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jaime7818
12-09-2010, 4:51 PM
I dont have any and want to get a pair. What would be clear,comfortable and have a pretty wide viewing angle? I would like to keep them around $200. Why do u guys have the pair u own? Thanks!

Trapper
12-09-2010, 5:25 PM
I use a pair of Leupold 10x42 wind river pinnacle binoculars for hunting. FOV is 267' at 1000yds and weight is 1.5lbs. It gives good magnification, has good light gathering capability, with out being too heavy. These replaced a smaller pair of Nikons my main problem with them was eye fatigue and poor light gathering at dawn/dusk. Look for deals at www.samplelist.com and avoid binoculars with small objective lenses.

professionalcoyotehunter
12-09-2010, 5:27 PM
Leupold.

Chris M
12-09-2010, 5:39 PM
I have the Leopold Cascades 8x42 (http://www.cabelas.com/product/Leupold174-Wind-River-Cascade-Binoculars/748562.uts?Ntk=AllProducts&searchPath=%2Fcatalog%2Fsearch.cmd%3Fform_state%3D searchForm%26N%3D0%26fsch%3Dtrue%26Ntk%3DAllProduc ts%26Ntt%3Dleopold%2Bbinoculars%26x%3D0%26y%3D0&Ntt=leopold+binoculars). I think I paid just a little over $200 for them. Absolutely no complaints.

If you want to save a little more, the Acadia's (http://www.cabelas.com/product/Leupold174-Acadia-Binoculars/732646.uts?Ntk=AllProducts&searchPath=%2Fcatalog%2Fsearch.cmd%3Fform_state%3D searchForm%26N%3D0%26fsch%3Dtrue%26Ntk%3DAllProduc ts%26Ntt%3Dleopold%2Bbinoculars%26x%3D0%26y%3D0&Ntt=leopold+binoculars) aren't bad, either.

Fjold
12-09-2010, 5:43 PM
I'm using Pentax DCS HPc 8x42mm

mwunsch
12-09-2010, 6:37 PM
I have the Leopold Cascades 8x42 (http://www.cabelas.com/product/Leupold174-Wind-River-Cascade-Binoculars/748562.uts?Ntk=AllProducts&searchPath=%2Fcatalog%2Fsearch.cmd%3Fform_state%3D searchForm%26N%3D0%26fsch%3Dtrue%26Ntk%3DAllProduc ts%26Ntt%3Dleopold%2Bbinoculars%26x%3D0%26y%3D0&Ntt=leopold+binoculars). I think I paid just a little over $200 for them. Absolutely no complaints.

If you want to save a little more, the Acadia's (http://www.cabelas.com/product/Leupold174-Acadia-Binoculars/732646.uts?Ntk=AllProducts&searchPath=%2Fcatalog%2Fsearch.cmd%3Fform_state%3D searchForm%26N%3D0%26fsch%3Dtrue%26Ntk%3DAllProduc ts%26Ntt%3Dleopold%2Bbinoculars%26x%3D0%26y%3D0&Ntt=leopold+binoculars) aren't bad, either.

I have the same in 10x42 and love it as well, the cascades that is...

Argonaut
12-09-2010, 6:53 PM
Zeiss 10X42 and Steiner 12X50

lewdogg21
12-09-2010, 7:01 PM
Leica 10x42 and 10x25

jabell
12-09-2010, 7:08 PM
before i spent significant money on glass i researched some & ended up with:
steiner, military marine in 8x30.
they come in all magnifications though.
why:
steiner is german quality with a great reputation & lifetime warranty.
they are super tough, shock & water resistance.
if you hike they are very light & not bulky.
i've used them for 5 years & have beat the crap out of them without any problems & have nothing but high praise for them.
8x30 is not a good magnification if you are trying to look miles away so take that into consideration for the hunting you'll be doing but if a 1000 yard range is what your looking for it fits the bill most excellently for around $200.
also get a good strap that goes over your shoulders & takes the weight off your neck.
my humble 2 cents worth,
jeff

SLYoteBoy
12-09-2010, 7:12 PM
Soon to be Swaro 10x40's

rodeoflyer
12-09-2010, 7:15 PM
I have used a $600 pair of Steiners that I hated and have a $100 pair of Nikons that I like.

