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Help buying binoculars

Postby mlglock on Sun Jul 31, 2011 2:03 pm

Hey Guys and Gals,
I really need some help picking out binoculars for deer hunting. I had a pair of the 10x50 Nikon actions. They worked good, but fogged up all the time. I then bought a pair of 8x42 nikon trailblazers. I liked these but they just did not work in low light as well as the 10x50s. I know this because I had these and my friend had a pair of Leupold 10x50 Mesas and we sat side by side in the stand last week. He could see the bucks horns and I could not. It was getting dark but plenty of daylight left. I could see them out of his binocs.

I am now considering either the Leupold Rogue 10x50 Porro prism or the Vortex Diamondback 10x50 roof prism. I am open to other suggestions also. I want to spend $200 or less. I can get the Rogues for around $130 and the Vortex for around $188.

Thanks in advance!!

Re: Help buying binoculars

Postby Jne_K on Mon Aug 01, 2011 8:06 am


Either of those choices will serve you well. I'd give an edge to the Rogue in terms of optics, especially image brightness by virtue of its porro prism design, but a roof like the Diamondback will have nicer handling and probably be a bit more durable in the long run.
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