I'm wanting a set of lightweight binoculars and looking for suggestions. I currently have these:
And I think they are awesome. I've put them up against much higher priced binos and they've held their own. However they are bigger and heavier than I prefer for light hiking, backpacking, etc. I'm looking for a compact set of binos that weigh significantly less. I don't need a large objective or high magnification. In fact, I'd say 8X is the max I'd want and something 5-6X would be fine. Something with less than 30mm objectives and weight under 12 ounces would be ideal.
Anyone have experience with one they like? I'd set the price point around $500.
Right now I'm leaning towards the leica trinovids. However there is a set of steiner 8.5X26 wildlife pro binos on the sample list that I'm eyeing.