What you really SHOULD do (IMO) is go down when you have time and really look through several pairs for several minutes. Everybody's eyes and faces are different.

Just my opinion, and it's worth exactly what you paid for it. ;)

mecam
12-09-2010, 7:31 PM
Bushnell H2O 8x42

http://images1.opticsplanet.com/180-180-ffffff/opplanet-bushnell-bi-8x42-h2o.png (http://www.opticsplanet.net/bushnell-bi-8x42-h2o.html)

robairto
12-09-2010, 8:00 PM
Bushnells/Nikons... On sale 10x42... waterproof and fog proof.

pieeater
12-09-2010, 8:43 PM
Swarovski 10x42 ELs

bsg
12-09-2010, 8:54 PM
before i spent significant money on glass i researched some & ended up with:
steiner, military marine in 8x30.
they come in all magnifications though.
why:
steiner is german quality with a great reputation & lifetime warranty.
they are super tough, shock & water resistance.
if you hike they are very light & not bulky.
i've used them for 5 years & have beat the crap out of them without any problems & have nothing but high praise for them.
8x30 is not a good magnification if you are trying to look miles away so take that into consideration for the hunting you'll be doing but if a 1000 yard range is what your looking for it fits the bill most excellently for around $200.
also get a good strap that goes over your shoulders & takes the weight off your neck.
my humble 2 cents worth,
jeff


i've had my Steiner Military 8x30 binoculars since the late 1980s. i still like em....

scootergmc
12-09-2010, 9:19 PM
I've said this before, these are the kinds of questions to ask on a birding forum. Those people are cult-like when it comes to optics. That's where I did most of my research before deciding on the Vortex Viper 10x42. I came back here and ordered through a site sponsor/vendor, Liberty Optics. Scott gave me a great deal and I recommend his service: http://www.libertyoptics.com/index1.html Check out his vendor forum and ask him the same questions. I'm sure Scott can recommend a quality product to fit within your budget..... He also may or may not have a Calguns discount :D

clay32
12-09-2010, 9:25 PM
Vortex Diamondback 10X42, great set of binos I got last year from a great birding shop in Irvine called Optics 4 Birding (google it, if interested) They'll let you try anything in the shop and explain all the features, benefits and drawbacks of all the different models.

chris
12-09-2010, 9:52 PM
i have a pair of Steiners that i bought before going to Iraq and used them everyday i was out. i use them for hunting now and i love them.

ScottB
12-09-2010, 10:10 PM
Leica 8x42 rangefinders. But I also have some older Wind River (Leupold) 8x42 porros that I got for about a 10th the cost (both bought new) and they are quite good for the money.

+1 on going to the birders for advice on optics. They obssess about glass like we do about guns.

jaime7818
12-09-2010, 10:21 PM
Great feedback guys.

5shot
12-09-2010, 11:22 PM
Nikon Monarch's 10X 42. There usually around $300. Cabelas has them in their closeout flyer now for $229.00. Excellent glass. But most of the Nikons are, even the $100 ones.

Tanner68
12-09-2010, 11:23 PM
Leupold Yosemite 6x30. Only $100 bucks, very bright, light weight but handles like full size. The lower res gives a bigger FOV and allows you to just look through them all the time, one handed, out of breath etc. Just snap them up and don't have to adjust gear or sit down or anything. They are great.

ivanimal
12-09-2010, 11:25 PM
Pentax 10x50 DCF SP

hnoppenberger
12-09-2010, 11:57 PM
steiners from lapg. they were on sale for 200. predator pros

remsenlab
12-10-2010, 4:11 AM
I used to have some cheap glass, I think Bushnell, that worked for my purposes of deer hunting in CA. A few months back I went antelope hunting with a friend in Wyoming and after really abusing the binoculars, lost them when I dropped my pack after shooting a buck. I replaced them with a better set of Minox old school Porro glass and have used them turkey hunting since. They're really good and right at the $200 price point if you get them on an open box special from Cameraland (where I bought mine). Here's a link to the set I bought:
http://www.cameralandny.com/optics/minox.pl?page=62151

duckman1
12-10-2010, 6:55 AM
Same as FJOLD.

