I met this little friend on one trip; he was attached free to my hotel room. His name is Baigish 50×50 and he is Russian. He was created on the manufactory called KOMZ – an optical-mechanical factory in Kazan, which has been existed since the time of the Soviet Union.
KOMZ Baigish 50×50: a short review
Well, it seems that a true increase in the binocular is only 15x, not 50x, as it signed. At least, I can find just a model 15×50 on the official site. (Truly, I could not find this model on the official site, so I doubt if it is not a china copy).
Based on Porro-prisms, the binocular has a wide angle of view. Great for observing while you are sitting on a balcony with a cup of coffee. An image has realistic colors but suffers from chromatic aberration at the edge of a field.
A view from a distance of about 500 meters (1640 ft). In reality, the aberration is less than on my photo, making through a smartphone. An image is bright even in the night, so that, I think that lenses are really coated, but maybe with only one or two layers. Whether or not, I could not see a distinct blue highlight of the optic.
It weighs about 1 kg (2.2 lb). Pretty comfortable for long observing without a tripod. Yet, for those who use binoculars for stargazing, I strongly recommend to mount it on support: such an increase makes the image shaking.
Let’s go further. Baigish looks rude and durable: the central focusing bridge was constructed of metal, it can be seen by areas where the paint has worn off and the base is visible. But it seems that other details are plastic. The tubes are covered with leather.
According to the signature, it must be suited to warm summer and frosty winter: it signed -40…+50 °C (-40…122 °F).
It has a diopter adjustment ring and it works, but it`s not clear, what`s the limit of change of diopter. The eyepieces have folding eye flaps, which are useful if you wear glasses.
Is this Baigish 50×50 a china copy or not?
I think – yes, and that`s why:
- The declared increase is false. If it was really 50x, then the view field would be far less with 50-mm objectives, than it is.
- There is no license number. KOMZ always marks his products.
- There is no such modification on the official website of KOMZ.
- A lot of plastic details is not typical for true KOMZ.
- The binocular is packed in a soft case; optic elements are supplied with caps. Usually, KOMZ does not complete the binoculars with caps for objectives and eyepieces.
However, such a specimen is able to serve good even being a copy. It gives a quite good image quality: bright and realistic colors. It has a wide angle of view and allows observing a location with comfort.
What do you think about it? Would you buy a copy if it gives pretty good quality?