Binoculars review

Vixen New Foresta HR 8x32 WP

Vixen New Foresta HR 8x32 WP
6 March 2011
In October 2009 the Vixen company announced the launch of a new series of binoculars called New Foresta. The models 8x32, 8x42 and 10x42 appeared then. In March 2010, during IWA fairs, next two models were unveiled with the parameters of 10x50 and 8x56.

The name itself indicates that the new series is supposed to replace the old Foresta series. The change is significant because the old Forestas were classic Porro devices. Vixen has been influenced by a very popular trend consisting of launching only roof-prism binoculars – in the case of the new instruments they decided to change the prisms into roof. Fortunately the parameters of the new models haven’t suffered as a result – their fields of view are to be similar to the older versions.

All the New Foresta binoculars are waterproof and nitrogen- filled. All air-to-glass surfaces are covered by high quality antireflection coatings. Roof prisms made of BaK-4 glass are covered by a reflective layer with high reflection coefficient and phase-correction coating. The New Foresta series binoculars come with 5-year guarantee.

  • Lornetka Vixen New Foresta HR 8x32 WP
  • Lornetka Vixen New Foresta HR 8x32 WP
  • Lornetka Vixen New Foresta HR 8x32 WP
  • Lornetka Vixen New Foresta HR 8x32 WP
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Magnification Lens diameter Angular field of view Prisms Eye relief Weight Price
8 32 140/1000(8o) BaK-4/roof 17.5 mm 560 g 799 PLN
Results of the review
Real front lens diameter Left:   32.02+/- 0.05 mm
Right:  32.03+/- 0.05 mm
8 / 8.0 pkt
Real magnification 7.87+/- 0.05x 3/3.0
Transmission 90.1+/- 1% 18/25.0
Chromatic aberration Between low and medium in the centre, medium at the edge. 6.5/10.0
Astigmatism Slight. 7.1/10.0
Distortion The distance of the first curved line from the field centre compared to the field of view radius: 46% +/- 4% 5/10.0
Coma Low. Visible only at the edge. 7.5/10.0
Blurring at the edge of the FOV The blur occurs in the distance of 69% +/- 3% from the field of view centre. 3/10.0
Darkening at the edge the FOV Almost imperceptible. 4.3/5.0
Whiteness of the image Suprisingly good! The transmission curve quite flat in the middle of the visible spectrum. 4.1/5.0
Collimation Perfect. 5/5.0
Internal reflections
Left: Right:
Vixen New Foresta HR 8x32 WP - Internal reflections - Left Vixen New Foresta HR 8x32 WP - Internal reflections - Right
Not perfect but above average. In this price segment it would be difficult to have any serious reservations, though.
Housing Long and solid. The rubber is a bit too slippery. Nothing sticks out. Eyecups made of plastics with 4 regulation stops but they move a tad too loosely. 6.9/8.0
Focusing Big and comfortable central screw which moves smoothly and is well-damped (the full turn takes 450 degrees). Individual focusing through the click-stop system on the central screw. Nothing moves outside. 4.8/5.0
Tripod It is situated at the front of the binoculars. In our 8x32 binoculars test we granted all the instruments the average mark of 1.5 points as in the case of the equipment of this class a tripod exit is rarely used. 1.5/3.0
Interpupilary distance from 58.5 to 78mm 5/6.0
Closest focusing distance 2.05 meter. 1.5/2.0
Eyepieces FOV Apparent field of view of 59.7 deg (according to simple formula) and 55.1 deg (according to tangent formula). 11/20.0
Field of view Measured by us amounted to 7.58 +/- 0.03 degrees and it was by as much as 0.42 degree narrower than that given in the specifications. A typical field of view for this class of equipment. 3.5/8.0
Quality of the interior of the barrels Inner tubes black and matt, the bottom black but slightly shiny. Isolated specks of dust. Excellent for this price segment! 4.7/5.0
Left: Right:
Vixen New Foresta HR 8x32 WP - Vignetting - Left Vixen New Foresta HR 8x32 WP - Vignetting - Right
OL: 0.8%, OR: 0.7%
Prisms quality Good quality BaK-4. 8/8.0
Antireflection coatings Green-purple on the objectives. Green-yellow on the prisms. Greenish on the eyepieces. Low intensity. 5/5.0
Warranty [years] 5 3.5/6.0
Final result
137.4 / 190 pkt
Econo result 0pkt.


  • good build quality,
  • good transmission,
  • well-corrected astigmatism,
  • slight coma,
  • good whiteness rendition,
  • almost imperceptible brightness loss at the edge of the field of view,
  • correct blackening inside the inner tubes,
  • high quality of coatings and prisms,
  • good price/quality ratio.

  • the field of view much narrower than stated in the specifications,
  • the sharpness at the edge of the field descends steeply.

Let’s start with the things we liked and the transmission of the tested model can be counted among them. Its graph is presented below.

So far in the roof-prism devices belonging to this price segment aluminum coatings on Schmidt-Pechan prisms reigned supreme; because of them, though, a set of binoculars lost more than a dozen percent of light on prisms only. The Vixen New Foresta proves that it’s time for changes. These changes mean the introduction of more expensive reflection layers which, joined with good quality anti-reflection coatings, enabled the transmission of the Vixen to exceed the level of 90% in the middle of the visible spectrum. What’s more, in the red part of the visible spectrum it reaches 92% and in the blue it is not much lower than 90%. This even performance has another serious advantage – very good colour rendition.

There are more good points in store. The tested pair of binoculars is well-made and corrects most of optical aberrations quite well for its price segment. Its weight and dimensions are sensible, but not due to the reduction of the prisms’ size; it helped keep the exit pupils only slightly egg-shaped and the brightness loss at the edge of the field – insignificant.

There are two serious slip-ups, though. The field of view of these binoculars was supposed to reach 8 degrees so to be one of wider in this class. Unfortunately it is not the case - in reality it amounts to less than 7.6 degrees. What’s more, the edge of this field is only averagely sharp.

There’s no getting away from it – for a roof prism Schmidt-Pechan device, the Vixen New Foresta 8x32 still offers us quite a lot. Everyone who decides to buy this instrument won’t be disappointed I think.