Predator AF 8x30

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A giant leap forward in binocular design and function. This advanced optical design keeps everything in focus, near and far.

Lightweight and compact, the 8x30 won’t slow you down in pursuit of your next trophy. Steiner’s unique CAT (Color
Adjusted Transmission) technology let you see deer and other game that are hiding in foliage and shade.

The new Predator AF keeps prey in focus at any speed, any distance. Advanced CAT™ lenses reveal game hidden in cover or shadow. Bright 3D depth and detail enhance your target in all conditions. 8x30 or 10x42 power. Bombproof Makrolon® body. Agile open-bridge design. Waterproof, fogproof, razor-sharp scouting anywhere. Clearly, this is the one to take when you’re out for meat.

Included Accessories: Case, Cleaning Cloth, Strap

The Steiner Predator AF 8x30mm won the "Best Lightweight/Travel Binocular for Hunting" award from BestBinocularReviews. "A major selling point for me is just how comfortable they are to use and hold. The eye-cups are soft, I love the cross-hatch etching on the rubber armor and the body shape with its open bridge just nestles within your hands. For longer observation periods, I doubt that you will ever find a more comfortable and easy binocular to use." - Read the full review here



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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.




Always Focused
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.



Open-Bridge Design
Makes this binocular lighter and easier to grip. It’s also more comfortable to hold when scouting for game.





Item No.MagnificationObjective LensField of ViewSpecial FeatureRanging Distance
20458 x30 mm120 m at 1000 mHigh Contrast CAT™ Color Adjusted Transmission Coatings-
Field of View120 m at 1000 m
Objective Lens30 mm
Ranging Distance-
Focus SystemAuto Focus
Optics SystemsHigh Contrast CAT Color Adjusted Coatings
Close Focus10 ft
Angle of View-
Exit Pupil15 mm
Eye Relief-
IP Distance56 - 72 mm
Diopter Range+/- 5 dpt
Twilight Factor15.49
Rubber ArmoringNBR Long Life Rubber Armoring
Weight19 oz
Dimension (HxWxL)4.7 in x 6.5 in x 4.7 in
Neck StrapComfort Plus
Neck Strap AttachmentFixed
Special Features-
WarrantyHeritage™ Warranty
Nitrogen FilledNo
Objective CoverYes
Rain Protection CapYes
Carry CaseYes

