Total noob from India. Looking for buying first decent binoculars. Am on a tight budget.
1. Easy to carry.
2. Kids (10yr) also would be using them.
3. Require long life / sturdy bins. No plan to upgrade for long time!
4. Budget: $150 for one and <$100 for the other. Max 300 for the two bins. I din't know that these can cost even $2000!
5. Uses: birding (recently started), carry on vacations.
6. Live in a small place in India - no access to physical checking of the product. Will be relying entirely on the net - both for finalization & purchase.
Originally started with requirement of 1, but most probably will end up buying two.
Looked at Consumer Research. Read elsewhere in these forums that the best budget buy the Redfield Rebel may not be so good?
I also read about the ZenRays. But will the 42mm Vista, be too big? Can't afford the 36mm one.
Also actively looked at the Nikon Travelite V & ProStaff 8x25. Read somewhere that the ProStaff (Travelite EX in some countries including India) build would be better for the reason of being water-/fog-proof.
Thought of the Bushnell - but build quality issues seem to be a problem. These bins need to last for a long time.
Also read about the Celestron 8x25 NatureView but again build quality issues seem to plague.
Pl. remember that I have no access to any kind of service.
I do understand that getting good sturdy bins at my budget would be quite a challenge - hence this request for guidance.
Thanks for your time!