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I'm new to using binoculars and have been doing searches on this website and a few others. I've been trying to learn as much as possible in the different choices and uses of 6x or 7x binos. My primary use in binos will be for archery season. I'm leaning towards buying a 7x36 bino but interested in the 6x32 binos as well. I don't hunt wide open areas so having a higher magnification is not important.
 
What can you guys recommend I take a look at in the 6x or 7x? I want to keep the price under $250 as well.
 
1. I want to keep the weight as light as possible
2. clarity, brightness and durability is important
 
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Porro Prism:
 
Leupold Yosemite 6x30 for around $80 or a 6.5x32 Eagle Optics raven or Vortex Raptor for about $120.  Nikon Action Extreme 7x35 for less than $100 mostly.
 
Roof Prism:
 
Both about $250, both seem the exact same binocular in different housings,  The Vortex Diamondback 7x36 and the Bushnell EX 7x36.  The EX has nore eye glass wearer friendly eye cups.  I have all of the above and think the Raven/Raptor is the best deal.
 
A little over the budget is the ZEN ED  7x36 and the Swift Eaglet 7x36.  Also there, but over your budget is the Leupold Katmai 6x32 and the Vortex Viper 6x32.  And there is the pretty decent Vortex Fury 6.5x32.
 
There is the Minox 6.5x32 IF, if you can find a use for the IF.  I have these and they are nice optics, definite keepers with a center focus, which they do not have.
 
That is about it in the 6-7x at 36mm and less objective.  The ZEN ED is far and away the best optics in the group (at least the ones I have).  I need to see a Viper.
 
Come to think of it the only ones of the lot I don't have are the Katmai and Viper.  I also have the Leupold 7/12x32 Switch power, but it is way over your budget.


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I would rather have a roof prism bino.. I've been looking at the Fury 6.5x32 and (Fury 8x32 peeked my interest). I've also been looking at the 7x36 Diamondback. Is the magnification great from 6.5 to 8?
I read mixed reviews about the 7x36 diamondbacks but have read good reviews of the Furys. How well do you like the Furys and what's your comparison of those to the Diamondback?
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I would take the 6.5x32 Fury without hesitation over the 7x36 Diamondback.  It is a better binocular in every aspect.
 
And, no I do not see much difference in what I can see with 6.5-7x as compared to 8x.  Maybe when you stretch to a mile or close enough to it.  But for all intents and purposes if you need more magnification than that, you need Big Eyes or a spotter.
 
If compact size is a concern, look up a 6x32 Katmai.
 
The utility and overall usefulness of 6-7x binoculars will surprise a lot of people.  Actually, if I handed you one of my 7x binoculars (with the magnification sticker blocked) and asked you what magnification it was, you likely would guess higher than 7x.
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