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
Rated 4 out of 5 by RegularBeanCustomer Fully function when you understand how it works!
The monocular has great optics and a sturdy construction that promises a long and useful life. However, as a monocular it operates somewhat differently than an experienced binocular user might expect. The focusing mechanism (a metal cylinder) rests under the black "rubber" eye-piece and rotates to ride on a metal screw in an angled slot to extend and retract the eye-piece lens thus focusing the image. The challenge is that that metal focusing mechanism upon arrival is very difficult to rotate after a cold delivery trip. The rubber eye-piece that covers the metal cylinder is not attached and relies on the grip of the user to engage the cylinder and rotate it to focus the image. The "feel" of the cylinder's movement is subtle and not easily sensed through touch and therefore I managed to completely unscrew the whole cylinder with eye-piece from the main body of the monocular. Having done that I presumed the rubber cover of the eye-piece had come "detached" and tried to fix that with adhesive. Had the instructions made it clear that the rubber cover was attached only by "friction" and that the metal-cylinder needed to be warmed and then initially "broken free" from the grease lubricant, I may not have returned the first one for the one I have now. With that "education" the monocular works as designed and provides a crisp and clear image when properly focused. I hope you benefit from "my" lesson and the manufacturer adds some basic instructions to an otherwise well made product.
January 15, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by novicebirdwatcher Excellent for the price/function
I was looking for a fairly lightweight, easy to use monocular as I have trouble with binoculars. These magnify enough for my use and look easy to handle. They do seem to take a little getting used to as there is more movement. Otherwise, just what I was looking for.
January 6, 2014