Vixen New Foresta HR 8x42 WP
As the name itself indicates, the new series is supposed to supersede the old Foresta binoculars. The change is serious because the old binoculars were classic Porro instruments. Now Vixed follows a trend very popular recently, launching only roof prism devices and, accordingly, its new binoculars have prisms changed into roof prism designs. Fortunately the parameters of the new models didn’t suffer as a result of that operation because their fields of view are supposed to remain the same as in the old instruments.
All New Foresta binoculars are waterproof and nitrogen-filled. All air-to-glass surfaces are covered by antireflection coatings. Roof prisms made of BaK-4 glass are phase-correction coated and covered by a layer with high reflection coefficient. Each New Foresta pair of binoculars comes with a 5-year guarantee period.
- solid device closed in a handy and not very heavy casing,
- good transmission,
- moderate astigmatism,
- good distortion correction,
- slight coma,
- very good colour rendering,
- low brightness loss on the edge of the field of view,
- wide maximum IPD,
- good quality of prisms and coatings.
- ignificantly truncated left pupil,
- image on the edge of the field should have been sharper.
The Vixen New Foresta HR 8x32 WP was one of the dark horses of our 8x32 binoculars’ test. Small, handy, with good optical properties and an affordable price. We look for such unique devices in our tests that’s why we were so curious about the performance of the Vixen New Foresta HR 8x42 WP.
Looking at the list of pros and cons and its final score, very similar to that of its smaller brother, you might say we weren’t disappointed. The 8x42 model is as recommendable as the 8x32 instrument, tested by us before.
Like previously we can praise the transmission graph, which looks really well for a pair of moderately priced roof prism binoculars.
A lot of light gets to your eyes and the image is free of any colour hue. It is a pity, though, that the excellent coatings performance is eliminated partially by very truncated exit pupils. The left pupil is so deformed that we lose over 8% of light there. It is the biggest and the only serious flaw of the tested binoculars.
Vixen New Foresta HR 8x42 WP, Opticron Countryman 8x42 BGA T and Delta Optical Forest II 8x42
One big blunder and a slip-up (connected with the image resolution on the edge of the field) versus a quite long list of advantages – it is still a good result for a lightweight, handy roof prism instrument with a price tag of less than 250 Euro. You can say that the New Foresta series is on a winning streak in our tests as, after a good result of the 8x32 model, the 8x42 device performs equally well.