Currently Steiner makes the Safari UltraSharp binoculars in two sizes – 8×22 and 10×26. (Other sizes you may still see have officially been discontinued.)
I’ll take a look at both of these compact binoculars in this review since they are so similar.
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Who Are the Steiner Safari UltraSharp Binoculars Made For?
Steiner says that these compact binoculars are designed with these people in mind.
“Every traveler, sports enthusiast, and active participant in anything needs a good pair of binoculars to see, understand and enjoy more. The Safari Ultrasharp Series binoculars are the ones you need.”
They are a “compact sport optic that looks great, fits your pack, pocket or purse and is your constant companion for quick use.”
This video will give you a quick overview of the smaller 8×22 model.
And this video is all about the larger 10×26 model.
What Are the Similarities between the Safari 8×22 and 10×26 Models?
The Safari UltraSharps have many of the same features as most Steiner binoculars. Here is a quick list of what you get.
- Fast-Close-Focus™ – Get clarity on your target very quickly.
- Ergonomic eyecups – The eyecups are easy on your eyes or fold them down for glasses.
- NBR Long Life armoring – They will take just about whatever you put them through.
- Waterproof – A little rain is okay, but they are not submersible.
- Comfort neck strap with fixed attachment – Your neck will feel just fine even after hours of use.
- Carrying case – Keep them safe and sound when you’re done with them.
- Heritage Warranty™ – Steiner will replace them for any valid reason.
What Are the Differences between the UltraSharp 8×22 and 10×26 Models?
With objective lenses of just 22 millimeters and 26 millimeters, these are both considered compact binoculars. You can probably fit either of them into any decent sized pocket.
Obviously, the 8×22 magnifies objects 8 times actual size, and the 10×26 magnifies them just a bit more at 10 times actual. You might find times when that extra power is just what you need, perhaps at a sporting event or while bird watching.
The close focus is nearly the same for both pair. It’s 10 feet for the 8×22 and 11 feet for the 10×26. So you won’t likely use either of them for looking at insects or butterflies, but both should work well for birding, sporting events, and so on.
The field of view (FOV) at 1000 yards is a wonderful 377 feet for the 8×22 and a decent 302 feet for the 10×26. Especially with the UltraSharp 8×22 binoculars, you should easily be able to find your target quickly.
Since the Safari 10×26 is just a little larger (4,7 by 4.6 by 1.8 inches), it naturally weighs just a tad more too. It weighs in at 10.5 ounces, whereas the 8×22 is an even 10 ounces. The UltraSharp 8×22 measures 4.1 by 4.3 by 1.9 inches.
Conclusions about the Steiner Safari UltraSharp Binoculars
For the low price you’ll pay, these are both wonderful sets of compact binoculars. I think you’ll be quite pleased with either one.
As mentioned in the video, you can fold them to an even more compact size when not in use. This almost certainly guarantees that you will be able to stick them in your pocket. I find that really handy. Not that these tiny binoculars would ever be a strain on your neck, but it’s good to know you can keep them with you without having them dangle in front of you all the time.