Predator AF 8x30 is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EXCELLENT HIGH END BINOS I purchased my PREDATOR AF 8X30 from Amazon and they are amazing for my intended purpose of bird and scenery watching. Very well made and sturdy. However, Im skeptical these we made Germany because nowhere on the box, literature or binoculars does it say where they were made. Actually on the box itself there is a little sticker saying Burris company. I suspect these were produced under license by Burris in China and marketed as a STEINER model, which is fine since they were affordable and well made. I could be wrong however. If somebody from STEINER or an industry expert knows for certain if the Predator AF 8x30 are indeed manufactured in Germany please chime in.
Date published: 2021-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bright, Clear Optics/FOV As My 7X50c Commander The features in a replacement hunting binocular for my 37 year old 7X50c Commander that I’ve used on nineteen hunting trips were: high durability, high clarity, auto-focus, lighter weight, smaller dimensions. These features were to be sacrificed for the 7X50c Commander’s compass, mil scale and larger field of view (FOV). Upon comparison, the new 8X30 Predator AF FOV and low light clarity seemed as much as my larger binocular. The smaller dimension and lighter weight permits storage with a range finder in a cover harness that is equal to the weight of the 7X50/harness. Lighter, smaller packages are important attributes highly appreciated by senior hunters during long 13 hour days stalking through rugged terrain. The 8X30 Predator AF is a cost effective solution for hunters desiring an auto-focus binocular having durable, lightweight, bright/clear prey contrasting view, dimensions fitting within binocular cover chest harness. This binocular exceeded my expectations as a replacement for my old 7X50c Commander.
Date published: 2020-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice medium size binoculars with unique coatings I purchased the 8X30 Predator AF with the CAT coatings, it was the advertised CAT coatings that made me want these. Along with the individual focus feature of the center focus wheel for these binoculars I get so tired of constantly rotating that center focus on other binoculars. As for these, I took them out and dialed in the individual diopters on my land. Here is what I found: 1) these things are lightweight and feel good in your hands, 2) they also feel durable...rugged feeling for binoculars, 3) the coatings are kinda wild looking, the coatings are real green...very unique looking glass, 4) the view thru these is unique I found that using these over around 500 to 600 yards of open pasture these are no better or worse than another pair of excellent condition 8X30 binoculars. HOWEVER, when I switched over to scanning the thick, heavy woods on my property where I hunt deer, these 8X30 Predator AF's with CAT coatings are basically a totally different type of binocular. Using them to view thickly wooded terrain, I can pick stuff out more easily deep in the forest than with "regular" 8X30s with regular coatings. I assume it has to be the advertised CAT coatings. I cant wait to try these out come spring and summer when the leaves are out on the trees and there is heavy green on my farm.
Date published: 2019-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply the best I LOVE optics. Some girls like diamonds. Some girls like shoes. I like glass. I own several Steiner rifle scopes. I decided if the binoculars are even close to the rifle scopes in quality, I need them. I purchased the Predator AF 8x30. Now I did not need yet ANOTHER pair of binoculars. But the price was right. The quality blew me away. These are the best x50 or under binoculars I have EVER used. The contrast and the clarity are worth MUCH more than I paid. Glass is my thing. Theses binoculars (you will never see me use binos) rock my world.
Date published: 2021-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The clarity is striking! I just got them, and wow.. Never have I had the clarity of these. I've had bushnell, celestron and vortex. Now, I'll have Steiner forever, these have far exceeded what I expected.
Date published: 2020-10-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Straps. I have a predator 8x30 for my deer hunting equipment and almost 18 years past,I think this Binoculars are very dependable for all conditions! But my strap attachment is came off,so I tried to fixing it but very difficult, I need parts [2 pieces for strap] A.S.A.P . Possible to order?
Date published: 2018-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the features The clarity and lite weight of this binoculars are great.
Date published: 2020-10-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent light transmission and clarity I bought these a month ago on eBay and I am happy with the price and the quality. Outstanding clarity and light transmission. Very happy with this purchase.
Date published: 2019-04-24
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Is the Predator 8x30 sealed and purged? The specs say not nitrogen filled. 

Asked by: SteveD
They are Nitrogen purged.
Answered by: Steiner Tech Support
Date published: 2022-11-08

What is the eye relief on these 8x30s? I wear eyeglasses and the eye relief is important to me.

Asked by: smitty_bs
~15mm. The eyecups fold down as well.
Answered by: Steiner Tech Support
Date published: 2022-11-06

do you sell a case for predator AF 8x30

Asked by: Karen1
I'd recommend this one, in item number "605"
Answered by: Steiner Tech Support
Date published: 2022-12-20

Looking at Predator 8×30 AF with cat coating. Is this binocular manufactured in Germany ? If no, where ?

Asked by: northwahoo
They are manufactured in Germany.
Answered by: Steiner Tech Support
Date published: 2023-06-16

I have an older set of these binos with a solid middle unlike the 2 connecting pieces shown here. What tripod and mount system would you recommend?

Asked by: Megan
You can use any that you like, as long as they are 1/4-20 thread pitch.
Answered by: Steiner Tech Support
Date published: 2021-11-29

I have a Steiner predator 8x30 that is probably 20 years old - looks like dust got inside the lenses but I can’t find out where or how. These have been stored with the caps on them on the carry case. Does Steiner clean or refurbish these? 

Asked by: Smallwood
Please contact us at
Answered by: Steiner Technical Support
Date published: 2024-02-06

I have a pair of these predator 8x30s that I got probably 20 years ago that I still use, but last week I lost the eye guard off of it. I was wondering if there was any way I could get a replacement eye piece? Any advice is appreciated? Thanks!

Asked by: Abbott
Replacement parts can be obtained from
Answered by: Steiner Tech Support
Date published: 2022-02-15

What is the eye relief on the predator Af 8x30

Asked by: Sweets
15 mm
Answered by: Steiner Technical Support
Date published: 2023-11-27
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