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Better bins

Postby Kevvie on Tue Aug 27, 2013 5:55 pm

Looking for better binoculars.

Should i go for midrange Busnell EliteHD or high range Leica Ultravid HD ? 8X42 OR 10X42 ?

Main use is birdwatching . Would apreciate any advice .
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Re: Better bins

Postby PhilR. on Thu Sep 05, 2013 9:27 pm

Kevvie wrote:Looking for better binoculars.

Should i go for midrange Busnell EliteHD or high range Leica Ultravid HD ? 8X42 OR 10X42 ?

Main use is birdwatching . Would apreciate any advice .


Binos are one of those things where you get more when you pay more. Since there is a huge difference in price between the two, there is also a great difference in performance. Comparing the two is like comparing a Toyota Corolla and a Mercedes Benz S-class sedan. Obviously they both work, and work pretty well. Only you can say what you can comfortably spend.

As for magnification -- 8x (7x is also perfectly suitable) if you will be glassing at shorter ranges or in wooded/dense canopies, and 10x if you will be glassing over long distances such as the mountain west, or glassing birds high in the sky, such as hawkes. If you will be doing most of your glassing during the daytime and short to medium ranges, you should also consider an 8x30/32, which will be perfect for this kind of situation, but will be lighter in weight, smaller in bulk, and often less expensive than a 42mm bino.
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