Commander 7x50c

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The military-grade, porro prism Commander Series is the marine binocular choice for anyone who makes their living on the water – fishing guides, ship captains, tug boat operators, marine patrol and law enforcement. These binoculars are also for those who live aboard or spend weeks on the water - yacht owners, blue water sailors and racers - who need the best in marine optics. The Commander Series has every feature and all the performance serious mariners demand, backed by Steiner’s unrivaled reputation for total performance on land and sea.

Integrates a fluid damped, HD stabilized illuminated compass with ranging reticle into the binoculars, creating an accurate and invaluable viewing/navigation tool.

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


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Product Features: 

7x Magnification

is the marine standard, with a wide, stable image for tracking other boats, buoys and bridge numbers even in rough water.

Floating Prism System

uses flexible silicone lens mount to absorb severe shock, impact and abuse without damage.

Sports-Auto Focus™ System

lets you focus each eyepiece to your vision once, then keeps images razor sharp from 20 yards to infinity. No more chasing focus on moving objects.


High Definition Optics

incorporate the finest index-matched glass and advanced lens coatings for best-in-glass image clarity.


ClicLoc® system

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


Memory Diopter

provides handy mechanism to store and indicate your personal diopter setting.


Floating Neckstrap

is comfortably padded and bright yellow. It features 3M reflective trim making it highly visible keeping your Commander afloat and easy to spot in case of accidental spills.


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.


Steiner Nano-Protection®

hydrophobic molecular coating creates a lens surface so smooth water sheets off and dirt, dust, snow and fingerprints are repelled for easy cleaning and a clear view.



Item No.MagnificationObjective LensField of ViewSpecial FeatureRanging Distance
23057 x50 mm438 ft at 1000 yds--
Field of View438 ft at 1000 yds
Objective Lens50 mm
Ranging Distance-
Focus SystemAuto Focus
Optics SystemsHigh Definition
Close Focus66 ft
Angle of View-
Exit Pupil7.1 mm
Eye Relief20.2 mm
IP Distance56 - 74 mm
Diopter Range+/- 5 dpt
Twilight Factor18.7
Rubber ArmoringNBR Long Life Rubber Armoring
WaterproofSubmersion to 33 ft
Weight42 oz
Dimension (HxWxL)6.2 in x 8.1 in x 14 in
Neck StrapFloating Strap
Neck Strap AttachmentClicoLoc®
Special Features-
WarrantyHeritage™ Warranty
Nitrogen FilledYes
Objective CoverYes
Rain Protection CapYes
Carry CaseYes

Commander 7x50c is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 44.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superlative binoculars for terrestrial use too! I obtained my first set back in 2007. I make extensive use of the compass and reticle. After years of "pampered" but moderate outdoor use I sent it in for refurbishing. While there for several week I contacted Philip in customer service asking a status on them as I was going to Africa in the near future. Philip mentioned there was an issue with the compass and they were awaiting parts and offered a brand spanking new-in-the-box replacement set. I accepted and they arrived in time for my trip to Africa. How can anyone beat that Customer Service???
Date published: 2015-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I bought my steiner military/marine 7X50 back in the early 80's. They went with me on many expeditions and I loved them especially the lighted compass. Last year the light quit working and the compass had developed a small bubble that caused it to hang a little. I started looking for some new steiners, but ran into some information on the service department. I called a very pleasant man on the telephone and he told me to send them back and they would check them out for me. Was I surprised about 2 weeks later when a box arrived from steiner and when I opened it up, I found a brand new beautiful 7X50 with lighted compass and several extras. THEY ARE WONDERFUL! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
Date published: 2016-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You Have To Hear this One! In October 1981, I came into a little money and was determined to buy a Steiner which I had seen the German military used. I bought one and used it whenever sailing, hunting, etc. It lasted thru four sailboats, two wives, three kids and twenty seven years in the Army and thru combat zones. Last fall, I noticed the vision was clouded and the compass was shot. Fearing a huge bill, I sent it into Steiner. They quickly replied saying they would repair it or replace it under their "Heritage" program. After a couple of days, they sent me an email saying they repaired it (replaced the compass also) and it was on it's way back to me at no cost. In all my seventy years, I have never seen customer service such as this! If you're only thinking about buying a Steiner make the plunge and get the best. You can't beat this company.
Date published: 2016-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from High Quality-Good Service I had purchased an older Commander 7X50c quite a few years ago. They were excellent binoculars and lasted for many years in the harsh Florida salt water marine environment. As a professional boat captain, I can tell you this particular model performed exactly as expected. When I finally had a warranty issue, Steiner customer service explained the warranty procedure fully and promptly sent me a replacement set. I'll be a customer for life because of the high quality of this product and the great customer service.
Date published: 2016-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I bought these binoculars for my husband in 1985, before we set off on our 2-years of offshore sailing...and have been using them ever since on our boat and land-based trips. They have been incredible. There were a couple of things that had worn over time. I returned them for repair and maintenance. After 31 years of having these binoculars, I couldn't believe the Incredible Customer Service we received. They are definitely the best and so are you.... Thank you so much....
Date published: 2015-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding product and remarkable warranty My recent acquisition of my new Steiner Commanders was a replacement under the warranty of my original purchase in about 2003. Your amazing warranty replaced them and I took them on a 2 week cruise on the Chesapeake. They were just as I expected--every bit ask good as my original pair. I had ample opportunity to test them including help a friend locate an errant dinghy in a 3' chop. We immediately spied them from about 1.5 miles with no difficulty. The clarity and sharpness is as remarkable as you have always heard about Steiners. Great product and a great warranty.
Date published: 2015-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply the Best I am a professional mariner on an ocean going container ship. We use Steiner Binoculars almost exclusively as part of our bridge equipment. I purchased the 7X50 Commander-C for my personal use based on the positive experience that I have had with your product in my professional career.
Date published: 2015-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product; quality company I purchased Steiner Commander binoculars at a boat show about 25 years ago. I recently sent them to Steiner for what I thought would be a simple adjustment. I was very surprised to receive back in the mail a brand new set of binoculars. I could not be more pleased with the company or their product and the replacement warranty.
Date published: 2015-07-24
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Is it possible to order new eyepieces? My current ones are damaged. 

