Zavarius 7×35

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Objective diameter:  35 mm
Magnification:  7 x
Exit pupil: 5 mm
Eye relief (according to spec:): 20 mm
Usable eye relief (measured from rim of folded eyecups): 17 mm
IPD (acc. to spec.): 57 – 73 mm
RFOV(acc. to spec.):  9  degrees = 158 m
AFOV (measured, rounded): 59 degrees
Minimum focus distance (measured): 5.4 m
Focus type: CF (direction of rotation from close to infinity: < anticlockwise)
Degrees of rotation of focus wheel from 5.4 m to infinity (measured): 320 degrees
Range of diopter adjustment (acc. to spec.): +/- 4 dpt*
Excess travel of focus wheel beyond infinity position (estimate): 5 dpt*
Prism system:  Porro I
Waterproof: no
Weight (acc. to spec, without accessories): 690 g
Weight (measured, with eyepiece cover and strap): 728 g
Made in: China
*range of diopter adjustment not affected by position of focus wheel


Ever heard about the brand “Zavarius”? What sounds like the family name of a noble dynasty in ancient Rome is the brand name used by the Pearl group of companies (Parent: Pearl GmbH, Buggingen Germany, owned by German enterpreneur family Ludwig) to promote binoculars, telescopes, night vision gear and other devices, mainly produced in China. – This 7×35 porro binocular, marketed as “high-end binocular”, boasts impressive specifications: 9 degrees FOV, 91% transmission, full metal body, 20mm eye relief, etc. The Zavarius appears well built, mechanics are okay, finish is not superb but okay for the price. Compared to similarly priced 7×35 porro binos such as the Nikon Action EX, the optical performance of the Zavarius is a bit less impressive. It does have a plenty of usable eye relief, a nice field of view, satisfactory image brightness and color fidelity, and correction of CA is okay. But looking into the tubes from either side reveals all kinds of obstacles in the light path; sharpness, both in the center and off-axis, leaves much to be desired, and so does suppression of stray-light (there is virtually no blackening of the inside of the tubes). The Zavarius is not an expensive binocular, but you can easily find models from other Chinese manufacturers that cost less and perform  optically better.



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