The best opera glasses in 2024: pocket sized binoculars for theater and stage

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Hand holding Eschenbach Glamour 3x25 opera glasses

(Image credit: Gavin Stoker /.Digital Camera World)

Our quick list
1. Best stylish: Eschenbach
2. Best discreet: Carson
3. Best portable: Vixen
4. With handle: Levenhuk
5. Best steampunk: Senmonus
6. Best magnification: Vanguard
7. Best for sports: Nikon Aculon
8. Best cheap: Kenko Pliant
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The best opera glasses aren't just for going to the opera. They're also perfect for a range of events where you're a little bit far from the stage, including theater shows, concerts, music festivals, conference talks, and more. 

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Sebastian Oakley
Ecommerce Editor

For nearly two decades Sebastian's work has been published internationally. Originally specializing in Equestrianism, his visuals have been used by the leading names in the equestrian industry such as The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), The Jockey Club, Horse & Hound, and many more for various advertising campaigns, books, and pre/post-event highlights.

He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, holds a Foundation Degree in Equitation Science, and is a Master of Arts in Publishing.  He is a member of Nikon NPS and has been a Nikon user since the film days using a Nikon F5 and saw the digital transition with Nikon's D series cameras and is still to this day the youngest member to be elected into BEWA, The British Equestrian Writers' Association. 

He is familiar with and shows great interest in street, medium, and large format photography with products by Leica, Phase One, Hasselblad, Alpa, and Sinar. Sebastian has also used many cinema cameras from the likes of Sony, RED, ARRI, and everything in between. He now spends his spare time using his trusted Leica M-E or Leica M2 shooting Street photography or general life as he sees it, usually in Black and White.

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