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Topic: Cabelas Compact
Posted By: Gabby123
Subject: Cabelas Compact
Date Posted: January/12/2010 at 09:56
In doing my questioning I talked to a product specialist at COMPETITOR.
I explained my usage and he recomendid a few models to look into.
One that he said to look into was the Cabelas Compact Alaskans.
http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/links/link.jsp;jsessionid=3Q0G10WIJZUVHLAQBBJCCOVMCAEFGIWE?id=0006545711107a&type=product&cmCat=froogle&cm_ven=data_feed&cm_cat=froogle&cm_pla=1700102&cm_ite=0006545711107a&_requestid=27743 -
I have been reading about the Ray Ven's and others and here all the comments.
 
What's your opinions about using the compacts?
And the specifically the Alaskans?
 
These come in 10X28 and 12X30.

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Posted By: lucytuma
Date Posted: January/12/2010 at 10:00
Too much magnification in a small bino for my taste, its more difficult to stabilize a small bino than one that has a little heft.  In a small bino, 8x is will serve you better.

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Posted By: Klamath
Date Posted: January/12/2010 at 13:36
Originally posted by Gabby123 Gabby123 wrote:

I have been reading about the Ray Ven's and others and here all the comments.
 
What's your opinions about using the compacts?
And the specifically the Alaskans?
 
These come in 10X28 and 12X30.
 
About the what??  That could be the Raven binocular or Zen Ray I guess, or maybe something I am not aware of (not too surprising either).
 
If you are possed to get a compact, don't go above 8x.  Just because it is from a brand you might trust and is 10x, trust me you can only get so much from a 28mm binocular.  ANything below a 3mm exit pupil becomes somewhat of a specialty binocular and its general usefulness becomes pretty limited.
 
That is too small a size to handle 10x.  Not enough glass to handle the magnification demand and too small to hold comfortably, and I would be real surprised if you were real happy with them for a general use hunting binocular.


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Steve
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Posted By: Bird Watcher
Date Posted: January/12/2010 at 14:33
http://www.opticstalk.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=5473 - http://www.opticstalk.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=5473  Please do not post ads for the competition.


Posted By: Gabby123
Date Posted: January/12/2010 at 15:25
Yes I am talking Zen Ray.
Sorry for posting something pertaining to another source.
Didn't know the rules of this forum.
As far as 10X's in a compact I was wondering if it would be too much for a small unit.
I have a 10X25 Tasco compact (cheap) that I have used on occasion and am not pleased with it.
It seems I can never get it clear and it strains my eyes with only minimum use.
I also have a older Tasco 8X25 monocular that seems much clearer than my compact.
As you can tell I am at the bottom end of binoculars and if buying something new I want to upgrade and be pleased with the results.


Posted By: Gabby123
Date Posted: January/12/2010 at 15:28
As far as being possed towards a compact the more I think about it the more I am leaning towards a compact but until I get a few differant models/sizes in my hand I will keep researching and listening to what others are telling me.
I am not the type to just go out and buy so I will absorb all I can, handle a few (if I can) and think about my needs/desires to make the best choice for me.
Thanks for all your input.


Posted By: Klamath
Date Posted: January/12/2010 at 19:15
If you gotta go small, the only choice is the Bushnell Custom Elite e2 7x26.  A bit big for a shirt pocket, but small, bright, clear,  and great resolution.  Should find one for around $240.

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Steve
"Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted". William Bruce Cameron



Posted By: Urimaginaryfrnd
Date Posted: January/14/2010 at 00:41
Zeiss

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Texas Ranger


Posted By: wadeocu
Date Posted: January/14/2010 at 10:14
I have used Nikon 10x25s for years and just (this week) got a pair of Zen Ray 7x36s.
 
The Nikon 10x25s are a pocket binocular and have a decent view but fall short in a few different ways.  The view can be washed out with a hazy glare when back lit by the sun, the view is certainly unstable at the higher magnification with light weight body, acquisition is more difficult with about half the FOV and low light performance is definantly inferior with the narrow objective lenses.  Having said that, the 10x25s are purpose built and excel in one department - they fit in your pocket and are very light wieght.  I will continue to use them when the protability suits my needs. 
 
I am really pleased with the 7x36s.  I have been glassing deer in the field at dusk every afternoon this week and will be hinting with them this week.  Nice wide FOV and very bright.  The depth of focus is certainly superior and the glare issue looking in the direction of the setting sun is almost eliminated.  I really dig these field glasses and feel that they are going to be great for deer hunting in a stand.   They are about twice the weight, but that actually seems like an advantage in that it feels like it helps steady them in my hands.  They are still a very nice manageable size and are indeed compact - not pocket size but compact.
 
I am pleased with the purchase thus far and can certainly appreciate the difference.  Both of these binoculars serve different purposes so I view it as an additional option rather than an out right replacement.  I got the 7x36s here from SWFA for $380 and some change shipped.  Ordered on Thursday and got them Monday.  Looking forward to some stand time with them this weekend.
 
- Jack
 
 



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