Steiner Nighthunter XP 8×30 Binocular
The German Steiner company had long defied the fashion for producing more difficult and more expensive roof-prism instruments. Steiner, as the only one of major manufacturers, had in its line-up Porro binoculars scattered around many series, from the low to the high end. A potential buyer could pick and choose between cheap Safari devices, more expensive Rangers and Observers, Skippers, Navigators and Commanders, designed to be used on water, and finally the top-notch Night Hunters XP.
Unfortunately and to our grief the roof prism trend has finally caught up with Steiner. The cheapest Safari binoculars have been swapped for roof-prism devices. Porro-prism Rangers have been replaced by roof-prism Rangers PRO. Roof prism instruments even stormed the high-end series so the Night Hunters XP, where instead of a prorro-prism 9×40 model we see roof-prism 8.5×44 and 10×44 models. Luckily for other parameters and objective sizes we still deal with the Porro system. We can choose between the following Night Hunter devices: 8×30, 7×50 and 8×56.
The Night Hunter XP series impresses with the build quality and standard accessories included. We get a product produced completely in Germany which is not only waterproof up to a depth of 5 meters but also nitrogen-filled (with a possibility of easy refill) and put in a very solid, rubber casing, oil-proof and acid-proof. The instrument withstands temperature variations between -40 C and +80 C.
When it comes to optics we deal here with a classic Porro construction without the ocular bridge but with individual focus system. All air-to-glass surfaces are covered by high quality antireflection coatings. Additionally the outer lenses feature hydrophobic coatings which prevent the dirt and humidity from sticking and make the cleaning of the lens easier.
The buyer, apart from a 30-year guarantee, gets also protective objective lens caps on solid straps, a rainguard, three types of eyecups (standard, short for spectacles wearers and profiled, to keep the unwanted sidelight out), a stylish hard case and a comfortable neoprene strap with the fast Clic-loc attachment system.