Roof prism binoculars

The more modern looking binoculars are the roof prism binoculars. If you are new to this site then read more about the Porro prism binoculars here.

What are the roof prism binoculars?

Roof prism binoculars have all the three things namely the eye piece, the objective lens and the prisms all in one straight line. This helped as then the design of the roof prism binoculars was more elegant and in general there would be no such thing as the zig-zag pattern of the Porro prism binoculars.

It is easier said than done. The design was more complex internally for the roof prism binoculars and hence it was tough to manufacture. That is why the low -end binos will always be those if Porro prism system and the high -end will be roof prism binoculars.

Roof prism binoculars vs. Porro prism binoculars

Roof prism binoculars are much better looking than the Porro prism binoculars as far the design is concerned.

On the price front the Porro prism binoculars are much better than the roof prism binoculars.

In terms of light efficiency the Porro prism binoculars are much better than the roof prism ones. However now with the phase-coatings being used on the prism glass the roof prism binoculars have become equally good compared to the Porro prism binoculars

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