Carson Binoculars Review

May 30, 2019 2 Comments

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Carson’s head office is located in the USA and in 2017 they opened a distribution center in Netherlands.

Carson also has opened a new distribution center in the UK in 2015, has a warehouse in New York.

Carson was founded by Richard Cameron in 1990. First the company’s name was Copitar USA and later changed to Carson.

Carson company was first started as a binocular company and later expanded to manufacturing microscopes and magnifiers.

Carson has now over 28 years of experience in optics manufacturing with special attention to their customers to satisfy all their needs and complaints.

Carson now is one of the leading manufacturers of high quality optics.

Carson offers a wide range of optical products, such as binoculars, microscopes, magnifiers, rifle scopes, telescopes, laser range finders, monoculars, night vision devices, spotting scopes.

Carson offers various types of warranty to all their products: US Warranty, Outside of US and Binocular Warranty Procedure in USA.

Carson promotes its products via retailers, such as Wallmart, amazon.com, Adorama, Orvis, B&H, Brookstone, Office Depot, FredMeyer, and many other retailers.

 

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Carson can now easily compete with many there well-known manufacturers of high quality optics, such as Oberwerk, Vortex, Levenhuk, Vanguard and many others.

Carson uses only premium quality prism and lenses to deliver crystal clear and sharp image to the end user.

If you are looking for a cheap set of binoculars Carson is not the best choice for you then.

Thanks to a vast experience in optics Carson can offer binoculars almost for all type of users.

They offer binoculars for travelers, for bird watching, for sporting events, for hunting. They even manufacture telescopes.

But I don’t review telescopes. I review only binoculars.

I don’t like monoculars and telescopes because your viewing experience is limited due to viewing with one eye which is very uncomfortable in my opinion.

 

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Carson offers the following type of binoculars:

 

  • Carson 3D series binoculars
  • Carson compact binoculars
  • Carson full-size binoculars
  • Carson RD series binoculars
  • Carson VP series binoculars

 

In general all Carson binoculars produce high quality image when looking through them.

You will be very satisfied with any model you want to buy. But it’s recommended to choose one depending on your buy intent.

What is suitable for home use may not be suitable for hunting.

Though you may not even notice any difference even if you buy binoculars not designed for hunting purposes.

But in order to get the best experience you better choose Carson binoculars depending on the purpose of use.

Especially if you plan to buy Carson binoculars for hunting purposes you better choose one that is waterproof and fog proof that can be used in all conditions.

All additional features will cost you more money. Whey then spend more money on expensive Carson binoculars when you can save your money and buy a cheap one that is suitable for your purposes.

Let’s now see what type of binoculars Carson does offer so you can decide and choose the best set of binoculars.

 



 

Carson 3D series binoculars – From $350 to $435 – High Class

Carson 3D series binoculars – designed mainly for outdoor activities like hunting, hiking or for any travelers.

Prices for this series start from $350 and up to $435. All of them are waterproof and fog-roof filled with nitrogen.

The prism, lens quality are supreme with a wide field of view. There are two types of Carson 3D series binoculars: ED glass and non ED glass.

ED glass quality is a little higher than non ED. It has minimum chromatic aberration which makes image clear, sharp and bright.

 

 

Carson 3D series binoculars are different from other models due to their three-dimensional effect.

3D effect means you don’t need to adjust the focus every time you want to view objects through the binoculars.

This effect is present in any porro binoculars but not in roof prism binoculars.

Thanks to this feature in Carson 3D binoculars you can adjust the focus once and then use binoculars provided viewing distance doesn’t change a lot.

Carson offers limited lifetime warranty for this series. Your binocular will be replaced or repaired in case any defect has been found.

Carson also offers No-Fault Warranty which means in case of any damage your set will be replaced or repaired at no expense to you.

Most important aspect of any binocular and why we buy them is the image quality they produce when looking through them.

The image quality in all Carson binoculars is very good. It’s hard to find any reason to not like it.

Carson 3D series binoculars combine all important features most people want to get when choosing an optical device.

