Predator 8x42

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From close up to far away, this mid-size binocular delivers bright, crisp images without added bulk or weight.

The Predator Series was made for hunters who demand all-around capability in their optics - mobility without weight, ease of use and bright picture in any light. With its lightweight roof prism design, game-revealing CAT™ (color adjusted transmission) coatings and excellent low-light performance, this is the perfect choice for turkey hunters, bowhunters, black powder enthusiasts and anyone who hunts the early season or in heavy cover.

Included Accessories: Case, Cleaning Cloth, Neck Strap, Objective Covers, Rain Guard, Shoulder Strap


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Product Features: 

CAT™ Color Adjusted Transmission

amplifies contrast in the peak human vision sensitivity range, to spot game in any environment.


Optimized Light Transmission

with latest generation advances in low light performance and brighter images and up to 3-4% better light transmission.


Lightweight Roof Prism Design

has less bulk to fit in your pack and stay out of the way while hunting



central focusing wheel requires minimal rotation for quick, absolute sharpness from close up to infinity.


Makrolon® housing

is durable polycarbonate with NBR Long Life rubber armoring, creating a lightweight, rugged chassis that withstands 11 Gs of impact. Impervious to harsh conditions for generations of trusted use.


N2 injection™ system

seals 14-psi pressurized dry nitrogen into the optic, for fogproof clarity in any condition - from artic cold to desert heat.


ClicLoc® system

attaches and releases neck strap or harness instantly with push button ease and designed so binoculars hang straight and action-ready


Item No.MagnificationObjective LensField of ViewSpecial FeatureRanging Distance
24438 x42 mm381 ft at 1000 yd--
Field of View381 ft at 1000 yd
Objective Lens42 mm
Ranging Distance-
Focus SystemFast-Close Focus™
Optics SystemsHigh Contrast CAT™ Color Adjusted Transmission Coatings
Close Focus6 ft
Angle of View-
Exit Pupil5.3 mm
Eye Relief17 mm
IP Distance56 - 74 mm
Diopter Range+/- 5 dpt
Twilight Factor18.4
Rubber ArmoringNBR Long Life Rubber Armoring
WaterproofSubmersion to 3 ft
Weight26.1 oz
Dimension (HxWxL)6.9 in x 4.9 in x 9 in
Neck StrapNeoprene
Neck Strap AttachmentClicoLoc®
Special Features-
WarrantyHeritage™ Warranty
Nitrogen FilledYes
Objective CoverYes
Rain Protection CapYes
Carry CaseYes

