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Looking for a mid-priced, roof prism, 10x42mm binoculars for my son. They'll be used for hunting, any recommendations?

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I think the Pentax SPs in 10x42 would make him and excellent binocular.  Thanks

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Pentax SP, Kahles, Minox HG, Zeiss Classic (if you find one with T*P* coatings), should be decent mid-range glasses at or near the $700 mark. 

Celestron Regal LX and Leupold Pinnacles, are good, at $450.

 

Swift Ultralite, Nikon Monarch, and Leupold Cascades at about $200-300.

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Originally posted by Stud Duck Stud Duck wrote:

Looking for a mid-priced, roof prism, 10x42mm binoculars for my son. They'll be used for hunting, any recommendations?

 

What exactly do you define as "mid-priced?"

 

Can you give us  a clearer idea as to just what kind of a budget you are on?

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Originally posted by lucznik lucznik wrote:

Originally posted by Stud Duck Stud Duck wrote:

Looking for a mid-priced, roof prism, 10x42mm binoculars for my son. They'll be used for hunting, any recommendations?

 

What exactly do you define as "mid-priced?"

 

Can you give us  a clearer idea as to just what kind of a budget you are on?

 

To me, mid-priced is the $400-$500 range.

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Originally posted by Stud Duck Stud Duck wrote:

Originally posted by lucznik lucznik wrote:

Originally posted by Stud Duck Stud Duck wrote:

Looking for a mid-priced, roof prism, 10x42mm binoculars for my son. They'll be used for hunting, any recommendations?

 

What exactly do you define as "mid-priced?"

 

Can you give us  a clearer idea as to just what kind of a budget you are on?

 

To me, mid-priced is the $400-$500 range.

 

(Prices quoted are approximate.)

  • Leupold WindRiver Olympic 10x50 = $350 Has been described by A Better View Desired as the only budget-conscious 10x binocular "worthy" of birding. FOV is quite narrow.
  • Pentax DCF WP II 10x42 = $360 Direct descendant of the one that started todays trend of high quality glass at moderate prices.  Things have changed and you will have to decide if this glass still can compete with today's enhanced offerings. 
  • Bushnell Discoverer 10x42 = $380 Exceptionally wide FOV.  Moderate amount of distortion at the edges.
  • Leupold WindRiver Pinnacle 10x42 = $440 Has been described by some as the "poor man's Zeiss." Like it's brother the Olympic, it has a rather narrow FOV.
  • Brunton Eterna 11x45 = $500 A quality binocular with a somwhat unusual configuration.  Probably should be priced somwhere between the Bushnell Discoverer and the Leupold Pinnacle.  Brunton has always overpriced their optics to some degree.
  • Pentax DCF SP 10x43 = $550 Optics that are so good only a fanatic could really see the difference between these and many of the high-end Euro models. However, that lower price does come at the cost of some of the FOV which is a bit narrower than those "top" models.

 

 

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