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Hi Chris and you all

 

I am looking for advice since i have to replace my old binos .... regretfully my budget is limited to $400 / $450 and will like to buy the best for that money (can also be for a little more  ... )

 

BUT should have at least the following performance:

* fogproof (a must)

* shock proof (at least "shake proof"!)

* 10x45 or 10x50 or 10x50 or even 12x50 

* best possible glass treatment (fully multi coated desirable)

* Water proof (or at least water resistant !)

 

Thank you very much  in advance



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From what I understand, amonf the roof prism binos Pentax DCF/SP are the best bang for the buck.  SWFA has them.

I have looked through Weaver Grand Slam 10.5x45 a few days ago.  I did not spend enought ime with them unfortunately, but they seemed excellent optically and spectacular for the price.

 

Now, for the ultimate optical performance for the money take a look at some porros:

 

If you are willing to go with porro prism binoculars take a good look at IOR Valdada 10x50.  Big and heavy, but optically second to none, in my opinion.  Take a look at www.valdada.com.  I am pretty sure that Chris can order them for you.  Street prices run right around $400-$450

 

I hope this helps.  I just went through a very extensive research phase and ended up buying a set of Valdada 7x40 binos.  I thought that 7x would not be enough magnification, but the resolution is good enough to offset lower magnification to a certain degree.  I am probably going to buy a set of compacts as well though.

 

Ilya

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Thank you very much Illya !

 

I have just bought an IOR Scope following Chris' advice and I have nothing but praises to say about it .... but cannot find their binos in SWFA site  ... what do you think Chris ? Can you order them for me? Do you have something superior under the same conditions (budget & performance)?

 

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Martín



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I don't think they carry it as a standard product, but I am sure Chris can order it for you if you so wish.  SWFA is a good company to deal with, with superb customer service.  As for something superior, try to go to some local store and look through as many binoculars side by side as you can, preferably in crappy light.  Then come back here and order the best one from Chris ):

One thing to look at is focusing system.  IOR, like Steiner has idividual adjustments for each eye.  That is not as fast as having a central adjustment wheel.  I am comfortable with IOR focusing mechanism, but I know people who much prefer a more conventional way.

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Martin,

 

We can order the IOR binoculars and have yet to stock them because we just have not had enough interest in them so far.  If you want to go with a roof prism, center focus koshkin's advice on the Pentax DCF SP is right in line with what I would recommend, but they are well over your target budget.  Consider these as well.

 

Burris 10x50 Signature.....$369.95

Leupold 12x50 Olympic....$299.95

Weaver 10.5x45 Grand Slam.....$374.95

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Illya, Chris or anyone .... can you please tell me the IOR 10x50 dimensions (lenght & width)? I already know they are quite heavy and wish to imagine how would it be to have them hanging from my neck for five or so hours stalking any red stag in the mountains  ...

 

I have quite made up my mind upon them, just this little matter (  ) keeps me somehow worried ... (I have to admit I am not in my best shape ! )

 

Thank you all in advance

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Get yourself one of the bino suspenders that distributes the weight across your shoulders.

 

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These are all the specs that they put on their website. Length and width are not listed unfortunately.  Get a suspender system and you should be OK.  Burris makes a nice one, but most of them are pretty similar.

Ilya

B/DF 10x50 Specifications

Magnification 10x
Objective diameter 50mm
Field of view
at 1,000 yards
328 feet
Exit pupil diameter 5mm
Eye relief 18.5mm
Diopter adjustment -3 to 5 DPT
Weight 48 oz

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