- 2 Post By jammer06
- 1 Post By jammer06
- 1 Post By DeaderFan
- 1 Post By SirJW
July 20th, 2012, 08:20 AM #1
I am looking to buy a decent pair of binoculars. My cousin, who is a hardcore birdwatcher, recommends Zeiss or Leica...but both seem a bit out of my price range. I don't think I want to spend more than $500, but could be convinced to, if the additional money was worth it.
I intend to use them on backpacking trips, local hiking, and possibly out on the water (whales and dolphins, etc.). I would prefer them to be relatively light weight, but not necessarily the tiny compact ones.
My cousin took me birdwatching (not something I thought I would enjoy) and let me use his $2000 binoculars. I was absolutely amazed. The binoculars (and my cousin's knowledge of the birds) made the day rather enjoyable. I don't think I'll ever really be into birdwatching, but would love a decent pair of binoculars.
I guess I'm asking if anyone knows of any good off brands (new and upcoming companies?), or has experience with something like the Nikon Monarch series, or similar. Or, can you convince me that it is worth the money to buy Zeiss or Leica??
Thanks for any advice!!
July 20th, 2012, 09:17 AM #2
checked with my mom and stepdad, they use them for the horse races but they basically have old pairs (20 years) and have no idea about new ones. Sorry it's crappy info but it was funny when my mom started down the "check some garage sales" path.
July 20th, 2012, 09:23 AM #3
Thanks for checking. After using really expensive, high quality binoculars, I totally understand that cheap ones are not the way to go. I just don't know where the break is between crap and decent. I've been told that I'll need to spend at least $300....probably more like $500. I don't know what to think. Not knowing a thing about them, I don't know if it is safe to assume that the more expensive the better they are. I don't want to just pay for a brand name.
Originally Posted by jammer06
I'd be stoked if I could find high quality at a garage sale!! doubtful....but you hear stories of people finding a Picasso behind some crap landscape painting. Stranger things have happened.
July 20th, 2012, 09:43 AM #4
I've done the garage sale things a few times when our neighborhood gets down for it. Pretty surprising what you can find but it's not the most efficient way to go about it. The knowledge is a hard thing, you might check with military shops too, they'll have some good people on optics.
July 20th, 2012, 10:44 AM #5
When got 300 seats at Staples I decided to get some good binoculars. I did my research and discovered there is a lot to consider like size, weight, prism design, power, field of view, brightness, etc. As it turns out, bird watchers really are the authorities on binoculars. I read a lot of their reviews and decided on these:
Nikon 8x32 Premier SE Binocular 7381 B&H Photo Video
They have been great for games and concerts. They are smallish and really sharp and bright. Check out the reviews on B&H. I have two pairs now. both are more than 5 years old and still going strong.
July 20th, 2012, 10:57 AM #6
You forgot the "wink, wink, nudge, nudge."
Originally Posted by Waitsfan
July 20th, 2012, 01:45 PM #7
Check ebay and craigslist too.
July 21st, 2012, 11:32 AM #8
those look decent....but now I'm researching between roof and porro prisms......I like the compact nature of the roof prisms, but like the price of the porro prism binoculars.
Originally Posted by DeaderFan
My perfect world (which this isn't....although winning the Stanley Cup makes it a bit closer) binoculars: less than $500, compact, lightweight, very clear optics, decent in low light, at least 8x, but preferably 10x magnification. Probably doesn't exist. Also, I'm comparing the optics to the Leica Ultravid 10x42, so I'm bound to be disappointed with anything in the $500 range.
September 19th, 2012, 01:20 PM #9
You might want to check out the The Canon IS (image stabilized) binocs, I think they are awesome. The entry-level ones start below $500.
Originally Posted by Waitsfan