Vixen Foresta 8x32 or Steiner Wildlife Pro 8x30 porros
I couldn't even begin to list all the binoculars in that price range or even a good representation - that is the most competitive price point in the bino market and it is flooded with models. What features are you looking for? What is your application? These are the things you need to consider when choosing a binocular. Let me know what you had in mind and we'll go from there.
I am referring to the Vixen Foresta 8x32 ZWCF Porro binocular. See the following:
In terms of optical quality, are they equivalent or is there a significant difference? Does the unconventional focusing on the Steiner make it difficult for fast focusing when birding?
Thanks again for your thoughts and advice.
That version of the Foresta I have not tested, but I would expect it to be at least as good as the Steiner, if not better, in terms of optics. As to the focusing, really mostly a matter of personal preference - the Steiner will work for birding - but I would personally be inclined to something more conventional, like the Foresta. I don't mind the extra focusing probably required, overall, for the Foresta; I want something more consistent and predictable. Not sure if I am ready to deal with a dual focusing system as per this particular Steiner.
http://www.opticsplanet.com/steiner-8x3 ... r-338.html
The broader question is: if you want a 8x30 porro for birding, what would it be?
I wanted an 8x porro binocular for a particular environment where I do a lot of birding. The distances between me and the birds are not great. The wide field of view and the three dimensional quality of the Vixen Foresta porro make it very suitable for this situation. I have not been able to test the Steiner Wildlife Pro. However, as Joanie suggests, focusing with a Steiner porro might be a bit fussy. Since I found this Foresta to be so impressive, I plan to keep it.
Thanks to all for your suggestions and opinions.
I also love porros for their optics, but, as you noticed, roofs typically focus a bit easier. Good to see Vixen is offering the Foresta in a porro. Enjoy.