Landmark 8x32 Binocular
now and again, a product comes along that reminds us just how far weve come from
where we started. Burriss Landmark field glasses are a case in point.
what binoculars were like a few decades back? In most instances, the higher the
magnification, the greater the bulk and weight. There were a few lightweight models
available, but too many were flimsily constructed and their optical quality wasnt
anything to brag about. As always, there were a few exceptions, but for most of us, their
cost was prohibitive. At the time, I can recall one old-hand pontificate: When it
comes to optics, you get what you pay for. I wont argue with that, but
sometimes its possible to get more than you pay for.
what caught my attention about the Landmark 8x32s. Pegged in what is now referred to as
the popular-priced range, its optical quality caught me by surprise. Take
resolving power, for instance - you know, the ability of an optical system to deliver a
clearly detailed image of whatevers being viewed. Targeting the phone number on a
real estate sign 372 yards away (measured with an electronic rangefinder), I had no
trouble reading the 6-inch numerals.
another sign 3-inch numbers, black on a white background, were plainly distinguishable at
a measured 438 yards. At 165 yards some one-inch numbers, black on silver, were almost -
but not quite - legible. Repeating the experiment with two other 8x glasses, each of which
retails for more than twice the cost of the Landmark 8s, revealed the same level of
performance. Apparently, 8x has its limitations, and those small numbers were just too
bloody far away to be seen clearly at that magnification level. However, a street sign
with the name in green letters, 2 inches high, on a dark brown backing stood out in stark
relief. Range: 108 yards.
far as Im concerned, the Landmark 8s have resolving power to spare.
transmission and light- gathering
ability were impressive too. The little 8x32s were pointed at almost every hue in the
local spectrum. All shades were faithfully reflected in the ocular lenses image.
glasses were tested at sundown as well as first light. They took advantage of every bit of
light available. Peering into shadows brought all the hidden details into view. Cloudy
days should hold no terrors for the Landmark 8s.
to a generously sized, ribbed focusing knob, changing and controlling focus demanded
little effort. That feature proved particularly handy when scanning a rock squirrel colony
scattered across the face of a distant hillside.
eyecups folded and extended for the width of my eyes, the Landmark is 5 inches high and
only 4 1/4 inches wide. It fits easily into a jacket pocket, and when hung around the
neck, its 20 ounces is never noticeable, even after several hours pass. In addition, its
charcoal gray-and-black decor kills all reflections. The rubber armor is another plus: no
fear of any unwoodsy clicks or rattles should something hard or metallic bounce off the
All in all, the Landmark 8s represent a
heckuva lot of field glass for the money!