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Maven C1 8×42 Binoculars: Our Overview

Sharp-looking binoculars with wonderful optics however a reasonably slim area of view. We fee these a Strong Selection.

At A Look

Maven C1 8x42 binoculars
Maven C1 8×42 binoculars. Picture by Hugh Powell.


  • Nice picture, vibrant and detailed
  • Picture is sharp from edge to edge
  • Wonderful shut focus


  • Moderately slim area of view
  • Steel focus wheel shouldn’t be for everybody


  • Worth: $400 MSRP at press time. Costs usually fluctuate, so examine with retailers
  • Shut focus: Listed at 5.9 ft (180 cm). In assessments, we may focus even nearer, all the way down to about 4.9 ft (150 cm)
  • Subject of view: 6.5° (341 ft at 1,000 yards). Extra about area of view 
  • Weight: 26.1 oz (741 g)—that’s about 0.4 oz (12 g) heavier than the common for 8×42 binoculars in our evaluate
  • Eye aid: 19.5 mm

Viewing Expertise: The Maven C1 affords a vibrant, colourful, and edge-to-edge sharp picture. We loved watching robins plucking wild grapes in a sunlit treetop, and simply picked out the darkish spots and buffy fringes of an immature among the many adults. In a dim forest understory the darkish face of a Black-throated Blue Warbler had loads of element, all the way down to a sparkle of catchlight at midnight eye. Given such a gorgeous picture, the slim 6.5° area of view left us wishing we may see extra by way of them. The shut focus is among the many better of any binoculars we examined, capable of concentrate on the bottom in entrance of our ft and ok for nearly any bird- or insect-watching software.

Really feel and Construct: These binoculars appear nicely constructed, with a little bit of aptitude to the styling together with a metallic orange diopter ring and the phrase “MAVEN” molded into the perimeters of the barrels. The main focus wheel is steel and options slim ridges for grip: to some reviewers it felt exact and certain in its motion, however others disliked the texture and located it gradual to focus. The eyecups are agency and click on securely into place. The padded strap is snug however we discovered it a bit brief. It attaches to the binoculars with easy-to-use plastic buckles as an alternative of the usual, fiddly friction locks; nevertheless the buckles can get in the way in which of the lens cowl.   

Feedback From Testers: 

  • Crisp and vibrant, stable really feel, good focus wheel, sharp eyecups, slim area of view although crisp picture, good stable really feel in hand
  • Very crisp picture and cozy really feel
  • Good sharpness even at edges of view
  • Brilliant picture, good match for my broad face
  • Don’t like steel focus wheel
  • Didn’t just like the thumb grips
  • Didn’t shut slim sufficient for eyes however good picture
  • Very clear image  

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

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