Simmons 12X50 ProSport Roof Prism Binoculars (Model 899502)

simmons-prosport-12x50Magnification: 12X
Power Variability: Fixed
Objective Diameter: 50 mm
Close Focus Distance: 19 feet
Dimensions: 4 x 10.2 x 9.2 inches
Weight: 28.2 ounces
Field of View: 255 feet/100 yards
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: 16 mm/ 4.7 mm
Optics Coatings: Multi-Coated
Glass: BaK4
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

Our Rating: 4.2 Stars

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Simmons 12X50 Binoculars Review

This ProSport 12X50 is the first fully waterproof and fog-proof binocular among the Simmons we have reviewed so far. This fact along with the huge 50 mm multi-coated lens, superior BaK4 glass, the fixed 12X power, and the tripod adaptable feature makes it the winner in our Simmons line-up.

If you get tickled seeing high customer review ratings, then be prepared to wee in your pants. The most expensive Simmons’ we have reviewed also happens to have the highest reviewer input online out of all of Simmons’ binoculars.

As the most talked about binoculars from the low budget manufacturer, this was the easiest bino to pick for an in-depth review. As you could say, it was a no-brainer.

Is it worthy of its rating? As the most expensive Simmons bino at about $100 online, let’s pick it apart piece by piece to really get to know what makes it worthy of your extra pennies in the following Q&A.

 

PROs:
  • Price
  • High power
  • Fully weatherproof
  • Tripod adaptable
  • Durable rubber armor
CONs:
  • Focusing issues

 

ProSport 12X50 Binocular Q&A:

What are the advantages of having a roof prism Simmons binocular?

Roof prism binos have been quickly gaining popularity over the years. The more streamlined build, the sleeker appearance, and the lighter frame has had users looking towards the roof prism bino for their hunting needs.

Another advantage is that they’re typically going to be made more sturdier, rugged, and durable than a porro prism binocular. For hunters out in harsh terrain or with clumsy paws, this is a benefit to keep note of.

The disadvantage is that they’ll cost more than a porro prism bino because it costs more to make. To be optically equal to a porro prism, it needs reflective mirror coatings and phase-correction coatings to get it on par.

With the extra reflections that light needs in a roof prism system, more technology and intricate manufacturing is vita.

 

What are some tips to keep my Simmons binocular lenses clean?

If it has never crossed your mind to keep your lenses clean, then this “tsk tsk” is for you. To get any binocular, low budget or premium, to last you a lifetime, you need to take care of it – properly. That means more than just putting lens caps on and stowing it away in the travel case.

When you’re out in the woods, the swamp, or the plains, you’re going to get a little dirt, dust, and grime on your binocular. And, even with the most careful practices, you’ll still going to get a splash or two on the lenses.

To ensure you’re not damaging your bino in the cleaning process, you’ll want to learn how to remove this gunk appropriately.

If you have one of those electronic air/dust blasting cans, use it to get rid of excess dust and dry dirt. You could also use a soft brush to remove this as well.

If you got your sticky mitts on the lens, wipe it off in small circular motions with a cotton swab or eyeglass tissue that’s been dabbed with a mild and soft soap-to-water solution. Now you can use your eye caps and travel case.

 

How do I adjust for uneven eye strength when looking through binoculars?

This might seem like a toughie for you calibrate your bino for your eyesight, but it’s really not a big deal. You’ll want to pay attention to these instructions since many people don’t even realize that each eye has varying eye strengths that are just as unique as fingerprints.

To make sure that you’re getting the most potential out of your Simmons ProSport 12X50 binocular, follow the simplified steps below. For a full run down on adjusting your binos, check out our ‘4 Essential Binocular Adjustments’ article.

  • Use the bino hinge to get the right interpupillary distance for your eyes.
  • If you have a variable zoom bino, adjust the power setting to the highest magnification.
  • Zero the diopter and look at a far-away target.
  • Cover the objective lens of the diopter side (right side) of the bino.
  • Rotate the center focus knob until you have a clear and sharp image.
  • Uncover the diopter side and now cover the left side.
  • Adjust the diopter until you have a clear and sharp image.

 

What is interpupillary distance?

To get the most out of this 12X50 binocular, you should know what it means first. The IPD is the small distance from one pupil to the other. Now this distance is going to be different for everyone – this supports the importance of properly focusing your set of binos for you.

But, how do you get the right distance?

Most binoculars will have a hinge or some sort of feature to enable you to start bringing in the barrels of the bino closer together.

Starting from a fully extended outward position, just bring it in towards the middle in an inward position until the two circles you see through the bino make one full circle. Voila – you have your IPD.

 

Noteworthy Features:

  • BaK4 glass in roof prism design for excellent image quality
  • Powerful 12X magnification for long distance viewing
  • 100% waterproof and fog-proof for optimal survival in harsh weather
  • Multi-coated optics for brilliant image quality and maximum light transmission
  • Tripod adaptable for steady and still viewing
  • Durable rubber armor body for secure gripping in wet and harsh conditions

 

Our Verdict

To glass it up, the Simmons ProSport 12X50 binoculars are a good pair for the money. Who says? The masses and us. However, even for its nice perks, it isn’t as clear as it should be to be able to tell subspecies apart, if you’re birding. But, for general viewing, you’ll do just fine, especially since people and elk are much bigger than birds.

The ProSport 10X50 binos are approximately half the cost of the 12X50 binos. When hunting on the go, that extra 2X magnification isn’t going to be as important as the wider field of view the 10X50 binos are going to offer. However, the 12X50 binos are still weatherproof and have more forgiving eye relief. The best thing to consider when deciding between the two is what’s more important for your needs and your style of optic use.

You won’t always have to go bigger to get that extra distance. The Nikon Action Extreme 10×50 ATB binoculars (check them out here) will get you the distance you need come rain, snow, and fog. Plus, you’re getting extra feet in the field of view without compromising on eye relief. However, you will have to pay a little extra for the Nikon, as expected.

Simmons keeps prices in check for the cost-conscious optic user. In fact, the low cost is often the big draw card for most shoppers. It’s why you’re in this review right? Point proven. Go with Simmons, it’s easier on the credit card.

 

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