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Advice on good value new or used zoom binoculars

Postby AverageNiceGuy on Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:38 am

What price point should I plan for, in new or used binoculars with these features;
Decent optics
Zoom function around the 8x to 20x range
How wide a field of view can I get?
Should I pursue certain namebrands?
I am an eyeglass wearer, so longer eye relief or adjustable eye relief would be good.

I've done some reading to get educated on the basics, but I am having trouble getting though the advertisement hype, and I would like some advice on getting what really matters for decent optics. I like the high end Zeiss and Swarovski stuff, but I can't justify spending that much.

What should I consider for good quality / cost points?
My current optics are an Orion 127mm maksutov cassegrain telescope that I really like,
and some new-to-me Bushnell Bino's 12x25'
s.(240ft@1000yds)
I'm not very impressed with the Bushnell 12x25's because of the narrow view with my glasses, and they are a little dark as compared to the high end stuff. They were a good value at $15 on Craigslist I thought.
I viewed some Nikon Action Bino's, Porro Prism, on sale for $129 yesterday, and I wasn't as impressed as I hoped to be.
Is this the best I can plan for in a zoom bino at the lower price ranges?
They are 10-22x zoom, 50mm
http://www.basspro.com/Nikon-Action-Binoculars-Porro-Prism/product/52182/
Should I just get these until I am prepared to pay more?
My current optics are an Orion 127mm maksutov cassegrain telescope that I really like,
and some new-to-me Bushnell Bino's 12x25
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Re: Advice on good value new or used zoom binoculars

Postby Steven_L on Mon Jun 17, 2013 9:19 am

There's no such thing as a good zoom binocular. Nikon's Action series is the least crummy of the genre. Leica makes a couple of Duovid switch power glasses, starting at about $2500.00. Zooms have barrel alignment issues sooner or later, and you never can get a good picture out of a zoom like you can out of most binoculars. They get dirty and make me dizzy to look through. Besides, the 22X Nikons are not made to be hand held, but on a tripos. You can't hold 22X binoculars steady. Even 12X is the maximum for almost everyone. Buy an OPMOD 10x binocular and be happy with it forever. Don't buy any bridges.
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Re: Advice on good value new or used zoom binoculars

Postby PhilR. on Mon Jun 17, 2013 7:01 pm

With one exception, you can't use "decent optics" and "zoom", unless you insert "can't get" in between the two. Here is what I tell my friends about zoom binos: Don't ever, never, ever, ever, never, ever, never, never, never, ever, ever buy zoom binoculars.

You should consider making a decision as to what power of binoculars you want and what you want to spend, and then it will be possible to provide some useful suggestions.

In case you are interested, the one exception about zoom binos is the Duovid from Leica. They are way above your price range.
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Re: Advice on good value new or used zoom binoculars

Postby AverageNiceGuy on Mon Jun 17, 2013 8:15 pm

Thanks for the info Guys!

I did much more thinking and researching after my previous post. I discovered the "no zoom" advice... Thanks for backing it up!

I'm starting to get a better handle on what I will like.

The more I look, read, and think, the more confident I will become in my purchase..

Thanks for the info!
My current optics are an Orion 127mm maksutov cassegrain telescope that I really like,
and some new-to-me Bushnell Bino's 12x25
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Re: Advice on good value new or used zoom binoculars

Postby Steven_L on Tue Jun 18, 2013 9:29 am

Thanks, PhilR. I was trying not to sound rude to a person just misaligned a bit. AverageNiceGuy, thanks for the question!
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Re: Advice on good value new or used zoom binoculars

Postby AverageNiceGuy on Wed Jun 19, 2013 9:57 am

Thanks again guys,

I am going to postpone my purchase os binoculars while I further figure out what qualities I want in them, and how much I want to spend.

My brain is a little slow sometimes in gaining confidence, but the research and waiting for good advice to "sink in" usually pays off...

as a bonus, I have a local sporting goods store that has a ton of bino's on display for me to try... including zeiss, steiner, swarovski, and others for an expensive baseline reference.

Thanks again
My current optics are an Orion 127mm maksutov cassegrain telescope that I really like,
and some new-to-me Bushnell Bino's 12x25
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