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Re: Binoculars - Advice

Post by Jne_K on Wed Sep 22, 2010 8:51 am

I feel your pain, but no one has actually fully made a bino in America for some forty or fifty years. The Leupold Gold Rings are actually assembled, here in the US, but with some imported parts, especially the optics and that's as close as you'll come. Fine binoculars, though and well worth a look.

Re: Binoculars - Advice

Post by Skins Fan1 on Tue Sep 21, 2010 11:14 am

I'll look things over and thanks again for all the input.

Japan or China, gah! What does America make anymore? Oh, that's right American Idol.

Thanks all

Re: Binoculars - Advice

Post by Jne_K on Tue Sep 21, 2010 9:34 am

Price, not brand, is usually your most reliable indicator. Burris is a US company, yes, but their binos are made in either China or Japan, depending on the model.

Re: Binoculars - Advice

Post by ET on Mon Sep 20, 2010 3:57 pm

I don't see anything very interesting in the Burris line, even the specs look boring. You can get similar Leupolds if you like that brand.

Nikon Monarch X is worth a look, there is a 100 dollar rebate in Oct.

These are just boring, narrow fov ... ulars.html

Re: Binoculars - Advice

Post by Skins Fan1 on Mon Sep 20, 2010 11:49 am

Thanks for the input Jne K, very helpful. You gave me the information I was looking for and in a way I can understand.

As a "casual" user what brands would you recommend with a "roof prism". The last responder did not seem to be a fan of the Burris gear. The only reason I leanded toward them in the first place was the reviews on thier rifle scopes and being a great bang for the buck and rugged. I was thinking this same quality would spill over in to their other products. Another plus is that they are an American company. Anyway.. any suggestions would be much appreciated.

Re: Binoculars - Advice

Post by Jne_K on Mon Sep 20, 2010 8:48 am


In a very general way, the best bang for the buck is around $300 for a roof prism and $150-200 doe a porro. Beyond that, you pay much more for ever smaller increases in performance and quality and, in fact, to get that few percentage points of performance, you may have to double the price. The best gauge to how much you spend should really be how much you to intend to use a binocular. Hard use, day after day and you should spend as much as you can afford and I regard the $500 mark as a starting point for really hard use. Casual use on a now and then basis and you can get by for much less.

Re: Binoculars - Advice

Post by Skins Fan1 on Mon Sep 20, 2010 7:43 am

Thanks for the input ET and I'll check those models out.

Being new to the whole optics game I know there is quite a bit to learn. It seems that you get what you pay for, better glass is more expensive - got it. However, I don't know what the rule of diminisioning returns is. What are the leaps in performance from 100ish to 300ish to 600ish. I understand that light transmission is king but unless you work for National Geographic and animal spotting is your job, I just can't justify the leaps over 200 bucks or so...

What do you think?

Re: Binoculars - Advice

Post by ET on Sun Sep 19, 2010 7:17 pm

50mm is pretty big..heavy.. for general use. For daytime use, 8x42 and 10x42 will do. Here are some Vortexes ... -d248.html

for 10x I would go up a bit to 300 dollars ... -4310.html

Some Bushnells in that price range too.

Binoculars - Advice

Post by Skins Fan 1 on Sun Sep 19, 2010 1:21 pm

Hi all,

Was looking for some advice for binoculars for general use in the 7to10 X50 size.

Being a novice I've read through some of the reviews and it' looks like the Nikon and Bushnell gear gets some good reviews. But for some reason it seems like you get a little better product with Burris. Is this so?

Price range 150- 250..

Thanks in advance