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I am wanting to buy a high grade pair of binoculars to last me the next 20 years or so.  Below is my list of what I am looking at and would like to hear thoughts and suggestions.  Thanks to all who participate and Merry Christmas.

 

Leica Trivoids or Divoids 8x42, 7x42 or 8x32

Swarovski SLCs 8x30, 7x42

Zeiss FL 8x42, 7x42

Pentax SPs 8x32 or 8x43

 

I don't really like the 10x as they are hard for me to hold steady.  All suggestions would be appreciated and if anyone has any of the above in used for sale let me know.  Thanks.

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you looking at these for hunting? or birding

 

IF HUNTING:

 

I would reccomend top end 7x50's from fujinon - they are disturbingly bright and crisp - and the image is very stable.

they are rubber coated and military spec'd so they will last years.

 

out of the above listed, go leica or swaro or zeiss, you can't go wrong w/ any of those - just pick what is most comfy in your hands.

 

the top end fujinons aren't exactly ultra-compact, but they feel nice on your shoulder straps.

 

good luck and let us know what you decide.

 

J

 

 

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If long term durability is an issue then I would choose either the Leica 7x42/8x42 Trinovid or the Swaro SLC 7x42 or 8x30 out of the ones you have listed. The Leicas are built like the proverbial tank and Swaro has the best customer service in the business plus their bins are exceptionally well made and rugged. I would prefer the full size over the midsize for a variety of reasons but that tends to be a personal issue.
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The Pentax doesn't really fit in that group.  Don't overlook the Minox HG's.  I'm still evaluating the 8.5X52 but so far I'm impressed.
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Dave,

Do you live near any large sporting goods stores? (BassProShops, Sportsman's Warehouse, Cabela's)

It is always a good idea to spend as much time as you can looking through, handling, and comparing binoculars.

This will really help you in determining what direction to go, as far as brands and models.

Also, it would be nice if we knew more about the area in which you will be using them. Are you in a heavily wooded area, or, out on the plains? This would affect your choice of magnification.

Are you a hunter who is faced with alot of dawn and dusk situations? This would help in choosing your objective aperture.

Myself, I really like the Swarovski SLCnew binoculars. You said that 10x is hard to hold steady. Personally, I find that the extra weight in the Swaro's helps to quite down even the 15x56 bino's.

I haven't owned any of the ones that you have listed, but, I have looked through all those brands and I prefer the weight and optics in the Swarovski's. I wouldn't go any smaller than 42mm.



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I liked the Zeiss FL 8x42 best when my wife and I went shopping for a second set of binoculars.  So did she!  She was pretty definitive about it!  She said this pair would be hers! 
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These will be used as my personal deer, turkey, varmit hunting, wildlife watching, ect. binoculars.  Okay I will now rule out the 30 or 32mm.  Now which is the most popular the 7x, 8x, or 10x.  I have had 8x in the past and have enjoyed them.  A knowledgeable person told me I should get a 10x to have a really close up view.  I looked through a 10x and they were somewhat had to hold steady.  Is this something I could get use to?  Thanks again!

 

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You have listed a cross-section of hunting, at different distances, which is pretty common. However, taking into consideration that you will be turkey hunting, I think you should stick with nothing stronger than 8x.

10x is going to seriously cut down your field of view, and since this is going to be your only binocular, it is best not to have one that is going to "limit" your FOV.





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If the 10x is a problem as your first impression, don't get them. I am not a big fan of 8.5, they are close to 8x, so all 8x are fine. If 8x30/32 works for you, they can be a lot lighter. But there are actually some cheap 8x42 that are pretty light. The bodies are cheap, not all the optics in them.
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Quote A knowledgeable person told me I should get a 10x to have a really close up view.  I looked through a 10x and they were somewhat had to hold steady.  Is this something I could get use to?  Thanks again!

 

I tend to find that the lower magnification levels (8x -6x) actually provide me with a much steadier image and therefore I can extract more detail from them. I personally prefer either a 7x or 8x bin when all else is equal. Having said that, I recently purchased a pair of 10x50 Meopta Meostars that I have very little difficulty in holding steady. I believe this is because of their balance and fairly heavy weight (35+ ounces). I would not recommend a bin this heavy without trying first and find it tends to be more the exception rather than the rule in terms of 10x full size bins for me.

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