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Postby tango6 on Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:02 pm

I have a pair of bushnell 8x25 and steiner predator 10x25 and am disappointed in both. what would you recommend in the 10x25's for around $200.00-$250.00.
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Re: compacts

Postby PhilR. on Tue Feb 02, 2010 10:13 pm

The Brunton Eterna is supposed to be pretty good, but I've not used one.

The Bushnell Legend 10x26 might be worth looking at. I have the 8x version and find the clarity to be very good for the price - certainly better than the compact 10x's from Minox and Steiner that I also have. Be aware however that the Legends are bigger and heavier than most compacts because they are armored and waterproof, so they won't be for everyone.

I've seen used Zeiss compacts for sale as low as $249 from an optics website that has a very large used selection. Might be worth your time to find it. Leupold also has a special package right now that has a pocketknife and their 10x25 Olympics for $89. Can't tell you how these good these are, but some of Leupy's stuff is pretty good.

The Pentax 10x25 UCF XII was named by one of those consumer review mags to be a best buy in the compact category. Given my experience with their UCF-R's, I can easily believe that. The UCF-R is IMO 85% the optical goodness of my compact Zeiss', but for about a fifth of the price. I believe that the UCF XII is a step above the -R's.

Nikon also has some decent compacts too, but I've not been impressed by the ones I've looked through so far. Not that they are bad -- not at all. IMO they just aren't as good as their price would let you believe. However, they are probably one of the easiest to find locally, if you are located in a decent-sized city.

I think that if you aren't going to spend the bucks for a Euro alpha, then there's not any need to spend more than $100. If I were to get just one compact 10x, it would be the Pentax UCF-X, or the UCF-WP if I needed something that is waterproof. The even more expensive 9x28 SCF-LV might also be worth a look too, since the difference of 1x is negligible.
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Re: compacts

Postby Jne_K on Wed Feb 03, 2010 8:49 am

Hi

Why were you disappointed with your compacts is probably where you need to begin. There are some things about compacts that you sacrifice, regardless of how much you spend on compacts. For instance, no compact will have the performance of its same quality equivalent in a larger binocular, nor will a compact offer the steadiness or viewing comfort of its same quality equivalent in a larger binocular. Those small exit pupils in a compact are more difficult to center and keep centered on your eyes for long viewing sessions. That's why some folks hate all compacts. For a discussion of the pros and cons, see my article, How to Buy Compact Binoculars

On the other hand, I love compact binoculars, despite their inherent limitations and have owned and used almost everything in compact binoculars, at one time or another. In that price range, I strongly recommend you rethink that 10x and try the Bushnell Elite 7x26 - you will not find its optical equivalent until you get into the very expensive Euro models and there is no compact I can recommend that is quite so easy to hold and use. It really is a great value in in a quality compact binocular.

If you want a roof prism, the Brunto Eterna is a good choice in that price range, as is thePentax DCF LV 9x28.
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Re: compacts

Postby Sunset_Va on Thu Feb 11, 2010 11:42 am

What about the Vortex Vanquish 10 x 26? They are compact , I have the 8 x 26 version, and really like them.
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Re: compacts

Postby Jne_K on Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:37 am

I agree - an excellent value. Lot of optics for the dollar.
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