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
Rated 1 out of 5 by mrjimmy55 momocular
The focus wheel was stiff & hard to turn. The eye piece was small and the eye cup kept snapping back if I tried using the device with sun glasses on.
In addition there was a defect in the optics creating double images. The good news is that Bean's has a great return policy. I guess that's why I've been a customer for 45 years.
March 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Emmajane56 Great vision asset
I have poor vision and have had other monocular s that are much more expensive. This one is excellent quality and a better product!
January 16, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by AMainecustomer Excellent for hiking or bicycling
The LL Bean monocular has been an excellent addition to my basic hiking and mountain bicycling gear. For the price of it, it offers good viewing as well as a light-weight addition to my gear. I have liked it so much that I have bought additional ones as gifts.
As always with all my LL Bean purchases, I was impressed with how well the item was packaged, how quickly it arrived, and the free shipping! The customer service, again as always, was excellent when I called with questions about how to adjust the focus.
January 16, 2014