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im looking for a good set of binoculars in 10x50 or 12x50 for less than 200 dollars.the bushnell legend and the leupold wind river mesa are two that i am comparing at this time.i just want a good pair  to keep in my truck for looking at deer and turkey from long distance.i figure these porros would work just fine.any comments on these or more suggestions would be welcome.thanks.
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: February/22/2007 at 20:25
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Forget the Mesa, not very sharp.

Try to look thru the Pentax PCF WP II 10x or 12x porro prism.

These looked sharper to me than either the Mesa, or, the Nikon Action Extreme ATB 12x50mm.

The Pentax has internal focus which makes them more waterproof than the competition. Also, the PCF WP II's have Fully Multi-Coated lenses front to back, which the Nikon does not have, nor the Mesa.

The only drawback to the Pentax is a narrower FOV/Field Of View.   

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: February/23/2007 at 06:28
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1. Good luck finding a good pair of binoculars for under $200. They are a dying breed. The Mesa 10x50 is my advice, but the Yosemite 8x30 is even better. Why do ya'll think that bigger is always better?

2. If you keep a $200 binocular in the truck they will not be good for long. Vibrations, heat, cold, etc, will knock them out of allignment.

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