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Hello everyone' im new to the  forum.I was wondering if anyone has info on the alpen rainier series binoculars.My local sportsmans warehouse has these on sale.I looked through these in the store against other popular brands and was astonished on how bright they were.Only the minox HG 8.5x43 compared in brightness and clarity.The other high end binoculars i looked through had a yellow haze in the corners of the glass.I know that it is hard to test binos in stores.Any info on the alpen rainiers would be greatly appreciated...Steve.
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Welcome.  Any and all testing in a store is typically useless.  The light just doesn't simulate anything you see in the real world.  Most binoculars under about $500 look far better in a store than they do in the field.

What is your budget?

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Originally posted by varmintmaster77 varmintmaster77 wrote:

Hello everyone' im new to the  forum.I was wondering if anyone has info on the alpen rainier series binoculars. Any info on the alpen rainiers would be greatly appreciated...Steve.
 
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Originally posted by ND2000 ND2000 wrote:

Welcome.  Any and all testing in a store is typically useless.  The light just doesn't simulate anything you see in the real world.  Most binoculars under about $500 look far better in a store than they do in the field.
 
I don't entirely agree with this.   Certainly I agree that many people end up buying optics that later fail to perform as well as they had expected but, I'm not convinced this can be entirely blamed on the store's lighting (though I'm willing to concede it may have some effect.)
 
I suspect that the real problem lies in other, more human-based factors such as:
 
  • Failure on the part of the purchaser to find and look at challenging objects in order to make critical evaluations of an optics performance.  Lets face it, most people just take a quick look at the store shelves (without even going through the effort of properly adjusting the diopter setting) and say, "yep, looks bright to me."
  • The purchaser's unwillingness to take up a lot of the sales clerk's time to closely examine each binocular long enough to start to see the not-always-obvious differences.  The vast majority of us have a pathalogical aversion to "wasting" someone else's time so; we feel guilty about keeping that sales clerk from performing their other duties - especially if there's a chance we might not actually buy anything just yet.  What we need to realize is that helping us is what they are actually being paid to do.  This aversion is also probably compounded by our distaste for...
  • Sales pressure from the store's employee to buy whatever's on sale, offers the best profit margin, is the subject of an internal sales competition, or whatever. 

The reality is that most of us are just not nearly as good at being informed, critical thinking consumers as we would like to imagine.

 
 
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I own a pair of the Rainier 10x and love them.  I use them strictly for hunting and had them on a mule deer hunt and was very impressed with the image quality and brightness.  They are a bit on the heavy side, but are very balanced in the hand.
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I was also looking for a pair of 8x42 binos at sportsman's wearhouse.  The alpen rainier also looked brighter/clearer than the others of similar price.  They even looked more clear than some of the higher prices binos, Kahles for instance.  I don't know the model of the Kahles, though.  They looked better in the store, though, and I don't think that is the equivalent of outdoors.  
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