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hey guys....blowin alot of money lately on hunting gear-10x42 binos,rangefinder,my first bow,a few stands,etc.....so i figured id buy a budget pair of binos for bowseason..something compact in an 8x32...i bought the Redfield Rebel....got mostly very good reviews but they came in the other day and i checked em out and wasn't very impressed at all...the look and build of these binos is fantastic...but optically they left alot to be desired..the image just doesnt seem "crisp" or "sharp"...wasnt expecting them to be as good as my Meoptas by any means...but they  got good reviews so i figured id check em out......anyways im debating on sending them back or just letting my parents use them for sightseeing in the mountains......i considered the 6.5x32 meopro but my rangefinder is a 7x so i was really looking for something more versatile yet compact like an 8x32 but definitely good glass that wont cause much eyestrain......was just looking for some options from u guys.
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Why anybody would give a Redfield Rebel a second look escapes me. Smile  Those things are not phase corrected as nearly every other budget priced binocular is these days.  So next time be sure you get one that is phase coated. Your eyes are getting fatigued from poor match of optics of the binocular to your eyes.

I also don't get why they get good reviews, those I have seen are pretty crappy optically.  

I'd go to something like  Zen ray ZRS HD or a  Vortex Diamondback.  You don't have to spend a huge chunk of change to get a good binocular.  Zen Ray has just released a new 8x32 ZRS that is worth a look.  Also in 8x32 look hard at the Sightron Blue Sky S II or the Theron Wapiti LT.

What sort of figure do you have in mind?  That will have a huge influence on what advice you get.  Also you say they aren't as good as your Meoptas...no surprise there, but just what Meopta do you have?  Any Meopta I know of will kick a Rebel's butt every day of the week and twice on Sunday.

Also the stereoscopic effect from a binocular will pretty well trump the monocular view from a rangefinder, so I'd get the right setup in a binocular first and forget all about whatever magnification the rangefinder is. 
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yea i just figured id give the redfields a shot since they got good reviews and at the price it was hard to say no but i should have known u get what u pay for...my Meoptas are 10x42 HD ...lol i know not a fair comparison by any means but still....i guess im kind of hoping to find something not over maybe 500 bucks.......but i just looked up those 8x32 zen ray..on the zen ray site it says they should be ready to ship later this month...price was 205!!  HD glass!! wow...think im gonna order a pair and check those out
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While it's certainly possible that the upcoming ZR 8x32 could become the cream of the ~$200 crop, I will say that at the moment the Sightron SII Blue Sky that Klamath suggested is one of the best sub-$200 8x32 I've seen. I think that in order to get noticeably better, you would have to skip over the Vortex Diamondbacks and move to their ED Viper or Talon.

You might also look at the 9x32 Pentax DCF BC, and also the 8x28 Vortex Viper too, for a little extra variety that is still in your ballpark. And I also have to say that those Meopta 6.5x is a verrrrry nice set of bins too. A bit heavier than the B.S., but definitely brighter (as one could reasonably expect). The Meopta is one of my favorite binoculars. Also, do look through the Leupold 8x30 Yosemite and it's near-clone the Vortex Raptor 8.5x32. Great little set of bins that won't weigh you down at all.

Lastly, you might also look at the Bushnell 8x36 Ultra Legend HD. Even though it has a slightly larger objective than you wanted, it is still nonetheless a rather compact set of bins, and they perform pretty well. Very well, when you consider the price. They come in camo, which should be right up a hunter's alley (ok - maybe so, maybe not...).
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Originally posted by Klamath Klamath wrote:

Why anybody would give a Redfield Rebel a second look escapes me. Smile 


Those Redfields the only binoculars in recent memory that made me gasp when I tried them.

It was a gasp of horror......
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The Zen Ray ZRS HD 8x42 mm is the best $200 glass I've ever seen, and I've looked at most of them.  I suspect the 32 mm ZRS will be more of the same, but that is supposition on my part I freely admit Big Smile
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i know i shld hav known the redfields would suck lol. theyre awful. im gonna hafta giv the zen ray 8x32s a shot i think
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