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I am looking for a new pair of binos. I hunt in the northeast. I am looking for a pair that is fairly small, and works well in low light. my price range is around 500$
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"Fairly small and works well in low light" don't quite go together - since works well in low light is a requirement, I would suggest 8x42 which aren't going to be fairly small. With a $500 limit, I would look at getting the best "used" binoc for your money versus brand new with lesser optics - but that's just me . . .  
 
 
I'd take a look here in the SWFA sample list to see what used bargains are available  - or that "other place".


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Originally posted by northernwhitetail northernwhitetail wrote:

I am looking for a new pair of binos. I hunt in the northeast. I am looking for a pair that is fairly small, and works well in low light. my price range is around 500$
With your criteria, I'd recommend the Kruger Caldera 8x42.  This is a quite compact glass for the 42mm size.  It has a HUGE 438' fov which is the most of any 8x42 class roof at any price that I know about.  Flourite objectives, dielectric prism mirror, hard, scratch resistant, water repellent lens coatings.  I am getting pretty attacched to the pair I have.  I posted a review here too.  They are about $380 from SWFA.
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I would ditto Klamath's suggestion. I have another company's version of the Caldera and they are also one of my favorite bins. They are very compact for a full-size bino with very good ergonomics. The optics are also only "bettered" by the big four and then only in certain areas...not universally across all optical characteristics.
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Another suggestion, this is a comprimise between compacts and full size.
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miffed comment removed yes and those 7x ZR are interesting



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Service life?
 
I have owned several of the Zen Ray models for 3 years now and have not had a single problem with any of them. If you are referring to customer service I would kindly suggest sending an email to Zen Ray and see how long it takes you to get a response. Hours would be my guess.


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This thread as well, m_freeman?  I guess I just sound like a Zen Ray defender, but they have treated me more than fairly.
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Originally posted by Bitterroot Bulls Bitterroot Bulls wrote:

This thread as well, m_freeman?  I guess I just sound like a Zen Ray defender, but they have treated me more than fairly.
wow ZR just got back to me at 8pm.
Just a little miffed I really liked those ZR and to have them break is upsetting. Anyway at  least I have made contact, sure it will work out. ZR darn fine glass for the money.
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I am pretty sure I'm getting the Steiner 10x42 Predator Xtreme.  They are $499 with a rebate being offered.   I got the chance to use them on a hog hunt and they were great.   Where they surprised me most were in the lowlight, they were superb.   Though they are not that small, I'd say average.
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