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PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2009 2:02 pm 
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Hello everyone,
My parents are coming back from US and I am planning to get a pair of binoculars. I have always had fancy for large magnification binoculars. But recently I read that high magnification binoculars cannot be used without a tripod as small shakes can cause large disturbances. I understand the logic behind this but just want to how badly it will affect the vision. Please let me know if it advisable to go for a 6~10X or something in 16X will be useable..

Also let me know if there is any particular model that I should consider(100~150$). It will be just for bird watching and other general stuff

Thanks

Regards......Simon


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2009 5:50 pm 
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Hand held high magnification binocs cause "image shake" which is extremely annoying [smilie=boggl3y3dummy-ani.gif]

8x - 10x are ideal for watching birds - both, with feathers and without feathers :wink:


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2009 6:02 pm 
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Thank you so much Hawkeye...it was just the kind of answer I was expecting.

I wanted someone to come up with a very conclusive answer('annoying') and you certainly did it

Thank you once again

Simon


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 2009 9:24 am 
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Hi Simon,

Go for Steiner 8x 30 Military/Marine which will cost around Usd 250/- and it will be worth. For the Christmas time you will be getting discounts or sale offers.

I had bought this model early year and result was amazing.You can use this binocular for Wildlife /birdwatching/ fishing.

Steiner is expensive than many of the brands, but its worth it. This model clarity is amazing, its compact and light weight.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 2009 10:35 am 
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hi,

look for a 8x40 or 10x50. Nitrogen filled, waterproof. Nikon has a very good range.

regards


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 2009 10:42 am 
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ironsimon wrote:
Hello everyone,
small shakes can cause large disturbances. I understand the logic behind this but just want to how badly it will affect the vision.
Regards......Simon


HI Simon, the vision & the shakes depend on how much you have had for Christmas [smilie=shake.gif]

Besides you dont need a binocular to cause a disturbance.....a couple of shots would be enough (I think)

:lol:


Go with what you can afford, you get what you pay for.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 2009 12:11 pm 
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Thank you all for your replies..

Ranger...$250 is a lot of money and it is definitely a big NO from dad

Ive now come down from 16X to 8~10X...Should I go for 10X as some sites say some people find 10X too much handle. Please take into consideration that I am also planning to use it after Christmas also :wink:

Nikon 8X40 or 10X50??? I will go for 10X50 as they are similarly priced unless someone tells that it is a bad choice to go for 10X

Thanks

Simon


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 2009 1:37 pm 
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Take weight into consideration also.
10X50s will be bulky and heavy.

8x30s/40s are ideal for routine use. Instead of spending more for magnification, it is advisable to go one step down and get better optics for the same amount. Remember it is the clarity of the image that matters most.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 2009 2:55 pm 
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Check Cabelas for the Simmons redline bargain deal in the optics segment ... $19.99 . I got one from them and it sure works


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 8:57 pm 
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I have a nikon 8X. Spent around 8000/-. magnificient.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 10:10 am 
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Thank you Sir...Ive just ordered the Nikon trailblazer 8X42...Hope the thing is good!!

It seriously took a lot of time for time for me to decide between 8X & 10X..Thanks to advice from a lot of people in the forum I decided to go for the 8X

Thank you all once again

Regards...........Simon


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 6:57 pm 
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Sone good advice here, I was looking for some Bino tips as well, have some good bird life where I live now, need to ID some raptors...


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my opinion canon 7d with 70-200 f2.8 n a 2x teleconverter, best for birds

regerds
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 21, 2010 1:01 am 
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I have done a fair amount of research on binos.

Nikon Monarch ATB 8x42 Binoculars - $ 280.

if budget is a problem you can look at the nikon action 8x40 - $80 or
Nikon Action Extreme ATB - $141

The nikon SE, premium porro prism's are excellent.

The steiners did not suit me, the pentax dcf series are good , sharp lenses. $ 500 approx.

I use a vortex razor 8x42 ($700), am very happy with them, specially in low light conditions. I wish I could say the same about the vortex skyline 20-60 x 80mm ED spotting scope. sharp image at 20x magnification, imho 60x is not really usable, there are some signs of chromatic aberration

The swarovski EL series & leica's ultravids are superb but cost an arm and a leg.

With optics one always gets what one pays for.

vortex razor 8x42.
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good link for binos - http://www.optics4birding.com/binoculars.aspx

http://www.optics4birding.com/item.aspx?cid=22930


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