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
Rated 4 out of 5 by philje Monocular was just what I needed.
The monocular arrived promptly as usual. The only problem was that the focus ring was very stiff when I first tried it, to the point that I thought it wasn't adjustable at all. But, after a few minutes I got it moving and it works fine although still a little stiff. The clarity of the magnification is exceptional for the price. I am using it just to keep in the car for observing occasional wildlife, and to have in my pocket while trout fishing for the same purpose.
November 12, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by anotherOldGuy undecided
I haven't really used this yet. Yes, it is much lighter than binoculars, but it seems a little heavy for its size. The focus mechanism seems a little stiff. A small movement of the focus ring causes dramatic changes to the focus. I was expecting to be able to fine tune the focus a little more than I can. The jury is still out. It might be that I will really enjoy this or it might go the other way.
September 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by deahart basic monocular
cheap but great..............
July 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Simsound L.L.Bean Monocular, 8x22
The unit is sweet, light weight, compact and works great on my deck
July 9, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by rayzer Unlikely Monocular
This monocular loads too much of a bulky housing onto fairly minimal optics. I wanted a slim unit that would slip into a pocket, this one won't, and if you do get it into a pocket the big screw holding the strap catches and keep it stuck there.
The grease on the adjustment for the eyepiece had hardened and when I broke it free it shed bits of a dark substance onto my hands. The grease I discovered smeared on the objective lens was fresher and could be cleaned away. Vision remained less than acceptable.
July 4, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by doat Monocular
1. Very hard to focus 2. Too narrow field of view. 3. Optics not good enough. Returning it.
May 31, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Carpxpert LL Bean monocular
Returned it. Not expecting much from a $30 mono. But, three problems came immediately to mind upon trying it out for the first time:
1) The scope will not achieve sharp focus. No matter how much you adjust or fine tune the focus, it's always just a little bit blurry. (I've own cheap binos as well as Swarov, and they all focus sharply)
2) The rubber ring surrounding the focusing ring is not tight enough. It slides when you try to adjust the focus ring.
3) The flip down eye cup for glass wearer do not stay folded. Useless feature. Eye glass wearers would need to take off the glasses.
May 21, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by njjoan good product at a good price
This is a nice product, compact and easy to carry with excellent magnification. As for the stiff focusing mechanism, I just held it in my hand for about 5 monutes, which warmed the eyepiece up, and then I was easily able to use the focus adjustment.
April 23, 2014