[Tweeters] Some binocular recommendations?

J Christian Kessler 1northraven at gmail.com
Tue Mar 7 14:55:57 PST 2017


image stability is an issue with 10 power binoculars (magnification
emphasizes any wobble), but weight can also be a factor (at least over the
course of hours of constant birding). I've used 10x42 Swarovski's for 25
years (old technology now), bought them as they were actually lighter than
the 8x42s at the time, but they're still kinda heavy. balance matters here
-- as does how they feel in your hands.

Chris Kessler

On Tue, Mar 7, 2017 at 2:38 PM, Devon Comstock <devonc78 at gmail.com> wrote:


> Hi,

>

> For a good mid-range price bino I always recommend the Eagle Optics

> Platinum Rangers. Lifetime warranty, hardy binocular, waterproof, lifetime

> maintenance for little cost. I'm partial to the 10 x 42s myself, but you

> will get a lot of birders to tell you to go for 8 x 42 for more image

> stability and close range viewing.

>

> For a high end bino you can't go wrong with Swarovskis, though after a lot

> of research I ended up buying a pair of Zeiss Victory SF. They are both a

> hefty price at about $2,000 plus. I joke that with my old rangers it was

> looking at birds through a dirty shower curtain compared to the crispness

> of my Zeiss.

>

> Audubon recently did an article about choosing binoculars

>

> http://www.audubon.org/gear/binocular-guide

>

> Devon Comstock

> Wenatchee

>

> On Mar 7, 2017 11:39 AM, "Dusty Bleher" <TweeterReader at bagithere.com>

> wrote:

>

>> G'day all! Along with my search for a new camera (Nikon P900 so far), I

>> just decided to upgrade my binoculars as well. I've had these since my

>> kids were little, so I've not kept up on the trends in viewing these last

>> 30-40 years. Anybody got any recommendations? Things to look for? Things

>> to avoid? My current ones are a Swift model 828, 10X42. One of the

>> reasons I got them was they were waterproof (always good with me holding

>> them 😊!), and very close focus. I'm sure the technology has changed over

>> the years, so any recommendations would be MOST appreciated.

>>

>> TIA,

>> Dusty

>> Currently parked off of a dirt road, on a hill, in the forest north of

>> Lake Stevens.

>>

>>

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