New Posts New Posts RSS Feed - 12x mid-priced binoculars?
  FAQ FAQ  Forum Search   Events   Register Register  Login Login

Check GunBroker.com for SWFA's No Reserve and No Minimum bid firearm auctions.

12x mid-priced binoculars?

 Post Reply Post Reply   Topic Search Topic Search  Topic Options Topic Options
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: March/03/2012 at 08:14
3 Tuns View Drop Down
Optics Apprentice
Optics Apprentice


Joined: June/28/2011
Status: Offline
Points: 60
  I am looking for a pair of 12x binoculars.  It will be a gift and I want to stick to the $500 - $600 price range or less ($400 would be just fine!).  Roof or porro does not make any difference, but it would be nice if the weight was in the 30 oz. or under range.
 
  The end user wears glasses and uses Swarovski 8x binoculars for most of her birdwatching.
 
  For my own use I usually carry Swarovski binoculars, but they are far over the price range for this.
 
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: March/03/2012 at 11:41
RotoReuter_DM View Drop Down
Optics Apprentice
Optics Apprentice
Avatar

Joined: December/09/2011
Location: WI
Status: Offline
Points: 296
Vortex makes good stuff I have 8x42 Diamondbacks and they are superb. They make a 12x50 Diamondback or in your price range they have the Viper HD! And vortex's VIP warranty will cover your friend as well.
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: March/03/2012 at 12:37
3 Tuns View Drop Down
Optics Apprentice
Optics Apprentice


Joined: June/28/2011
Status: Offline
Points: 60
  Not quite what I had in mind.
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: March/03/2012 at 13:27
Klamath View Drop Down
Optics Master
Optics Master
Avatar

Joined: May/20/2007
Location: United States
Status: Offline
Points: 1269
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: March/03/2012 at 13:47
3 Tuns View Drop Down
Optics Apprentice
Optics Apprentice


Joined: June/28/2011
Status: Offline
Points: 60
  Those look good, too bad I can't give a used item as a gift.  Thanks.
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: March/03/2012 at 13:59
robbie View Drop Down
Optics Apprentice
Optics Apprentice


Joined: November/13/2007
Location: United States
Status: Offline
Points: 134
Originally posted by 3 Tuns 3 Tuns wrote:

  Those look good, too bad I can't give a used item as a gift.  Thanks.
Why not?
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: March/03/2012 at 14:23
3 Tuns View Drop Down
Optics Apprentice
Optics Apprentice


Joined: June/28/2011
Status: Offline
Points: 60
  It is birthday (a big one) gift from my wife and myself - to the wife of a close friend.  Used binoculars wouldn't really be appropriate, even though they look like a nice pair.
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: March/03/2012 at 17:06
Bird Watcher View Drop Down
Optics Master
Optics Master
Avatar

Joined: August/30/2006
Status: Offline
Points: 1490
Originally posted by 3 Tuns 3 Tuns wrote:

  I am looking for a pair of 12x binoculars.
 
The end user wears glasses and uses Swarovski 8x binoculars for most of her birdwatching.
 
Canon 12x36 Image Stabilizer Binoculars
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: March/04/2012 at 10:52
3 Tuns View Drop Down
Optics Apprentice
Optics Apprentice


Joined: June/28/2011
Status: Offline
Points: 60
  The Canon IS  may be the ticket.  I would like to consider as many viable options as possible.  Any other  binoculars to consider (Leupold,etc)?
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: March/04/2012 at 11:46
Klamath View Drop Down
Optics Master
Optics Master
Avatar

Joined: May/20/2007
Location: United States
Status: Offline
Points: 1269
Any of the Leupold Green Ring series (to me at least) have the effect of a very narrow, tunnel vision view.  The image is good enough, but it looks like you are looking through a porthole from the far side of the cabin.
 
Your problem is satisfying a Swaro owner with a lesser instrument.  May not be in the cards, even if your heart is sure in the right place.
 
I got a look at these last month, while not real expensive, they sure looked like a good binocular.
 
 
Since this is a good friend, it may be worth it to order a couple of different ones from someplace with a good 30-day return policy and look them over yourself and see if they "look good enough" to you.
 
I second the Canon 12x36 IS too, this is a real nice binocular as well.  The IS feature really works too.


Edited by Klamath - March/04/2012 at 11:53
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: March/04/2012 at 12:35
3 Tuns View Drop Down
Optics Apprentice
Optics Apprentice


Joined: June/28/2011
Status: Offline
Points: 60
  Thanks for the help guys.  I had better do some leg work, but it is good to have a starting point.
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: March/04/2012 at 13:33
Bird Watcher View Drop Down
Optics Master
Optics Master
Avatar

Joined: August/30/2006
Status: Offline
Points: 1490
You're welcome. Looker
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: March/20/2012 at 10:14
3 Tuns View Drop Down
Optics Apprentice
Optics Apprentice


Joined: June/28/2011
Status: Offline
Points: 60
  I ended up going over budget and we gave her the Canon IS.  She really seemed to like them after she played around with the button for a while.  I could read distant signs with them with the IS on that were just fuzzy images without it.
  They didn't look like they would hold up as hunting binoculars in rough country, but they looked like great for birding.
 
  Thanks again guys.
 Post Reply Post Reply
  Share Topic   

Forum Jump Forum Permissions View Drop Down

Similar Threads: "12x mid-priced binoculars?"
Subject Author Forum Replies Last Post
Mid-price binos 10-12X recommendation TheHankster Binoculars 7
Mid-Priced Bino Comparison Demonical Binoculars 74
Mid priced illum scope choice? oyster Rifle Scopes 3
Best Mid-level Back Country Binoculars Sam16 Binoculars 8
Are there mid priced geared tripod heads? Targetterror Tripods, sun shades, lens covers, etc. 0
Mid priced long range hunting scope bookworm Rifle Scopes 11
Best Mid Priced Spotter hawkeye Spotting Scopes 2 9/22/2004 11:28:24 PM
Mid-priced binos needed Stud Duck Binoculars 5 11/29/2006 12:01:56 PM
mid priced Blackbird Binoculars 14 11/26/2007 8:28:14 AM
mid-priced scopes with metric adjustments Sako88 Rifle Scopes 6


This page was generated in 0.344 seconds.