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Recommend binoculars

Postby slviyia on Fri Jun 04, 2010 2:14 am

Could someone recommend binoculars with 8x or 10x magnification? I don't know what kind of magnification I need. I just use it for travelling and night viewing, The quality must be great and durable. I don’t care the brand of binoculars.
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Re: Recommend binoculars

Postby Jne_K on Fri Jun 04, 2010 7:26 am

Hi

A waterproof 8x42 roof prism binocular, such as the Nikon 8x42 Monarch is the universal binocular and can be used for just about any binocular application. If you are new to binoculars, you will an 8x42 easier to use than a 10x42. The $300 price point also gets you the most optics and quality for the dollar. Beyond that, you pay much more for ever smaller increases in quality and performance.
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Re: Recommend binoculars

Postby elkman1jc on Fri Jun 04, 2010 9:14 am

It really depends on how much you want to spend. I agree with the previous reviewer, for 90% of people, an 8x 32-42 binocular is more than adequate for general use. There are some very nice compacts out there, ( I would recommend the Swarovski 8 x 20 pockets if you want a fantastic bino in a smaller size) but if you look through them for long periods of time, they are not as ideal as a larger model with a bigger FOV. The greater FOV will also benefit you in low light conditions because of the larger objective lens size. They will gather more light than a compact, but you also sacrifice size and weight, so it really depends on what you will be using them for and what is truly important to you.

I just bought my first pair of mid range binos ($300-$600) and I tested a whole bunch of different brands and models. The best bang for the buck, (for me) was the Vortex Viper 8x42. I tested them at a local retailer and looked across their large store focusing on a far away sign to test them. I could see some subtle differences in the slightly darker environment, but there were some very clear differences after testing them outside in the parking lot.

The Nikon Monarch's are pretty good overall, but there are some very clear differences when you get in an environment where there is high lighting and you can compare these models side by side. We focused on a sign approximately 500 yards away, and you could make out the letters just barely with the Monarch's, (which it would be acceptable if i didn't know better.) but throw the Viper's up to your eyes, and you could read everything clear and crisp. I really was not believing what i was seeing until i messed with both for a few minutes. I re-focused, and adjusted, and tinkered, and i there was truly no way to get the monarch's as crisp and clear as the Viper's.

I'm not saying the Monarch's are bad glasses, nor am I pushing the Viper's, the point of my story is, you would definitely benefit from comparing a few in your price range side by side to see the differences. I will GUARANTEE, no matter what anybody says, there are differences in every price range. I compared quite a few models, from Swarovski EL's, (which were the clear winner's in every category for me, however out of my price range) to Leica's, Zeiss, all the way down to the Bushnell Elite's. For the money that i was willing to spend, the Viper's were the best bang for the buck. Clarity, size, build quality, FOV,

I would recommend finding a large retailer such as Cabela's or Sportsman's Warehouse, that have a large number of models in stock and just start using them. You will quickly discover what you can and can't live without for the money that you are willing to spend.
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Re: Recommend binoculars

Postby Jne_K on Mon Jun 07, 2010 9:20 am

Excellent suggestion, thank-you. Nothing beats a hands on, side-by-side comparison. I know how difficult it is for some folks to find a store that allows you to do this, but it's usually well worth the trip.
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Re: Recommend binoculars

Postby slviyia on Mon Jun 07, 2010 9:39 pm

Thanks for all your nice suggestion, it's really meaningful. In fact, I don't care the brand or other things, I just want to with the best price to buy the best products.And more is I like it.
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Re: Recommend binoculars

Postby Jne_K on Tue Jun 08, 2010 7:19 am

You are very welcome.
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Re: Recommend binoculars

Postby eoyup on Wed Jun 09, 2010 1:12 am

Yes, I agree with what you said. If you want a travelling and night viewing binoculars, 8x is more suitable than 10x. Because some 10x binoculars is too heavy and not easy for long time holding. Relatively, 8x25,8x32 and 8x42 are best choice. My sister has an Eyeskey 8x32 pink binoculars, five years warranty with reasonble price. And nice appearance. I'm thinking of buying one next time.
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Re: Recommend binoculars

Postby Jne_K on Wed Jun 09, 2010 7:41 am

Thanks for you feedback
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Re: Recommend binoculars

Postby ER on Thu Jun 10, 2010 12:27 pm

Depends where you are going. I went to Iceland with only a 10x pair and no scope. There are no rainforests in Iceland. It was good for gulls, shorebirds.
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