Sunday, June 23, 2024

Nocs Field Issue review (2023): Lightweight, colorful and fun


NOC provision, which Makes some of our favorite binoculars, including a new 32-mm binocular dubbed Field Issue. The Field Issue slides into the NOC lineup between the original 7×25 binoculars and last year’s larger 42-mm model. This latest release hits the sweet spot between magnification, price, and weight, making them a great option for beginners or anyone traveling light.

The Nocs Field Issue is available in both 10x and 8x magnification, and I tested the 8×32 model. While our binocular guide suggests that 8×42 is the best binocular size – and we stand by that – sometimes you want something a little lighter. Whether you’re hiking all day, packing for a long trip, or need to save space and weight, sometimes an 8×42 is just too heavy. This is where 8×32 comes in handy. It sacrifices some zoom power, but still provides great close-up views of wildlife.

fun shape

Like the company’s previous releases, NOC’s field issue binoculars are colorfastly coated with a soft, but rugged thermoplastic. I think of them as ruffles of binoculars. They’re tough, portable, and dare I say – fun to use.

Photograph: Knox

I’ve always thought of Nocs as the easiest binoculars out there. They are colorful and friendly, if inanimate objects can be friendly. they don’t shout i’m expensive and fragile The way some telescopes do, and in fact they are not both. No false advertising here. That’s why, in binocular guides, I recommend them for both children (especially the 7×25, which fits well in children’s hands) and adults new to binoculars.

The only problem is that some people take this to mean they aren’t serious binoculars, and nothing could be further from the truth. NOC makes great binoculars and the Field Issue is no exception.

The Field Issue features fully multicoated lenses and uses the same Baek4 prism as the rest of the NOC line. BaK-4 prisms typically produce higher quality images, while cheaper binoculars often use BK-7 prisms. In real-world terms, the BaK4 prism draws in more light from the periphery of the field of view. This makes the edges of your field of view brighter, while the middle isn’t blown out by too much light, improving your overall field of vision.

However this is not the end of the story. All of that light has to pass through a glass lens on its way to and from the prism. This is the main difference between $2,000 binoculars and $300 binoculars. Nocs are not Leicas; That said, they are very nice. I’ve rarely noticed the kind of chromatic aberration and purple fringing that you get with many options in this price range.

Photograph: Knox