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Olympus Magellan Review

Olympus Magellan

The Olympus Magellan is mid-size 7×50 marine binocular that weighs in at 39-ounces. Noted features in this binocular review included individual eye focus and a smooth blue plastic exterior armor.

The diopter scale is located on the bottom side of the eyepieces with index and scale marks molded into the plastic. This is our preferred location for these markings because it facilitates easy access when wearing a neck strap and using the binoculars.

olympus magellan 7 x 50 marine binocular

Olympus Magellan 7×50 Marine Binocular

We did note however that the diopter scale was slightly inaccurate. This is not unusual in sub $300 binos.Although we found the optical acuity of the Magellan binoculars to be good, when viewing with eyeglasses they exhibit a significant loss of field of view.

The compass is difficult to see too when wearing eyeglasses.

The strap supplied with the Magellan is identical to the one supplied with some other comparable binoculars and offers plenty of neck padding that doubles as binocular floatation.

The Olympus supplied case is too soft to supply much protection and too small to hold the binoculars and the strap.

Front lens caps attach to the center hinge for security. We found their fit was very tight, making them difficult to remove.

Good optical performance coupled with a reasonable price and a lifetime warranty make the Olympus binos a good choice for boaters.