Geco 8x42 Binoculars
- By Chris Parkin
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- Last updated: 06/06/2018
It’s no great secret that optics are made all over the world and regardless of marketing hype, a lot of the good ones share some very similar genetics and origins. The first thing my cynical mind took a liking to with GECO’s new binoculars was the very honest marking on the outer rim of the ocular lens end of the maintube, ‘Designed by G.P.O’.
German Precision Optics is a relatively new name, carrying the reputation and talents of some very well-known optical powerhouses in Europe and although not claiming to be made in Germany, certainly carry every single Hallmark of quality. I’m really keen to leave the price out of these binos until the very end because if one word can separate the optical wheat from the chaff in this market, it is ergonomics. The lenses and prisms within the twin tubed body follow the familiar roof prism design, to present a visually linear light path through the tube, even if it does go back and forth within.
Utilising a full magnesium body with a single hinged bridge to alter the interpapillary distance, a fairly hard twin texture polymeric armour protects the binos. Each objective lens is set back 10mm within it and the hinge is smooth, yet stiff to maintain set position. The right side ocular lens shows the dioptre adjustment with an outer collar to balance your two eyes before overall focal control is offered with a generous drum, textured with a rubberised surface, offering single fingertip control. It has the tiniest amount of backlash in it’s feel but this is common to most binoculars that are well sealed against moisture and finding sharp focus within its travel from 2m to infinity was done with ease. This focal range is controlled in 1¾ turns, so there is no problem getting fine detail into sharp resolution with such generous mechanical advantage and I never found my eyes to become strained at any time. At 100-metres, the field of view is a broad 142-metres that beats GECO’s own ‘GOLD’ model, whose 125-metres is actually inferior.
A comfortable hold is available, due to minimalist eyelets for the elasticated neoprene neck strap, which is rubberised for grip on the collar of your jacket. A folding rear eyecup protector threads onto this, with objective protection left to caps that are unlikely to be used. GECO supply a very nice, semi-hard case with a full zippered circumference opening the clamshell case. An internal web divider stores a cleaning cloth and extra case strap. It has lateral wings that will hold it half open like a briefcase or opened completely flat.
Each eyecup has three positions for eye relief, with moderate detents to hold them in position, I can’t stand wimpy ones that allow the eyecups to push too easily back into the body every time you raise the binos to your eyes. I found the 8x42s a pleasure to use, as their price is not intimidating but the quality present is refreshing. I found the broad field of view most appealing, which on an 8x optics, allows for wide scanning of terrain before concentrating in on specific detail that the ED glass’s resolution had no issue displaying, in relaxing focus that never tired my eyes.
I liked the stiff bridge hinge and never found them to have opened or closed unwantedly, with the 670gr weight adding a sense of meaty quality to the item in its otherwise very compact 145mm overall length. In full daylight, I had no issue whatsoever in discerning colours and shapes blending into backgrounds and actually preferred these to the more expensive ‘GOLD’ units from GECO in the same 8x42 configuration. Before you ask why pay more though, rest assured that at very last light, the GOLD model did retain better performance, still capable of picking out some details and objects that had become blank to the standard model. I found the depth of field offered was extensive enough at mid ranges to be able to ignore focus control with a 5.25mm exit pupil very acceptable to keeping your attention locked onto quarry when head/eyebrow position changed, depending on if you were walking or crawling into position, eye relief was versatile.
An excellent pair of binoculars that will make a constant companion. Only the last few minutes of daylight can justify spending 2-3 times more.