Nikon Sporter OK or what else to consider?
So at your website I see the Nikon Sporter 8X40 or Nikon Sporter 10X40 (apparently 8X40 are brighter but I don't know enough to know why).
I am not set on Nikon but I can't afford their more expensive ones or stuff like Zeiss, Leica etc.. I am not a birder or anything like that; they will be for general use although one of their first uses will be on safari. So the moderate size of the sporter seemed to be a good compromise.
Opinions, biases, others models or brands I should consider (certainly $400 as a max but around half that would be better)? Opinions on the light/magnification tradeoffs between 8X40 and 10X40?
On paper an 8x42 will give brighter images than a 10x42, but in the field you will not likely notice the difference, even in low light.
I strongly suggest, however, that you go with a binocular that is waterproof and fogproof if you are going on safari. Even if you won't encounter rain, a waterproof binocular is much better sealed against dust and dirt than a non-waterproof model such as the Sporter. A better choice for your application would be a Nikon Monarch, http://www.opticsplanet.com/nikon-monarchatb8x40.html
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