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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: January/10/2010 at 13:48
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New here.
Thanks for the info I already have tried to absorb.
I am researching for a set of binoculars and have stumbled on this forum and have learned a lot in the past couple days.
My use will be primarly woods/edge deer hunting, hiking/birding, boating, concert viewing, occasional bean field (long range) hunting.
I'm looking for a good set that isn't too heavey on the shoulders to carry around when hiking.
I see alot of positive comments on the ZEN models.
Looking at the 7X36 and 8X43 I'm guessing the 7X36 (due to it's size) might be a better choice but will I loose much by not looking into the 8X's.
I believe the larger models (10x) will be heavier yet.
I currently don't wear eye glasses.
My wife doesn't as well but does have some eye vision deterioration and she will be using these as well.
What other manufactures/models should I look into?
It's hard for me to buy something like this without putting my hands on them first.
I'm looking for a quality model, easy to use, great clarity with a great warrenty in the event it is needed.
Probably looking in the $200-$400 range I'm guessing.
Any other info needed to help with your replies please let me know.
A great forum is invailuable and it seems as though this is one of these.
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: January/10/2010 at 18:59
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A 32mm bino might also be an option, a little lighter for hiking.
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: January/11/2010 at 10:59
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Do NOT fall into the trap of thinking you will loose detail with 7x vs 8x, especially as you do not indicate long distance is much of a priority.  It might well be the reverse as a 7x will have less image shake and a better depth of view and may make things easier to see.  The difference may be more pronounced at 10x and above, but that requires a steady user position as magnification magnifies wobble as well as size.
I like the 7x36 ZEN ED 2 in preference to the 8x43.  What appeals to me is the wide fov coupled with the outstanding depth of focus.  The 8x and 10x43 are the same size.  The 7x36 is not a true compact, but is noticeably smaller and easier to carry than its 43mm big brothers.
I can't say anything else in your price range will stand up to a ZEN ED.  I doubt you will see them at the Harrisburg Sportsman's show.  ZR is as yet too small to go that route.  Order one direct and I would recommend their return policy to you as their service is top notch.  You can order them here and I think SWAFA has a pretty decent return policy.  Forget about seeing one before you buy.  Either order from ZR or here and return for a refund if you don't like the binocular.  That is just the way it is for now.

Edited by Klamath - January/11/2010 at 11:04
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