Carson 3D Series High Definition Waterproof Binoculars with ED Glass (10X42)

Carson Mossy Oak BinoMagnification: 10X
Power Variability: Fixed
Objective Diameter: 42 mm
Close Focus Distance: 9.8 ft
Dimensions: 5.6/5.0 Inches
Weight: 23.2 oz
Field of View: 314 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: 16 mm/4.2 mm
Optics Coatings: Fully multi-coated
Glass: BAK-4
Prism System: Roof
Focus System: Center
Waterproof/Fog-proof: Yes/Yes
Eye cups: Twist-up
Tripod adaptable: Yes
Rangefinder: No

Best Uses: Hunting, For the Range, Birdwatching, Wildlife Observation, Event Observation, Sight Seeing

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Carson 3D 10X42 Review

The Carson 3D binos are an excellent pair of glasses for any and all occasions. The quality is definitely there, and for the price, it’s a steal. It sports every quality feature you could ask for on a pair binoculars without the rangefinder technology. It’s simple, easy to use, and optical clarity is impressive.

Carson 3D Series BinosNot only do you have ED glass to correct for chromatic aberration, but you’ve also got phase-corrected prisms to support maximum resolution, color fidelity, and contrast. To make things even better, Carson went ahead and loaded the glass with dielectric coatings to improve light transmission performance. These coatings together are often seen on much pricier binos than this one. So far, the quality is proving our point of being above par for its price range.

The masses agree with our verdict. As a whole, the Carson 3D ED 10×42 binoculars hit it out of the ball park when it comes to impressing the crowd with its optical prowess. Reviewers say the binos are well-constructed, comfortable and easy to use, and the glass quality is superb.

However, it seems there are very few instances of a loose or squeaky center focus knob. Carson recognizes this as a defect, and they’re more than happy to repair or replace your binos at no charge if you happen to be part of the 1% with this issue. Apart from that, there’s seriously no legitimate complaint against the awesome binos. Do the masses recommend it? We all do!

 

PROS:
  • Price
  • Excellent glass quality
  • Multiple glass coatings
  • Tripod adaptable
  • Extra accessories included
CONS:
  • Loose center focus wheel

 

Carson 3D Series Binocular Q&A:

Do the Carson Binoculars come with Lens Caps?

This happens to be one of the most confusing aspects of buying the binos. Initially, it seems that the binoculars didn’t come with lens caps included in the purchase, however, as of 2017, lens caps are included in the package when you purchase your binoculars at no extra cost and purely for your convenience.

 

What are all the Included Accessories?

Carson Bino and Carry CaseCarson takes a lot of pride into providing maximum value for your purchase.

They’ve included everything from the bino, BinoArmor case, and shoulder harness to the neoprene neck strap, lens cloth, one-piece eye cup covers, and objective lens caps.

This is a complete kit that will have you Glassing in style and comfort!

 

What are the Available Models in the 3D ED TD Series?

There are multiple models in this series that includes the 8×32, 8×42, and 10×42 binos. You can also go larger with the 10×50 model. While all of them are available in the black finish, the 10×42 is the only one that also comes in the Mossy Oak finish if you’re a die-hard hunter.

 

How Durable are the Binoculars?

The Carson 3D ED TD binoculars are extremely durable and compact units. They can withstand heavy abuse even to the point of being frozen solid for over an hour and then thawed under the beating sun. If you don’t believe it, check out our Field Test of the Carson Binoculars to see for yourself!

 

What is the BinoArmor Case?

The Carson binoculars come with an included deluxe carry case that does more than just store your binos. It’s been specially designed for use while glassing. It has a magnetic system that keeps the case closed to eliminate the noise and disruption that zippers and velcro create. You secure the binos in place with the thick, elastic strap and you glass on while the rest of the case naturally falls out of your way. Use it to protect your binos while out in the field and store it wisely while it’s not in use.

Carson BinoArmor Neoprene Case

 

What Warranty do the Binoculars come with?

Carson backs these binoculars with their best warranty yet. It comes with the No Fault, No Hassle Warranty where they will repair or replace your binoculars at no charge no matter the cause.

 

What is ED Glass?

ED glass is extra-low dispersion glass. The glass prisms are made with special components that correct for aberrations that are bound to happen because you’re dealing with reflecting light and glass. ED glass elements help to maintain color fidelity while reducing light dispersion to prevent chromatic aberration that you know as color fringing. If you want more on this, check out our APO Lenses Guide to get fully informed!

 

What makes the Carson 3D Binoculars Comfortable to use?

This series of binoculars feature ergonomic thumb indents and grips on the underside of the bino. They’re placed just right to help your hands naturally fall into place for correct handling. Because they’re compact binoculars, you also won’t experience wrist strain from weight or incorrect handling. Additionally, the all-over body armor has a grippy texturing that’s not too stiff.

 

Noteworthy Features:

  • Tough, rugged construction: shock-proof, fog-proof, and waterproof
  • Multi-purpose binoculars for every outdoor occasion
  • Usable with glasses with extra-long eye relief
  • Superior glass quality with outstanding coatings
  • Best binocular warranty

 

Our Verdict on the Carson 3D Series Binos

To glass it up, the Carson 3D ED 10X42 binoculars are an excellent buy that you won’t regret. Carson certainly takes pride in their optics that is obvious right from the packaging to use in the field. The optical quality and durable construction with the deluxe accessories puts this pair of glasses in a much higher price range that can compete with many units more than twice its price.

If you want even more extended eye relief of 20 mm, the Carson 3D ED 10X50 binoculars can give you that. Even the smaller 8X models offer 19.5 mm of eye relief. There’s no going wrong when you buy a Carson!

These Carson binos are comparable to Nikon and Vortex optics. In fact, go ahead and pit these against the Vortex Viper HD 10×42 or the Nikon Monarch 5 10×42 with Eco-Glass for a fair comparison.

Do the Carsons have a legitimate footing in the optics industry? There’s no doubt about it now! Check out our Carson Field Test to get the detailed walk-through on the impressive binos.

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