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geewizz
01-17-2011, 3:53 PM
Looking for a good pair of binoculars for hunting. Mostly hogs and dogs. I don't mind paying a bit more if its worth it. I don't know much about whats out there right know. I know much more about scopes and I have a few top end ones on a few rifles. I'd like to get a pair of binoculars to match

Thanks

sportsman
01-17-2011, 4:52 PM
just bought a pair of leupold cascades, at cabelas around 300.00 there very nice. 10/40

dirtydrew
01-17-2011, 5:04 PM
I've got some Leupold Acadia 10x42 that are very clear. Just got 'em though and have only used them a few times, but for ~$200 I like them so far!

Spyder
01-17-2011, 6:08 PM
I like my Steiners but think they're a bit overpriced for what they are. But they DO make me feel like I'm a German das boot commander!
Wish I could afford the Swarovskis. Leica's are always real nice too, but up there in price.

geewizz
01-17-2011, 6:08 PM
I've heard good things about these ZEN ED2 8x43
http://www.zen-ray.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=248&zenid=dcf41728f9f84d5c80ead4394f2ba581

popndrop
01-17-2011, 7:32 PM
Love my Swarovski El. They are incredible. Have tried all kinds of different models, but they are thr best IMHO.

dodgerfan175
01-17-2011, 7:50 PM
I have the Leupold Cascades they're pretty good. But not as good as my Zeiss Victory, Zeiss makes the best glass IMHO.

zerohour714
01-17-2011, 8:04 PM
If you can afford them Swaro's are amazing. But most of us cant drop $2500 bucks on glass. I bought the Bushnell Legend HD for $$289 and cannot believe how crisp they are! I used to dread glassing, now I can glass all day without Eye fatigue. I would strongly recommend these glasses to anyone! Feel free to pm and I will tell you more about them.

KMG Hunting Safaris
01-18-2011, 8:04 AM
Unfortunately when it comes to glass, you get what you pay for. The more you pay, the better the quality. This is evident esspecially in low light conditions. Swarovski's are your best. I have a pair, but my working pair are Leupolds Cascades. And they really take a beating here in Africa.

Hunt
01-19-2011, 1:02 AM
I've heard good things about these ZEN ED2 8x43
http://www.zen-ray.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=248&zenid=dcf41728f9f84d5c80ead4394f2ba581

+500 I have the 10x basically zeiss glass in a cheap body seriously the best value on market today. get the 7x or 8x for dogs and hogs 10x requires a tripod full time 7x easier to handhold buy hem now before prices go up once people realize how good these are prices will go up like the Vortex line has done. Make sure you get the ED2, I see their marketing is already priming the pump for big price increase, probably next year with the newer and improved version, seriously these are like zeiss glass in cheaper body.

1st5
01-19-2011, 6:45 AM
Swaro's, Zeiss, and Leupold would be my choices if the money were available. I have a pair of Swaro's.

Spelunker
01-19-2011, 6:58 AM
From what I have researched the Zen-Ray ED2 is the way to go for $400. I think I will get the 8x, thanks for the heads up Hunt.

Rusty_Buckhorn
01-19-2011, 7:25 AM
I have the Leupold Olympics. Very nice for just over $300. Whatever you go with, I'd go with 10x42(no tripod needed for 10x). You'll be VERY thankfull for the extra 2x.

tpuig
01-19-2011, 11:57 AM
I didn't really care much about binoculars, had an old (1960's old) heavy Tasco zoom pair I'd take to football games. Figured spending a lot of money was just a waste.

Yeah, then a guide handed me his set of Swarovski's. Now I'm a believer. They really are that good. Especially in the early morning or late evening when the light isn't so good. That's where they really shine.

BUT, like most of us, I didn't have $2000 for a set of binocs. So I found a great deal on some Nikon Monarch ATB 10x42 binoculars that were a demo. Got 'em for $200. These are GREAT binos for the price. But they are not Swarovskis, which I will eventually get someday.

Until then, these are serving me well. Tough, light and very good view.
http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-7432-Monarch-All-Terrain-Binoculars/dp/B00006I5JH

cowboyup
01-20-2011, 4:43 PM
Anyone know how the zen ed compares to the Vortex Viper?

zerohour714
01-20-2011, 7:02 PM
Anyone know how the zen ed compares to the Vortex Viper?

Not sure about Zen ED, But i have the Vortex Viper scope and it is SWEEEET! and it comes with an unconditional transferable lifetime warranty! Not sure about zen's warranty.

Hunt
01-20-2011, 11:02 PM
Anyone know how the zen ed compares to the Vortex Viper?

I have seen a lot of glass the zen ED2 is at least 95% of the the best glass there is in a cheaper body it is amazing glass --true ED glass for $400.00! who else is selling true ED glass for that price? Buy now before prices go up with the newer improved models next year.

Hunt
01-20-2011, 11:10 PM
...
Yeah, then a guide handed me his set of Swarovski's. Now I'm a believer. They really are that good...

BUT, like most of us, I didn't have $2000 for a set of binocs...

the Zen Ray ED2s will get you about 95% performance of the Swaro in a cheaper body, try and get a pair before the prices go up, you will be very happy.

BearWhoHunts
01-20-2011, 11:41 PM
Eagle Optics is an amazing company!! I have had two sets of the 10x50's. I watch birds every day and I use them regularly for hunting. Highly recommended. Amazing for low light, are durable, comfortable on the eyes (way less fatigue), waterproof (proven by me). You wont regret it.
You can get them for around $300.

jm13690
01-21-2011, 10:44 PM
Well with bino it always come down to price. I would love to have a set of Leicas, but their price is not on par with what I want to pay. I really like my 10x42 Nikon Monarchs ATB, they really are a great price for one heck of an optic. If you search around you can get them for under $300 without a problem. Just remember to get yourself the harness.

lewdogg21
01-22-2011, 6:00 AM
I have Leica 10x42 and 8x25's that are now probably 15 years old. I will never have to buy another pair ever (unless I bubba them).

Spend the most you can afford.

707ace
01-23-2011, 6:23 AM
Steiner 8x30 Military/Marine Best pair of throw in the glove box leave in the bag on the 4 wheeler $200 binoculars

geewizz
01-23-2011, 4:00 PM
the Zen Ray ED2s will get you about 95% performance of the Swaro in a cheaper body, try and get a pair before the prices go up, you will be very happy.

Well I have heard nothing but good things about the Zen Ray ED2 8x34. I greatly appreciate all the response hear. I'm waiting for my bonus check from work then its time to order. Swaros are obviously top notch but the Zen ray and viper really got may attention.

Hunt
01-23-2011, 8:29 PM
Well I have heard nothing but good things about the Zen Ray ED2 8x34. I greatly appreciate all the response hear. I'm waiting for my bonus check from work then its time to order. Swaros are obviously top notch but the Zen ray and viper really got may attention.

I bang my ZR around they are tough but don't expect them to be as durable as high dollar binos