Rated 1 out of 5 by DJinVA Have to agree with the other low scoring reviews
This is probably the most disappointing purchase I have ever made from LL Bean, and I have shopped here for over 40 years. I still have a pair of Maine Hunting Shoes (the original Bean Boots) I got in the late 70s. I bought this monocular almost two years ago. I don't know why I have waited so long to admit to myself it is an inferior product; it is probably cognitive dissonance with the LL Bean brand name.
The optics are just terrible. I was wondering why I don't use it much, so I just picked it up and tried to look at a crow in a tree. All I could see was a black silhouette. The view is hazy with lots of refracted glare. The focus ring is very difficult to turn, even with two hands. The rubber eye ring is very stiff, and getting a full field of view requires pressing the eye cup very close to the eye. The casing is also pretty thick for such weak optics--it overpromises and underdelivers.
In short, this device does not deserve the LL Bean name molded into the exterior rubber casing.
I would return it, but I only paid $20 with free shipping, and it?s not worth the cost of shipping it back.
April 17, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Yakima651 Great Customer Service
I ordered a LL Bean Monocular asa a Christmas gift. Unfortuantely is was defective. I returned it with a request for a replacement. There was a mix up and the replacement wasn't ordered. When I eMailed to find out what happened the customer service response was very apologetic and told me exactly what to do to get the replacement at the same price as the one I had to return. When I called to reorder, they were awesome also. I would highly recommend LL Bean.
March 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by grouselady monocular
What a wonderful optic for watching birds out the window! I was pleasantly surprised at the clarity. It is now in its case by the window nearest the birdfeeder ready for use any time. Definitely worth the investment.
February 25, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by BarnegatBayman Great for impromptu bird watching
The review title says it all...
February 11, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by BirdSurveyor Some basic Problems
I received the first of these as a Christmas gift. The focus ring didn't work, and the rim that is to be turned back for people with eyeglasses would not stay back. I returned the first one, and ordered a replacement. On this replacement, the focus ring did work, but the rim again would not turn back and remain. So I gave up and simply cut it off with my pocket knife. Nevertheless, I am surprised that LL Bean offers such an inferior product.
January 28, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Northwoodsexplorer Poor review
It arrived and I was excited but trying to use it caused frustration. It would not focus or even move when trying to focus.
January 14, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by OldOneEye Useful and Necessary
The monocular is handy and provides decent vision and clarity equivilent to binoculars of equal price range. I have only one eye and so it is a great match for me. The focus function is exceptionally stiff to use, but that is OK because once set for outside long distance use I do not intend to change it. The attachment straps are a fine addition to the product. The only drawback for a glasses wearer are the fold down eye cups that don't. They are three times the thickness of others I have experienced; therefore, they must be held folded with two hands and snap back against the glasses with significant force. Reguardless,I will replace my binoculars with this item.
January 1, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by beanshopperva Stocking stuffer gift for son
Exactly what he wanted, as he can't be bothered with a traditional set of binoculars. Fits nicely in shirt pocket. Quick & easy focusing - unlike binoculars.
December 31, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by NancyGK waste of money
Sorry, LL Bean, but this item should be taken out of your catalog. I bought one thinking it would make a good gift. I find it's hard to focus on any object, near or far. Everything is blurry. Just don't like it.
December 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by cococuntcreamcare Great for bird feeder watching
I was shopping for clothes and saw this little Monocular. I had just put up a bird feeder outside my window and ordered this little glass. It came almost immediately and now sits right next to me. I work on the computer I write a blog and when I look up and see something different the glass lets me watch my fine feather friends without even a second before they fly away. I am seriously thinking of ordering another one for the car. The bulk of binoculars plus the speed of flight makes me very glad I made this great purchase
December 12, 2014