Asked by: Seany
Hello, Replacement eyepieces can be obtained from or the binoculars can be sent to our facility. For the latter option, please follow the links below. For warranty or repairs please visit:
Answered by: Steiner Tech Support
Date published: 2018-06-15

Replacement battery for the Steiner commander RS 2000.The battery I have in a 20 year old commander is a 343.

Asked by: PJoseph
Answered by: Steiner Tech Support
Date published: 2021-07-15

What is the difference between Commander Global C 7x50 and Commander 7x50c other then former being twice as costly as the latter.

Asked by: pps9
The Globals are our top of the line optic with HD Diamond coatings and worldwide digital compass as the primary differences. The Commander 7x50c has a compass zone specific compass that will not function properly outside of the compass zone it is calibrated for. The Global compass will work in all compass zones.
Answered by: SteinerCustomerService
Date published: 2018-02-07

Do these binoculars have a built in stabilizer so that you can see an object clearly and still even if your are moving?

Asked by: DenB
Hello, We do not offer any electronic image stabilizing binoculars.
Answered by: Steiner Tech Support
Date published: 2019-03-20

hello:  i just found a green military marine commander 7x50 compass binocular and wondering how old they might be...  they seem to be stabilized  .. how can i get more info on this model. can i send you a pic thanks.  i am going cruising on private yacht

Asked by: pamela
Once you have located the serial number: For 10 digit serial numbers Take the 1st and 3rd numbers of the first line. Or if the 10 digits are in a row still take the 1st and third digit. Ex: 90425 - Year of manufacture: 1994 00136 Ex: 0266519742 -Year of manufacture: 2006 For 5 & 7 digit serial numbers Take the 1st and 2nd numbers. Ex: 86915 - Year of manufacture: 1986 Ex: 0021433 - Year of manufacture: 2000
Answered by: SteinerCustomerService
Date published: 2022-07-14

What do I have to do to have my binoculars reconditioned

Asked by: Onooknow
Please go here to get started
Answered by: Steiner Tech Support
Date published: 2021-10-12

Hi. I have steiner marine 7x50C. Excellent binos. I have cracked the plastic holder that holds eyepiece onto the lens though and it no longer stay on. Where can I buy replacement eyepiece or should I send to steiner for repair? Tx!

Asked by: Lindsay Please create a customer support case for instructions to return your binoculars.
Answered by: SteinerOptics3
Date published: 2016-09-22

Hi, the rubber on my semi old commander have loosend and have become sticky, Can i in any way get it re-rubberiesed 

Asked by: Mads Please create a support case on our customer service portal, we'll be glad to service your binoculars under the Heritage Warranty.
Answered by: SteinerOptics3
Date published: 2017-07-25
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