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I'm looking for a general purpose binocular in the $200 to $400 range.  I might go a little higher if something just knocks me out.  I currently own the Fujinon FMTR-SX 7x50s.  These are truely awesome but at 3.3 lbs they are a little much for hiking, sporting events, etc.  I was looking for something more compact and lighter.  I tried the Nikon Monarch 8x42s @ $239 they seemed like a good deal.  They did not fare very well next to the Fujinons.  Not very sharp outside the center of view and I thought the color correction was not too good either.  I returned them immediately.  Are any of the 8x40-42 roof prisms in this price range going to compare well to the Fujinon?  I have an opportunity to get the Nikon Venturer discontinued.  They are asking $599, I may offer $500 that would be close to my budget. I will accept a little less brightness as the objectives are not as large.  I may have to stick with porros.  What about the Minox BD 8x44 BP?  Anyone have experience with these?

 

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J. Tucker

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Originally posted by jtucker jtucker wrote:

I'm looking for a general purpose binocular in the $200 to $400 range.  I might go a little higher if something just knocks me out.  I currently own the Fujinon FMTR-SX 7x50s.  These are truely awesome but at 3.3 lbs they are a little much for hiking, sporting events, etc.  I was looking for something more compact and lighter.  I tried the Nikon Monarch 8x42s @ $239 they seemed like a good deal.  They did not fare very well next to the Fujinons.  Not very sharp outside the center of view and I thought the color correction was not too good either.  I returned them immediately.  Are any of the 8x40-42 roof prisms in this price range going to compare well to the Fujinon?  I have an opportunity to get the Nikon Venturer discontinued.  They are asking $599, I may offer $500 that would be close to my budget. I will accept a little less brightness as the objectives are not as large.  I may have to stick with porros.  What about the Minox BD 8x44 BP?  Anyone have experience with these?

 

Thanks,

 

J. Tucker



Venturer would be pretty similar to Fujinon in optical quality.  Minox porros are up there as well. 

I would still pick the Fuji as the top glass out of the three, but they are all good and certainly superior to the Monarch binos.

ILya


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Since you are so very satisfied with the Fujinon why not look into the Fujinon 8x42BFL (porro prism), with light transmission of better than 90%!

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Thanks for the replies...BW, I have not had the chance to handle any of the lower end Fujinons.  I don't have a lot of knowledge about binocular optics, but am pretty experienced with astronomical telescopes.  The Fujinon polaris have a pretty wide field and are extremely flat and sharp to the edge.  I beleive this is due to the design of the ocular.  The eyelense is quite large and is probably similar to a Televue Radian or Panoptic in performance.  these eyepeices can weigh in at over a pound each, and this probably contributes to the weight of the polaris.  Also the individual focaus and large depth of field are nice (probably not optimal for birding).  it looks like the BFL are center focus.  The Fujinon web site does not have much info regarding the relative performance of the BFL vs. the Polaris.

 

I will try to direct compare the three, I don't live too far from SWFA.

 

Thanks,

 

J. Tucker  

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Fujinon 8x42 BLF Series

Eye relief 15mm
Actual field of view 6 degrees 30'
Field of View 114m@1000m
Exit Pupil 5.45mm
R.B.I. 27.6
Close focus less than 4m
Waterproof/Center Focus
Size 133(mm)x178(mm)
Weight 20 ozs.

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