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Binoc's or Bino/Range Combo...please help?

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Binoc's or Bino/Range Combo...please help?

Postby Buckeyes on Mon Aug 02, 2004 3:29 pm

I am looking for a decent pair of binoculars primarily for hunting.
Water resisitant/proof, lightweight and durable are very important features to me.
Also, I would like to have a lifetime or near lifetime guarantee especially if I spend over $350. This may not be possible, but at least a reputable manufacturer in lieu of this.
I am looking at individual bino’s and bino/rangefinder combinations. I am uncertain about the combo item as they may be a poor combination in terms of durability or options. However, I really like having both features in the same unit. How many times do we look through bino’s and wish we had range capabilities at the touch of a button. I ‘think’ that I would love these features packaged together. What do you think? Am I short selling myself on the optics side with this mentality?
In terms of combo products, I have considered the below items with the Bushnell being my first choice:
Bushnell Yardage Pro Quest $499.00(unless you know a better price on any internet sites)
It combines a decent range finder within reasonable binocular characteristics, eh? It is a little heavy...34oz. Somewhat bigger than I would want. But it may be better than carrying a range finder seperately, huh?. This would be my 1st choice in a combo unit****
Leopold Wind River RB800 8x32 $699
Olympus Magellan WP 7x50 $140-230
Celeston Oceana 7x50 $190 cheapo’s
Burris B1500 Roof Rpism 7x40 $600
Newcom Optic 1500 7x50 $629

I am aware that Leica and Kahles also make some decent combination products, but I simply cannot afford them and probably shouldn’t consider the Bushnell or the Leopold noted above either. I guess that I am just probably drawing my line in the sand at the $600 dollar mark
Please refer to:
for a nice review of combo bino’s and rangefinder products.

Or, on the other side of the coin, I am considering purchasing bino’s separately and stepping down in price to also include an inexpensive range finder. In this area, I am considering the following products:

Red Head Eagle 7x40 for $119 cheaper entry level
BSA Waterproof Roof Prism 8x32 $79 or 10x42 $99 another entry level find
Leupold Wind River Cascade Series 8x42 $240
Leupold Wind River Olympic Compact Series 8x42 $340
Cabella’s Alaskan Guide 8x42 $529 a little too expensive however, probably a good pair for a decent price
Cabela’s Alaska Big Sky 8x and 10x for $250-$350
Bushnell Legend 8x42 $289
Bushnell Legend 10x42 $309
Bushnell Trophy Series $90-190
Nikon Monarch ATB 8x $279 or 10x $299 my personal favorite choice for a decent pair of eyes at a reasonable price***** (also with a 25 yr guarantee and a lifetime $10 no fault replacement)

What do you think fo the combo eyepieces versus just binoculars?
What do you think of the 8x versus 10x…will I need to really hold the bino’s steady to avoid shakes in the 10x?
I am going to Wyoming to do some antelope hunting this Oct and will use the units for this, but I am usually an east coast hunter of deer, ducks and pigs, so I don’t always need a 10x open field type of unit. Although, I don’t want to be short minded either…I want to get the best and must functional unit for my needs.
I certainly appreciate your help and thank you for your attention to this matter

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Binocular Rangefinder

Postby Stan @ Opticsplanet on Thu Aug 05, 2004 4:30 pm

Thank you for your interest in www.OpticsPlanet.com. We only have a few binocular rangefinders available. The Bushnell Yardage Pro Quest, http://www.opticsplanet.com/200836.html, is the most popular, because of the price. The binoculars are not quite the highest quality available, and you are mostly getting the ability to have a rangefinder and binoculars.

Leica, like Swarovski is at the top of the line in quality. They were not concerned with how can we make this economical, but how can we put two of our best products in the same package. In comes the Leica Geovid series:
http://www.opticsplanet.com/leica-8x42- ... yards.html, 8x42, and
http://www.opticsplanet.com/leica-10x42 ... yards.html, 10x42.
If you are willing to get to the price range, than the Leica's are the best.

I hope this has been helpful. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do for you.
Best Regards,
Stan Mack
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Fax: (847) 574-6820
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