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Weather-proof Budget 8x choices

Postby bp78 on Sun Apr 12, 2009 10:10 am

I'm looking for a pair of binoculars to be used for birding around the house and some use on a small boat. I've settled on ~8x and want a water proof pair in the $100-$150 range so that I don't fret about leaving on the boat briefly (theft concerns).

Some that I've considered:

Nikon Action EX 8x
http://www.opticsplanet.com/nikon-8x40- ... -7238.html

Nikon Trailblazer 8x
http://www.opticsplanet.com/nikon-8220- ... ulars.html

Other places I've seen some very strong recommendations for Steiner military-marine:
http://www.opticsplanet.com/steiner-bin ... arine.html

I like Nikon's warranty and price point. What other similar models should I consider?

How much price-wise would I need to step-up for the next noticeable and desirable change in performance and quality?

I have no urgent need to purchase, any new products coming out soon?
bp78
 

Re: Weather-proof Budget 8x choices

Postby Jne_K on Mon Apr 13, 2009 5:26 am

Hi

Any of those are good choices, but you should also consider the Bushnell Excursion 8x42, if you are looking at roof prisms. The Excursion is phase-corrected, the Nikon Trailblazer is not. This means sharper images with the Excursion.

In terms of overall sharpness, the EX is as good as any. note that the Steuner is not a good choice for distances much under thirty yards. IF focusing is a great system for mid and long ranges, but not for close in work watching a feeder.

For the basics on binocular construction and features is easy to understand terms, see my article at
How to Understand Binoculars
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Re: Weather-proof Budget 8x choices

Postby bp78 on Mon Apr 13, 2009 9:21 am

How much price-wise would I need to step-up for the next noticeable and desirable change in performance and quality? On other products I'm familiar with their seem to be some distinct price points where quality and features change distinctly.

From the $100 Action EX pair, what would be the next price point where you see a noticeable change in performance and quality?
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Re: Weather-proof Budget 8x choices

Postby Jne_K on Mon Apr 13, 2009 9:28 am

Hi

Best optics for the dollar in the bino market is $300 and the world's best selling $300 binocular has always been the Nikon Monarch 8x42, but any comparable 8x42 will do a good job as a universal, do anything binocular. Beyond $300, you begin to pay much more for smaller improvements in performance and quality.
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Re: Weather-proof Budget 8x choices

Postby bp78 on Tue Apr 14, 2009 2:09 pm

Is the Nikon DEMO Warranty and replacement policy the same as a new unit? I didn't see any specifics on this one either in the add or your sites DEMO FAQ.

http://www.opticsplanet.com/nikon-8x40- ... -7238.html
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Re: Weather-proof Budget 8x choices

Postby Jne_K on Wed Apr 15, 2009 10:36 am

Hi

No, Nikon factory demos only carry a 90 day warranty from Nikon. On a nikon binocular, I think it is well worth the little extra to get the new warranty.
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Re: Weather-proof Budget 8x choices

Postby Alaskatraveller on Thu Apr 30, 2009 1:01 pm

I'm going to alaska...and I like Nikon. Do you recommend the 8x42 Trailblazer or the 8x40 Action Ex? The Monarchs are a little pricey for me. Thanks.
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