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First the disclaimer, I know nothing about binoculars (except what I have learned via Google in the last 30 minutes) and only slightly more about football.  Fortunately, Google landed me here in my search for binoculars.  My husband was hoping to give a good friend "sporting event" type binoculars as a 40th Bday gift.  The birthday boy would be using them primarily at football games, but possibly also at baseball games.  I did a search for previous posts involving "football" and came up with a few ideas, but most of them were from a couple years ago.  Please let me know if you have any suggestions.  And thank you for your help.
 
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How much money are you wanting to spend?

Generally, I find a good pocket-size compact binocular to be best for sporting events, theater, etc.    Such binoculars are more than up to the task optically but, can also be easily and unobtrusively tucked away.  8x will give the best field of view - important for seeing all the action and 20-25mm objectives are plenty as the playing field/stage is always lighted.  

Prices for such binoculars (assuming we require at least a modicum of quality) start at a little over $100 (Pentax 8x25 DCF MC II) and can stretch to as high as ~$700 (Leica 8x20 Ultravid).

My personal choice for a "best" such binocular would be the Nikon 8x20 Premier LXL.  The 8x20 Zeiss Conquest would be another good choice.



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Sorry, it occurred to me right after I posted that perhaps a price range would be helpful.  Looking to spend $100-150, so not high end by any means but not bottom of the barrel?  The previous posts I had read were mentioning 8 by 25-28's, compact, and trying to get waterproof.  The other thing I struggle with is not knowing the "good" brand names in this subject matter.  Or maybe the better way to put it, the brands that may not be top of the line but make a reasonable quality, amateur, reliable middle/more affordable product.  Thanks for your input!
 
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For your price range see what Pentax and Nikon have.  Also look over on the sample list page.   

I am not a fan of pocket binoculars.  I want stuff more rugged.  I'd look for some 8x30 or 8x42.  Those are reasonable in size. They will help some on night games.
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For that price, I'd use  Leupold Yosemite 6x30, or 8x30 if more magnification is wanted.  Not pocket size certainly, but good optics and reasonably compact.  Certainly better optics than $150 compacts.
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So based on the information provided here and from a very helpful binoculars.com representative, here is what I've narrowed down to...
 
Pentax 8x40 PCV WP II (on samplelist) for $99.95 (seems to be a good deal, $159 on binoculars.com, 28 ounces)
 
Nikon 8x42 Trailblazer ATB  for $149 (25 ounces, a little heavier/higher priced)
 
Nikon 8x40 Action Extreme ATB for $119 (30 ounces, very heavy/better price)
 
Nikon 8x40 Action Ultra wide view for $69 (26 ounces, lighter weight, bulky, not waterproof)
 
and binoculars.com recommended Vortex brand
 
Vortex 8x42 Crossfire for $129 (22 ounces, very light, great warranty, compact)
 
It seems like the Vortex or Pentax offer the most for the price; how do you feel about Vortex?  How important is 6 ounces when talking about weight of binoculars?  Thank you very much for all of the input, the sample list was a great suggestion also and I never would have found that on my own.  I have to say I feel much better versed in binoculars now, we might have to get a nice pair for ourselves now!  Thankyou for all of your assistance..
Karen
 
 
 
 
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Also, I kind of ended up looking more at 8x40-42's as opposed to 8x30's etc.  My understanding is this will effect the weight primarily but I will get more light/brightness.  Should I have stuck with the 30's?
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A compact binocular that I would consider is the Bushnell Elite e2 7x26 Compact.  They cost about $250 and are an awesome compact binocular.  A full size binocular that I would consider is the Nikon Action Extreme 7x35.  It has a great field of view (487') for sporting events.
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for football, I will suggest 7x50 with wide angle viewing range. Porro might be better suited for this than roof.
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Originally posted by spf2 spf2 wrote:

for football, I will suggest 7x50 with wide angle viewing range. Porro might be better suited for this than roof.
  7x50?  That's a huge binocular.   What possible service would it provide under a lighted playing field?
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yep, yep. It is big. That's what I sometimes brought to the game. I also use it to do people watching across stadium. But I agree with you, the size of lens is not too critical in this case.  I found less magnification with larger field of view is more important so I don't have to chase after the player. Someone swears their permafocus binoculars is best for sports event. I have yet to check that out.
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Originally posted by jfandkb jfandkb wrote:

Also, I kind of ended up looking more at 8x40-42's as opposed to 8x30's etc.  My understanding is this will effect the weight primarily but I will get more light/brightness.  Should I have stuck with the 30's?


The Nikon Action Extreme 7x35mm has the W I D E S T Field of View and will be plenty bright for a football game, etc.
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