Objective diameter:  42 mm
Magnification:  8 x
Exit pupil: 5.25 mm
Eye relief (acc. to spec): 19 mm
Usable eye relief (measured from rim of eyecup): 17.5 mm
IPD: 56 – 75 mm
RFOV:  8.1  degrees = 141 m
AFOV (measured, rounded): 63 degrees
Minimum focus distance (acc. to spec.): 2 m
Minimum focus distance (measured): 1.95 m
Focus type: CF (direction of rotation from close to infinity: < anticlockwise)
Degrees of rotation of focus wheel from 3m to infinity (measured): 335 degrees
Range of diopter adjustment (according to spec.): +/- 3 dpt*
Excess travel of focus wheel beyond infinity position (estimate): 6 dpt*
Prism system:  Schmidt-Pechan
Waterproof: yes
Weight (acc. to spec, without accessories): 710 g
Weight (measured, with eyepiece cover and strap): 826 g
Made in: Japan
*range of diopter adjustment not fully available when the position of the focus wheel is beyond infinity



The “HSG” is DDoptics’ new top binocular, available in 8×42 and 10×42. In sizes 8x/10×42, the top instrument sold by DDoptics was the “Pirol HD” until about 2015, then the “EDX”, from 2018 the “EDX HR”, and now the “SHG”. SHG stands for “Super High Grade”, which does not sound very modest, but this binocular, with its low key external appearance, does in fact impress with excellent mechanical and optical quality. Image brightness, central and off-axis sharpness (flat-field optics) are superb, CA appears well controlled, stray-light performance and color fidelity are very good, there is little angular distortion but almost no globe effect, and the mechanics – central hinge, focus mechanism, central diopter adjustment, eyecups (with 4 positions: fully in, two intermediate clickstops, fully out) – leave nothing to be desired. On top of that, the binocular is well finished, features very pleasant haptics and ample eye relief. DDoptics specifies transmission to reach 93%, with a level of 88% or more between 485 nm and 650 nm, and with over 90% transmission between 535 nm and 650 nm. Not to forget the accessories, which are premium quality (very well designed carry case, Niggeloh neckstrap made of loden {felt} and leather). All of this makes the SHG a strong contender in the upper league of binoculars where you find the likes of Zeiss Conquest HD, Leica Trinovid HD, GPO Passion, Meopta MeoStar or even Kahles Helia S.



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