These mid-sized 8x32 Passion ED binoculars retain many of the desired characteristics of the popular 8x42 configuration, but manages to fit them into a slightly smaller, more lightweight package. Thus these binoculars will appeal to users looking for an excellent all-purpose instrument perfect for uses like birdwatching or general wildlife observation, but that is just that bit easier to carry about on long walks or indeed pack away in your luggage than the full sized 8x42 alternative.
Whilst you benefit from the lighter and more compact binocular, the drawback is the fact that the smaller lenses are not able to capture as much light and thus image brightness, especially in low light conditions is not quite as good as the 8x42 Passion ED.
At 136 meters wide at 1000 meters, the field of view is very wide, making it easier for you to quickly locate your intended subject. In the case of small and/or fast moving subjects like birds, this wide view also makes it much easier to follow them.
For a mid-sized binocular the 16mm of eye-relief is good and means that even if you wear eyeglasses, you should be able to achieve the full image by twisting down the eye-cups.
For those who like to occasionally view butterflies, other insects or even perhaps birds in a close-by bush or bird feeder will appreciate the minimum close focusing distance of only 2 meters.
Whilst the focus of GPO’s flagship Passion HD series is firmly aimed at outright performance, German Precision Optics have created this Passion ED series of binoculars with an eye on achieving an excellent performance to price ratio and thus will appeal to those who need a binocular that can perform an exceptional level, but who also have an eye on the price tag.
So whilst many of the features and components are the same between the Passion HD and the Passion ED series binoculars, there are a few differences that help to keep the price of this series a little lower.
Firstly is the fact that they are actually made in different countries: All GPO binoculars are 100% quality controlled in Germany, however the Passion ED binoculars are manufactured in China, whilst the Passion HD’s are produced in a factory in Japan.
Available in either full-sized 8x42 or 10x42 models or the standard mid-sized options of 8x32 or 10x32 models, there are a few other differences which I will highlight below:
These GPO binoculars have a textured rubber armour exterior which provides a good level of grip as well as protection. Underneath they are supported by a magnesium chassis with a top-hinge body design. This single, very thin bridge is also made from magnesium.
Fully sealed, this chassis is both waterproof and nitrogen purged for fog proofing.
Like the flagship Passion HD series, these also have aluminium eyepiece housings and twist-up eyecups with multi-position click stops. Indeed the only major difference in the body is that rather than having the diopter integrated into the focus wheel, these Passion ED binoculars sport a more conventional right eye diopter adjustment ring.
In terms of their optical components and coatings and as with the rest of the instrument, these compare very well against others in this price range. However there are a couple of optical differences between these and the flagship Passion HD series:
Passion ED binoculars use a single ED element within each objective lens, whilst the HD has two slightly higher grade ED elements. The other main change is that these lack the hydrophobic exterior coating used on the Passion HD.
As you would expect , both models feature a fully multi-coated optical system and they both use very high quality Schmidt Pechan roof prism systems. These prisms are both phase corrected and feature multi-coatings of the very best dielectric mirror coatings that reflect more light across the full spectrum for better quality and brighter views.
German Precision Optics supply the Passion ED series binoculars with a hard carry case for improved protection, a thick neoprene neck strap for added comfort, covers for both the objective lenses and the ocular lenses as well as a cleaning cloth and instruction manual.
You also receive a 10-year warranty with all GPO Passion ED binoculars, so should anything go wrong, your binocular will be replaced or repaired at no cost to you.
|Binoculars series||GPO Passion ED|
|In production since||-|
|Prism type||Roof - Schmidt/Pechan|
|Diopter range||-3 / +3 Dpt|
|Field of view...||136m/1000m|
|Field of view (deg.).||8.7407°|
|Apparent field of view (deg.).||0°|
|Diopter setting position||Right eye-piece|
|Body type||Single hinge|