Designed specifically for the hunter, but with much of the technology taken from Steiner’s vast experience with the military and law enforcement, the Steiner 8x30 LRF 1700 binoculars are not only super tough but also deliver a high-contrast, very high-resolution image and all in a package that is lightweight relatively and compact.
The laser rangefinder on these Steiner 8x30 LRF 1700 binoculars could not be more easy to use. With a simple push of a button, you are presented with the distance to your target within the view of your optics.
Using the latest laser technology gleaned from Steiner's work with the military, and when in scan mode, these binoculars are also able to give you continuously updated accurate measurements, which for a small or moving target is vitally important.
With a reasonably wide field of view and a moderate 8x magnification, these binoculars work best at short to medium ranges. This makes them the ideal rangefinding instrument for the hunter operating in wooded areas or forests in particular.
The tough rubber armor covering on the exterior not only protects the optics contained within the housing but the soft surface offers more grip, is less reflective and dampens sounds much more than hard exteriors which both help to ensure that you remain hidden and undetected at all times.
The lightweight hunter will also appreciate the small compact design on these optics, which in combination with the laser rangefinder makes them even more convenient as you don’t need to purchase and then carry a separate rangefinder which saves you even more space.
What is more, with Steiner’s Sports-Auto-Focus system, once you have calibrated the binocular to match your vision using the ocular on each eyepiece, no further focusing is necessary. This makes the binocular incredibly easy to use, even with one hand, which if you are also carrying something like a bow or rifle is an important feature to keep in mind.
Whilst the relatively small 30mm objective lenses help to keep the size and weight of these binoculars to a minimum, it must be remembered that they are less proficient at collecting light as binoculars that use larger lenses. It is for this reason that these may not be the ideal solution if you often hunt in situations when the available light is poor. If this is the case, you may wish to consider a larger instrument like the Steiner Nighthunter 8x56 for example.