SE (Special Edition) Series
In recent years, smaller Porro-style binoculars have somewhat fallen out of favor over the more-compact roof prism style. In fact, a well-known Japanese brand discontinued their highly-regarded SE line of Porro-prism models in favor of their roof-prism models. But many binocular aficionados prefer the Porro style not only for greater performance for the dollar, but also a greater feeling of 3D from the wider separation of the objective lenses- so fans of the SE’s were disappointed with the decision to discontinue them.
Oberwerk’s new SE Series have a similar ergonomic design of the original SE’s, but have improved optical performance by using FK-61 ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass objectives, which eliminate chromatic aberration (false-color fringing). The Oberwerk SE’s have a wider FOV than the originals, yet are surprisingly-sharp to the edge. Unlike the original SE’s the Oberwerk models are waterproof and nitrogen-filled. Available in 8×32, 10×42, and 12×50.
|8×32 SE||ED (FK-61), WA, WP, padded case||100%||8.2°||144m||66°||15mm||4.0mm||56-76mm||3m||5″||1.75||$249.95|
|10×42 SE||ED (FK-61), WA, WP, padded case||100%||6.5°||114m||65°||15mm||4.2mm||56-76mm||4m||6″||2.0||$279.95|
|12×50 SE||ED (FK-61), WA, WP, padded case||100%||5.5°||88m||66°||14mm||4.17mm||56-76mm||6m||7″||2.25||$319.95|