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Meade Canyonview ED 8×42 Binoculars: Our Review

These binoculars offer a sharp image center but are soft at the edges and have a narrow field of view. We rated them in the Middle Ground in our review.

At A Glance

Meade Canyonview ED 8x42 binoculars.
Meade Canyonview ED 8×42 binoculars. Image by Hugh Powell.


  • Lightweight
  • Good sharpness at center of image


  • Narrow field of view
  • Stiff focus wheel
  • Some fuzziness at edges
  • Loses contrast in poor light


  • Price: $200 MSRP at press time. Prices often fluctuate, so check with retailers
  • Close focus: 7 feet (213 cm)
  • Field of view: 5.9° (310 feet at 1,000 yards). More about field of view 
  • Weight: 25 oz (709 g)—that’s about 0.7 oz (20 g) lighter than the average for 8×42 binoculars in our review
  • Eye relief: 14 mm

Viewing Experience: The Meade Canyonview ED offered basic binocular functionality in a lightweight, relatively inexpensive package. The overall image was bright, but there was considerable fuzziness at the edges and slight distortion when panning, giving a fishbowl effect to the view. The field of view was among the smallest (narrowest) of all pairs tested, contributing to a sense of tunnel vision. A male House Finch sitting at the very top of a leafless tree was a single shade of gray until the tester adjusted their position to put the light at a better angle. In full light the color rendering was true, and the finch’s rosy red began to show through. A stiff focus wheel made it hard to focus quickly on the subject.

Feel and Build: The bumpy textured, hard plastic housing was unusual. Multiple testers found it off-putting. The focus wheel had a similar texture, and because the wheel was so stiff, extended use caused some testers’ fingers to get sore. The eyecups were comfortable; with solid clicking. Neck strap was thin and not padded. The color was an unusual light beige. Lightweight and fairly small, so potentially good for people with smaller hands.

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Comments From Testers: 

  • The color was not distorted; felt light around my neck
  • Nice eyecups, bright image
  • Focus wheel is hard to turn
  • Eyecups not tall enough without glasses
  • The focus knob was a little stiff tho
  • I don’t like the bumpy texture  
  • The focus knob was stiff  
  • Difficult to focus
  • Narrow field of view

This article is one in a series of mini-reviews. To see how these binoculars compare to others we’ve tested, see our full review of affordable 8×42 binoculars.  

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