 

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Carson 3D series binoculars have the following features:

  • Compact and Lightweight
  • Fully Multi-coated Lenses
  • Phase Correction Coatings
  • Waterproof, Fogproof
  • BAK-4 Prisms
  • Rubber armour
  • Tripod Adaptable

 

Carson 3D series binoculars:

  • Carson 3D Series – 8x42mm – ED Glass
  • Carson 3D Series – 10x50mm – ED Glass
  • Carson 3D Series – 10x50mm – Standard Glass
  • Carson 3D Series – 10x42mm – Standard Glass
  • Carson 3D Series – 8x42mm – Standard Glass
  • Carson 3D Series – 8x32mm – Standard Glass
  • Carson 3D Series – 10x42mm – ED Glass
  • Carson 3D Series – 8x32mm – ED Glass
  • Carson 3D Series – 10x42mm – ED Glass

 

  Carson 3D Series High Definition Waterproof Binoculars with ED Glass, 10×42

– Wide field of view (Field of View: 314 feet at 1,000 yards, 6 degrees angle of view)
Waterproof/Fogproof
Magnification power 10x
High quality optics BAK-4 with ED Glass
96% customer satisfaction
Price: $254.95

Carson 3D Series High Definition Waterproof Binoculars, 10x42

4,7 score

 

 

 

 

 

  Carson 3D Series High Definition Waterproof Binoculars, 8×42, ED glass

– Wide field of view
Waterproof/Fogproof
Magnification power 10x
High quality optics BAK-4 with ED Glass
100% customer satisfaction
Price: $258

carson 3d 8x42

 

4,7 score

 

 

 

 

 

  Carson 3D Series High Definition Waterproof Binoculars, 8×32, ED glass

– Wide field of view
Waterproof/Fogproof
Magnification power 10x
High quality optics BAK-4 with ED Glass
100% customer satisfaction
Price: $258

carson 3d 8x32 ed glass

 

4,7 score

 

 

 

 

 

  Carson 3D Series Waterproof Binoculars with ED Glass, 10×42, Mossy Oak

– Wide field of view (Field of View: 314 feet at 1,000 yards, 6 degrees angle of view)
Waterproof/Fogproof
Magnification power 10x
High quality optics BAK-4 with ED Glass
100% customer satisfaction
Price: $493

carson 10x42 3D with ED glass Mossy Oak

4,7 score

 

 

 

 

Carson compact binoculars – From $30 to $75 – Cheap Class

Carson compact binoculars – This series is designed specifically for those that want to get super lightweight, super compact binoculars with a relatively good image quality for a cheap price.

Most Carson compact binoculars have BK-7 prism which means the image quality is inferior to those that have BAK-4 prism.

 

 

It’s still acceptable and you can choose from this series if you plan to buy a binoculars under $90.

I personally don’t buy BK-7 other than for testing purposes for my website. The main feature of these binoculars that they are lightweight and cheap.

Image quality is acceptable. Some of them have BAK-4 prism which makes them fully-functional binoculars.

These binoculars are not waterproof or fog-poof. This series was mainly designed for theatre, sporting events, opera, concerts.

 

Carson Compact Binoculars:

  • Stinger HW-8×22 – BK-7 prism
  • Hornet HT-8×22 – BK-7 prism
  • Tracker TZ-8×21 – BK-7 prism
  • ScoutPlus JD-025 -10×25 – BK-7 Prism
  • Scout JD-8×22 – BK-7 prism
  • MiniScout JD-7×18 – BK-7 prism
  • Outlaw MO-025 – 10×25 – BK-7 prism
  • OperaView OV-4×10 – BK-7 prism
  • TrailMaxx TM-10×25 – BK-7 prism
  • TrailMaxx TM-8×21 – BK-7 prism
  • Falconer FR-7×20 – BAK-4 prism
  • MantaRay MR-8×24 – BAK-4 prism

 

 

  Stinger HW-8×22 – BK-7 prism

– Wide field of view
Magnification power 8x
Customer satisfaction: Yes
Price: $50

Stinger HW-8x22 - BK-7 prism

4,4 score

 

 

 

 

  Tracker TZ-8×21 – BK-7 prism

– Wide field of view
Magnification power 8x
Customer satisfaction: Yes
Price: $30

Tracker TZ-8x21 - BK-7 prism

4,4 score

 

 

 

 

 

