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I am in the market for some compact binoculars for hunting. I want them to be light enough to carry in the chest pocket of my hunting coat.  I used Steiner 8x30 Safaris for  several years, they were fine, but they where heavy and a lot of internal reflection (I think that was the problem) when looking towards a low sun.  I don't shoot at the extreme ends of dusk and dawn so low light performance is not a high priority.  Thanks

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When you mention "compact" binoculars most folks tend to focus on the 8/10x20-25s on the market. In regard to those bins, I think they have their place for certain types of applications but they are very limiting as a full time hunting binocular because of their poor low-light performance. One of the new 8x30-32 sized binoculars, possibly a roof instead of a porro, might give you a more compact alternative to a full sized bin while not really sacrificing too much in terms of low light performance.

 

I am not sure of the price range you are interested in. Below $500 I would suggest the Zeiss Conquest, Nikon Monarch, Pentax SP and Bushnell Legend. Between $500 and $1000 I would suggest Kahles and Nikon LX.

 

Hope this helps.

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I have the Zeiss Victory 8x20 and the kowa 8X32.

If I were in the field and lighting was not an issue I would take the Zeiss. Better optics.

In a dawn and/or dusk situation I would take the Kowas.

 

I chose the Kowas over the Minox BDBR and Pentax DCF SPs because of the weight and greater field of view and over the Conquest 8X30 for the optics.

Some feel a couple ounces is not an issue. But when handling them side by side (for me) it was noticeable.

 

I chose the Zeiss over the Ultavid because of the price, over the Trinovid because of superior optics, over the Nikon because of the rear focus and weight and

over the Swaro because of the focus knob and price.

Also, I prefer the single offset hinge of the Zeiss Victory. Not to be confused with the Zeiss Design series.

 

Good luck with whatever choice you make

 

 

 

 



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I have in my posession, the Nikon Premier LX Venturer 8X32.

These are the reference binocular on betterviewdesired.com.

It's a pretty good read, if you go to that website.

They are currently for sale....new in box and USA warranty.

PM me for details.

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I would recommend that you take a look at the Leupold Katmai. Excellent high quality at a reasonable price.

They come in 6x32, 8x32, and 10x32. All three are under 19 ozs. and all three are 4.1".

6x32 FOV 425'

8x32 FOV 335'

10x32 FOV 272'

Minox is another company that specializes in miniaturization.

Minox BD 8x32 BR aspheric. FOV 400'

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Cheaper but still phase coated, Pentax 8x28 single hinged
http://www.swfa.com/c-681-pentax-dcf-mp-binoculars.aspx

or even the 8x21 reverse porro
http://www.swfa.com/c-690-pentax-ucf-r-binoculars.aspx

I own neither, I use a Minolta 8x25 no longer made.
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