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GPO Passion ED 8x42

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GPO Passion ED 8x42 Details

The fact that these use high quality optics and coatings as well as the 8x42 configuration ensures that not only are these binoculars able to capture and then transmit a good level of light right through the optical pathway, but the fairly large 5.25mm exit pupil means that their image brightness and low light performance is excellent.
The field of view you get whilst looking through these binoculars is extremely wide, making it easier to quickly locate your intended subject and then in the case of fast and perhaps erratic moving birds or wildlife easier to follow and keep within your view.
The minimum close focus distance of 2m is good for an 8x42 binocular and thus puts them forward as a good option for those who occasionally like to study things like butterflies, other insects or even birds from very close range.
The multi-position, twist-up eyecups and generous 18mm of eye relief mean that even if you use eyewear, you will be able to position your eyes correctly behind the ocular lenses in order to achieve the full field of view.

About GPO Passion ED Binoculars

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:

Important Features

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.

Optical Properties

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.

Accessories

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.

Features of GPO Passion ED Binoculars

  • Fluorite Containing ED Glass Lens Elements
  • Fully Multi-Coated Optical Pathway
  • Phase Corrected & Dielectric Coated Schmidt Pechan Roof Prisms
  • Magnesium Chassis
  • Twist-Up Aluminium Eyecups with intermediate click stops
  • Right Eye Diopter
  • Waterproof and Fogproof (Nitrogen filling)

Accessories of GPO Passion ED Binoculars

  • Hard Carry Case
  • Neoprene Neck Strap
  • Objective Lens Covers
  • Ocular Covers
  • Cleaning Cloth
  • Instruction Manual

Warranty Terms and Conditions

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.

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GPO Passion ED 8x42 Specifications

ManufacturerGPO
Binoculars seriesGPO Passion ED
Made in-
In production since-
Warranty10 years
SKUB340c
Type of prism Roof - Schmidt/Pechan
Variable magnification No
Magnification. 8x
Diopter adjustment -3 / +3 Dpt
Lens size diameter. 42mm
Exit pupil. 5.3mm
Field of view - FOV... 142m/1000m
Field of view (angular). 8.14°
Apperent FOV (angular).
Eye relief distance. 18mm
Closest focusing distance. 2m
Twilight Factor 18.33
Light transmittance 90%
Relative Brightness 28.1
Lens coatings Fully Multicoated
Length.145mm
Width.146.6325mm
Height.62.0368mm
Weight.750.6754g
MaterialNo
Working temperature range-
Filled with -
Focusing system Central
Diopter setting locationRight eye-piece
Minimal interpupillary distance.62.7936
Maximal interpupillary distance.84.0986
Type of BodySingle hinge
Water proof Yes
Fogproof Yes
Tripod compliantNo
Built-in Compass No
Built in Range finderNo
Image stabilization (IS) No
Able to float No

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I became interested in these binoculars after watching Optics-Trade You Tube debate on “Best 8x42 binoculars” where they came out winner in my price range. I also noticed that they have been highly recommended on a number of birding sites.
These bins are wonderful! Great build quality and optics!
I bought them specifically for use when radio tracking koalas in Australia - they are great for me to see koala’s health condition clearly high in canopy. Excellent for birding.
Great for day hikes but probably too heavy for multi-day hikes at approx 1 kg (inclusive of accessories/case).
I can thoroughly recommend Optics-Trade EU. Answered my questions promptly. Dispatched and tracking to Australia within described timeframe. Thoroughly professional company.
Very happy with my purchase. Thanks Optic-Trade!

(Posted on 10/06/2021)

Great upgrade for birding under $500 By
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This is a great option for birding. I was using Nikon Monarch 5 8x42 but the field of view is quiet small for birding. I was looking for an upgrade without breaking the bank. I was reading reviews and I found Optics Trade with this video (The ULTIMATE 8x42 Binoculars Buying Guide) where they talk about the great quality of this GPO Passion ed. Even is a new brand on the market, I decided to give them a try. I bought them from the US website. I sent an email to them before buying and I got answers very quickly. I have been using them for couple of days and they are impressive (the field of view, build quality, accessories). One thing that got my attention is the fact that they support conservation organizations(ABA and 2 other). One thing that I would like to have is longer eye relieve, other than that, no complains. I hope to enjoy them for a long time, so far so good.

(Posted on 22/11/2020)

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