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Greetings!
 
I am a first time poster who has read many of the postings and discussion with interest .  I'd like to buy a good pair of binos for general use, such as informal birding, hunting, sports, etc.  I would really prefer not to spend $800-$1000 and dont have an opportunity to try much of what is offered on the list side-by-side.   I'd like to keep my selection as compact and light as possible, but if it makes a significant difference, I'll lug just about anything around within reason (I would greatly prefer something in the 40 or 42 lens size, if not smaller).  For hunting, it will be used early and late, but within legal shooting hours (i.e. dusk/dawn) .  Service and support after the sale is also important just in case.
 
Which would you prefer of the following:
 
Kahels 10 x 42 (from the list) at around 599.00.
Pentax 8 x 32 DCF SP $398.00 (a good compact?)
Minox BD 8.5 x 42 (heavy but good?)
Other suggestions?
 
I hope you all arnt too tired of postings like this, but with the large selection out there, it is more than a little confusing.  
 
Many thanks in advance!
Steve
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Welcome.
 
Kahles would be good.  Others that you did not mention in your price range:
 
1) Vortex Razors
2) Minox HGs (particularly if you want as compact and light as possible)
3) Bushnell Elites
 
You should also check the for sale section of this forum in addition to the samplelist.
 
Good luck.
 
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Leupold Katmai 6x32mm
 
Leupold Cascades 8x42mm
 
Minox HG 8x33mm BR aspheric http://www.minox.com/index.php?id=648&L=1
 
Minox BD 7x42mm BR ashperic http://www.minox.com/index.php?id=754&L=1
 
I would start with the Minox HG 8x33 BR.
 
 


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Thanks for the informations.  I'll check them out and keep my eye on the list.  I'm leaning towards the minox's...  Will also keep my eye on the clearence list.
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ND2000 & Birdwatcher,
 
Decided on the 8x30 Swaro's off the sample list.  Should be here the week following Christmas. 
 
Cheers! 
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Looks like you made a step in the right direction, excellent optics and FOV on the Swaro's.
Congradulations!
 
The only complaint I have heard about the SLC 8x30mm is the fact that the focusing knob is on the bottom of the hinge, rather than on the top. 


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A lot of good choices here. Since hunting is in the mix I would go for an exit pupil of 5mm at minimum. Something along the 7 or 8/42 is bright in the quality of glasses mentioned here.
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42mm objective is a good decision, no matter which power you go with.

You can get Leica Trinovid in the $700 range on Ebay.

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minox are good - but i just switched back to my fujinon's for hunting.
 
if you CAN look through them - the 7x50 polaris from fujinon is breathtakingly good.
(w/out the compass) - they aren't really compact, but they arent TOO heavy.
 
7x magnification is steady and easy on the eyes but plenty of power - the 7mm exit pupil is BRIGHT - the glass/coatings is on par w/ the high end euro's - we have tried it.
 
many good suggestions, but for under 600 bucks, i don't think the fujinon's can be beaten.
 
good luck.
 
J
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