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Was hoping I could get some advice/opinions on compact binoculars.  Would primarily be interested in 10x25s, and am not too concerned with price if the quality is there.  I spent some time looking through the Leica Ultravids today and thought they were very, very nice for a compact, but I admit I haven't tried many others.  Thanks.

 

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What are you going to use them for as they aren't very bright in low light. Being so small and relatively high powered you are going to see movement with unsupported glassing.
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Tahqua -

 

I just bought a pair of full-size binos for hunting purposes, so I'm willing to accept the poor low-light performance you'd expect from a pair of compacts.  I'm just trying to get a feel for what people like and don't like/recommend.

 

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I use 8x32 B&L's for birding and they are nice. They are small and easy to carry. If I was doing serious birding I go to my bigger glasses. They don't move around on me as much.
As for Leica, they are some of the nicest glasses I have ever looked through in 7x and I assume the 10x25 is no different.
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The combination of lightweight and 10x magnification will contribute to more hand "shake".

With 10x you will have much less eye relief and a smaller exit pupil.

It would be better overall to try something like an 8x or smaller.

Some of the nicest compact binoculars on the market are the Leupold Katmai in 6x32mm, 8x32mm, etc. They are available in black, natural, and dark earth colors.

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