Eschenbach Glamour 3x25 opera glasses review

Is this ultra-portable, retro-styled German-made viewing aid suitable for the theatre, concerts, and sporting events worth further investigation?

5 Star Rating
Eschenbach Glamour 3x25
(Image: © Gavin Stoker /.Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Classic-in-appearance German-made binoculars/opera glasses marrying a fairly modest 3x magnification with a usefully bright 25mm objective lens. While they may look a bit flashy for a trip to the pantomime, those who like getting dressed up to the nines for a trip to the theatre have found a reasonably priced yet premium-feel viewing accessory. Though personally a little fussy looking for our tastes, we were impressed by the metal build and operation of the device, and, from a position in the stalls, arguably a 3x magnification is all we need to be able to clearly pick up the facial expression of performers and get marginally closer than the budget for our actual seats may afford.


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    Small and compact

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    Classic retro-styled design

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    Premium feel, metal build quality

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    Inter-pupillary distance is adjustable


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    3x magnification feels a little modest

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    Unabashedly old-fashioned design is love it or hate it

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    Premium-priced compared to more plastic-y alternatives

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Buying theatre or gig tickets – never mind the opera – is expensive enough. So here’s a thought; opt for the cheaper seats and, if you do feel you’re too far way from the action on stage, make use of a pair of opera glasses, or theatre binoculars. Enter the classic-looking, roof prism-style Eschenbach Glamour 3x25. 

Resembling a more elaborate and dare we suggest ‘posh’ version of the basic fixed focus opera glasses that we can sometimes find attached to the back of the seat in front of us when on a trip to the theatre, this aluminum construction viewing aid initially feels both solid and premium, as well as looking elegant. But is its own performance anything to ‘sing’ about? Read on to find out…

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Gavin Stoker

Gavin has over 30 years’ experience of writing about photography and television. He is currently the editor of British Photographic Industry News, and previously served as editor of Which Digital Camera and deputy editor of Total Digital Photography

He has also written for a wide range of publications including T3, BBC Focus, Empire, NME, Radio Times, MacWorld, Computer Active, What Digital Camera and the Rough Guide books.

With his wealth of knowledge, Gavin is well placed to recognize great camera deals and recommend the best products in Digital Camera World’s buying guides. He also writes on a number of specialist subjects including binoculars and monoculars, spotting scopes, microscopes, trail cameras, action cameras, body cameras, filters and cameras straps.