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Last week I hunted in the Pecos around Fort Stockton. I had a great time hunting for a management buck on a trophy lease. Unfortunately I packed a cheap pair of Binos that I had purchased from sams club a couple of years ago. It seems some of the Bausch & Lomb Binos were made in China. I bought this waterproof pair for around $59.95.

These Bino's are junk, early morning and late evening I couldn't make out the deer much less judge the quality of the bucks. My freind had a pair of porro prism Nikons and they seemed to be a tad better.

Last night I went to bass pro shops and compared the Bushnell Legends, Steiner Perigrine, Steiner Night Hunter, Zeiss Conquest and a sweet pair of Saworvski SLC.

We looked at the trophies mounted in the store.

I was extremely impressed with how well the legends competed with the German Bino's.

The legends seemed brighter than the Steiners. The Steiners had better color correction. What I mean is the colors seemed to be richer.

Can anyone tell me how these binoculars rate in the field?

Which ones woul you buy and why?

 

                                    Thanks, ercj2001

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Glassing with binoculars in a lighted store will not tell you very much about the quality of a binocular or any optics. Take the optics you are interested outside in the late evening then you will have the best field to compare optics. If you do not ever want to buy another pair of binoculars again{life time investment} make your choices either the Zeiss Victory, Zeiss Victory FL's, Zeiss Classics, Swarovski SLC, Swarovski EL's, Leica Ultravid,Lecia Trinovid's, Leica Duovid's, Brunton Epoch's. These choices you cannot go wrong with. They all have lifetime warranty's. I went through 3 diffrent binoculars before I decided to go ahead and spend more money on my Zeiss Victory 8X56's. I can see as late as need be with the Zeiss and they are woth every penny and then some. Brian

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I agree with you Sako...but you better have $1500 laying around for that top end stuff you mentioned.....but they are darn well worth it.  I bought my Leica 10x42's about 4 years ago and it's the single best purchase I've ever made.  Should last me a lifetime.  Sad thing is I had previously spent around $500, going through 3-4 pairs of the cheap stuff before I figured it out.  My advice to anybody would be to scrimp, save, sell stuff, christmas money, birthday money, etc to have enough to buy the best the first time.  It'll save you money in the long run.
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Look at the Pentax DCF SP or PCF line, and the Bushnell Legend (both porro and roof prisms). Both give a lot of value for the dollar. You shouldn't buy cheap, but that doesn't mean you have to drop $1500+ to get quality.  I personally don't believe that most people can see the difference between the Pentax binocular (costing around $500) and the super high-end binoculars (costing 3X that price.)  Some people can, but they are people who spend A LOT of time looking through their optics.   
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I have to agree with Grubbs and 308.  truley great advice if you are serious about using Binos...remember if you cant see it, you cant shoot it.

 

There is a difference.  I once had Leica Triovid BA's in 10x50.  The swaro SLC killed them.  The BA's are no longer made so dont worry the new trinovid BN is just as good if not better than the SLC.  Leica ultravid and swaro EL's are pretty much neck and neck as well.  Havent seen the new Zeiss FL yet.  I dont care for the Brunton...I think Steiner is more rugged and just as good.  I have two friends that went that route and are changing to Sworo and Leica before next year.  THe caps and body kept cracking on them.  Go pentax or Steiner if you want the 500 dollor range.  Minox for the 700 buck range.

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Samhill...looks like you've done your homework (and not just because you and I agree).  I think in the price ranges you mention you are right on the money.  My Leica's are the BN series also.  I haven't had the chance to look through the ultravids or the EL's, but I hear great things about both....probably personal preference would be deciding factor.  Lucznik does make a valid point though.  Competition seems to have made the mid-priced stuff better and better all the time. 
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