Opticron T3 Trailfinder WP 8x32 Binoculars Review
The Opticron T3 Trailfinder binocular family is the next step up from the revered Oregon 4, and shares a lot of the same features. Polycarbonate fogproof/waterproof body wrapped in durable rubber armor, fully multi-coated glass, and Opticron's 5 year Premiere Warranty. The T3 Trailfinders are designed to be good entry-level all-around binoculars for everything from casual field use to hunting, birding, and sporting events.
First of all, build quality. We've handled a lot of Opticron models recently, and their binoculars all have one thing in common. They are all very well built, with precise tolerances and good ergonomics. We really haven't come across a model yet that we haven't enjoyed using. This particular T3 Trailfinder 8x32 bears a lot of resemblance to the Oregon 4 8x32, having a very similar body style and size/weight. The T3 Trailfinder 8x32 binocular has a footprint of just 4.3x4.8 inches and a modest weight of 18.6 ounces.
Despite having a lot in common with the Oregon 4, there are several differences on the T3 Trailfinder 8x32. The first is the eye cups. A gripe we had with the Oregon 4 8x32 was that the eye cups were just a little too low for our tastes in the fully extended position. On the T3 Trailfinder 8x32, there are four positions. But one thing we noticed is that the fourth position is just a little bit too far. We found a much more optimal eye relief with the third position.
Another major difference that we were happy to see is the speed of the focusing knob. On the T3 Trailfinder 8x32, it takes just under 3/4 of a turn to go from a close focus distance of 4.9 feet to infinity. This is an extremely
fast focusing binocular, and we're sure that it might just be too fast for some people. On the bright side, it makes it very easy to view at any distance with one hand. Add the generous 7.5 degree field of view (393 feet at 1000 yards) and the T3 Trailfinder 8x32 starts to look like a very capable mid-sized binocular.
But, we do have some complaints about the T3 Trailfinder 8x32. While the image is very clear, and surprisingly free of all but the slightest chromatic aberration, there is a bit of edge fuzziness visible starting at the halfway point between center of field and the edge. It's not much, but it was noticeable to us. Dealbreaker? No. But it's a slight disappointment in an otherwise perfect 32mm binocular.
The Opticron Trailfinder 3 WP Binocular comes with a rain guard, soft case, neck strap, and Opticron's five year protection plan.
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