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hi all. First of all i want to introduce myself to the forum as this is my first post even when i have been reading almost everything for a couple of months.

My name is Alejandro and i live in Patagonia, Argentina. 

I´m looking for an advice as i´m an absolute novice in binoculars. 

I want to buy a good pair but i don´t know exactly what do i need but as a semi-professional photographer i know that in optics there are no shortcuts.

My idea is to get a binocular for general use and of really good quality. I´m not a hunter or a bird watcher but a flyfishing guide and i want the bin to have with me to spot fish, wild life, people around and check customers when i leave them alone for a short while in some spot in the river. 

A couple of months ago i was playing for a few days with some Leica Ultravid 10x42, which i found really nice but they are big and expensive.

I live in a very small town in Patagonia and it is impossible to go and try different sets in a shop so i will rely on your advices

so, what i´m thinking is:


- Do i need a 10x or something like 8x is enough for my needs?

- What size?! usually we fish well into dusk  but i guess like in cameras and knives, the best one is the one you have with you when you need it and i know, from the Ultravid experience, that a big bin will stay most of the time in the truck.

- Other option i´m handling is to get a monocular to have with me all the time in the jacket or wader and have a full size bin in the car. What should i expect from a monocular like Vortex 8x36 or Zen Ray 8x43? i´m just guessing that 10x would be a lot for a mono.


If i go the 1 bin option is there a 8x32 or 8x30 enough for my needs? i´m thinking in a Viper, Ranger or ZR 9x36. Any other good option?

If i go the mono plus bino way, a 10x42-43 would be a good complement to a 8x36-43mm mono or is it too close? the options i´m handling are ZRS, ED2, RAnger, Viper, or….

My budget to accomplish this would be in the 400-600$ range.


sorry for all the questions but as you can see, i´m pretty lost in all this. Second i have to thank all the people in this forum that constantly are sharing their experiences so pleople like me can have a better idea of what is around all this. Any advice will be greatly appreciate!


best regards

Ale


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  HEY Ale,WELCOME to OT!
 
  A flyfishing guide?!  I'm JEALOUS!  LOL
 
  I was recently looking for a decent all-around binocular myself.  I didn't need one to be used for constant long distance viewing.  Something for situations and distances similar to yours.  Through GOOD advise given here I bought a 7x36 binocular:
 
  I didn't realize what all was involved in choosing but one thing I did know is that a GOOD low power optic of any kind is better than a BAD high power one. I'm not saying the one I got will fit your needs but I'm thinking it would be close.  I'm sure you'll be getting some excellent advice before long. 
 
 
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Actually, with fish spotting thrown into the equation, I like a 6-7x for that.  Too much magnification can be your enemy.
 
Since you are around water and probably have lots of fishing gear, I'd suggest a 6x32 Vortex Viper HD or a Leupold Katmai 6x32.  Ther ZEN ED @ 7x36 is good, but bigger than the Viper and the Katmai.  Another possibility @ 6x for not too much money and good optics is the Leupold Yosemite 6x30 porro.
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I think these would be an excellent choice. http://swfa.com/Meopta-8x32-Meostar-Binocular-P40351.aspx Optically they will not give up a lot to the Leica's.  Meostars have excellent glass.  My dad and I both have a pair in different mags, and they are just fantastic binos.  This pair would fit your lightweight/small needs pretty well I think.  
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I think you never go wrong with Zeiss. I am aware it's a little over your budget but check it out anyway.
I have Zeiss Binos myself, and they REALLY doing the job around Dusk and dawn.
Also i whish you welcome here to OT.Smile

http://swfa.com/Zeiss-8x30-Conquest-Binocular-P2025.aspx

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Given your needs, I really like the Viper 6X32 suggestion. 
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thanks for the replies guys!! 

300S&W i checked the 7x36. I read great things but the only con i find is its size. Almost 2 inches longer than a viper 8x32. And don´t be jealous about my work, it´s lots of effort! Wink

Klamath actually spotting fish is not a requirement as it is an small river and usually i see them from a high point position but it can be fun to see them closer. Big Grin
What difference do you see in performance between the Viper 6x32 and the HD version? i see $250 difference. 

supertool73 and Claus i did consider the Meopta and the Zeiss but they are a little over what i want to spend. If i go the $800+ option also the Swaro SLC 8x30 can be an option, right?

Any opinion about the Vortex and ZenRay mono scopes?

thanks again guys. I'm not getting any clearer yet but is great to have other opinions and options.





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   "And don´t be jealous about my work, it´s lots of effort!"
 
 
    Yea,Right!
 
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Originally posted by wallerwaker wallerwaker wrote:

thanks for the replies guys!! 
Klamath actually spotting fish is not a requirement as it is an small river and usually i see them from a high point position but it can be fun to see them closer. Big Grin
What difference do you see in performance between the Viper 6x32 and the HD version? i see $250 difference. 
I'm not sure about the difference in the 6x32 Viper and Viper HD.  The other Viper vs Viper HD showed the HD to be a little brighter and sharper at the edge, with a larger "sweet spot" in the center.  That was with a 10x comparison.
 
Go to mamber's tests anr reviews here and read Ilya Koshkins 6x32 review.
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I have not seen the new Viper HD's but the original Viper 6x32 are an incredible bin! I own both Swavorski and Minox (German) and 9 out of 10 times I will reach for the little 6x32's. Very pleasant to use and mine just have a nice natural initial view.

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