Older "new" binoculars. Keep em or boat anchor?
The Binoculars are an older pair of Bushnell Spectator 2 series 7x35 (or at least this is as near as I can identify them from an internt search, they have the number 13-7737 on them). The binoculars are a little older, but they are in the original case and have been stored warm & dry since I received them as a service gift from my company 5 years ago.
Does anyone have any feedback on these binoculars? Good, bad, indifferent--you can't hurt my feelings as I didn't buy them. Should I look for a different pair for the safari or will these compliment what I have O.K?
I'd really appreciate any feedback and I'll take honesty over warm & fuzzies any day.
Thanks to all
I agree completely. I don't usually add anything once a discussion begins on our forum, but this time I thought it might be helpful to share.
Since I am in the unique position of being able to actually test all brands and models, both on test charts and the field, I can guarantee there is a huge difference, both optically and mechanically, between a premium grade scope like the Zeiss and a $300 scope like the Sequoia.
At low magnifications, even a modestly priced scope will produce reasonably good image quality. The real test, however, comes as magnification increases. Quality scopes, such as the Zeiss, Leica, Kowa, Swarovski, Nikon Fieldscope will maintain image quality at much higher magnifications. At 60x, only a handful of scopes - those at the very top - will appear nearly as sharp at 60x as they do at 20x. In a spotting scope, if you want the performance at high magnifications, you must pay for it dearly.
Construction is not so easily tested, so you need to rely more on feedback from customers. I can promise, though, that scopes made in Japan and Europe have a much lower failure rate than the lower priced products made in China and Korea.
The Sequoia, of course, doesn't go uo to 60x and it's probably just as well. 45x is about as much as a 60mm objective at this price can reasonably handle. Still, it is a good buy for someone on a budget. The return rate is high for a Leupold product, yes, but compared to other scopes at that price, the return rate for the Sequoia is average.
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