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Are these good bino's?Optically and rugged?I will be using for hunting. 
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My buddy Roy Finn owns these and loves them.  I did not like them as well as some other brands at this price point.  I am sure that Roy will point out that they have special coatings that make them a great hunting bino.  And they are.  But, I use my binos for more then just hunting, (ball games, fishing, etc).  I think that the same things that make these a great hunting bino also take away from them as far as a multi-purpose performer.  If you are only going to use them for hunting, from what I am told they do a very good job.  If you do a lot of things beyond hunting with your binos, look elsewhere.

 

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Hello Hilltop 4200,

        I own one pair of Steiner Predators and can wholeheartedly recommend them to you!! And even enthusiastically so!

I bought them two years ago.  They are 8x32 Predators and once focused at 20 feet do not require more focusing to reach infinity.  The same holds true for the 10 X 32mm ones as well.  The reason I went with the smaller 8X32mm binocular is because, I already carry enough crap with me into the woods of PA, and a big set of binoculars is the last thing that I needed thumping me on the chest or weighing down my neck.

         So recently I purchased a bino suspender system, and now they will not even weigh my neck down.  

         I used them two years ago on one hunt and most of the guys that were with us, (there were 9 altogether), were really impressed with those little ones because they are so light, and so clear.  They all remarked how well the Predators contrasted the browns of the woods with the browns of the animals, while we were on several different drives with other guys from the hunt.  My brother and I hunt together every year, and this year we were fortunate enough to run into guys that we knew, so our hunting party grew by 7.

           Well, I hope this helps you buy with confidence.

                Later, and greater.

                     Nice quote of Scripture.

                           Scott

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It's hard to tell from this picture because we have already drug him out of the unbeivably thick "jungle" that he was living in, but I spotted this fallow in the thickest mess you can imagine with a pair of Steiner Predator binoculars.  Our guide had hunted them 50 times unsuccessfully and had only gotten glimpses of them on the run.  Fallow somehow are able to get into thick heavy brush and bed down and if you don't have good glass you will never find them.  Steiner's Predator coatings really do work as advertised and it is really wierd to witness first hand.  Animals appear to stand out from their surroundings.  My guide was so impressed that he ended up owning them before the hunt was over.

 

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Haven't I been telling all of you this all along!!!!!!!!! If you are so hellbent on using your hunting binoculars for things other than hunting, then buy a different pair of bino's for bird watching, football games and fishing (still wondering about that one). Bottom line is the Predators were made by hunters for hunters!!!!!!

 

P.S. Thanks Chris for validating what I've been saying from day one. The best HUNTING binoculars made.

That said, if you want bino's for sight fishing, ball games, sight seeing, or anything else other than HUNTING, then take a good long hard look, not while in a Cabela's show room, at  the 8 or10x42 Peregrine's. I rest my case.

 

Very Truly Yours,

"Elite Predator"



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I see someone is feeling a little vindicated!!!!  And for your information Mr.Predator, binoculars play a critical role in saltwater fishing.  I use them to spot the birds working (seaguls diving for bait).  Where you have birds you have baitfish or shrimp and thus you have the big boys feeding.  And they also come in handy if you need to whack a speckled trout over the head.

 

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Are these good bino's?Optically and rugged?  I will be using for hunting. 
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Isn't it great that brands like Kahles perform so perfectly in the multi-functioned role?  I mean, any old bino, even a Steiner can perform well as a hunting bino.  But, it takes a truly great bino to perform so many task so well.  I guess some people are happy to be limited by their equipment. 

 

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That's why Steiner makes a complete line of bino's like the Peregrine's, Nighthunter's, Commander V's etc. for all who use " multi-functioned" bino's. Ranburr, I hope you realize that I'm just breaking our coconuts. I had to capitalize the moment. I hope that all who read and participate know that I'm just ribbing you!!! Maybe Steiner wll make a model called the "Fisherman". 

 

Hey Ranburr, how does " The Zeissinator" sound???? 



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I own the 8X42 Predators and this past elk season in Idaho i was hunting with a group of guys that had the Leicas and Zeiss Binos.   We were all glassing a hillside and with the Predators the elk in the shadows stood out like the nose on a face. so i tell everyone where the Elk are and nobody can see them. So we switch out Binos. and boom i cant see them either with glass that is more than 2 times more money than the Steiners. Everybody took turns looking at the elk through the steiners.
and the shock was very apparent. I cant wait to see how many show up next season with the Predators
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Roy you have mentioned that these binos are not suited for applications other than hunting.  I understand that this is because of the green coating.  Are the colors of the objects being observed affected somehow because of the coating?
Basically, if i'm watching a concert through these, is the performer somehow going to appear red,  blue or any other color which he or she is not supposed to be? :)
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Steiner Predators?

 

In anyones personal experience, how is the resolution and low light capability for Steiner Predators.  The reviews I have read usually don't give Steiners high points for resolution, which is important for me for picking out details (ie: game, or landmarks) in the distance. 

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deeez, no I don't believe I ever made a statement like that and if I did I stand corrected. I think I did make a statement that in my opinion,the combination of the 8x42 Predators were the best hunting bino's I have ever seen. A bino with broadband coatings is going to be more versatile than a Predator. Lastly if you taste in music is heavy metal( Cat Killer music ) and anyone appears blue or green, call the paramedics and 911!!!!

 

P.S. Any statement like you mentioned waqs probably linked to teezing Ranburr!!!



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Originally posted by Rusty Rusty wrote:

Steiner Predators?

 

In anyones personal experience, how is the resolution and low light capability for Steiner Predators.  The reviews I have read usually don't give Steiners high points for resolution, which is important for me for picking out details (ie: game, or landmarks) in the distance. 

 

Any feedback on this one?I'm looking at the 8X30 predator to pair up with my Conquest scope.My old cheap binos drop out long before the scope.They would be for hunting only.

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Which one is better in low light, steiner's predator or there night hunter in the same magnification.
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Hello Bhaven,

      I've never had to use the NightHunters, soI can not attest to which one is better.  I do know that the predators were better than anything else that I used up to that point.  So now the Predators are my goto binoculars.

     Hope this helps!

           SEB

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I don't want to spend a lot of time retyping information, so I will simply refer you to another thread titled "predator or nighthunter" in which I have given an explanation of how the Predator coatings work and why, due to the nature of their composition, they make a binocular less bright, especially in conditions of low-light.

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