I keep thinking I want to buy a pair of Sawvorski 10x40's but the Pentax have been flawless.

D-Man
12-10-2010, 8:26 AM
Steiner Predators 12x42 binos are what I have carried for years and love them! Auto-focus is hard to beat.

davebw226
12-10-2010, 9:16 AM
I stepped up to the Leupold 10x40 Mojave's and could not love them any more. wasn't willing to step up to the really expensive stuff.

Trojans
12-10-2010, 10:24 AM
Leupold Yosemite 6x30. Only $100 bucks, very bright, light weight but handles like full size. The lower res gives a bigger FOV and allows you to just look through them all the time, one handed, out of breath etc. Just snap them up and don't have to adjust gear or sit down or anything. They are great.


I tried Tanner68's binoculars a few months back and they were as he advertises. Cabelas has them on sale for $80. Really crisp optics with a wide field of view.

Black Majik
12-10-2010, 10:38 AM
I've said this before, these are the kinds of questions to ask on a birding forum. Those people are cult-like when it comes to optics. That's where I did most of my research before deciding on the Vortex Viper 10x42. I came back here and ordered through a site sponsor/vendor, Liberty Optics. Scott gave me a great deal and I recommend his service: http://www.libertyoptics.com/index1.html Check out his vendor forum and ask him the same questions. I'm sure Scott can recommend a quality product to fit within your budget..... He also may or may not have a Calguns discount :D

I would agree and disagree on the birding forum. You learn a lot from those guys, but all the deficiencies you normally wouldn't notice or care about would now become obvious when you know what to look for.

That place darn near ruined optics for me. :D

+1 on Scott at LO

Also Doug at CameralandNY always has some great deals.

Bruce
12-10-2010, 11:20 AM
Zeiss 7X42, Steiner M&M 6X30, Swarovski 6X30

PoofNoEyebrows
12-10-2010, 12:22 PM
Cheap pair of rubberized Bushnell's.

Adrien
12-10-2010, 12:36 PM
Steiner Predators in 10x40.

If you're also going to buy a spotting scope I would get something in an 8 power with the highest field you can afford. 8 power doesn't strain your eyes as bad if you're doing a lot of glassing, plus if you buy a spotting scope you'll have the magnification you need when you need it.

Adrien

sargenv
12-10-2010, 3:09 PM
I have a compact pair of Pentax 16x24's.. the pro is that these are really tiny comparitively for the power, the con is that you need "suck" them right up to your eyeballs to see the whole picture.. I bought these years ago to use as a "good enough" spotting binocs for the 100 yard line.. I carry them in my backpack for duck hunting.. not a lot of field of view, but they are pretty clear for the price..

lewdogg21
12-11-2010, 6:25 AM
I just realized nobody asked what your going to use them for.

scootergmc
12-11-2010, 8:57 PM
I just realized nobody asked what your going to use them for.

Probably because it says so in the title.

Hunt
12-11-2010, 11:58 PM
Zen ray 10x43 best value on the market today. I plan to move to a two bino system though a 15x and a small 6x. Put the 15x a tripod and a butt pad in the backpack and the 6x around the neck. If possible get ED glass really makes a difference

707ace
12-12-2010, 6:43 AM
Steiner Military 8x30

pieeater
12-12-2010, 9:04 AM
I wouldnt reccomend this. I tried this with my swaro 15x56s it really didnt help me find much more. I much prefer scanning with binos until im not seeing any new animals then taking the spotting scope crank up to 40 or 60 and just start disecting every bush clump of brush etc. The bogen pistol head tripods are great for this. But personaly the 2 bino system did not work for me



Zen ray 10x43 best value on the market today. I plan to move to a two bino system though a 15x and a small 6x. Put the 15x a tripod and a butt pad in the backpack and the 6x around the neck. If possible get ED glass really makes a difference

lewdogg21
12-12-2010, 11:35 AM
Probably because it says so in the title.

