Redfield 10X50 Renegade Porro Prism Binoculars (Fully Multi-Coated)

redfield-renegade-10x50Magnification: 10X
Power Variability: Fixed
Objective Diameter: 50 mm
Close Focus Distance: 17.3 feet
Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 3 inches
Weight: 31.3 ounces
Field of View: 347 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: 18 mm/5 mm
Optics Coatings: Fully Multi-Coated
Glass: BAK-4
Prism System: Porro
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

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Redfield Renegade Binoculars Review

This roughly $100 Redfield Renegade 10X50 binocular has fully multi-coated large 50 mm objective lenses that sits on a fully waterproof and fog-proof aluminum body. Its twist up eye cups, center focus system, and BAK4 prisms are well-made on the low budget porro prism binocular.

This Redfield binocular has left a stunning impression with its hunting crowd. This is obvious with the solid near perfect rating it currently has with a decently sized reviewer base.

But, as only one of two porro prism binoculars in the entire Redfield line, and also the entire Leupold line (who are the parent company of Redfield), what makes you think you should go this route? Let this Q&A be your answering guide.

 

PROs:
  • Price
  • Porro prism
  • Fully weatherproof
  • Tripod adaptable
  • Low light use
CONs:
  • No locking eye cups

 

Renegade 10X50 Binocular Q&A:

What are the advantages of the porro prism on this Redfield binocular?

As you might already know, the porro prism design has the old-fashioned, offset eyepiece-to-objective lens set up. While it sometimes gets the shaft when compared to the roof prism design, there are actually some optical benefits and strengths to choose a porro over a roof prism binocular.

The main advantage of why a porro prism bino can be optically superior to a roof prism bino is because light requires only four reflections instead of six in the porro. This minimizes light loss.

Additionally, porro prisms don’t need mirror coatings or phase correction coatings to make it an excellent optic like roof prisms do. Light reflections occur simply in a “Z”-like pattern with no phase shifting.

They may also offer a richer depth of field with 3D-like images and a wider field of view over a roof prism. For example, this porro prism Renegade 10X50 bino has a field of view at 1000 yards of 347 feet. The roof prism Rebel 10X50 bino has a field of view at 1000 yards of 284 feet. Enough said.

The only downside is that this porro prism bino is heavy because of the “Z” shaped optical light path that requires a larger frame be built. This Renegade also weighs in at a beefy 31.3 ounces.

 

What quality level are the lens coatings on the binocular?

All of Redfield’s binoculars have the fully multi-coated lens. Obviously, Redfield doesn’t take short cuts when it comes to their optics. Fully multi-coated lens are the best in their category.

Although these are the low budget optics of the parent company, Leupold, they’re still treated with the best level of coatings to ensure you’re getting top-dollar quality optics.

The purpose of fully multi-coated lens is to provide an optimal environment for light to pass through the optic versus single or just coated lenses.

But, for the average hunter, there’s really no way to test if the coatings were applied evenly and at the right thickness. You’re at the mercy of trusting the manufacturer.

Fortunately, Leupold is a company with integrity and their quality control procedures require the utmost best when it comes to the coating process. You know you can trust them because Leupold is respected for their bright optics and image quality for excellent prices.

This “brightness” that they’re known for comes from very high light transmission rates thanks to their coatings. No blotchiness, glare, and light reflections here.

 

Is this a good low light hunting binocular?

Now that you know all about fully multi-coated optics, you should be able to guess that these are going to be, at the very least, good for low light hunting. This Renegade also has large 50 mm objective lenses and a 5 mm exit pupil. Now, that “good” just got upgraded to an “excellent”.

The big lenses also provide a great environment for as much light to collect in the binocular as it can get. With all the right optical components in place – great glass, quality coatings, realistic objective lens sizes, and usable exit pupils – you have yourself a perfect recipe to stay out for as long as you dare.

 

What is the Renegade’s weatherproof qualities?

Since you know this is a porro prism device, your brain automatically says that it’s not weatherproof at all, right? Well once again, Redfield outdoes themselves. This porro prism Redfield binocular is 100 percent fully waterproof and nitrogen filled to ensure it’s fog-proof.

Let me say this loud and clear – this isn’t the norm for a porro prism binocular. They’re extremely difficult to weatherproof because of their prism design, so for this bino to have waterproof and fog-proof qualities, it’s impressive.

I wouldn’t go testing its limitations by tossing it in the lake or anything like that. But, at least you know you’ll be covered if those storm clouds come rolling in and you’re not quite done with the hunt.

 

Why doesn’t Redfield list the product dimensions for the Renegade binocular?

Redfield isn’t the only optics manufacturer to omit dimension details on their website. The fact of the matter is, the length is really the only size you need to know. This will tell you how long it is and if it will fit your hunting needs. A travel case and lanyard will keep bigger optics nearby.

But…. there is a but. How wide and how thick (height) the binoculars are is also a helpful measurement to know, especially if you’re after a compact bino. Leupold & Stevens disagrees. They say the width isn’t important to list because everyone’s IPD is different and it’s going to be variable which directly affects the width.

But, for those of us who want to see if it will fit inside our camo hunting pockets or in the front slot of our big game vest, knowing those specs will help in the buying process.

If you’re really concerned about the product dimensions, give Leupold & Stevens a call – they might even be more willing to give you these specs than they were for me.

Otherwise, the dimensions listed on Amazon should at least serve as a general idea. Amazon might also just be the one entity to thank for their scrutinizing process of the products they sell.

 

Noteworthy Features:

  • Twist up eye cups for a fast and custom fit
  • Tripod adaptable for long range viewing and steady handling
  • BAK4 prism glass for superior and brilliant image quality
  • Excellent specs for low light hunting
  • Fully multi-coated lenses for ultimate light transmission potential and pristine images
  • Also available in 10X36 model
  • Fully 100% waterproof and fog-proof for ultimate weatherproof-ability
  • Durable fully armored aluminum body for a robust build and secure gripping
  • Comes with a neoprene neck strap, lens covers, and soft case
  • Backed by Redfield’s Limited Lifetime Guarantee

 

Our Verdict

To glass it up, the Redfield Renegade 10X50 binoculars follow the same trend as its Redfield brothers – it’s perfect. There’s a lot to rave about and very little to complain about. The only thing we saw that might present an issue is the inability to lock-in the eye cups. Pressing too hard on them may cause them to sink back into the bino. However, with 18 mm of eye relief, this shouldn’t be too much of an issue.

While the Renegade is the most expensive in the Redfield lineup, you can drop a few twenty-dollar bills and opt for the Battlefield. It has a really neat, built-in TAC-MOA reticle. If that’s overkill for you, the Rebel bino is its exact optic counterpart without the reticle. Done and done! That’s how Redfield does it!

However, if stretching the budget to over $200 just isn’t a priority for you, consider the Simmons ProSport 10X50 binoculars (which you can check out here). Cutting the costs under 100 bucks will also cut the weather-resistance abilities and the eye relief by a lot. However, it’s still a Porro prism bino and you’ve still got the high-power specs.

Redfield is a brand that people are happy with. You’ll be hard-pressed to find negative reviews on the actual performance of their optics. If you’re ready to give ’em a shot, feel free to glass up our line-up. We promise you won’t go broke and you’ll be extra stoked!

 

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