  Scout JD-8×22 – BK-7 prism

– Wide field of view
Magnification power 8x
Customer satisfaction: Yes
Price: $49

Scout JD-8x22 - BK-7 prism

4,4 score

 

 

 

 

   OperaView OV-4×10 – BK-7 prism

– Wide field of view
Magnification power 4x
Customer satisfaction: Yes
Price: $75

OperaView OV-4x10 - BK-7 prism

4,4 score

 

 

 

 

  TrailMaxx TM-8×21 – BK-7 prism

– Wide field of view
Magnification power 8x
Customer satisfaction: Yes
Price: $40

TrailMaxx TM-8x21 - BK-7 prism

4,4 score

 

 

 

Carson full-size binoculars – From $140 to $175 – Medium Class

Carson full-size binoculars are designed for all kinds of outdoor activities like hunting, hiking birding or fishing.

Some binoculars in this series are waterproof and fog-proof while others are fog-proof only.

They all have BAK-4 prism which ensures high quality, crystal clear and bright image.

Prices start from $140 and up to $175.

 

There are 4 types of Carson full-size binoculars:

  • JR Series – 10x42mm – BAK-4 prism, Fully Multi-Coated
  • JR Series – 10x42mm – BAK-4 prism, Fully Multi-Coated
  • JR Series – 8x42mm – BAK-4 prism, Fully Multi-Coated
  • Caribou Mossy Oak -10×42 – BAK-4 prism , multi-coated

All these binoculars produce high quality image remember that fully multi-coated lenses produce a little better image in terms of being sharper and brighter.

But there is no huge difference in the image quality.

 

  JR Series – 10x42mm – BAK-4 prism, Fully Multi-Coated

– Wide field of view
Waterproof/Fogproof
Magnification power 10x
High quality optics BAK-4
100% customer satisfaction
Price: $175

JR Series – 10x42mm - BAK-4 prism

4,7 score

 

 

 

         

   JR Series – 8x42mm – BAK-4 prism, Fully Multi-Coated

– Wide field of view
Waterproof/Fogproof
Magnification power 8x
High quality optics BAK-4
100% customer satisfaction
Price: $140

JR Series – 8x42mm - BAK-4 prism, Fully Multi-Coated

4,7 score

 

 

Carson RD series binoculars – From $105 to $149 – Medium Class

Carson RD series binoculars are also designed for outdoor activities like hunting, hiking.

BAK-4 prism ensures high quality, bright and clear image. RD series binoculars are very durable and waterproof.

RD series are all open bridge binoculars.

Open bridge binoculars are well known for being lightweight and easy to hold with one hand. Price start from $105 and up to $250.

 

Advantages of Carson RD series binoculars:

  • Lightweight
  • Innovative design
  • Waterproof
  • Fully multi-coated lenses
  • Reasonable price

 

Carson offers different RD models:

  • Carson RD Series – 10x42mm
  • Carson RD Series – 10x50mm
  • Carson RD Series – 8x42mm
  • Carson RD Series – 10x42mm
  • Carson RD Series – 10x34mm
  • Carson RD Series – 8x26mm

 

  Carson RD Series Open-Bridge High Definition Binoculars 8×42
Wide field of view
Waterproof/Fogproof
Magnification power 8x
High quality optics BAK-4
100% customer satisfaction
Price: $149.99

Carson RD Series Open-Bridge High Definition Binoculars 8x42

4,8 score

 

 

 

 

 

  Carson RD Series Open-Bridge High Definition Binoculars 10×42
Wide field of view
Waterproof/Fogproof
Magnification power 10x
High quality optics BAK-4
100% customer satisfaction
Price: $149.99

Carson RD Series Open-Bridge High Definition Binoculars 10x42

 

4,8 score

 

 

 

 

 

  Carson RD Series – 8x26mm

Wide field of view
Waterproof
Magnification power 8x
High quality optics BAK-4
100% customer satisfaction
Price: $105

Carson RD Series – 8x26mm

4,8 score

 

 

 

Carson VP series binoculars – From $165 to $285 – High Class

Carson VP series binoculars are premium quality binoculars combining modern design, power and reasonable price.

This series includes 5 binoculars. All binoculars have BAK-4 prism which ensures high quality image.

