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i would like to purchase a compact pair of binoculars in the 8 power range.i would be willing to spend 450$ for them.i would use them for whittail deer hunting and turkey hunting here in tennessee.thanks. happy thanksgiving to all
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For the most compact and high quality glass your best bet would be either Nikon Venturer 8x20, Zeiss Victory 8x20 or Leica Trinovid 8x20.  I have spent very little time with these though.  To my eyes they look very similar and Zeiss is cheaper than the Leica if you insist on German optics.  I've heard people say that they prefer the Leica though.  For my money, I'd go for a Nikon Venturer LX 8x20 (I am known for having a bias against Germany in general though).  You can find it for around $350 and it is optically as good as anything else out there, IMO.

For better optical resolution, you can try to move up in size to to an 8x32 configuration.  There Nikon Venturer LX 8x32 is still the best in that range, IMO.

If you want to save some money and gain some performance by giving up super small size, consider small porro-prism binoculars.


You may want to search birding websites: those guy know a lot about binoculars.  A good one is

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: December/01/2004 at 15:07
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Pentax DCF MP in either 8X28 or 10X28 are really good binoculars. They are less than any of the so called "high end" offerings and Better View Desired rates them as an outstanding compact binocular.


You can also get similarly good optical images from some of the compact porro prism binoculars.  One good example is the Bushnell Legends in either 8X26 or 10X26. The image from these binoculars, due to their easier to construct reverse porro prism design, is every bit as good as the minis from Nikon, Zeiss, Leica, Swarovski, etc. Their only drawback is that they are a little bit larger than the offerings of these "premier" manufacturers. However, with a street price of only around $100 they save you enough money to go buy yourself a new shotgun for your turkey hunt! (They also come with a lifetime warranty, which means you can plan on them being servicable for a good long time.)

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Leica 8x20 off the site.
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