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Hello,

I've been poking around your forum for a few days (and have visited many times over the last couple years). Basically, I'm trying to get my brother a pair of binoculars. He needs something general purpose and I've only got about $100 to spend, though I can do a little more if it's worth it. (He's doing some web work for me in exchange for a ~$100 pair of binoculars).  

In one of the threads I heard the Nikon Action Extreme 7x35 is good and is available for about $120. 
In another thread I saw that the Sightron 8x42 SIII is on closeout for $130. 
http://swfa.com/Sightron-8x42-SIII-Binocular-P9204.aspx

Is there anything else I should consider? Does the Sightron blow the Nikon out of the water? If so I'll jump for that instead.

Thanks!

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Originally posted by Hakluyt Hakluyt wrote:

In one of the threads I heard the Nikon Action Extreme 7x35 is good and is available for about $120. 

I have two Nikon 7x35 Porro prism binoculars and they are excellent for general viewing,
especially the w i d e  9.3*  Field of View.

You won't be disappointed.
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The Kowa 8x30YF is a well built and pleasant to look through binocular in your price range.
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So, the Kowa is smaller and lighter. Is it as good as the other two?

When it comes to optics I'm more familiar with cameras (still and video). 

Usually there's not a lot of options but you do get what you pay for, in one way or another. I kind of assume its' the same with Binos, but the sheer number of options in the same price range make me wonder if there's any clear front runner. 

Thanks for all the input, though.

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I don't own the others, but the Kowa are exceptionally well made for the price. Look through them all and then decide.
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Originally posted by Hakluyt Hakluyt wrote:


Is there anything else I should consider? Does the Sightron blow the Nikon out of the water? If so I'll jump for that instead.


Optically, the Sightron does not blow the Nikon AE out of the water. However, the Sightron is lighter in weight, and has a better build quality. It also has a nicer case and neckstrap than the Nikon. I know that if I were to have just one bino, that I would not want something that weighs as much as the Nikon. Therefore, between the two, I would go with the Sightron.

That being said, I really would not recommend either. The Kowa YF 8x30 and the near-clones Leupold Yosemite and Vortex Raptor 8.5x30 all weigh less than 18 oz., and all offer excellent optical quality for the money. I would much prefer these over the Sightron or Nikon. You should also be looking at the Zen-Ray Vista 8x42, if you think he would prefer a 42mm bino. Lastly, you might also look into the Sightron SI too. I haven't used one, but did read some good comments about them.
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Almost forgot -- also look into the new Leupold Acadia 8x32, which can be found for the same price as the Sightron SIII. I only know of one long review of this one, but the review was done by someone who knows binos, and the review was very complementary. This new Acadia only weighs about 16oz., which makes it one of the ligher 32mm binos out there. It would make an excellent general-purpose bino.
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Originally posted by bonesmalones bonesmalones wrote:

 Look through them all and then decide.

Most definitely, you would be well advised to start looking through some binoculars
and make your own comparisons.
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Originally posted by Hakluyt Hakluyt wrote:

 I've only got about $100 to spend, though I can do a little more if it's worth it. 


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