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Budget Hunting Binos Mid vs. Compacts

Postby chernado on Thu May 24, 2012 12:53 pm

I am looking for some budget (Under $150) hunting binoculars. I hunt in the North West in a temperate rain forest so Water/Fog proof a must, also I am pretty hard on equipment so durability a definite plus. I am muzzleloading in heavy forest cover so low light and shorter distances (under 200yds). My dilema is I cannot decide between a compact or a midsize. I will almost always be out in the field so I really don't want to lug full size "tree stand/truck" binos (8X42). I read the Buying Compacts article and am pretty sold on the compacts except the advice about eye strain with prolonged periods of glassing. I have used my buddies Leupold green rings 10 X 26? and his Bushnell 8X42 Nature View. I like the clarity of the larger binos but not the weight.

So the question is midsize or compact?

For each of those sizes which model will be the best (most durable best optically)
Midsizes I have been looking at:Bushnell Trophy 8X32 or Vortex Crossfire 8X32. These are within $8 of each other so which one of these would you pick for a midsize in this pirce range or is there one I am missing that I should consider?

Compacts: Bushnell 8x26 Porro Legend Ultra, Nikon 8x25 Prostaff,Vortex Vanquish 8 x 26,Bushnell Trophy XLT 10x28mm

I saw the topic on "sorting compacts" so I know you would likely say the Prostaffs are the way to go. I guess I would really like
to know if it's really worth the extra dollars to step up from the Bushnell Trophy line to the Nikon Prostaff in the compacts?
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Re: Budget Hunting Binos Mid vs. Compacts

Postby Jne_K on Fri May 25, 2012 8:05 am

Hi

Going mid-size is a good compromise between a compact and full size bino - 32s are definitely more user friendly for long glassing sessions, but you still get reduced size and weight. That's why I've always been a big fan of 32s. As much as I love compacts, I would recommend a 32 for the use you describe. The 4mm exit pupil of an 8x32 is definitely easier to manage than the typical 2.5mm exit pupil on compacts.

I don't think you can go wrong with either the Bushnell or the Vortex 32s in that price range, but the Trophy XLTs are phase-corrected and that is a big plus in terms of resolution and image sharpness. I don't see that the Crossfire is PC coated, so that makes the Bushnell the better value.
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Re: Budget Hunting Binos Mid vs. Compacts

Postby chernado on Fri May 25, 2012 10:02 am

Hey thanks for the input, I appreciate it. I will definitely go with the midsize.
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Re: Budget Hunting Binos Mid vs. Compacts

Postby Jne_K on Sun May 27, 2012 7:59 pm

Glad to help.
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