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lightweight 8x25 - 8x32 for hiking (and reasonably priced)

Postby Guest on Tue Feb 24, 2009 4:36 am

Hello,

this is my first post on this forum, as I am looking for a light binocular for my trip to New Zealand with lot of day and half day trips. As I will often carry quite some photo equipment, I definitely want to keep the weight bellow 0.5 kg. I am rather limited on the price, as the cost of the trip had rather serious consequences on my bank account - so 100 euro would be around the top. It is clear to me that with this limitation I will probably not get the best that is out there.

Also - I am not involved too much with binocular up to now, but do understand the basic important terms. I just do not have much of the hand-on experience. I do have pone cheap, heavy zoom binocular that is on the weak side.

I am mostly looking into 8x25 - 8x32. I came across the Fujifilm Offroad 8x32 (370g, exit pupil 4 mm, water resistant up to 1 m) - look here: http://www.fujifilm.de/produkte/fernglaeser/offroad/information.html?index=14 .

I want to use it mostly during the daylight. I would like to have reasonably wide, sharp and contrasty view, at least partial water resistance would be nice too. I do not really know how large exit pupil should I look for.

What would you advice me to look for?

thanks
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Postby matus on Tue Feb 24, 2009 4:39 am

Sorry, I posted the question as a Guest. So, now you know who I am :-)

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Postby Jne_K on Tue Feb 24, 2009 6:25 am

Hi

We don't carry Fujifilm binos and don't sell in terms of Euros, but you may wish to try the Nikon Prostaff 8x25 or the Pentax UCF WP. Under $200, these are as good as it gets in terms of optics under $200. If you prefer a roof prism, try the Pentax DCF SW
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Postby matus on Thu Mar 05, 2009 11:14 am

I just wanted to let you know, that finally I got the Vortex Hurricane 8x28 and find it VERY good. The size and weight is just right. The binoculars are very rugged with very well designed. The neck strap is comfortable.

Just look around for the specs as they are not found on the Vortex homepage.

I find the optics good and contrasty - I have no reason to complain. I also do not have any others to compare with (apart from old zoom binos - no comparison here), but on average I tend to be demanding (photography being my main obsession) .

On top of all - they come with "VIP" lifetime warranty - if you have the binoculars, you have also the warranty, period.

So, all I can say now - I am fully satisfied. I may have more comments once I am back from New Zealand (End of April)
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Postby Jne_K on Thu Mar 05, 2009 11:32 am

Thanks for the feedback. Keep it coming.
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