Eschenbach Trophy D 8×42 ED

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Objective diameter:  42 mm
Magnification:  8 x
Exit pupil: 5.25 mm
Usable eye relief (measured from rim of eyecup): 14.5 mm
IPD:  54 – 73 mm
RFOV:  7.8  degrees = 136 m
AFOV (measured, rounded): 62 degrees
Minimum focus distance (measured): 1.7 m
Focus type: CF (direction of rotation from close to infinity: < anticlockwise)
Degrees of rotation of focus wheel from 3 m to infinity (measured): 270 degrees
Range of diopter adjustment (estimate): +/- 4 dpt*
Excess travel of focus wheel beyond infinity position (estimate): 4 dpt*
Prism system:  Schmidt-Pechan
Waterproof: yes
Weight (measured, with eyepiece cover and strap): 908 g
Made in: Germany (??)
*range of diopter adjustment not affected by position of focus wheel



In many European countries, Eschenbach is a household name for magnifying glasses, specialty spectacles and other visual aids. For years, Eschenbach has also been selling a variety of binocular models in various sizes and configurations, but with limited success. You would hardly meet anyone, be it in birding or nature observation, who would carry an Eschenbach binocular. Then, in 2014, they came out with the Trophy D “ED” in several sizes, and people were positively impressed: This was finally a decent binocular that could compete with established brands on the market. Well finished, with quite good optics and mechanics, and at a very reasonable price. But despite Eschenbach’s huge reach into the market via opticians that carry its famous magnifying glasses, the Trophy seems never to have made a real impact in the market.

see also separate post about Trophy D 8×32,×32-ed/



A brief 2014 review (in German) can be found here:,423267,423437#msg-423437

A comparative review, also in German, here:,425470


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