great companion for the races, a football match or indeed any other sporting event. There’s no set type of binocular that are particularly suited to observing sports events as it all comes down to the type of sport your watching, how far away the action will be, in what light conditions and how much weight you want to be carrying with you. Indeed, compact, mid sized and full sized binoculars all have their pros and cons when it comes to watching sports. You can read our full buying guide for spectating binoculars here, but in short, if you’re low on space then a compact 10x25 will work well, or if you don’t mind a bit more weight and would like brighter images and a wider field of view then an 8x42 would work a treat. You can also consider zoom binoculars that allow you to pan the landscape on a low magnification and then zoom in on any on-pitch action when needed.

What are binoculars used for in hunting

In many cases binoculars are a hunters best friend as they allow them to scout out the landscape and look for potential animals to target. Hunters will keep their binoculars around their necks whilst stalking for animals and then use them to quickly check out potential targets. If they spot an animal they can then use a spotting scope to get a closer view and then take aim with their riflescope.

What binoculars should I use for hunting

In general we’d say that the best binoculars for hunting are 8x42 or 10x42, as lightweight as you can find, with HD glass and a durable and waterproof construction. If you wear glasses then you’ll need ones with a long eye relief.

What kind of binoculars should I get for hunting

If you’re looking for hunting binoculars then opting for ones with an 8x or 10x magnification and a 42mm lens is always a great idea. Get HD glass lenses if you can for the brightest possible images. A rubber housing and a waterproof construction are a must for hunting. If you’ve ever walked in the bush for more than a few hours with a pack, you’ll know the importance or carrying as little weight as possible, so opt for binoculars that are as light as you can.

What's a good binocular magnification for hunting

Binoculars with 8x or 10x magnification are ideal for hunting as they offer just the right balance of magnification and field of view. That is, they’ll let you see things in enough detail whilst still being able to see enough of the landscape through them at one time to be able to scan to find them.

Can binoculars be repaired

Yes, binoculars can be repaired in some circumstances but not all. If your binoculars are out of alignment, have lost their waterproof seal or an eyepiece has come loose then an expert may be able to repair them for you. If you have any concerns at all about your binoculars being either faulty or damaged then the best thing to do is to contact the shop where you bought them from. They may be able to be repaired under warranty if it's a manufacturers defect, or you may be able to pay for them to be fixed. In some cases they won’t be able to be fixed. If you purchased your binoculars from us then get in touch and we'll do our best to help. 

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