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good budget compacts

Postby nsteika on Fri Jul 31, 2009 1:19 pm

Hi, I've read your article on How to buy compacts. Very informative, thank you. After reading I think 8x, dual-hinged, Roof prism model would work well, as i want something that will easily fit in my pocket. You list some of your favorites, like the Eterna and Fury.

(1)Do you have any recommendations under $100? waterproofing, and FOV are important to me. I notice the eterna only has FOV of 270ft. My primary use would be birdwatching.

(2)do you have an opinion on Bushnell H2O 8x25? they have 370ft FOV, but no PC prism.

Pentax DCF SW 8x25 also caught my eye, but again, not great FOV, and over $100.
The Excursion 8x28 look to have nice specs, but aren't dual hinged. I'm not sure how truly compact they'd be.

Thanks for any input/recommendations.
Nils
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Re: good budget compacts

Postby Jne_K on Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:43 am

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Don't put too much weight on FOV - a difference of 20-30 ft is not that significant.

PC is important in a roof prism if you want the best possible resolution and clarity. Be worth the expense to get it, especially in a compact, where you are already compromising on optics, anyway. The H2O is otherwise a good choice, but I would save your pennies and try for the Eterna or the Pentax DCF SW
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Re: good budget compacts

Postby nsteika on Sat Aug 08, 2009 7:34 am

thanks for the input. I'll make sure to get one with PC. The excursion 8x28 has it. and the FOV is is 417ft vs 270ft on the Eterna. Would that 147ft be significant?
I've not come across an Excursion in a store, nor seen dimensions online anywhere. Do you know about this one, and is it really "compact"?
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Re: good budget compacts

Postby Jne_K on Mon Aug 10, 2009 6:16 am

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Yes, that is significant, but keep in mind that you give up edge sharpness and overall image sharpness to get that extra wide field of view. The Brunton will have the better optics.
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Re: good budget compacts

Postby nsteika on Mon Aug 10, 2009 2:47 pm

Thanks. How do the Vortex Diamondback 8x28 compare to the Eterna and Excursion? also, is the diamondback the same thing as the vortex hurricane? they look similar and have the same specs.
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Re: good budget compacts

Postby Jne_K on Mon Aug 10, 2009 2:53 pm

Close to the Excursion, but not quite up to the Eterna, overall.
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