Predator 8x42 is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 36.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great binos however... Bought these just over a month ago and am really satisfied with their image clarity. For the price they are an awesome pair of binoculars. I use them for hunting and they really do make animals pop out. My only gripe with these is that a month or so in and the eyepieces are already scratched, a scratch proof coating should definitely be applied on these for the future. I've had other binos for years and years and they still don't have a single scratch. I always brush off the glass then use micro fibre so it's not in the way I'm cleaning them. They should be more rugged, a month and scratches isn't acceptable for hunting optics. Great binos I'd have given them a 5 if they were more rugged. Warranty has been contacted so waiting for a reply to see what they can do for me. If it wasn't for the scratches I'd give these a 5/5.
Date published: 2014-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Initial thoughts on my Steiner Predator I have just received these binoculars and have been playing with them and comparing them to a pair of Vortex Crossfires. I thought the Vortex were nice, I still do. But in comparson, the Steiner Predators are clearer. How I define clearer is when looking out to the edges, there is no blurring with the Predators. I didn't really notice this until I did look thru the Steiners, there really is a difference. Of course they have been great for leaf peeping. Plus, I got a great deal on these.
Date published: 2015-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product - Great Company I had a pair of Steiner Predators that I picked up somewhere around 1999-2000. I work for a police department in Texas and they have come in very handy over the years. They are simply the finest pair of binoculars I've ever used. The years of constant use took a toll and the focus was just a little off. I contacted Steiner and they offered to repair them for free if I'd send them in. About 2 weeks after Steiner received my binoculars I received them back via UPS. To my amazement Steiner had replaced my Predators with a new pair of the same. Steiner did this with no fan fair of any kind. The entire process from contacting them to the point I receiving them back was seamless. The quality of their customer service equals the quality of their product. I am a customer for life! Thank you Steiner !!!
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well made, outstanding bargain. A great set of 8x42 roof prism binoculars. Unique coatings, specifically geared towards the hunter. Compared to other 8 x 42 bins in the mid-priced category, a stellar product. Easily one of the best bargains on a binocular of this quality, anywhere. My only issue is Steiner is so little known in the birding community. Well, well known in the tactical / military realm, but very little presence in the birding community, which is a shame because their product is on par with any of their peers.
Date published: 2014-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Hunting Binoculars I have ever owned !! I had purchased a used pair of these binos shortly after they were introduced and immediately fell in love with them. I used them extensively for hunting and wildlife stalking excursions with absolute fantastic results. This past whitetail season in Pa. I had my predators along and had a mishap that ended with my prize binocs sliding off a rock ledge and into the Lehigh River. Sick about what had happened I knew I had to have another exact pair. That's how good they were. I scoured the Internet and called Steiner to help me find a Dealer who might have a pair of these left in stock, since they are not being made anymore. I finally located a pair of new in box in Missouri at Binocular Specialists. They were great folks to deal with and they gave me a great deal. I had them within three days and once again i'm enjoying the Best Hunting binocular money can buy. Steiner's are the best value, dollar for dollar !!
Date published: 2016-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent optics for the money These binoculars provide a lot of value for the money . I have owned high end binoculars from Nikon , Pentax . Burris and Bauch & Lomb . So i have quite a bit of experience with other brands . In their price range these are excellent binoculars . Nice sharp images due to the quality lens . Would highly recommend these binoculars .
Date published: 2015-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Binoculars I have had a pair for over a year. Fantastic birding bins. The coating makes to colors pop out. Great for finding that warbler amidst the brush and leaves. Extremely rugged in the field. Fantastic for birding...
Date published: 2015-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from From competators mini car to a Jet in comparrison Tested last fall for long range Moose Hunting in Northern Ontario. Peformed wonderful. Chrisp clear images that youi can,t compare to other products. Very pleased with the Steiner Optics.
Date published: 2015-02-27
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What is the difference between the 8x42 predator black - and the 8x42 predator green binoculars? is it just a color difference?

Asked by: Mikee
Yes it is strictly cosmetic.
Answered by: Steiner Tech Support
Date published: 2018-02-09

Is there a extreme pro series ? I go on-line and fine a variation in prices of 200 dollars. Can you explain?

Asked by: horsen
The Predator Xtreme and Predator Pro are older models. They've been discontinued for quite some time, but they are very similar to the current Predator line.
Answered by: SteinerOptics3
Date published: 2021-08-01

I am looking to purchase a quality binocular in the next year or so. I'm possibly considering Steiner. The question I have is under the heritage warranty if the product gets accidentally damaged is it covered under the warranty ?

Asked by: BW1925
Every Steiner optic is covered by the Heritage Warranty™. We will repair or replace your Steiner optic if it is damaged or defective. The warranty is automatically transferred to future owners. No repair or replacement charge No warranty card needed No receipt needed No questions asked
Answered by: SteinerCustomerService
Date published: 2017-05-12

What is the difference between the Predator 8x42MM 2443 and the Predator Pro 8x42MM?

Asked by: john54
The Predator Pro is simply an older version of the Predator - the differences are purely cosmetic in nature.
Answered by: SteinerOptics3
Date published: 2018-05-11

What is the exit pupil on these?

Asked by: Jimmy C
Answered by: Steiner Tech Support
Date published: 2023-06-18

Can i wear glasses and use these? Are the side eye shades flexible at all?

Asked by: Fast Eddie michigan
Yes they will fold down.
Answered by: Steiner Tech Support
Date published: 2019-03-12

I have the Steiner Predator Xtreme 8x42 model 2481 , and I am looking for a chest strap. Where can I get the chest strap/ harness?

Asked by: Alan S
Answered by: Steiner Tech Support
Date published: 2024-04-13

Is there a tripod attachment for Predator 8x42?

Asked by: Dbdrivers
Yes, there is a small cap on the objective end of the hinge that can be unscrewed to reveal a 1/4" threaded hole intended for a tripod stud
Answered by: SteinerOptics3
Date published: 2021-08-27
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