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Kahles 8X32 vs Steiner 8X42 Peregrine

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I've been looking for a new pair of binoculars for all purpose use.  IE hunting, sports events, outdoor use and sightseeing.  I'd like a smaller binocular but it doesn't have to be extremely compact.  I've come across an offer of a brand new pair of Steiner Peregrines (8X42) for a little less than the Kahles 8X32.  I've used a friends Kahles 8X42 before and they are GREAT glasses.  Unfortunately the Kahles 8x42 Kahles are over my budget.  Should I consider the Kahle 8X32 over the Steiners Peregrines?  I've never had experience with either of these glasses.  I am also curious about the Kowas 8X32 as there isn't much published on these.  While I am not stuck on 8x32 I do like the size.  I'd like to thank you for the forum as most information on the net regarding optics are just fancy advertising.  Appreciate the ideas in advance.





Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: June/17/2006 at 17:53
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I've looked through the 8x42 Peregrine Steiners, and i can tell you that they are close to the $1500 binoculars when it comes to optical performance. They also have a long eye relief, if you wear eyeglasses.



On the other hand, i always recommend good 8x32 for all purpose use, including hunting. I do practice what I preach, and we have four 8x30 or 8x32ís in the house. Good 8x32ís are just as good as the 8x42ís. You only miss 5 minutes of observation in the morning and in the evening. But, the 8x32ís have a wider field of view, and because of this, are more pleasant to use. They also have shorter eye relief - some of them are not perfect for eyeglass wearers.  

As to the Kahles 8x32, I donít know Ė i have never seen one. If I were to bet my money sight unseen, I would get the Kahles. But I donít wear eyeglasses.


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Even though I really like the Kahles bino, I think the Peregrine is  noticeably brighter than the Kahles in the 8x42 config., much less the 8x32. The Steiner feels great in my hand and they have a well earned reputation for durability. I also believe that the Peregrine ranks well against the higher priced euro offerings.
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