Similar Aculon T11 I reviewed in previous post, Nikon Aculon A211 10-22×50 Zoom Binoculars are very special products because of the feature: quick and easy adjustment of the binoculars’ magnification from 10 up to 22-power. I made a comparison between Aculon T11 and Aculon A211 and saw that:
In overview, T11 ones are better with light weight, good view, compact size, excellent price,… (Therefore they’re my one of 4 best Nikon Binoculars). However in optic, the sharpness, brightness of A211 is very impressive, especially with Zoom Binoculars in this price range. This’s very important if you’re looking for a good zoom binos while ensuring the high quality of view.
As you know, normal binoculars have just one magnification (7x, 8x, 10x, 12x,….) and can’t be changed by users. So if you want to gaze star, you may pick a 12x one, but if you also want to watch bird, you will have to buy a new one (8x or 10x). Aculon A211 lineup also has many models with different magnifications 8x, 10x, 12x,… (with prices around $100) for different passions. But with Nikon Aculon A211 10-22×50 Zoom Binoculars, you can own all models of Aculon A211 from 10x to 22x with just $154. So I call A211 Zoom as “All models in one model”.
If you’re worrying about the image quality of A211 Zoom at different powers is not as good as single models. Don’t worry, I had experiences in this! You can go to a binoculars store, take the Aculon A211 Zoom and Aculon A211 ones with fixed magnifications, then adjust power of Aculon A211 zoom equal to others and try. I’m sure you will not recognize any significant difference in optic.
Aculon A211’s images are very clear and bright in most lighting conditions (dawn, dusk, even under low light of full moon), due to Multicoated Eco-Glass Lenses.
The Zoom feature works well. It’s smooth and very easy to adjust power from 10x to 22x by Easy-to-reach Fingertip Zoom Control Knob (on the right lens).
Aculon A211 10-22×50 Zoom body is compact and designed to be as light as possible along with excellent ergonomics. A durable rubber-armored coating ensures a non-slip grip, even in wet conditions. These allow you comfortably and easily carry to any outing or event.
I wear glasses so I was also very interested about eye relief, only 8.6mm. Look not good for glasses wearers because normally, eye relief under 15mm is not friendly with eyewear. However at Aculon A211 Zoom Binos, the eye cups are extended and retracted so the 8.6mm eye relief is sufficient for all users.
Although I would like Aculon A211 Zoom but there’re few cons make me giving them just 4/5 star rating.
No waterproof and fogproof body (some people say “yes” but I didn’t find that in Product’s description), this restricts their uses. You shouldn’t use them under wet weathers (rain, fog,…) and will be very bad if you drop it in a puddle.
Minimum power is 10x. This’s not really good for beginners because of shakiness. 10x power is quite difficult to hold steady, while Aculon T11 Binoculars provide range of power from 8-24x and this’s suitable for all people. I usually don’t care much about maximum power, not matter it’s 20x, 22x or 24x, because nearly no one needs to use such a high magnification and the image is very blurred at highest power.
About the weight, 2.1 lb (1kg), quite big compared to 1lb (0.4kg) of Aculon T11. But I think this’s not a con because if you consider the size of objective lens: 50mm of A211 and 25mm of T11 (double size, double weight). This explain why Aculon A211 has image quality much better than T11.
And the shakiness, don’t worry, this isn’t a con. It’s problem you will surely encounter when using any high power binoculars. At Aculon A211 Zoom, you can use and hold steady 10 power by your hands. But more power requires a tripod in most situations (the tripod is included free when you buy this binoculars).
The summary of Pros and Cons of Nikon Aculon A211 10-22×50 Zoom Binoculars:
Easy adjustment of magnification from 10 up to 22-power
Clear and bright view in most lighting conditions
Non-slip grip helps comfortable to hold, even in wet conditions
8.6mm eye relief with eye cups are extended and retracted
Included tripod free
Lifetime warranty – up to 25 years no fault warranty
No waterproof and fogproof body
Minimum power is 10x
In overview, Nikon Aculon A11 Zoom Binoculars may be not perfect, they’re slightly heavy and big, no waterproof body but in optic, they’re great quality for price. They are crystal clear and work extremely smooth, the Zoom feature is very fantastic. All power in one binoculars with excellent price, just $154. If you use them for birdwatching, stargazing, sightseeing,… but not hunting or travelling then they’re great choice!