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Athlon Midas G2 UHD 8×42 Binoculars: Our Evaluate

A superb picture and easy-action focus wheel made these binoculars one in every of our Prime Picks.

At A Look

Dark gray binoculars with orange details.
Athlon Midas G2 UHD 8×42 binoculars. Picture by Marc Devokaitis.


  • Very brilliant, crisp picture with good distinction 
  • Good edge-to-edge sharpness
  • Glorious really feel to the main focus wheel
  • Good discipline of view and shut focus
  • Comfy eyecups


  • Not all customers appreciated the extremely textured grip panels on the barrels


  • Worth: $375 MSRP at press time. Costs typically fluctuate, so test with retailers
  • Shut focus: 6.6 ft (200 cm)
  • Area of view: 8.1° (425 ft at 1,000 yards). Extra about discipline of view 
  • Weight: 25.9 oz (735 g)—that’s about 0.2 oz (6 g) lighter than the typical for 8×42 binoculars in our evaluation
  • Eye reduction: 17.2 mm

Viewing Expertise: These binoculars have been praised by different reviewers, so we had been desirous to strive them out, and so they didn’t disappoint. The Midas delivered a really brilliant picture with nice distinction and remained sharp all the way in which from edge to edge. We took them out to search for waxwings on a chilly winter morning with a evident white sky. As a flock flew off at a distance, the Midas introduced out the yellow bellies and white undertails that confirmed them as Cedar. Later, with about 120 waxwings perched in a row of bushes, these binoculars shortly revealed the wealthy red-brown undertails of about 30 Bohemian Waxwings combined in with the Cedars. Because the birds ate up crabapples, the white spangles within the wings of the Bohemians had been nearly dazzling in contrast with the gray-brown of the Cedars’ wings. Total it was a pleasure to linger over these elegant birds, admiring the complicated interaction of grey, brown, yellow, and crimson by the Midas’s brilliant and sharp picture. The sector of view is on the high finish amongst 8×42 binocular fashions; at 8.1° it ought to make it easier to discover birds simply, monitor them as they fly, and see extra of enormous flocks in a single view.

Really feel and Construct: These are well-balanced binoculars with a stable however not heavy really feel within the hand. We actually appreciated the texture of the main focus wheel, which rolls simply and maintains an excellent resistance all through, permitting fast and exact focusing. The eyecups are pretty quick, with rounded edges that make them comfy in opposition to the eyes. They click on securely into three preset positions, although they don’t appear to exit fairly so far as another binoculars—test this earlier than shopping for in case you like deep eyecups. The binocular physique is black with an orange accent on the main focus wheel and the model title in orange on the barrel. The overlaying is matte black with grip panels created by molded ridges organized in a zigzag sample (reviewers had been combined on the aesthetics of this design). The target lens covers connect to the barrels with rings that may be unfastened. The neck strap is a slender however comfy padded strap that appeared a bit too quick to 1 reviewer.

This text is one in a sequence of mini-reviews. To see how these binoculars examine to others we’ve examined, see our full evaluation of inexpensive 8×42 binoculars.  

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