Allowing us to assess whether an animal is suitable for harvesting, binoculars are among the more essential hunting accessories. Most hunters usually don’t pick out binoculars by renowned European manufacturers when making their first and second purchases. They, alternatively, choose binoculars of good quality for a reasonable price. The abundance of low-cost binoculars on today’s market makes deciding on the right pair of binoculars exhausting. We therefore strongly recommend consulting an expert before purchasing. Comparing binoculars from different series, we at Optics Trade have reached some compelling conclusions, which may solve your dire predicament. In the below €500 price range, GPO Passion ED binoculars really impressed us.
GPO, or German Precision Optics, has entered the market just recently. That, however, does not mean that people in charge are new kids in town. They all used to work at other acclaimed European optics manufacturers, which is why they are well acquainted with market demand and competitive strategies. In the last couple of years, many people who tried out GPO’s optical devices, despite being leery at first, have recognized their potential and made a purchase. That itself bespeaks the quality of the products.
Magnesium housings on €500-odd binoculars are rather uncommon. These are usually reserved for higher-priced binoculars from well-established producers. However, all binoculars in the Passion ED series boast a magnesium housing, partly rubberized for better protection and a firm grip. Special attention is paid to all the details on the housing, while the black rubber coating gives it a classic, elegant look. The eyepieces are of high quality, user-friendly and suitable for glasses-wearers. The series includes four models: 8×32, 10×32, 8×42, and 10×42, available in four different color combinations. For hunting purposes, we recommend the last two models, except for mountain hunting, for which the first two models are also worth their salt. Depending on the model, the price ranges from €380 to €450.
Despite the relative importance of structure and aesthetics, the salient feature of binoculars is optics quality – yet another feature where Passion ED doesn’t fail, considering its price. The image is sharp in the center and on the edges as well as full of contrast, field of view generous, and colors vivid. The inside is filled with dry nitrogen to prevent fogging at low temperatures.
GPO understands well what great quality for a reasonable price means. There are few binoculars in this price range that can compete with the Passion ED series in terms of optics and mechanics. And what is more, it comes with a ten-year warranty: a once-in-a-blue-moon case in this price range.