Like RD series VP series is designed for hiking, hunting, birding and fishing. Prices vary from $165 and up to $285.

10×25 binoculars are the most lightweight (380 gr) while the heaviest one is 12×50 VP -250 which is 860 gr.

All VP series models are fully multi-coated with BAK-4 prism. All VP series models are tripod adaptable.

Thanks to eyecups Carson VP series like all other Carson models can be efficient even for eyeglass wearers.

Carson binoculars have innovative, modern design, powerful features and compared to other competing manufactures of high-end optics are sold at reasonable prices.

Most Carson binoculars have phase correction coatings which ensures clear, bright, sharp and color rich image.

The best part of Carson binoculars is that they all come with a lifetime warranty which means you can travel without any worry of damage to your binoculars.

Carson will replace or repair your binoculars in case something happens to your binoculars.

 

Advantages of Carson VP series binoculars:

  • Lightweight
  • Warranty
  • Innovative design
  • Waterproof
  • Fully multi-coated lenses
  • Good for eyeglass wearers
  • Wide field of view
  • Reasonable price

 

Carson offers 5 VP series models:

  • Carson VP series – VP-042 – 10x42mm
  • Carson VP series – VP-842 – 8x42mm
  • Carson VP series – VP-832 – 8x32mm
  • Carson VP series – VP-250 – 12x50mm
  • Carson VP series – VP-025 – 10x25mm

 

   Carson VP Series Compact High Definition Binoculars 8×42
Wide field of view
Waterproof/Fogproof
Magnification power 8x
High quality optics BAK-4
92% customer satisfaction
Price: $124.55

Carson VP Series Compact High Definition Binoculars 8x42

4,8 score

 

 

 

 

 

  Carson VP Series Compact High Definition Binoculars 10×42
Wide field of view
Magnification power 10x
BaK-4 prism
Waterproof and Fogproof
92% Customer satisfaction
Price: $155

Carson VP Series Compact High Definition Binoculars 8x42

4,7 score

 

 

 

 

 

  Carson VP Series Compact High Definition Binoculars 10×25
Wide field of view
Waterproof/Fogproof
Magnification power 10x
High quality optics BAK-4
82% customer satisfaction
Price: $165

Carson VP Series Compact High Definition Binoculars 10x25

4,8 score

 

 

 

 

 

   Carson VP Series Compact High Definition Binoculars 12×50
Wide field of view
Magnification power 12x
BaK-4 prism
Waterproof and Fogproof
92% Customer satisfaction
Price: $145.52

Carson VP Series Compact High Definition Binoculars 12x50

4,7 score

 

 

 

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  1. Matthew says:

    i am due a new pair of binoculars as the pair I have now seem really out of focus so I thought I would look online to find a new pair and stumbled upon your website.

    I’m no expert on what makes a good pair of binoculars so I need to read some reviews to see what I will get for my money

    I don’t go bird watching or hunting, I just like to have a pair in my home as I live in a set of high-rise apartments and love to watch the world go by as I can’t leave my house due to medical reasons.

    Before you ask, I’m no peeping tom, lol but it’s pretty much the only interaction I get with the outside world so I need a pair of binoculars to be able to see the view from my apartment because I have an awesome view of the mountains that are situated around my area that I live.

    I had a pair of Nikon prostaff before and they were great, are Carson better than Nikon in terms of quality for money?

    Thanks if you can help 🙂

    • Adam says:

      Hi Matthew,

      Thank you for interest and stopping by on my website. Like you I love to watch the world through my binoculars. It’s a great feeling when you can view distant objects and bring closer to you without leaving your home. When it comes to Nikon prostaff it’s a great of binocular. Nikon is one of the leading manufacturers of premium quality optics. You can find Nikon binoculars here. When it comes to Carson binoculars they are great binoculars too. I can recommend Carson VP Series Compact High Definition Binoculars 10×25 or Carson VP Series Compact High Definition Binoculars 8×42 or Carson 3D Series High Definition Waterproof Binoculars, 8×32, ED glass. The last one is the best one with ED Glass. I highly recommend it if you can afford it. If you can’t afford it then you can choose any of first two binoculars or choose Nikon Prostaff 3s Binocular 8×42. If you still have other questions let me know and I will try to help.

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