From the manufacturer
Midas was known to have a golden touch. He must have laid his hands on these binoculars since they set the gold standard for this class of binoculars. The rugged benchmark for all-weather brightness and clarity, these Midas roof-prism binoculars are light and slim thanks to the magnesium designed chassis.
Together with UHD Glass lenses, Advanced Fully Multi-coated optics, high quality BaK4 prisms with our ESP Dielectric Coating plus Phase Coating, these Midas binoculars gather maximum light and produce brilliant color fidelity.
Rubber Armor provides durable and secure, non-slip soft texture grip for any weather condition.
Lightweight Magnesium Chassis
Magnesium chassis gives you the strength of a metal chassis while reducing the weight as much as 35%
Argon purging gives you better waterproofing and thermal stability additionally making your binoculars fog proof in tough weather conditions.
Best 8×42 Binocs Under $1000…I know after reading all these positive reviews on how great these optics are on the Athlon Midas 8×42, one probably thinks they were paid to review…The fact is, these Midas 8×42’s are that good…You know sometimes when a product is designed it ends up exceeding all expectations…Everything designed just fell into place perfectly…In fact these Midas 8×42’s were hard to improve on and frankly they haven’t in my opinion…I know the Cronus cost twice as much but they are no better than the Midas…I have a feeling that Athlon didn’t make a Cronus 8×42 because they knew the Midas could not be beat…I have purchased five pair of these Midas 8×42 to see if any were better, but they all were just perfect and tack sharp…They are now so inexpensive they could be considered a steal…Buy them…
S. Kennedy –
Great binocs with great support from the companyI am not an optics expert, however here is my experience. When I was teenager in the 80s and interested in birding my father inexplicably bought me a pair of Leica binoculars. One of the greatest gifts I ever recieved. They were and still are pretty great. However, after using some other people’s modern cheaper binoculars I did some research and decided to give these a try. They are astonishing. Bright and sharp images. Noticeably better than my Leicas, which now serve as backups only. However, after several years of use one of the plastic eye piece cups fell off and got lost. Such a simple little piece pretty much made the binoculars useless. I was about to look into 3D printing a replacement when I decided it was worth it to try to contact the company. I found an email address and explained what happened. After sending a picture to clarify the missing piece Athlon sent me a new plastic eye piece cup promptly and at no charge! After a few dabs of super glue I am back in business. That is my story and I am sticking with it!
YES!Yes! You should grab this magnificent binocular while you still can. Athlon lists this as a discontinued version since the newer G2 version of the Midas came out. Apparently they are optical equivalents. But this version only appears to be available on Amazon. One day the stock will be gone and if you don’t grab this version soon you may lose out on a fantastic value.I echo all of the positive statements made in other reviews. And my focus knob turns smoothly with relative ease. The diopter setting seems to stay put and this is the first binocular I’ve been able to use with my glasses on. They work great with my glasses.If you’re on the fence over purchasing this binocular I can only say, “Yes! Grab these while you can!”
Best 8×42 binocular on the market for under $2,000. Phenomenal optics, phenomenal bargain.Excellent optics with very bright fields. Smooth dials. A pleasure to use. Wonderful bargain
Samia L. Hollinger –
crisp, sharp imageI started looking for binoc’s after another manufacturer would not honor their lifetime warranty. WIRECUTTER recommended this pair above all others and they have not yet steered me wrong. The price was a bit high I thought, until I received them. Wow, what a crisp image! If you are looking for binoc’s for birding, just start with these. I see all the small details you need for accurate identification using these glasses. If you are looking for entry-level binoc’s that are waterproof, start here.
Very easy to hold and high quality.Used these on an African Safari. They were perfect, not to heavy and really simple for quick spotting of animals and birds.Glad I chose these. Not cheap but great quality.
elve border –
Great ValueI used to own an expensive, 7×50 pair of binoculars. Physics dictates that these are not as bright, but they are smaller, lighter and of equal quality at a significantly lower price.
Amazon Customer –
Great for wildlifeFound this on Wirecutter (who I always pay attention to). Had to fiddle around with it little bit, but once I did…wow. Used it on a recent boat trip, and the sea birds felt like they were right next to me. Light enough to take hiking. Can’t beat it for the price.
Optics are very good for general bird watchings.Bought this as a present for an experienced amateur birdwatcher looking for a light weight binocular. Turned out to be a very successful gift.
Andrew R. –
Solid binocs.These are good binoculars. A little expensive. They provide a decent zoom to see things up close. I don’t feel they are revolutionary or anything. For the price I expected a little more. I would say they are solid and serviceable, but nothing special.