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I don't want to be too wordy here, so I will cut to the chase.  I am trying to identify a pair of binoculars that I can buy and not spend "Zeiss Money", if you get my drift.  At present, I am comparing the Alpen and Zhumell brands. I have read reviews of both and they apparently rate favorably among those who own them.  Both companies have glasses that fit my criterion and budget. I want 8 X 42 glasses that are water and fog proof, gas filled, that have fully multi-coated optics, have a roof prism (BAK4).  I use them primarily in full daylight, but occasionally use them in reduced light situations (shade or late afternoon/early evening) but rarely at twilight or dusk.  Size and weight are not particularly critical to me, but I don't want to have to use a floor jack to lift them.  My budget has a top line of $150.00.  Is there anyone there who would be willing to provide me with an opinion as to the relative quality of the two brands?  I am suffering from "analysis paralysis".  I have spent too much time analyzing and need to make a decision soon.  I would greatly appreciate any help you could provide.   Loco
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Originally posted by Foureyes Foureyes wrote:

My budget has a top line of $150.00.    

Nikon would be a better choice than Zhumell.


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.....and add the Sightron Blue Sky SII in addition to the SIIIs.
You can find them some places at that price point though they are typically about $20 higher.

Another to consider would be the Zen Ray Vista at around $130.
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For your price point, porro prism binos will likely be a better overall instrument.
These Pentax porros are highly regarded, but $10 more than you want to spend.
Mine have been through some tough tests in the field and remain unfazed, still providing very good views. I've used them for hours at a time w/out eyestrain.

http://swfa.com/Pentax-8x40-PCF-WP-II-Binocular-P47959.aspx

I realize this Pentax doesn't meet your criteria in 2 regards, but thought you might like a bit different perspective.

Ps These are waaay better than the Nikons mentioned previously.


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Sightron 8x42 SIII Binocular
•Rubber Armored
•Waterproof
•Was $311.95 Now $149.95


Sightron 10x42 SIII Binocular
•Rubber Armored
•Waterproof
•Was $342.95 Now $179.95


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I would jump on those SIIIs, Foureyes.
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I have never had any good luck with Zhumell. If fact, one customer had me throw one away for him, although he walked past the dumpster on the way to his car.

Alpen was started by a couple of Bushnell ex-patriots who reasoned, "We can import this stuff, too, and not deal with your rat race while doing it." They import some marginal binos. BUT, at the right price point, you can get 97% Zeiss quality—although not the Zeiss guarantee—for about 1/3rd the cost.

In Gainesville, waterproof/fogproof integrity is going to be more important to you than most. Zip lock bags with silica pouches or tab are also a goo way to store.
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The Minox entry level bf 8x42 was on sale for 120 or something like that...but I cant remember where....
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"It is the same when you are stupid."

Or, perhaps, when you are new to the forum. And while I will be labeled as an optics grasshopper, I am pleased to say I earned my living by being an optics grasshopper . . . for 45 years.
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Welcome to the forum, WJC.  No offense intended, certainly.  You will find that there are a lot of very knowledgeable optics gurus on here (of whom I do not count myself).  Either way, there's a lot of good natured ribbing on here as well. Your 45 years of knowledge will be welcome, I am sure.  Again, welcome to the OT.

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EDIT:  Skip, I read that as him being self-deprecating, but I've been wrong before.
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IN CASE YOU DONT UNDERSTAND I WAS REPLYING TO MY FRIEND DCAMM'S POST.

I'm sorry if that offended you.
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You will need more Wheaties to offend me . . . I've raised 3 kids to adulthood. I was just doing a reality check. Although I registered a few years ago, I haven't been using the sight. So, I'm not familiar with its ins and outs.

Can anyone tell me how to edit or delete posts; I've had a stroke, and my fingers don't always obey my commands.

Finally, I would not dare deprecate on this forum . . . I'm a guest.

Cheers,

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Thank you, sir! I see you are a whitetail hunter. Have you read any of my stuff in Deer & Deer Hunting?
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Originally posted by WJC WJC wrote:

Thank you, sir! I see you are a whitetail hunter. Have you read any of my stuff in Deer & Deer Hunting?


Tell me where to go😎. You could tell me that also.

yes im a hunter and not a shooter like most of my cronies here.

you will find more honest info here than you can imagine.
please dont be afraid to ask them about anything, they will not let you down.

Ok, send me there.🍸
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Well, I usually only show up for the Gear Section, Gordy shot me down this year for that, and I think their inventory is full through the next year. I will, however, try to get him in a weak moment . . . I need the burger money.

The one I reme
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Let’s try that with a real program. The whole thing was finished, and then chopped me off when I sent it.

 

The one I remember is on scopes for the 2012 Annual, pp. 120-125. It’s the one with the deer one the cover . . . ‘bet that narrows it down for ya, huh?

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Didja Make it? If not, and there is a way to attach a PDF, I'll send a copy to you.

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WJC You have to have 50 post to have access to the tools for edit and adding pics. Use the thread anything goes / boost your post count. Any nonsense or even single letters will suffice. You are almost half way there already. Welcome to the OT.
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