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Seems like not too many people surf the Binocs forum, so I thought I'd try here.

 

Wife and I want to get a nice set of binocs and have been doing some research.  Mostly will be used for birding and wildlife viewing, but I MIGHT someday take them hunting (easy use, though - nothing too rugged).

 

I wear glasses, she doesn't.

 

Would like CLARITY and very clear glass - I'm used to looking through Zeiss rifle scopes (I'm spoiled now).

 

 

It appears that best value for dollar is the Swift Audubon series.

 

But the problem I am hitting is this - I wear glasses and am worried about eye relief.

 

My two choices now are:

 

Swift 820 ED - about $360 shipped - has the ED coatings, but only 17mm eye relief, and some reviews I have read rate them more along the lines of about 12mm eye relief despite Swift's data to the contrary.

 

Swift 828 HHS - about $340 shipped - doesn't have the ED coatings, but has 19 mm eye relief, twist-cups instead of the flip-cups of the 820 ED, is Roof Prism instead of Porro, so probably a little more weather resistant, and is a little heavier. 

 

Am I hurting myself by getting the 828 HHS with better eye relief but 100' less field of view and no ED coatings?

 

 

 



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There seem to be a host of suitable binocs for your purposes, but I would caution you to
consider a factor before you buy that I don't see discussed much. Consider whether you
can hold the binoc steady at the level of mag you choose. After extensive analysis of other
factors I bought very sharp, light, 8x32 Minox binocs for your purposes about 5 years ago.
They were easy to carry. It took me a while to realize I wasn't using them much, just
carrying them. They were too light for me to hold steady for any length of time. In 2003 I
bought a pair of very sharp IOR 7x40's for varmint hunting that weigh in at a hefty 32 oz.s. I
almost never take the Minox out of the house now for any purpose because the IOR's are
so much more comfortable to use. I see much more with the 7x binocs I use than the 8x
binocs that hung around my neck. My only complaint with the IOR's was my initial reaction
to the seperate focus feature. It bothered me the first 10 minutes varmint hunting and
then I was used to them. They can be a slight bother to focus in the woods birding at very
short range, but over all I'm well pleased. Personally, if I went to a higher mag I'd buy the
electronically stabilized binocs like the Cannons I tried in Australia last summer.
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/24/2005 at 11:09
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Might try some bird watching forums.  Swift are not know too well in the hunting / shooting industry.
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I have the Swift HHS roofs.  I got them for $289.  They are good but the 820 porro are brighter and have a wide FOV.  I would try them both out.  I wanted the roofs for better waterproofing and less weight.  The 820 porro probably can't be beat for what they cost ~$259.  In fact they are probably better than most binocs costly 2 or 3 times more.  You may also want to look at the Audubon Equinox HPs.  Good Luck.
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  Try the Steiner optics, they are really bright for the money and probably about the same price as those
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