Yeah but what I meant is this guy hunting high desert sage where you can glass for miles or timber or what? I use my 10x42's in open country but for where I deer hunt in D4 it's my 10x25's that get use b/c the 40's are overkill.

Bearclaw
12-12-2010, 12:03 PM
I use Steiner Predator 8x30. The run about $250 so they are right around your price range. They work great for what I use them for (mostly heavy timber, but occasional open country). Although I think the 10x would still work very well under these conditions, and give you a little more magnification (more detail).

Hunt
12-12-2010, 2:47 PM
I wouldnt reccomend this. I tried this with my swaro 15x56s it really didnt help me find much more. I much prefer scanning with binos until im not seeing any new animals then taking the spotting scope crank up to 40 or 60 and just start disecting every bush clump of brush etc. The bogen pistol head tripods are great for this. But personaly the 2 bino system did not work for me

what size binos do you pair w/ the scope?

Argonaut
12-12-2010, 3:05 PM
I have a pair of Fraser Volpe 14X stabilized binoculars that are incredible to use. But they are heavy, use batteries, and don't get carried much. For night use you can't beat my Zeiss 8X56 but also heavy.

ADAM
12-12-2010, 5:34 PM
i have friends that use all tipes when we go hunting but funny thing is i can see more game and at dawn and dusk is where my swarowskis have big advantage and i dont get headaches from glassing all day spend as much as you can on binos you will be well served

dodgerfan175
12-12-2010, 10:06 PM
I'll be getting some Zeiss 8x42 Victory T* FL sometime this week. I keep reading good reviews.

Super Spy
12-12-2010, 10:16 PM
Cheap pair of rubberized Bushnell's.

+1....That fits my budget and if my 3 yr old destroys them no big deal.

popndrop
12-12-2010, 10:36 PM
Swaro EL 8.5x42

Awesome.

Have tried Leica, Zeiss, Leupold, Nikon, even Vortex...not even close.

jaime7818
12-13-2010, 4:52 PM
I just realized nobody asked what your going to use them for.

Thanks for the inquiry. I am actually going to use them 50/50 between thick timber and open country. The biggest open country being 10,000 ft. elevation bare mountain tops. Glassing them and stuff. Thanks again guys.

Rusty_Buckhorn
12-13-2010, 5:12 PM
in the $200 range, the Leupold Cascades might be your best choice. For another $100, can go with the Olympics, that's what I've been using for the last 10 yrs. My only complaint is the twist out eye cups, but I've used all the big $ brands, too, I'd have the same complaint about the eye cups on those, too.

pieeater
12-13-2010, 6:58 PM
I use the swarovski 10x42 ELs. and a swarovski ST80 20x60 scope.Size isnt to important just need something to scan around with in between picking stuff apart.


what size binos do you pair w/ the scope?

bombadillo
12-13-2010, 7:16 PM
Cheap Leupold Yosemite's and they've been nothing but great. I can't believe they make a pair this clear for under 200 bucks. I've had them a bit now and they're great at spotting thing the naked eye can't. I am using the camo version as well. Couldn't recommend something better without jumping up a LOT in price.

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Hunting/Optics/Binoculars|/pc/104791680/c/104752080/sc/104217480/Leupold174-Yosemite8482-Series-Binoculars/721151.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Fhunti ng-optics-binoculars%2Fleupold%2F_%2FN-1100054%2B4294966727%2FNe-4294966727%3FWTz_st%3DGuidedNav%26WTz_stype%3DGNU

Oh, and they're 8x30