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I have attempted to gather some rudimentary knowledge online about binos.  I am in the market for a pair.  If I was wealthier I think I would get the 6X30 Vortex Viper HD but they are way too pricey up here in Canada (low dollar exchange).

I'm interested in a pair of porro prisms and good quality.  Waiting for a nice used pair is ok.  I have glasses and treasure the 3D effect.  They are for woods loafing so power is not important. In fact magnification shake is an issue medically.  6X or 7X are fine.  I'm unsure but CF instead of IF seems to be important.  

The reviews on the Nikon 8X40 E II were attractive but the eye relief seems real short, 14mm apparently.  The multi coated 7X35 E is appealing with a reported 16-17mm relief.  Any other makes and models like these out there?

For some reason the 6X30 Leupold is not available here but looking at the 10X they really seem plasticky and cheap (of course the price point to reviews suggest a good value).  Any advice or recommendations welcome.  


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see if you can find a Vortex Raptor 6.5x32. They are or seem better built than the Leupold 6x30. 
i looked through a few and i think that the model is very good. Not miraculous, but good for the price, gwill do what you describe, well. 
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I have both the Vortex and Leupold 6x30's. Optically there's not a nickle's worth of difference. Actually both are pretty good. But the fit and finish on the Vortex is much better.
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Forgot to add, I also have the Vortex Viper 6x30 HD's. They are awesome. If you run across an older pair of Vortex Fury 6.5x30 grab them. They were also outstanding.
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With 6x or similar porros the three options out there are Leupold Yosemite, Kowa YF and Vortex Raptor.  All three are excellent value.  Yosemite was a touch better when they first introduced it, but then they moved to another factory.  Kowa YF is what the original Yosemite was.

Ultimately, I think I slightly prefer the Raptor to the YF, but honestly there isn't much difference betwene them from a quality standpoint.

At 7x, there aren't that many decent porros currently made.  I recall liking Celestron LandScout 7x35 a little while back.

At 8x, Pentax PCF WP II 8x40 is pretty good and hard to beat for the money.

If you want to go larger and higher magnification, Swift makes several excellent porro binoculars with the standout being 8.5x44 Audubon.  That one really has world class optics.

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Thank you all,
It seems I should consider the 7X and 8X more closely.  The choices are outstanding.  

One thing missed in the first question is size of binoculars.  I dusted off our kitchen window binos, Bushnell 10X Porro Natureviews from the early 90s, and found the 10X more manageable than I expected.  I had forgotten these were around.  

The pupil distance once adjusted came out at a hair over 70mm.  Worked ok at a measured 70mm. I'm a big guy with large hands, not basketball player mitts but a large size work glove. Sadly SWFA doesn't ship to Canada because of all the hassle from fraud and restrictions.   

I found some Vixen porros. They were medium priced porros 8X32 ZWCF Forestra and Geoma for a more traditional look.  They are reported as Japenese built?  Any opinions?  They also have a 6X30 Atrek Light in comparable to the 6X's Ilya notes. Opinions?  


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To add to Koshkin's list the Opticron Savannah is also what the Yosemite originally was also.

If you have had lasic and your eyes don't require glasses there are some old vintage porros that are still worth a look.  B&L Zephyr, Bushnell Rangemaster, Bushnell Custom, Swift Audubon 804.
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Nikon 7x35 Action Extreme Porro binoculars

Excellent wide field, waterproof & fogproof.

http://swfa.com/Nikon-7x35-Action-Extreme-ATB-Binocular-P42214.aspx

Stan
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